Published August 22, 2014
Reference - 752 Pages
ISBN 9780415709736 - CAT# 120790
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Learn to use inexpensive and readily available parts to obtain state-of-the-art performance in all the vital parameters of noise, distortion, crosstalk and so on. With ample coverage of preamplifiers and mixers and a new chapter on headphone amplifiers, this practical handbook provides an extensive repertoire of circuits that can be put together to make almost any type of audio system.
A resource packed full of valuable information, with virtually every page revealing nuggets of specialized knowledge not found elsewhere. Essential points of theory that bear on practical performance are lucidly and thoroughly explained, with the mathematics kept to a relative minimum. Douglas' background in design for manufacture ensures he keeps a wary eye on the cost of things. Includes a chapter on power-supplies, full of practical ways to keep both the ripple and the cost down, showing how to power everything.
Douglas wears his learning lightly, and this book features the engaging prose style familiar to readers of his other books. You will learn why mercury cables are not a good idea, the pitfalls of plating gold on copper, and what quotes from Star Trek have to do with PCB design.
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The second edition is expanded throughout (with added information on new ADCs and DACs, microcontrollers, more coverage of discrete op amp design, and many other topics), and includes a completely new chapter on headphone amplifiers.
Introduction 1. Basics 2. Components 3. Designing with Discrete Transistors 4. Opamps and Their Properties 5. Filters 6. Preamplifier Architectures 7. Moving-Magnet Disc Inputs 8. Moving-Coil Disc Inputs 9. Volume-Control and Balance 10. Tone Controls and Equalisers 11. A Complete Preamplifier 12. Mixer Architectures 13. Microphone Input Amplifiers 14. Line Inputs 15. Line Outputs 16. Signal Switching 17. Mixer Subsystems 18. Level Indication and Metering 19. Level Control and Special Circuits 20. Power Supplies 21. Interfacing with the Digital Domain 22. Headphone Amplifiers
"It’s tempting to look at analog circuitry through a DSP lens and wonder “Why?” However, analog still has charm, is homebrew- able with a low entry-fee, and certain aspects remain unavoidable. Importantly, this book goes a long way to bury much of the bad and misinformation on the internet, while affording a fighting chance of creating something that will work well. (...) Bravo, Douglas Self."
- Steve Dove in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society