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Old 9th April 2009, 01:13 PM   #11
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Second the comments on Horowitz & Hill. If you're just starting out, it's a great intro and I still refer to it from time to time when some area isn't familiar to me. There's no one book that's sufficient to design anything, amps included. The well stocked bookshelf should have H&H, Boylstead's textbook on circuits, at at least one of the various Terman electronics books- some are more geared to RF, but his fundamentals on inductance and the like are second to none, a modern book on filters, maybe on switching power supplies, and then some more philosophical works like the Jim Williams and Bob Pease books. Don't forget Walt Jung's op-amp book either!
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Old 9th April 2009, 01:16 PM   #12
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Glen, 100% agreed. My favorite is the amp with a volume control inside the feedback loop.

You must have missed the passive RIAA phono preamp augmented with global negative feedback.
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Old 13th June 2009, 11:45 AM   #13
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I just ordered "The Art of Electronics" for 13 bucks used, online!

I ordered the "High performance audio amplifier cookbook" first, but it's definitely out of my league without a much more solid electronics background. Thanks for the tip, guys!

Sorry to bump an old thread, but I was so excited about ordering a new book that I had to tell someone, and I think you guys are probably the only ones who will appreciate my eagerness
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Old 13th June 2009, 12:00 PM   #14
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I recommend Valve and Transistor Audio Amplifiers by John Linsley Hood.

JLH is a renowned expert on sold-state.
And IMO he is better at explaining the basics of valves than Jones.
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Old 6th August 2012, 12:07 PM   #15
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Old 6th August 2012, 05:15 PM   #16
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You can't just learn audio amplifiers in isolation.

'The Art of Electronics' by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill is widely regarded as the best general electronics handbook for graduate students. If you don't have this book, you should buy it before you buy any audio books.

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It seems most audio electronics books are written without assuming knowledge of electronics. Hence they have rudimentary introductions to components and circuit principles.

Starting with a general text book in the absence of a course may not be helpful because a novice won't know what he needs to find out. I think it's better to start at the application and work backwards as the need arises.

As a good supplement to the books already mentioned, I recomment JLH's "Valve and transistor audio amplifiers". As a historical introduction, it provides valuable context.
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It seems most audio electronics books are written without assuming knowledge of electronics. Hence they have rudimentary introductions to components and circuit principles.

Starting with a general text book in the absence of a course may not be helpful because a novice won't know what he needs to find out. I think it's better to start at the application and work backwards as the need arises.

As a good supplement to the books already mentioned, I recomment JLH's "Valve and transistor audio amplifiers". As a historical introduction, it provides valuable context.
The first section I don't understand clearly.
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Old 6th August 2012, 07:32 PM   #18
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The first section I don't understand clearly.
Just that the introductions to audio amplifier design that I've seen are written for readers who may not have prior understanding of electronics. A basic textbook on electronics shouldn't be necessary, although it may soon become desirable.

All assume some knowledge of maths and physics. A poet would probably need a kit.

There's no one answer to the original question because it really depends on the direction the OP's coming from. I came from a background in engineering but without much knowledge of electronics. I find it hard to imagine how anyone can understand amplifiers without prior knowledge of systems theory in general. Equally, a graduate electronics engineer will feel that a general textbook on electronics is a necessary part of learning.

I nearly wrote that there's lot's of roads to the same destination, but actually that's not the entire truth. We get to the same place but with different points of view. Consequently there is more than one amplifier design.
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Other books that are no longer copy protected are the John Rider books called Inside the vacuum tube which you can download for free from Pete Millet site.

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Old 6th August 2012, 07:57 PM   #20
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I find it hard to imagine how anyone can understand amplifiers without prior knowledge of systems theory in general.
You don't really need to understand amplifiers (supposing anyone understands what's REALLY going on) to build and enjoy one; likewise you don't really need to understand your wife to be happy with your marriage (best if you don't understand her at all).

You must understand what your boss says though.

Best way to learn is to build lots of amps (assuming your mind is able to spot the differences among them) and listen, listen and listen. Every writer is more or less biased. DIY audio is a personal thing. Schematics, you need schematics and a soldering iron.
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