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Old 7th April 2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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Exclamation best audio amplifier book??

hey people , does anyone know(and can tell me) the best book to learn form the beginning the art of audio amplifiers please??
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Old 7th April 2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to DIYaudio!

I'd recommend:
The art of linear electronics by John Linsley Hood and
Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook by Douglas Self

JLH is a good beginner into to all electronics whilst Douglas Self is more detailed on amp design.
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By, "from the beginning" , do you mean electronics or audio/amp design ?
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Old 7th April 2009, 10:58 PM   #4
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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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I'm with the pack here. HorHill for the basics, Self for solid state amps, and Morgan Jones "Valve Amplifiers" 3rd edition for... valve amplifiers.
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Not hijacking just trying to add to this thread. I just wanted to say that I'm a beginner when it comes to electronics and I took everyone's advice and just ordered "The Art of Electronics" by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill.

I hope the jargon used inside isn't above me as I have never really studied electronics in the past.

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Old 9th April 2009, 07:35 AM   #7
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Warning: avoid the Rainer zur Linde "Build your own Audio Valve Amplifiers".


It's mostly a collection of very mediocre designs published by Elektor, chock full of ridiculous design errors and typos.

My biggest waste of 40 bucks on a book since John Kekes pedantic piffle on moral wisdom.

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Originally posted by stereo.pete
Not hijacking just trying to add to this thread. I just wanted to say that I'm a beginner when it comes to electronics and I took everyone's advice and just ordered "The Art of Electronics" by Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill.

I hope the jargon used inside isn't above me as I have never really studied electronics in the past.

-Pete
No, "The Art" is a great book, certainly one of the best, but if you're studying everything on your own for some of the very basics on electrons and resistance and stuff I think I'd still put in a good word for books like the old Rider publication Basic Electricity
The material is not quite so condensed and so for a complete beginner (or not) is better reading for buses, trains, cafes etc. I also really like the old military text thing of asking a few questions at the end of each section to remind you what you were just reading and that you actually did learn something.
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Old 9th April 2009, 08:40 AM   #9
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I'm still waiting for my ultimate audio book publish by Mr. Pass.
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Old 9th April 2009, 11:24 AM   #10
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Glen, 100% agreed. My favorite is the amp with a volume control inside the feedback loop.
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