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Old 30th January 2011, 10:38 AM   #1
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hello everyone,
I'm new to diyaudio and I'd like to learn how to build an amplifier. I'm looking for a good beginners book: which would you suggest?

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Old 30th January 2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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Horowitz and Hill - The Art of Electronics to understand the basics of electronics, then something by Douglas Self or Bob Cordell on amplifiers themselves.
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Old 30th January 2011, 12:50 PM   #3
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H&H is massive.
Douglas Self is highly recommend for solid state amps. For tube amps I'd suggest Morgan Jones.
On the web I have always found DIY Audio Articles to be very helpful.

Maybe if you specify what you are likely interested in (solid state, tubes, preamps, poweramps, speakers, phono,...) people can point you in the right direction.
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Old 30th January 2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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You don't read any of the above books cover to cover. You go to the section of interest at the moment.

H&H has a lot more basic information than either DS or BC.
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Old 30th January 2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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How much do you already know about electronics and electrics in general? Are you frightened by arithmetic/algebra/calculus? Different books start in different places, and are aimed at different audiences.
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Old 31st January 2011, 12:29 PM   #6
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I'm not scared by algebra and math, but I know very little about electronics. Anyway, I am not looking for a book that starts from Ohm's law
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Old 31st January 2011, 12:40 PM   #7
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Horowitz and Hill, then.
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Old 31st January 2011, 12:42 PM   #8
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Seconded. Expensive, but my copy is never far from my bench. Not sure it helps my innate uselessness though.
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