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Old 9th February 2001, 10:08 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of any good books on amplifier design?

I have some books that show the basics, but nothing that will work in the real world.

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Old 10th February 2001, 12:42 AM   #2
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You can try these:

Designing Power Amplifiers - stephen Kamichik - Simple and with some pratic;

Valve and Transistor Audio Amplifiers - John Linsley Hood - If you like tube sound;

Audio Power Transistor Design Handbook - Douglas Self - Very good book in my opinion;

High Power Audio Amplifier Design handbook - G. randy Slone - Very good book with projects and PCB pictures.

You can buy all of them at Amazon or Old Colony Lab Sound.

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Old 10th February 2001, 09:23 PM   #3
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The real name of the 4th book is:

High Power Audio Amplifier Construction Manual

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Old 12th February 2001, 02:43 PM   #4
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Amplifier Design Book
I agree the Audio Power Amplifier Design
Handbook from Douglas Self is one of the best.
ISBN 0-7506-2788-3
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Old 12th February 2001, 07:18 PM   #5
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While not a specialized amplifier book, "The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz and Hill covers just about anything you need. Anyone working with these amplifiers should own a copy of this book. It will help you understand more about each of the circuits used in the amplifier, providing a good foundation for the specialized knowledge from the other books.
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Old 25th February 2001, 06:40 PM   #6
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Thanks Promitheus,

I haven't realize until now that I changed the words on Self's Book.

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Old 8th January 2002, 02:56 PM   #7
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Default need some help

Can anyone help me with with some online documentation on how to build an stereo amplifier (4X100w or more )? I don't want books, but multimedia informations.
I'm interested in sites , files in any format ,etc... that presents basic concepts, schematics,etc...I have discovered some but i need more info.
You can send me the info on my email:glodanr@email.ro
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Old 8th January 2002, 03:21 PM   #8
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I just finished reading J.L. Hood's "Valve and Transistor Audio Amplifiers" two days ago and I would like to give it my highest regards and suggest it to everyone.

First I bought the D. Self book then R. Sloan book, but to me they are valuable as information source on minimising THD, calculating power supply etc. but both of them stick too much to one well known amp layout and both disregard the listening impression totally. After all, listening to music is a reason to build an amp in the first place...

JL Hood's book gives you an overview of different schematics, topologies and ideas both old and new and so gives a much better idea of the general picture. He's is a first book on the subject where author knows and accepts that there are differences between amps and even capacitors etc.....

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Old 8th January 2002, 09:35 PM   #9
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Highly recommended (must have): Allen Wright’s „The Tube Preamp CookBook" - www.vacuumstate.com

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Old 21st January 2002, 07:39 PM   #10
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Originally posted by Jens

Highly recommended (must have): Allen Wright's "The Tube Preamp CookBook" - www.vacuumstate.com


Agreed, Jens,

I know Allen's book very thoroughly; it gives a very good insight into design philosphy. Allen explains how and why. This is rare.

However, if we are talking about valve amps, I would not like to miss:

Morgan Jones, Valve Amplifiers. 2nd ed., Newnes1999

Langford-Smith, Radiotron Designer's Handbook, 4ed. 1953, 1498pp (!), the bible

Valley & Wallman, Vacuum Tube Amplifiers, Mcgraw-Hill 1948, advanced bible

and for those able to read German,

Tietze-Schenk, Halbleiter-Schaltungstechnik, newest ed.

("Art of Electronics" is questionable from the didactic point of view ;not my opinion only, in German I would prefer the Tietze-Schenk),

valves again,

Barkhausen, Lehrbuch der Elektronenröhren in 4 Bänden, (1sted.1929, 4th ed.1960)

D.Ing.F.Bergtold, whatever you get your hands on: e.g. Röhrenbuch 1936. ( The author explains how directly heated tubes differ technically from indirectly heated ones and why the directly heated critters work more linear!)

Hint for anything possible with operational amplifiers:

Stout & Kaufman, Handbook of Operational Amplifier Circuit Design, McGraw-Hill, 1976. This indeed is a cookbook. You want to build an op-amp shunt regulator? it is in it, with all needed equations and eventualites.

'Nuf for now.

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