Book Description

Douglas Self offers a tried and tested method for designing audio amplifiers in a way that improves performance at every point in the circuit where distortion can creep in - without significantly increasing cost. His quest for the Blameless Amplifier takes readers through the causes of distortion, measurement techniques, and design solutions to minimise distortion and efficiency. The result is a book that is crammed with unique insights into audio design and performance, as well as complete amplifier designs and schematics.

Whether you are a dedicated audiophile who wants to gain a more complete understanding of the design issues behind a truly great amp, or a professional electronic designer seeking to learn more about the art of amplifier design, Douglas Self's Handbook is the essential guide to design principles and practice. Self is senior designer with a high-end audio manufacturer, as well as author of numerous magazine articles in the pages of Electronics World / Wireless World. His career in audio design is the foundation of a book that is based solidly on practical experience as well as a dedication to a methodology based on measurement, analysis and scientific design principles.

The fourth edition includes new material on DC offset protection circuitry, the design of DC servos and electrical safety and safety standards. In addition, there is a new chapter on Class D power amplifiers.

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Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Synopsis
  7. Preface to Fourth Edition
  8. Preface
  9. 1.  Introduction and general survey
  10. 2.  History, architecture and negative feedback
  11. 3.  The general principles of power amplifiers
  12. 4.  The small signal stages
  13. 5.  The output stage I
  14. 6.  The output stage II
  15. 7.  Compensation, slew-rate, and stability
  16. 8.  Power supplies and PSRR
  17. 9.  Class-A power amplifiers
  18. 10.  Class-G power amplifiers
  19. 11.  Class-D amplifiers
  20. 12.  FET output stages
  21. 13.  Thermal compensation and thermal dynamics
  22. 14.  The design of DC servos
  23. 15.  Amplifier and loudspeaker protection
  24. 16.  Grounding and practical matters
  25. 17.  Testing and safety
  26. Index