The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook: 80 High-Performance Audio Electronics Projects Paperback – Nov 20 2001
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From New Literature Section: The clear, illustrated schematics and instructions provided in this book allow audio enthusiasts to build high-quality, high-power electronic audio components and testing equipment. The author gives easily comprehensible explanations of the electronics at work, as well as a practical foundation needed for experimentation and modification of existing voltage emplifiers, balanced input driver/receiver circuits, graphic equalizers, and effects circuits. Poptronics 20020401
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THE AUDIOPHILE¿S PROJECT SOURCEBOOK
Build audio projects that produce great sound for far less than they cost in the store, with audio hobbyists¿ favorite writer Randy Slone. In The Audiophile¿s Project Sourcebook, Slone gives you¿
¿ Clear, illustrated schematics and instructions for high-quality, high-power electronic audio components that you can build at home
¿ Carefully constructed designs for virtually all standard high-end audio projects, backed by an author who answers his email
¿ 8 power-amp designs that suit virtually any need
¿ Instructions for making your own inexpensive testing equipment
¿ Comprehensible explanations of the electronics at work in the projects you want to construct, spiced with humor and insight into the electronics hobbyist¿s process
¿ Complete parts lists
"The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook" is devoid of the hype, superstition, myths, and expensive fanaticism often associated with 'high-end' audio systems. It provides straightforward help in building and understanding top quality audio electronic projects that are based on solid science and produce fantastic sound!
THE PROJECTS YOU WANT, FOR LESS
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Balanced input driver/receiver circuits
Signal conditioning techniques
Preamps for home and stage
Passive and active filters
Bi-amping and tri-amping filters
Speaker protection systems
Clip detection circuits
Homemade test equipment
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Before going any further, I should clarify who this book is for. The reader will need good knowledge of intermediate circuit analysis (mesh-current analysis, node-voltage analysis, etc in large circuits), extensive knowledge of transistors and op-amps, extensive knowledge of capacitive circuits, some knowledge of inductors, a good grasp of the concepts of input and output impedance of circuits, and knowledge of circuit feedback (only if you plan on building an amplifier). Also, plenty of hands-on experience with circuit construction would really help. If you're unsure of your skill in any of those areas, I suggest not reading this book until you learn them because many things will go right over your head otherwise. If you're taking electrical engineering at university you'll probably be fine if you're in 3rd year, but I'd recommend waiting until 4th year so that you get a better grasp of everything. Note, however, that this book doesn't get into complicated math, the frequency domain, Laplace transforms, imaginary numbers, or any other complicated subjects like that, so don't worry if you're rusty in those areas.
Now on with the book. It starts out with a chapter discussing audio topics in general, such as how humans hear sound and the goals of a high-quality sound system, then discusses topics such as distortion, noise, frequency response, slew rate, and phase issues.Read more ›
Rather than a clean sheet of paper engineering effort walking the reader through all aspects of these designs, this is basically a presentation of a completed design as "the one true amp". I believe this author basically cookbooked these himself from works by Hood and others.
More effort is made in this volume to explain the etching of printed circuit boards. It's my belief that this is inherently an unpleasant and messy task and that the PCB era coincided with the near-death of hobby electronics in the U.S. for precisely that reason: much of the renaissance in audio hobbyist equipment building is soley due to the re-popularization of vacuum tube amplifiers built using 1950s techniques. (No ferric chloride involved.)
Personally, I think this type of amplifier is more effectively bought than built today, but if what he has is what you want, it will probably work reasonably well and is at least built from common parts. Don't delude yourself that these are truly a high-end product: compare them to mass-production amplifiers costing a little more than the retail price of all the parts and you won't be disappointed.
Randy, was great help both on the phone and via e-mail when I experienced difficulties. You can also buy kits through his website if you are not confident with designing your own amplifiers from the ground up. I highly recommend this book to any one who wants to experience premier audio quality on a fixed budget.
Note that the book concentrates primarily on signal processing equipment between the source and the speakers. There are many designs for Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, Tone Controls, Equalizers, etc... But there isn't really anything on how to build CD players or other source equipment. If Mr. Sloane ever publishes such a book. I will most certainly absolutely buy it.
If you are not sure what a resistor colour code is you may need to do some more reading/research before wading in at the deep end.
In summary .... Easy to understand, good overview of the basics/advanced, nice construction tips, diagnostics (important) and some circuits at the end of the books to keep you amused.
You could end up with a nice high quality amp and have saved money as well !!
Most recent customer reviews
Not everybody can start building audio devices without having certain technical knowledge of electronics. Just consider the etching of the printed circuit. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2013 by pierre payette
This book really sets the standard for other books dealing with building audio equipment.
The projects listed are straight forward with operational description and pcb layouts... Read more
First, my background as a reviewer. I love listening to music, and I like
dabbling with electronics kits and a soldering iron. Read more
Randy has done a wonderful job of compiling a tremendous amount of information and high quality schematics in one book. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by Paul W. Davis
If so, you need this book. Better yet, buy all three listed here at Amazon as I did. Randy's easy to read writing style makes learning about electronics and amplifiers fun, as any... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2001 by Brad Kizer
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