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Product Details

  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 1 edition (Oct. 30 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071379290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071379298
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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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!


Balanced input driver/receiver circuits
Signal conditioning techniques
Voltage amplifiers
Preamps for home and stage
Tone controls
Passive and active filters
Parametric filters
Graphic equalizers
Bi-amping and tri-amping filters
Headphone amplifiers
Power amplifiers
Speaker protection systems
Clip detection circuits
Power supplies
Delay circuits
Level indicators
Homemade test equipment

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For a variety of reasons, sound is often placed on the back burner of human senses-we have the tendency to take it for granted. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Boyer on Sept. 30 2009
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This is an excellent resource for somewhat-experienced electronics hobbyists to make high-quality audio projects of all kinds. It's very readable, and all the required resources (such as schematics, PC board artwork, and basic explanations) are provided for all the projects.

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.
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This is a smaller and more project-oriented version of this author's earlier book on building solid-state audio amplifiers. The amplifiers in this book are "plain vanilla" Class B direct-coupled transistor amplifiers, which will provide reasonable performance for utility or musical instrument use, but due to the lack of precision-matching of semiconductors and the "more-is-better" approach to using NFB, these are not going to compete in sound with Krell or Threshold. It's delusional to think otherwise.
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.
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I found the entire experience to be fantastic. Using Randy's books I built two OPTI-Mos designs from the ground up using only the books and a little email advice from Randy. I consider myself to be an audiophile and the two 200W mono block amplifiers I built based on Randy's topology sound as good as any B-class amplifier I've ever listened to. And that includes amplifiers costing up to as much as [a lot of money]. I honestly did not expect that to be the case.
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.
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I have purchased three books by Randy Slone and have found all of them to be fascinating reading. Even though I am a novice with respect to amplifier design and construction, I feel that I will now be able to attempt one of the designs in the books. I did read all three of the books a few times though before feeling competent. Some of the technical books I have read are way over the top for a novice like me, these are not. Although I have not spoken with Randy Slone personally, I have sent a few E-mail messages. Randy has always responded and is keen to give any further information.
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 !!
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