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Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook Paperback – July 31, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0240521626 ISBN-10: 0240521625 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521626
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the essential reference for audio power amplifier designers and engineers. Author Douglas Self covers all the issues of distortion and linearity, power supplies, protection, reliability and layout. He also tackles unusual forms of compensation and unexpected sources of distortion such as capacitors and fuses. This much expanded and updated Fifth Edition includes four NEW chapters, one of them dedicated to the XD crossover-displacement principle, invented by the author, and used by Cambridge Audio. The book has a wealth of new material on four-stage amplifier architectures, current-mirrors, power transistors with internal sensing diodes, amplifier bridging, subtle distortion mechanisms, input stage common-mode distortion, double input stages, amplifier stability, output stages with gain, transformers and hum fields, inrush current suppression, DC servo design, thermal protection, the subtleties of cooling fan control, advanced line input stages, ultra-low-noise design, high and low-pass filtering, testing and safety, infra-red control, signal activation, 12V trigger, level indication and much more. There is significantly expanded material on professional power amplifiers as used in sound reinforcement and PA applications. This book is a must-have for audio power amplifier professionals and audiophiles, amateur constructors and anyone with intellectual curiosity about the struggle towards technical excellence.

About the Author

Douglas Self has dedicated himself to demystifying amplifier design and establishing empirical design techniques based on electronic design principles and experimental data. His rigorous and thoroughly practical approach has established him as a leading authority on amplifier design, especially through the pages of Electronics World where he is a regular contributor.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Manley on December 11, 2013
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The 4 stars is specifically for the Kindle edition. The content of the book, and the print edition, is 5-star material.

But like so many technical books, the diagrams do not fare well on the small monochrome Kindle screens. It is essential to zoom the image, but even enlarged they seem pale and blurry. This is a problem with the b/w Kindle hardware, not the file compression algorithm: the images look fine on a full-size computer screen through the "Kindle for PC" application. For diagrams to display properly on the monochrome Kindles, however, they need redrawing with heavier line-weights -- an impossible ask for a publisher with a technical book already in print and containing thousands of images.

Douglas Self is the grand master of audio engineering. In the best British tradition, his focus is on the engineering: performance, reliability, safety. This is a refreshing change from much of the audio industry, where outlandish ideas yield vastly overpriced exotica whose performance is so mind-bogglingly awful the shortcomings are apparent not only on the test bench, but plainly audible in the lounge room.

While giving an encyclopaedic coverage of amplifier configurations, the greatest space in the book is devoted to optimization of what the author charmingly calls the "Blameless Amplifier," with a differential input stage, a voltage-gain stage with dominant-pole compensation, and a unity-gain, current-amplifying output. Common sense and practical experience shine through in every aspect of the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Berkeley on February 9, 2013
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This book was very informative for me to understated power amp topologies and ways to reduce distortion. I am hobbyist with who studied EE in college, but I am not involved in circuit design at work.

One of autos' goals in this book is to show how to isolate each source of distortion so that it can be studied (and hopefully reduced) with a minimum of confusion and perplexity.

The 7 kinds of distortion of class B amps are discussed with graphs and schematics. Amplifier topologies reviewed from simple to more complex.

Most schematics in the book are based on bipolar transistors. No opamps are discussed and FETs discussed in one chapter.

The author provides good bibliography after every chapter so you can read actual research papers.

After reading this book i was able to understand schematics of my power amplifier, receiver and headphone amps :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catraeus on June 17, 2010
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Doug Self is to Amplifier design what Jack Nicholson is to Movies ... a consummate expert. This latest edition grows subject areas and fills in details in a very satisfying way. I am pleased that he takes fewer basic details for granted. I am still looking for a quick-reference, which his website did provide; furthermore, being an anti-subjectivist myself, I do wish he'd leave that matter behind entirely. Altogether, though, this is a foundational text on the subject which fully enables anyone skilled in the art to go from competence to mastery. He provides a very complete reference list enabling any depth of historic or esoteric follow-on research. It will be a daunting tome for someone just starting, well worth the effort. Even the hobbyist, merely curious, or non-technically adept will find insight to be used in purchasing or kit-building.
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