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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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Product Details

  • Series: Tab Electronics
  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (November 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071379290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071379298
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, my background as a reviewer. I love listening to music, and I like
dabbling with electronics kits and a soldering iron. I have an engineering
education, but I understand the bare minimum basic electronics. And the
only test equipment I own is a digital multimeter. My review of this book
should be seen in the context of my background. This book is not "right
for everyone;" you need to know at least as much basic electronics as
I do. Another contextual factor is that this book is only one part of
"what you get." What you also get is the author's constant email-based
guidance, and his Website from where you can buy PCBs and components.
The author assumes you know what a transistor or an opamp is, for
instance. The book also expects you to have _built_ some circuits
before. The book discusses many opamp-based circuits, all the time
expecting that you can recognize an opamp-based unity-gain inverting
buffer when you see one. It _never_ gives you IC pinouts of the
ICs it uses in its circuits.
The author has strong opinions, something I really value. I've always
learnt the most from people with strong opinions, provided they show me
how they have arrived at those opinions. Randy Slone's opinions about
potentiometers and tone controls in preamplifiers (pages 77 to 80),
or on "valve sound" on page 126, are worth passing around to all
brand-conscious audiophiles with more money than good sense (plenty
of them around).
The book's standards of good performance are superlative, i.e. the "good"
designs here are probably comparable to the best designs commercially
available, in terms of raw audio quality.
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I have to comment here on Bill Fiorucci (Hazelwood, MO (St. Louis County) review shown below. It is so unfortunate that people like Mr. Fiorucci can condemn Mr. Slone's amplifier designs without ever once listening to one. I have known Mr. Slone for over 4 years and I can attest to the fact that the designs he presents in his books are his own original topologies (unless stated otherwise). I have heard numerous types of Mr. Slone's amplifiers and I can tell you straight up that these amplifiers have astonishing sonic excellence and I would put them up against any amplifier class; solid-state or vacuum tube. I am no stranger to high-end audio and neither are several of my friends and associates. In "every" case once a person has the priviledge of auditioning the amplifiers they immediately find they have a new reference amplifier. I have also auditioned Mr. Slone's fully discrete Class A preamplifier and I can tell you I was not prepared for the sonic experience I got. In a word: spectacular. Furthermore, I have shown the amplifier to two high-end speaker manufacturers as I was curious as to how the amplifiers would sound to "expert speaker builders". In both cases the fellows said "I have heard detail and resolution coming out of my speakers I have never heard before." One of the fellows had a McIntosh amp that he used as his reference, and he later e-mailed me telling me the Slone amplifier "blew the Mac away". I am 100% serious here. The detail, resolution, transparency, realism and sheer power of these amps can only be experienced. If someone resorts to writing unsubstantiated, rude and hateful reviews (like Mr. Fiorucci did) without even having the decency to build up one of the amplifiers and actually listen to it, then he does a great injustice to Mr.Read more ›
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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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By A Customer on November 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book covers pretty much every kind of audio circuit you could wish to build. I find Randy's writing style very easy to read and the pedagogical tone of the book makes sure that everything is explained down to almost the last detail (although you do need some knowledge of electronics). Minimalist audiophiles probably will find heresy lurking in the pages, particularly Randy's views on sonic `accuracy' versus `niceness'. That said, Randy does provide a discrete preamp and his position on tubes vs solid state appears to have softened somewhat compared to earlier views expressed in the `High Power Audio Ampilifier Construction Manual'. Indeed his OPTI-MOS design actually tries to simulate the soft clipping inherent in many tube circuits, and it also doesn't try to drive the distortion in to the three zero's range (although it is still `low' by any standard). I am little surprised that Randy doesn't present a one box 6 channel home theatre power amplifier design (although perhaps people don't consider this `audiophile').
I found the discussion of active crossovers perhaps slightly over simplistic (I don't recall any mention of the phase characteristics of the drivers themselves). However, as with the rest of the book I think it is a good springboard to more sophisticated systems. Also quite a bit of the information in the power amp and power supply sections can be found in the power amp book (although there is a new discussion of power supplies for signal processing systems - a good read). There is also a really useful chapter on creating balanced and unbalanced lines as well as stepped attentuator resistance tables.
All in all I've had a lot of fun reading the book and have learnt a lot.
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