Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook / Edition 5

Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook / Edition 5

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by Douglas Self
     
 

ISBN-10: 0240521625

ISBN-13: 9780240521626

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240521626
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
606
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: History Architecture & Negative Feedback
Chapter 3: The General Principles of Power Amplifiers
Chapter 4: The Small Signal Stages
Chapter 5: The Output Stage 1
Chapter 6: The Output Stage 2
Chapter 7: The XD Principle
Chapter 8: Compensation, Slew Rate & Stability
Chapter 9: On Crosstalk, Hum, and Noise
Chapter 10: Power Supplies & PSRR
Chapter 11: Class-A Power Amplifiers
Chapter 12: Class-G Power Amplifiers
Chapter 13: Class-D Amplifiers
Chapter 14: FET Output Stages
Chapter 15: Thermal Compensation and Thermal Dynamics
Chapter 16: The Design of DC Servos
Chapter 17: Amplifier and Loudspeaker Protection
Chapter 18: Power Amplifier Input Systems
Chapter 19: Microcontrollers in Amplifiers
Chapter 20: Grounding and Practical Matters
Chapter 21: Testing and Safety

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Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Retired_Engineer More than 1 year ago
I am an Electrical Engineer. Self's book contains a lot of good information and has enabled me to build two different models of audio amplifiers with vanishingly low distortion, very low cost and great sound. It is NOT a cookbook, but it does present all of the pieces of a very good design. I found the discussion of Subjectivism particularly clear and I agree completely with it. Ebgineers are obsessive about measuring things. Without measuring, it is not possible to evaluate improvements. Books I also recommend contain some cookbook designs
e-cb More than 1 year ago
Although the target audience is probably the more experienced audio community, this excellent volume will certainly allow anyone with an interest in audio amplifier development to improve their understanding of what, why and how. It will also stimulate reexamination of topics previously assumed to be exhausted. With 99% of all commercial audio amplifiers operating in class B, the addition of the novel cross over point shift is very intriguing and provides another impulse to again modify that bench top experiment. The added pages and chapters are a substantial expansion over the earlier editions. I highly recommend this book to anyone with more than a passing interest in audio engineering. The topics are well researched and results properly documented, and even now with the solid state amplifiers well established, this volume demonstrates that there remains a lot of scope for new ideas. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago