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Small Signal Audio Design


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Basics 2. Components 3. Designing with Discrete Transistors 4. Opamps and Their Properties 5. Filters 6. Preamplifier Architectures 7. Moving-Magnet Disc Inputs 8. Moving-Coil Disc Inputs 9. Volume-Control and Balance 10. Tone Controls and Equalisers 11. A Complete Preamplifier 12. Mixer Architectures 13. Microphone Input Amplifiers 14. Line Inputs 15. Line Outputs 16. Signal Switching 17. Mixer Subsystems 18. Level Indication and Metering 19. Level Control and Special Circuits 20. Power Supplies 21. Interfacing with the Digital Domain 22. Headphone Amplifiers

About the Author

Douglas Self studied engineering at Cambridge University, then psychoacoustics at Sussex University. He has spent many years working at the top level of design in both the professional audio and hifi industries, and has taken out a number of patents in the field of audio technology. He currently acts as a consultant engineer in the field of audio design.


"Self provides solid, well-explained technical information throughout the book, all gained from years of experience and a thorough understanding of the entire topic, and all verified by measurement and practical applications in the field. His book exudes skilful engineering on every page, and I found it a very refreshing, enjoyable, and inspirational read. Self writes in his preface that he dares to hope that he has moved analogue audio design a bit further forward. He certainly has for me, and if you have the slightest interest in audio circuit design this book has to be considered an essential reference. Very highly recommended." - Hugh Robjohns, Sound on Sound Magazine

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