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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521770
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Douglas Self, who has been designing both pro and consumer audio products for more than 20 years gave an excellent tutorial on designing balanced interconnections. This talk was part of the Product Design track, so the goal, it seemed, was to expose product designers to the advantages of providing balanced connections (whether the user uses them at not) and that it can be done for very little added cost. He went through several evolutions of the differential amplifier and how to greatly improve common mode rejection for very little parts cost."--MikeRiversAudio.com

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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 Amazon Customer on 10 Aug. 2013
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This review is for the Kindle edition which is infuriatingly unreadable in parts. I am assuming the print version is better. My recommendation is that unless you carry a magnifying glass and powerful light around with you at all times, get the print version.

For a product of this cost it is outrageous.

OK, I'll calm down, the content has a depth and breadth that will be useful and informative for any audio engineer even seasoned circuit hackers will find stuff which is new to them. It is not written like a text book and is thoroughly readable. My guess is that most readers will buy it to dip into when they have a need to bone up on a particular topic, but having picked it up they will read it from cover to cover because it is so interesting.

So - a great review so far, well that is not counting on a large proportion of the diagrams, equations and tables which are unreadably small. I first thought is was a feature of my Kindle touch which prevented zooming in on this type of inserts - ie normal text is scalable but not these poor things. So I tried it in the PC and Android Kindle apps. They are just the same and the offending graphics remain at the fixed unreadable size.

Some of them are even unreadable using a magnifying glass. The graphic is in a paler tone which makes it worse, and it is so indistinct and blurred possibly from being digitised. How this can have been allowed to go through quality control I don't know. These are important equations, diagrams and tables of figures and results of tests and are the lifeblood of informative and academic texts.

I paid over £30 for this and feel cheated. I've missed the 7 day deadline otherwise it would have been returned.

Please, please get this fixed!

In the meantime I'd say don't buy it in Kindle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Campbell on 28 Aug. 2014
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I am a highly experienced analogue circuit designer, and yet I learned a lot from this book. However, I have to disagree with a few things that he says. For instance, some versions of his Baxendall tone control have very undesirable bass/treble interaction when simulated correctly, stepping bass and treble settings independently through their range. Perhaps his simulator was not able to do that, I use Microcap 8 which does.

Also, I would think that everyone has been using integrated balanced line drivers and receivers for years, not contriving them with op-amps.

I don't propose to go through the book page by page, picking out every minor discrepancy, because that would be unfair, it is clearly the best book of its kind in the field, and firmly puts the subjectivists in their place. The emphasis is on proper engineering, not pretentious nonsense, and I think that if he had another 200 pages at his disposal, my objections would have been covered fully, so I do hope that he is planning a new, enlarged and modernised edition.

I think one of the problems is that the cycle of writing, or updating, a book is far longer than the rate of introduction of new electronic components suitable for audio use, such as the aforementioned balanced line drivers, VCAs, compressor/expanders, etc, so no book is ever going to be fully up to date. His choice of op-amp still stands, after many years.

Nevertheless, an experienced designer, using this book, and with recourse to data on the most up to date components, will find excellent guidance here. Strongly recommended for professional designers! But his power amplifier book is even better, also strongly recommended. Beware of the 99% of nonsense published on the web in this field, get the books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wurgle on 9 April 2010
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In terms of material I could not perhaps find elsewhere I think the book scores less well than the power amp book. However in terms of a reference guide to small signal audio electronics it is very very good. It does contain new information and the section on components is excellent.

I think the problem Mr. Self has given himself is that the benchmark he has set with the power amp book is so high that almost any sequel is going to get a hard time from his fans :-) Of which I am one so expect a well biased review.

However put it like this. In the past I designed professional audio electronics (for over 3 years) developing circuits for many of the areas discussed in this book and within 5 minutes of opening it I learn something new, about the LT1028 op-amp as it happens.

While writing this review I've just flopped open the book at "distortion in Sallen-and-Key filters" and read about something I had to find out the hard way.

I too wish some areas had more depth -
I'd like to know more on non-linear circuits, discrete VCA design... Mr. Self - take a look at a MAT-04 datasheet for ideas for me.

Volume I is money well spent. I look forward to volume II.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc on 9 Oct. 2011
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Yes, it does what it says on the tin. I've been away from electronics dabbling for 30 years. Back then (as a teenager) I did it because I couldn't afford to buy any of the kit I wanted. Now I'm back doing it because I want to learn and to create and to have fun. And reading this book from cover to cover is a great way to get back up to speed very quickly. It's very readable and very informative. Now off to design and build some new kit that I could now very easily afford to buy off the shelf a hundred times over. But where would be the fun in that?
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