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Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook

5th Edition

By Douglas Self, Douglas Self

  1. ISBN: 9780240521626
  2. Publication Date: July 2009
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 608
  5. Price:
    • $70.95 (USD)
    • £43.99 (GBP)
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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.


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