Audio and Hi-Fi Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750649759, 9780080499567

Audio and Hi-Fi Handbook

1st Edition

Editors: Ian Sinclair
eBook ISBN: 9780080499567
Paperback ISBN: 9780750649759
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 17th October 2000
Page Count: 464
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Written by a team of experts and specialist contributors, this comprehensive guide has proved to be an invaluable resource for professional designers and service engineers. Each chapter is written by a leading author, including Don Aldous, Nick Beer, John Borwick, Dave Berriman, John Linsley Hood, Geoff Lewis and John Watkinson, which provides as wide a perspective as possible on high-quality sound reproduction as well as a wealth of expertise.

The third edition includes new chapters on servicing, Nicam stereo and digital satellite radio. For the first time in paperback, this revised edition features a completely new chapter on the most recent digital developments, CD-R/RW, HDCD, Internet audio, MP3 players and DAM-CD.

Ian Sinclair has written over 140 books on aspects of electronics and computing and has been a regular contributor to the electronics and computing press.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive - and comprehensible - guide to audio electronics
  • Enables enthusiasts to understand and modify their Hi-fi equipment
  • Electronics and design principles make this book a handy reference tool for anyone involved in audio design, manufacture, installation and use


Hi-fi and electronics enthusiasts, professionals, students

Table of Contents

Sound waves and acoustics
Studio acoustics
Sound synthesis
Introduction to digital principles
Compact disc technology
Other digital systems (DAT, NICAM, DCC, MD)
DVD audio standards
MP3: music on the internet
Nicam and satellite radio
Analogue tape recording
Noise reduction systems
The LP record
Disc reproduction
Tuners and radio receivers
Preamps and inputs voltage amplifiers/controls
Valve amplifiers
Loudspeaker enclosures
Public address
In-car audio


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About the Editor

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, “Understanding Electronic Components” was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at

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Long-standing technical author, UK

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