Self on Audio - 2nd Edition

Self on Audio

2nd Edition

Authors: Douglas Self
Imprint: Newnes
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Whether you are a dedicated audiophile who wants to gain a more complete understanding of the design issues behind a truly great amp, or a professional electronic designer seeking to learn more about the art of amplifier design, there can be no better place to start than with the 35 classic magazine articles collected together in this book.

Douglas Self offers a tried and tested method for designing audio amplifiers in a way that improves performance at every point in the circuit where distortion can creep in – without significantly increasing cost. Through the articles in this book, he takes readers through the causes of distortion, measurement techniques, and design solutions to minimise distortion and efficiency. Most of the articles are based round the design of a specific amplifier, making this book especially valuable for anyone considering building a Self amplifier from scratch.

Self is senior designer with a high-end audio manufacturer, as well as a prolific and highly respected writer. His career in audio design is reflected in the articles in this book, originally published in the pages of Electronics World and Wireless World over a 25 year period.

Key Features

  • An audio amp design cookbook, comprising 35 of Douglas Self's definitive audio design articles
  • Complete designs for readers to build and adapt
  • An anthology of classic designs for electronics enthusiasts, Hi-Fi devotees and professional designers alike


Professional audio amplifier designers High-end audio / Hi-Fi enthusiasts Advanced electronics hobbyists

Table of Contents

Advanced preamplifier design; High-performance preamplifier; Precision preamplifier; Design of moving-coil head amplifiers; Precision preamplifier ’96 parts1+2; Overload matters; A balanced view, parts 1+2; FETs versus BJTs: the linearity competition; Distortion in power amplifiers (8 article series); Diagnosing distortions; Trimodal audio power, parts 1+2; Load-invariant audio power; Common-emitter power amplifiers: a different perception; Few compliments for non-complements; Loudspeaker undercurrents; Class distinction; Muting relays; Cool audio power; Audio power analysis; Audio compressor design; Sound MOSFET design; Inside mixing consoles; Amplifier input currents; Analogue switching, parts 1+2; Index


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About the Author

Douglas Self

Affiliations and Expertise

Douglas Self has a worldwide reputation as a leading authority on audio amplifier design, but it is perhaps less well known that he has devoted a good deal of study to small-signal circuitry, including many years as the chief design engineer at one of the major mixing console manufacturers, where his achievements included winning a Design Council Award. His rigorous, skeptical, and thoroughly practical approach to design has been applied to the small signal area as well, and some of the results to be found in this book. Senior designer of high-end audio amplifiers and contributor to Electronics World magazine, Douglas has worked with many top audio names, including Cambridge Audio, TAG-McLaren Audio, and Soundcraft Electronics.