Valve and Transistor Audio Amplifiers

Valve and Transistor Audio Amplifiers

1st Edition - November 17, 1997

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  • Author: John Linsley Hood
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080520414
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750633567

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The audio amplifier is at the heart of audio design. Its performance determines largely the performance of any audio system. John Linsley Hood is widely regarded as the finest audio designer around, and pioneered design in the post-valve era. His mastery of audio technology extends from valves to the latest techniques. This is John Linsley Hood's greatest work yet, describing the milestones that have marked the development of audio amplifiers since the earliest days to the latest systems. Including classic amps with valves at their heart and exciting new designs using the latest components, this book is the complete world guide to audio amp design. John Linsley Hood is responsible for numerous amplifier designs that have led the way to better sound, and has also kept up a commentary on developments in audio in magazines such as The Gramophone, Electronics in Action and Electronics and Wireless World. He is also the author of The Art of Linear Electronics and Audio Electronics published by Newnes.

Key Features

  • Complete world guide to audio amp design written by world famous author
  • Covers classic amps to new designs using latest components
  • Includes the best of valves as well as best of transistors


Designers of audio amplifiers; broadcast and audio engineers; students at undergraduate level, BTEC and HNC/D; hobbyists

Table of Contents

  • Active components
    Passive components
    Voltage amplifier stages using valves
    Valve audio amplifier layouts
    Negative feedback
    Valve operated power amplifiers
    Solid state voltage amplifiers
    Early solid-state amplifiers
    Contemporary power amplifier designs
    Power supplies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 1997
  • Published: November 17, 1997
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080520414
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750633567

About the Author

John Linsley Hood

John Linsley Hood (1925-2004) was head of the electronics research laboratories at British cellophane, for nearly 25 years. He worked on many instrumentation projects including width gauges and moisture meters, and made several inventions which were patented under the Cellophane name. Prior to his work at British Cellophane he worked in the electronics laboratory of the Department of Atomic Energy at Sellafield, Cumbria. He studied at Reading University after serving in the military as a radar mechanic. Linsley Hood published more than 30 technical feature articles in Wireless World magazine and its later incarnation Electronics World. He also contributed to numerous magazines including Electronics Today.

Affiliations and Expertise

(1925-2004) Independent Technical Author; Formerly at Department of Atomic Energy at Sellafield, Cumbria

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  • JohnMullins Mon May 13 2019

    Valve and transistor audio amplifiers

    An excellent overview of the subject.