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The Sound of Silence

Lowest-Noise RIAA Phono-Amps: Designer's Guide

Vogel, Burkhard

2nd ed. 2011, XXIII, 752p. 509 illus., 104 illus. in color.

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  • 2nd very enlarged edition including 7 brand new chapters
  • Know How of Lowest-Noise Phono Amplifiers
  • Uniquely Models also Lowest-Noise Valve Amplifiers
  • Includes Low-Noise Amplifiers for Vinyl Records

There is a wide field of tasks left that can only be satisfyingly attacked with the help of old-fashioned analog technology. One of the most important fields is that of amplifiers for analog signals - such as for audio purposes.


The content of this book will lead to affordable phono amplifier design approaches which will end up in lowest-noise solutions not far away from the edge of physical boundaries set by room temperature and given cartridges - thus, fully compatible with very expensive so called "high-end" or "state-of-the-art" offers on today markets - and, from a noise point of view, in most cases outperforming them!


In this 2nd edition it is demonstrated with easy to follow mathematical treatment that theory is not far away from reality. Measured signal-to-noise ratios of solid-state and valve designs, both alternatively driven by transformers, will be found within 1dB off the calculated ones and deviations from the exact RIAA transfer won't cross the ± 0.1dB tolerance lines. Additionally, the book presents measurement set-ups and results. Consequently, comparisons with measurement results and test approaches of test magazine will be discussed too.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » SN ratio - phono amplifiers - semisimulated noise calculation - transformer noise - tube noise - vinyl records

Related subjects » Circuits & Systems - Classical Continuum Physics - Electronics & Electrical Engineering - Signals & Communication

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