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The TAB Guide to Vacuum Tube Audio: Understanding and Building Tube Amps

    The TAB Guide to Vacuum Tube Audio: Understanding and Building Tube Amps

    Item #: MWHL-0071753214   •   MFG #: 9780071753210


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    Incorporate the "tube sound" into your home audio system

    Learn how to work with vacuum tubes and construct high-quality audio amplifiers on your workbench with help from this hands-on, do-it-yourself resource. The TAB Guide to Vacuum Tube Audio: Understanding and Building Tube Amps explains tube theory and construction practices for the hobbyist.

    Seven ready-to-build projects feature step-by-step instructions, detailed schematics, and layout tips. You'll also find out how to tweak the projects, each based on a classic RCA design, for your own custom-built amps.

    Coverage includes:

    Principles and operational theory behind vacuum tubes
    Tube nomenclature, applications, and specifications
    Circuit layout, connections, and physical construction
    Finding and selecting the right components for the project
    Power supplies for vacuum tube circuits
    Preamplifier and power amplifier circuits
    Performance measurement
    Safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting techniques
    Tips on building your own tube-based system—and having fun in the process
    This book is intended for hobbyists interested in adding the tube sound to any audio system. (Readers looking for high-performance audiophile books are urged to consider the McGraw-Hill books by Morgan Jones.)

    Learn more at

    Make Great Stuff!
    TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

    Table of contents
    Chapter 1. An Overview of Vacuum Tube Audio Applications
    Chapter 2. Passive Circuit Components
    Chapter 3. Vacuum Tube Principles
    Chapter 4. Vacuum Tube Circuits
    Chapter 5. Interconnection, Layout, and Operating Environment
    Chapter 6. Construction Project Considerations
    Chapter 7. Tube Characteristics
    Chapter 8. Project 1: Power Supply
    Chapter 9. Project 2: Audio Preamplifiers
    Chapter 10. Project 3: 15 W Audio Power Amplifier
    Chapter 11. Project 4: 30 W Audio Power Amplifier
    Chapter 12. Putting It All Together
    Chapter 13. Final Thoughts
    Appendix A. Notes and References

    Author comments
    Jerry C. Whitaker is Vice President of Standards Development at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Washington, D.C. He was previously President of Technical Press, a consulting company based in the San Jose area. Whitaker has been involved in various aspects of the electronics industry for over 30 years, with specialization in communications. He is the former editorial director and associate publisher of Broadcast Engineering and Video Systems magazines, and a former radio station chief engineer and television news producer. Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, an SBE-certified professional broadcast engineer, a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


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