Literature survey:


For the real audio design enthusiast I can recommend some very interesting books. Each of these are special in its own way. Some can be used as study material, others to freshen up your memory and some of them only for the fun en their beautiful historical value. Because of my Dutch background, I've read several books in the two languages. The most interesting ones are showed here below included ISBN number and release date.

       
Walter G. Jung
The Saga of Marconi Osram Valve
Published:
ISBN: 0-9539127-0-1 Hardback
ISBN: 0-9539127-1-x Softback
  Gerarld F.J. Tyne
Saga of the Vacuum Tube
Published: 1994 3th printing
ISBN: 0-672-21470-9 Hardback Ü
ISBN: 0-672-21470-9 Softback
  Michael Riordan & Lillian Hoddeson
Crystal Fire
Published: 19976th printing
ISBN: 0-393-31851-6 Softback


 
   

The book 'The Saga of Marconi Osram Valve' written by Barry Vijse & George Jessop is such a special Book. This book describes the history of valve making for 100 years, three generations, two world wars and the great developments in broadcasting in the post-war periods in particular The United Kingdom. An absolute must for the historic diehards. For myself I've had the honour that Barry Vijse had signed my hardback version.

The Saga of the Vacuum Tube, written by Gerarld F.J. Tyne is also a special historic book, one minus is the pocket finish and the bad pictures inside. This book deserves more than that.


       
Douglas Self
Self On Audio
Published:
ISBN:0-7506-4765-5
  Douglas Self
Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook
Published:
ISBN: 0-7506-2788-3
  Douglas Self
The Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook
Published:
ISBN:0-7506-5636-0
   

Three other interesting books are the ones from Douglas Self, these technical books are almost even important for Analogue Designers than the Bible for religiously people. They are the Analogue summit for designer's en ideal as reference books for many audio designs. For the Engineer an absolute must. The latest version "black cover design" is an update of the Power Amplifier Design Handbook second edition and covers more than 15% more technical information, like Class-G Amplifiers. For more details of Douglas Self see www.dself.dsl.pipex.com


   

 
Forrest M. Mims III
Radio Shack
Engineer's Notebook
II
Published:
Cat. No. 276-5002
 

Forrest M. Mims III
The Forrest Mims
Engineer's Notebook
Published:
ISBN: 1878707035

  Forrest M. Mims III
The Forrest Mims
Engineer's Notebook
V-I
Published:
ISBN: 1878707
493
  Forrest M. Mims III
The Forrest Mims Engineer's Notebook V-II
Published:
ISBN: 1878707
485

Forrest M. Mims III has written more than sixty books about science, lasers, computers, and electronics. Many of his books describe electronic circuits and projects that he personally builds and tests. When he isn't writing books, he does various kinds of scientific research, writes magazine and newspaper articles, and teaches experimental science at the University of the Nations in Hawaii. The books mentioned above are refenrence books for the real amateur. The books tell us a lot about small practical, analogue as well as digital circuits. All the schematic circuits in the book are hand-drawn, built and tested in practice. The author started with an Engineer's notebook for Radio Shack in the mid seventies and sold over more than 7,500,000 copies over the world today. For more information see the site of the author. www.forrestmims.com


   

 
J. Davidse and others
Ruisarm Ontwerpen
Published:
ISBN: 90-201-2176-6
 

Joseph J. Carr
Exploring Solid-State Amplifier
Published: 1999
ISBN: 0-7906-1192-9

  Ben Duncan
High Performance Audio Power Amplifiers
Published: 1996
ISBN: 0-7506-2629
  G. Randy Slone
High-Power Audio Amplifier Construction Manual
Published: 1999
ISBN: 0-07-134119-6

Designing noiseless free analogue circuits is very difficult for the most analogue designers, one very useful book for Dutch Designers is "Ruisarm Ontwerpen in de Elektronica en Communicatietechniek" written by: J. Davidse E.A and could be ordered with the following ISBN: 90-201-2176-6. This book is written in Dutch and I don't know if there is a English version on the market.

Solid-State Amplifiers by Joseph J. Carr is a small book with to the point high lights of Amplifier issues like; Noise behavior, Classification of Amplifiers and much more. A one to have book for in the bookcase.

High Performance Audio Power Amplifiers written by Ben Duncan, one of the state of the art designers for High End Audio. Very good book with plenty details about power amplifiers and a pleasure to read, certainly with the beautiful historic details, like the Linn Topology of mr. Lin at RCA with his famous three stage topology, the standard in analogue audio design.

High-Power Audio Amplifier Construction Manual by G.Randy Slone, perfect book who is looking for design topology with concrete examples, like Mirrored Cascoded Input topology for better noise and Slew-rate behavior. There are many more interesting items and easy to read.


       
Walter G. Jung
IC Op-Amp Cookbook
Published: 1994 11th printing
ISBN:0-672-22453-4
  Alex van de Bril
Demystificatie van de operationele versterker
Published: 1986 1th printing
ISBN: 90-71640-01-9
     

Two interesting books about Op-Amps in al here diversity. The first written in English and the second in Dutch language. The IC Op-Amp Cookbook tells us a lot about the basic theoretical rules of the Op-Amp and therefore an absolute must for the bookshelf. The second book is ideal as a reference book for Op-Amps for small basic circuits, like comparators, logarithmic amplifiers etc.


       
James W. Nilson
Electric Circuits
Published: 1990 3th printing
ISBN:0-201-17288-7
  Paul Horowitz
The Art of Electronics
Published: 1999 2th printing
ISBN: 0-521-37095-7
     

Two theoretical design books, each for the electronic engineer a must. James W. Nilson explains in his book Laplace, Mutual Inductance, Natural, step responses of RLC circuits and a lot more. Not a book for reading just before bedtime. Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill have written a perfect reference book full of small electronic circuits and ideas. Also paged with bad circuits, these are circuits that look like good but in practise they donít work.


       
Audio Amateur Press
The LP is Back
Published: March 1999
ISBN: 1-882580-21-4
  Bob Metzler
Audio Measurement Handbook
Published: March 1993
Published by: Audio precision
     

This book describes on a easy way the most important issues that could be measured with an audio analyzer. For me the Audio Measurement Glossary was the most interesting item. The beautiful cover let me go back to my time as a young service engineer by a High End distributor in Holland. I've measured for many years with the 1700 series like; 1700A, 1700B, 1701A and 1710A distortion analyzers.


   

 
The Design Centre
Published:
ISBN:
 

The Design Centre
Published:
ISBN:

  The Design Centre
Published:
ISBN:
 

These books are published as manuals for Pspice V5, but they also explain the deeper meanings of Spice models and therefore useful as a Pspice standard.


       
Spice
Published:
ISBN:
 

Computer-aided circuit analysis using Spice
Published: 1989
ISBN: 0-13-168394-2

  Protel2004, Desiging with Protel
Published: 2004
ISBN: Direct from manufactory AltiumLimited
   

Two other books, one in Dutch and the other one in English language. Not spectacular but useful for using computer-aides design of several analogue circuits.


     
Elektronica 1
Published:
ISBN:
  Elektronica 1
Published:
ISBN:
  Elektronica 1
Published:
ISBN:
 

These are my study books I've used on the department of Electrical Engineering/informatics at the Hogeschool in Utrecht for "Higher Electronics" . I used them sometimes as a reference book when I'm struggling with analogue circuits, especially for audio circuits.



More books to come....................

I hope that this bibliography index will grow with the input of other audio design enthusiasts. Don't hesitate to mail me for interesting updates.

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