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The single best source for designing and optimizing high-performance audio power amplifiers
Designing Audio Power Amplifiers covers power amplifier basics all the way through to in-depth design techniques. This practical guide teaches you how to understand the concepts and nuances of power amplifiers, then analyze and synthesize the many possible variations of audio power amplifier design. An accompanying website includes invaluable downloads (SPICE, LTspice™, and Working LTspice simulations and models, datasheets of all transistors used in the book) to help you get started designing high-performance amplifiers quickly.
Designing Audio Power Amplifiers covers:
- Ultra-low distortion input and voltage amplifier topologies
- Non-conventional feedback compensation techniques
- Lateral and vertical MOSFET power amplifiers
- Output stage error correction circuits
- Thermal stability analysis of BJT and MOSFET output stages
- Output transistors with integral temperature tracking diodes
- Integrated circuit amplifiers and drivers
- SPICE simulation for amplifier design, including distortion analysis
- Amplifier measurement instrumentation and techniques
- PC-based instrumentation for amplifier evaluation
- How amplifiers misbehave and why they sound different
Complete coverage of audio power amplifiers:
Basics; Power Amplifier Design Evolution; Negative Feedback, Compensation and Slew Rate; Amplifier Classes, Output Stages and Efficiency; Integrated Circuit Power Amplifiers and Drivers; Summary of Amplifier Design Considerations; Advanced Power Amplifier Design Techniques; Input and VAS Circuits; Advanced Forms of Feedback Compensation; Output Stage Design and Crossover Distortion; MOSFET Power Amplifiers; Error Correction; BJT and MOSFET Output Transistors; Other Sources of Distortion; Real-World Design Considerations; Output Stage Thermal Design and Stability; Safe Area and Short Circuit Protection; Power Supplies and Grounding; Clipping Control and Civilized Amplifier Behavior; Interfacing the Real World; Simulation and Measurement; SPICE Simulation; SPICE Models and Libraries; Audio Instrumentation; Distortion and its Measurement; Other Amplifier Tests; The Negative Feedback Controversy; Amplifiers without Negative Feedback; Balanced and Bridged Amplifiers
Master the art of audio power amplifier design
This comprehensive book on audio power amplifier design will appeal to members of the professional audio engineering community as well as the hobbyist. Designing Audio Power Amplifiers begins with power amplifier design basics that a novice can understand and moves all the way through to in-depth design techniques for the very sophisticated audiophile and professional audio power amplifier designer. This is the single best source of knowledge for anyone who wants to design an audio power amplifier, whether for fun or profit. Develop and hone your audio design skills with in-depth coverage of these and other topics: Basics of audio power amplifier design MOSFET power amplifiers and error correction Static and dynamic crossover distortion demystified Understanding negative feedback and the controversy surrounding it Advanced negative feedback compensation techniques Sophisticated DC servo design Audio measurements and instrumentation Overlooked sources of distortion SPICE simulation for audio amplifiers, including a tutorial SPICE transistor modeling, including the EKV model for power MOSFETs Thermal design and the use of ThermalTrak transistors Four chapters devoted to class D amplifiers
Supplemental material available at www.cordellaudio.com includes:
* Ready-to-run amplifier simulations * Key transistor models * Other bonus materials
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About the Author
Bob Cordell, an electrical engineer, is a prolific designer of amplifiers, audio test equipment, and other audio gear. He has published articles on power amplifier design in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (JAES) and other publications. Bob is a member of the JAES Review Board and he maintains an audiophile website at www.cordellaudio.com.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Audio Power Amplifier Basics
; Chapter 1.
Introduction; Chapter 2.
Power Amplifier Basics; Chapter 3.
Power Amplifier Design Evolution; Chapter 4.
Negative Feedback, Compensation and Slew Rate; Chapter 5.
Amplifier Classes, Output Stages and Efficiency; Chapter 6.
Integrated Circuit Power Amplifiers and Drivers; Chapter 7.
Summary of Amplifier Design Considerations; Part 2: Advanced Power Amplifier Design Techniques
; Chapter 8.
Input and VAS Circuits; Chapter 9.
Advanced Forms of Feedback Compensation; Chapter 10.
Output Stage Design and Crossover Distortion; Chapter 11.
MOSFET Power Amplifiers; Chapter 12.
Error Correction; Chapter 13.
BJT and MOSFET Output Transistors; Chapter 14.
Other Sources of Distortion; Part 3: Real World Design Considerations
; Chapter 15.
Output Stage Thermal Design and Stability; Chapter 16.
Safe Area and Short Circuit Protection; Chapter 17.
Power Supplies and Grounding; Chapter 18.
Clipping Control and Civilized Amplifier Behavior; Chapter 19.
Interfacing the Real World; Part 4: Simulation and Measurement
; Chapter 20.
SPICE Simulation; Chapter 21.
SPICE Models and Libraries; Chapter 22.
Audio Instrumentation; Chapter 23.
Distortion and its Measurement; Chapter 24.
Other Amplifier Tests; Part 5: Topics in Amplifier Design
; Chapter 26.
The Negative Feedback Controversy; Chapter 27.
Amplifiers without Negative Feedback; Chapter 28.
Balanced and Bridged Amplifiers; Chapter 29.