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Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook, 4th Edition by Douglas Self

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Introduction and general survey

The economic importance of power amplifiers

Audio power amplifiers are of considerable economic importance. They are built in their hundreds of thousands every year, and have a history extending back to the 1920s. It is therefore surprising there have been so few books dealing in any depth with solid-state power amplifier design.

The first aim of this text is to fill that need, by providing a detailed guide to the many design decisions that must be taken when a power amplifier is designed.

The second aim is disseminate the results of the original work done on amplifier design in the last few years. The unexpected result of these investigations was to show that power amplifiers of extraordinarily low distortion ...

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