Preface

“The End … is the Knowledge of Causes and secret motions of things, and the enlarging of the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of all things possible.”

Francis Bacon, New Atlantis

“Another damned thick book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr. Gibbon?”

Attributed to Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, in 1781 upon receiving the second volume of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire from its author.

This book aims to give a comprehensive account of the electronics needed to extract the best possible signal from grooves in vinyl. This is timely, as what is called the “vinyl revival” is still in full swing. Vinyl reproduction presents some fascinating technical challenges; the signal levels from ...

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