Chapter 9

Hardware

The hardware of electronics, meaning the chassis, covers, cabinets, switches and other ‘external’ features, is almost as important as the circuitry within, because the hardware is all that the casual user can use to judge the system. British manufacturers of hi-fi systems (about all that survives of the UK consumer electronics industry) are by now well aware of this, although it seems that we have the strange distinction of making as much valve-equipped hi-fi as transistorized versions. For consumer applications, the look of hardware is important, but for military contracts, adhering to specifications is what counts. On all scores hardware cannot be neglected, although it very often is. The task is made much easier when there ...

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