The TABTM Guide to Vacuum Tube Audio by Jerry Whitaker
Understanding and Building Tube Amps (TAB Electronics)

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Incorporate the "tube sound" into your home audio system

Learn how to work with vacuum tubes and construct high-quality audio amplifiers on your workbench with help from this hands-on, do-it-yourself resource. The TAB Guide to Vacuum Tube Audio: Understanding and Building Tube Amps explains tube theory and construction practices for the hobbyist.

Seven ready-to-build projects feature step-by-step instructions, detailed schematics, and layout tips. You'll also find out how to tweak the projects, each based on a classic RCA design, for your own custom-built amps.

Coverage includes:

Principles and operational theory behind vacuum tubes Tube nomenclature, applications, and specifications Circuit layout, connections, and physical construction Finding and selecting the right components for the project Power supplies for vacuum tube circuits Preamplifier and power amplifier circuits Performance measurement Safety, maintenance, and troubleshooting techniques Tips on building your own tube-based system—and having fun in the process

This book is intended for hobbyists interested in adding the tube sound to any audio system. (Readers looking for high-performance audiophile books are urged to consider the McGraw-Hill books by Morgan Jones.)

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About Jerry Whitaker

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Jerry Whitaker is president of the consulting firm Technical Press. He is the author of many engineering books in the media and communications fields, including DTV: The Revolution in Digital Video, Second Edition, and Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, Third Edition. A former editor-in-chief of Broadcast Engineering magazine, Whitaker resides in Morgan Hill, California.Blair Benson, deceased, was well known in the field for both this book and his Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering. Mr. Benson was a leader in audio and video system design and implementation for many decades, and an architect of the networked TV and radio systems we enjoy today. K. BLAIR BENSON (deceased) was an engineering consultant and one of the world's most renowed television engineers. Beginning his career as an electrical engineer with General Electric, he joined the Columbia Broadcasting System Television Network as a senior project engineer. From 1961 through 1966 he was responsible for the engineering design and installation of the CBS Television Network New York Broadcasting Center, a project that introduced many new techniques and equipment designs to broadcasting. He advanced to become vice president of technical development of CBS Electronics Video Recording Division. He later worked for Goldmark Communications as vice president of engineering and technical operations. A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, he served on numerous engineering committees for both societies and for various terms as SMPTE Governor, television affairs vice president, and editorial vice president. He wrote more than 40 scientific and technical papers on various aspects of television technology. In addition, he was editor of four McGraw-Hill handbooks: the original edition of this TELEVISION ENGINEERING HANDBOOK, the AUDIO ENGINEERING HANDBOOK, the TELEVISION AND AUDIO HANDBOOK FOR ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS, and HDTV: ADVANCED TELEVISION FOR THE 1990s.
Published October 20, 2011 by McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics. 368 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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