Happy New Year, folks. I’ve had this interesting book festering on the coffee table for a few months now, picking it up and reading a chapter now and then, and saying to myself, “Self (me, not the book’s author) make sure you get a review of this book out before the end of the year. Well, I wanted to make sure I got it out before the end of this year.
Self on Audio is a collection of articles on the design of small signal and power amplifiers written by designer Douglas Self. The articles are well written, well illustrated where appropriate, and give the reader both technical information about how things work, but equally important, how a designer approaches making a circuit that does what he wants it to do. The bonus material in this book is an extensive preface to each article that provides background on why the author designed it the way he did, and how he improved a common device like a phono preamp or power amplifier.
You can read my full review here.
It’s a little late for a stocking stuffer, but if you’re interested in solid state audio design, and maybe want a couple of DIY projects, you might want to put that Amazon gift card you got for Christmas to work.