BEGINNER GUIDE TO TUBE AUDIO DESIGN BY BRUCE ROZENBLIT PDF

Whether this mystique evolved from a lack of commercial availability of certain tube powered amplifiers, especially those of the single-ended variety, or whether tube-based hi-fi naturally lends itself to hobbyist involvement, suffice it to say that there has always been a dedicated underground of amateur audio alchemists pursuing that elusive goal of turning electricity into music. Up until the past few years, it appeared that this movement would remain on the outskirts of the high end. With recent renewed interest in tube audio gear, however, many of the ideas, concepts, and design theories behind the hobbyist approach have been slowly bubbling up from this "fringe" element. Today, the high end is experiencing a steady influx of products incorporating elements of the comparatively ancient technology favored by the audio underground. Reaction to this development in the industry has been mixed and hotly debated. It is one thing to discuss, based on perceived sonic virtues, the pros and cons of many of the "tube issues" such as single ended amplification and the use of negative feedback.

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Whether this mystique evolved from a lack of commercial availability of certain tube powered amplifiers, especially those of the single-ended variety, or whether tube-based hi-fi naturally lends itself to hobbyist involvement, suffice it to say that there has always been a dedicated underground of amateur audio alchemists pursuing that elusive goal of turning electricity into music.

Up until the past few years, it appeared that this movement would remain on the outskirts of the high end. With recent renewed interest in tube audio gear, however, many of the ideas, concepts, and design theories behind the hobbyist approach have been slowly bubbling up from this "fringe" element. Today, the high end is experiencing a steady influx of products incorporating elements of the comparatively ancient technology favored by the audio underground.

Reaction to this development in the industry has been mixed and hotly debated. It is one thing to discuss, based on perceived sonic virtues, the pros and cons of many of the "tube issues" such as single ended amplification and the use of negative feedback.

It is quite another, however, to understand why the use of certain design topographies and concepts inevitably result in particular sonic flavorings. Further, though there are now several manufacturers producing innovative, alternative tube audio designs, the cost of purchasing some of the premier, commercially available examples of this technology is unfortunately quite beyond the means of many audio enthusiasts.

As such, the DIY approach offers an attractive alternative for those willing to invest hard work and ingenuity in lieu of tens of thousands of dollars to acquire just the right tube audio fix. Objective information on some of the more esoteric aspects of tube audio design can be hard to find, however, and for those looking to either build their own tube amplifiers or to learn more about them, this lack of basic information can be quite frustrating.

One could frequent libraries and used bookstores in search of ancient tomes on vacuum tube electronics, but modern texts on tube-based audio are rare indeed. Rozenblit, a graduate electronics engineer and contributing editor to Glass Audio magazine, is clearly in his element when describing the ins and outs of tube amplification circuits and designs - both modern and antique.

Beginning with a detailed analysis of the parts and functions of typical triode and pentode tubes, Bruce leads the reader on a topic by topic, chapter by chapter journey through a tube-based amplification process. In it, Bruce introduces the five basic parameters of an amplification stage- input impedance, output impedance, gain, bandwidth, and amplitude. From there, Bruce devotes chapters to simple gain stages, negative feedback, single stage feedback circuits, and multistage basics, each illustrated with numerous charts and diagrams.

After exploring the foundations of tube circuit design, Rozenblit, in a chapter entitled "Amplifier Parts," delves into an assortment of other circuits used in amplifier design.

Chapters on output stages and transformers, power supplies and voltage regulators, and stability networks round out the design portion of this book. Once the reader has become acquainted with the ways of the tube, Bruce provides practical illustrations of the ways tube-based circuitry has been applied in a number of popular amplifiers.

Illustrated with schematics, Bruce points out some of the more interesting and innovative elements of each. A closing chapter, entitled "practical considerations," offers advice on the types of equipment the tube amplifier designer should have on his workbench, safety tips for working with potentially lethal voltages, and suggestions for selecting the best parts for a particular application.

The preamp project in particular, containing just a single gain stage, would appear to be an excellent practical application of the concepts, theories, and skills introduced in this book. Given the fairly technical nature of much of the information presented, this "hands on" approach would certainly appear be most helpful in fully understanding this material. In that sense, what the beginning reader gets out of this book is very likely dependent on the effort he is willing to put into it.

As indicated above, this book contains some fairly technical information and Bruce pulls no punches as he launches into the heart of the subject matter from the opening pages. Though the material is presented in a simple, direct manner, the tube audio beginner is by no means being "spoon-fed. This is not the type of book that can be read and understood over a casual bowl of breakfast cereal and a glass of orange juice, and those lacking an elementary, pre-existing understanding of electronic circuitry may find themselves a bit overwhelmed.

With time and effort, however, the design concepts introduced in this book at least to me gradually become clearer. The act of balancing these compromises into a sonically satisfying audio product emerges as an art form in itself.

Introductory texts on any subject invariable walk the tightrope between overwhelming the reader with technical information or boring the reader with too much explanation and too little useful content. While Rozenblit may tiptoe on the on the edge of technological overload for the electronics beginner, his straightforward, no-nonsense style is easy to read, even if the material is not so easily digested.

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