Audio Demystified

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November 22, 2006


Mixed media product, 319 pages

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0071469834 / 9780071469838


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Main description

The fast and easy way to learn audio-frequency electronics 

This new addition to the Demystified series offers practical, easy-to-understand information on the latest audio-frequency (AF) electronics technologies. You will learn basic electronics and mathematical concepts, followed by details on speakers, microphones, amplifiers, and equalizers. Specialized topics include computer recording, home and car audio system installation, amplifier design, and live sound reinforcement.

Table of contents

Preface Chapter 1: Direct Current Basics Chapter 2: Alternating Current Basics Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Phase Chapter 4: The Bipolar Transistor Chapter 5: The Field-Effect Transistor Chapter 6: Electron Tubes Chapter 7: Audio Characteristics and Components Chapter 8: Speakers, Headsets, and Microphones Chapter 9: Impedance-Matching Transformers Chapter 10: Transistorized Amplifiers and Oscillators Chapter 11: Filters and Equalizers Chapter 12: Noise, Hum, Interference, and Grounding Chapter 13: Recording, Reproduction, and Synthesis Final Exam Answers to Quiz Questions Final Exam Answer Key Suggested Additional Reading Index

Author comments

Stan Gibilisco is one of McGraw-Hill's most prolific and popular authors. His clear, reader-friendly writing style makes his books accessible to a wide audience, and his experience as an electronics engineer, researcher, and mathematician makes him an ideal editor for reference books and tutorials. Stan has authored several titles for the McGraw-Hill Demystified library of home-schooling and self-teaching volumes, along with more than 30 other books and dozens of magazine articles. His work has been published in several languages. Booklist named his McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Personal Computing one of the "Best References of 1996," and named his Encyclopedia of Electronics one of the "Best References of the 1980s."

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Got an ear for audio but want to know more about how it all works? Audio Demystified gives you sound information on what makes audio-frequency (AF) electronics technologies hum.

You'll start with an overview of basic electronics and mathematical concepts, followed by details on speakers, microphones, amplifiers, and equalizers. The book goes on to cover recording methods, home and car audio systems, amplifier design, and live sound reinforcement. Featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this easy-to-follow guide will really resonate with anyone interested in audio technologies.

This fast and easy guide gives you:

  • Plenty of schematics and diagrams
  • Tips for creating analog or digital recordings
  • Ideas for designing amplifiers
  • A quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses
  • A final exam at the end of the book
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Audio Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this complex subject.


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