The Sound of Silence

Lowest-Noise RIAA Phono-Amps: Designer's Guide

  • Burkhard Vogel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 17-146
  3. Best Practice

  4. Noise Measurement System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Pages 279-284
    3. Pages 285-290
  5. The RIAA Phono-Amp Engine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Pages 303-307
    3. Pages 309-310
    4. Pages 311-312
    5. Pages 313-318
    6. Pages 319-325
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 327-352

About this book


There is a wide field of tasks left that can only be satisfyingly attacked with the help of old-fashioned analogue technology, and one of the most important are amplifiers for analogue signals - such as for audio purposes. The content of this book will lead to affordable phono amplifier design approaches which will end up in lowest-noise solutions not far away from the edge of physical boundaries set by room temperature and given cartridges - thus, fully compatible with very expensive so called “high-end” or “state-of-the-art” offers on today markets - and, from a noise point of view in most cases outperforming them!

With easy to follow mathematical treatment it is demonstrated as well that theory is not far away from reality. Measured SNs will be found within 1dB off the calculated ones and deviations from the exact amplifier transfer won't cross the ± 0.1dB tolerance lines. Additionally, the book presents measurement set-ups and results. Consequently, comparisons with measurement results of test magazine will soon become easier to perform.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Burkhard Vogel
    • 1
  1. 1.Burkhard Vogel Consult GmbHStuttgartGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-76883-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-76884-5
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