How do the purpose and requirements of a tube amplifier relate to subjective and objective criteria? Which circuits sound the best, and why? If you want to develop and market an amplifier, what problems should you expect? What are the significance and meaning of measurements? Are they still meaningful, or have they lost their relevance? These are the kind of questions Menno van der Veen asks (and answers!) in Elektor’s latest publication, Designing Tube Amplifiers, Concept, Implementation, and Assessment.


Modern components such as toroidal output transformers, extremely high-quality resistors and capacitors, and many sorts of wire with good acoustic properties are integral to the continued use of tube amplifiers. Thanks to the enormous processing power of computers, we can now measure more details than ever before. How can these new methods be applied to tube amplifiers? This book endeavors to provide solutions to these obstacles through forward-thinking insights into a future where amplifier measurements conform to our sense of hearing, providing a greater depth of understanding regarding amplifier characterization.


Menno’s book focuses more on practical aspects than on theory, and it has a contemplative mode of address. It focuses primarily on the design phase and knowledge elements are integrated and placed in the context of a broad overview. If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge about tube amplifiers, or require some practical assistance with your own project, this book is for you!


Available in the second week of September, early bird customers can pre-order and reserve their copy to ensure they are first in line to receive this excellent text. Elektor GREEN and GOLD Members take advantage of 17% discount and free shipping if they purchase Designing Tube Amplifiers before September 13, 2013. Be smart. Order this book along with other Elektor products and get free shipping on the entire order!