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Music Engineering, 2nd Edition by Richard Brice

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Unchained Melody – Amplifiers

Two different philosophies

Two different philosophies underlie amplifier design. These are the philosophies we identified in Chapter 1. One is appropriate for musical applications, the other for high quality monitoring and reproduction. The problem is, many entirely specious and time-wasting debates centre on a failure to make an adequate distinction between the two.

A ‘straight wire with gain’

For high quality monitoring purposes only one philosophy is appropriate; that the practical amplifier should approach – as nearly as possible – the perfect amplifier. Something Peter Walker of the Acoustical Manufacturing Company Ltd, erstwhile manufacturers of the Quad mark, expressed as a ‘straight wire with gain!’ ...

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