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Fundamentals of High Fidelity

Fundamentals of High Fidelity

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Describes the basics of audio signals and components
Describes the basics of audio signals and components

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Published by: JShearer on May 04, 2009
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HERMAN BURSTEIN
FUNDAMENTALS OF HIGH FIDELITY
John F. Rider Publisher, Inc., 116 West 14th Street New York 11, N.Y.
 
Copyright February 1959 by
JOHN F. RIDER PUBLISHER, INC.
All rights reserved. This book or any parts thereof may not bereproduced in any form or in anylanguage without permission of the publisher.Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 59-8815Printed in the United States of America
 
 preface
 
Primers dealing with high fidelity are inclined to concentrate upon the equipment thatmakes up a home music system. For this reason, they are chiefly occupied with describing thefunctions, features, construction, and operation of each element of such a system. However, thisis only one approach to explaining high fidelity. The fact remains that equipment is but a meansto an end. An amplifier, for example, is not desired for itself, like a diamond. We are interested inwhat an amplifier does for us and how well it does it. Quality of performance is the basis for distinguishing between high-fidelity and other types of sound reproduction. A collection of audiocomponents, separately or together labeled “high fidelity”, is not what we really mean by theterm. Our true interest is in the quality of reproduced sound that these components make possible.Accordingly, only one chapter is devoted to the description of the components of a high-fidelity system. In the main, this book is concerned with spelling out the attributes of highfidelity performance—that which distinguishes a high-fidelity system from a garden-varietyradio-phonograph—and with clarifying certain major problems that come up in striving for the best possible reproduction of sound.

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