This week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast is and educational journey through the innards of amplifier design. Guest Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio walks us through the signal path from input to speaker, giving his comments, tips and things to look out for from a parts perspective along the way.
The show also includes a look at some common options in a feature set, as well as Jason’s priorities when it comes to where to invest the most R&D. Not all designers look at development the same way as Jason, but his insights to the thought process are both interesting and surprising at times.
The Occasional Podcast is closing down season 6 with the amplifier educational, with last week’s interview with Naim and earlier episodes like A Beginners Guide To Wireless HiFi, How Records Are Made plus A Guide To Tube Amplifiers and our season opener What Is Accuracy and Why Audiophiles Love Jazz? but don’t miss last season’s finale TOP’s Best Of Season 5 Awards Plus A Visit to Van Halen’s 5150 Studios or our revisited interview with the late legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt, and the interview with digital audio designer Mike Moffat from the season 5 opener. Also available for download is last season’s interviews with Heinz Lichtenegger, president of Pro-Ject. You can also check out Budgeting – From Entry Level To High End, Getting Started With Vinyl Playback, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff Joseph, Bill Dudleston, Nelson Pass and even Rob Watts.
If you would like more from PTA staff writer and engineer Dave McNair, you can hear also him exploring all things Mastering and explaining The Loudness Wars, and if you haven’t checked out our beginners guide to reel-to-reel playback, it’s definitely worth a listen.
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