Is Class D Coming Into Its Own? | The Occasional Podcast

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Is Class D amplification coming into its own? This week on PTA’s The Occasional Podcast, we explore all the possibilities of hifi’s most surreptitious topology. While most of hifi continues to refine tried and true technologies, class D has been stealthily introducing changes along with the chip market.

Jon Derda from MoFi Electronics joins the show to chat about all the background, future and current state of things surrounding Class D amplifiers. New tech like Gallium Nitride (GaN) and clever implementations have pushed the envelope forward, but does the latest crop of products sound as good as Class A?

The Occasional Podcast is rounding the corner into Season 7 with Class D and High End 2022 Highlights, Focal Naim And Bes Nievera and last month’s announcement with Andrew Jones, but you can also check out last season’s Anatomy Of An Amplifier and earlier episodes like A Beginners Guide To Wireless HiFiHow Records Are Made plus A Guide To Tube Amplifiers and our season 6 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. 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 EndGetting Started With Vinyl Playback, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff JosephBill 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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