To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Want a book that will get you started with electronic repairs? Look elsewhere. The author makes a lot of assumptions and judgements on things worth or not worth fixing. Take a look at the section on VHS. It starts with do you really need to fix it? Well I don’t care for your opinion just tell me how to fix it. The index is useless, hardly any diagrams, no additional online content, no exercises to practice on. Just a waste of money find something else or just watch some YouTube videos, they are usually clearer and provide more detail.
I nearly didn't buy this book because of one or two negative reviews but I really enjoyed it. After reading the book I can't help but wonder if a couple of the reviews are sour grapes trolls from rivals in publishing or repairs? Anyway the only things I would have changed were the size of the print which I'd have preferred a size larger and I'd have liked colour pic rather than black and white and I didn't see any arrogance in the writing, as a professional tech myself I could easily tell he was a rare "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk" specimen. I haven't taken off stars for either as most reference books of a technical nature tend to be generally afflicted the same way, you can imagine it's a compromise between profitability for the publisher who prefers to use the least amount of paper per book and keeping the book a reasonable size and weight for transport/storage etc. The book would be fairly hard going for a complete novice but if you have any repair experience and want so extra tips and pointers it's very good indeed. The best feature of the book is that it's about practical faultfinding rather than explaining electronic theory, you can always learn something from listening to others experience.
Being an amateur electronics hobbyist for several years I am looking for books that can give advanced tips of how to fix "things". This is an art in itself as it require great knowledge and experience in the field. Also, because "things" today are different from older electronics - there is so much more digital components, SMD-soldered parts and complicated PCBs -it can be difficult to give advice that last without being too general. The book is written by an experienced old hand that know his solder and it really brings a lot of good advice, combined with nice close-up photos. I like that the author explains some cases that was complex to solve - and I would want more of such histories, as they sometimes are better to get the point through. I would have wanted some more tips on repairing or modifying modern electronic music equipment, as this is where I am now (modding older synths). But all in all, the book is recommendable.
Generally speaking an interesting book. The section on tools is quite useful. But it suffers many of the same problems of other books in the same ilk. It needs to assume you have next to zero knowledge so spends a long time setting the foundations and establishing the basics so you're a few hundred pages in before it really gets in to the diagnosis and fixing aspect and it's very high level / generic.
There's a wealth of information from the author's experience which is interesting, but I wonder if it would have been better to take say 10 different common appliances and just cover each in detail from teardown, troubleshooting, fix and assembly.
Interesting read but not much of a reference for future use.
i knew the basics of electrics and electronics before i read this book, am halfway through and have learnt a fair bit, mostly common sense but also helpful information on tools, what to buy, and more importantly, how to use the gear, i have most of it lying around anyway, an in depth on oscilloscopes, components, a glossary, humour, fairly easy to understand book, and humorous at times as well. unfortunatley not a very long topic on transformers, i already know how they work, i want to know how to diagnose a dodgy one! anyway i guess its off to youtube again...(said the idiot)
Great read if you're interested in electronics. Starts by going through tools required (with quite a lot of emphasis on oscilloscopes), covers basic schematic usage, block diagrams, then does a section on typical issues in various types of equipment. This book has been updated and now mentions SSD's and memory based recorders. It doesn't suggest you try to fix these, but it deals with the analogue side of these circuits (which is typically where the problems occur) and how to trace them. I enjoyed it.
Not quite what I was expecting but it is well written for novice users. I think it needs another volume or two for specific examples or test learning. I got it for teaching purposes and its a good tool.