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Elektor magazine has taken over Steve Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar magazine.

I've been subscribed to both magazines for years so I hope we don't see many changes that effect each magazine style and content.
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Well I bet that it was bought just so Elector could get hold of the subscription list. There is a vast difference between the intellectual content of the two magazines.

Dumbing down always wins.  smiley-sad
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Magazines simply became too expensive for me to continue buying, as I would tend to subscribe to just one or two and buy others from the rack at cover prices. I presently only get Nuts & Volts and rarely see any others on the rack. The number of electronics magazine publications for hobbyist has been in drastic decline for several decades now, and I suspect the web will prevent the return to when we enjoyed so many monthly pubs.

However with all that aside, I think presently the web provides more, better and cheaper content for the electronics hobbyist. One just has to separate the good content from the junk science type.  smiley-wink

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If there was a magazine like the **old** Popular Electronics I would subscribe.
More analog electronics less uC. Remember the SWTPC Tigersaurus?

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If there was a magazine like the **old** Popular Electronics I would subscribe.
I dunno.  I used to slightly prefer "radio electronics", I think (but I had the subscription to PE.  Hmm.)
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More analog electronics less uC. Remember the SWTPC Tigersaurus?
No.  (but http://www.hifi-museum.com/temp/tiger_fs.htm !)  I do recall the feeling of revelation I had when I realized that almost every electronic project I had ever made could have been programmed into a general purpose microcomputer instead.   Realistically, uC is where things are at.  Which is one reason why Arduino is so important; it makes "small" uC projects more approachable...
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I liked the Radio Electronics too. I forget all of the various transitions and mergers
from Popular Electronics .. Poptronics to ..? I admit that I haven't read many of
these magazines regularly for at least 7-8 years.

I agree that uCs and SOC are where things are at. To understand the various peripherals
and signal conditioning it would be nice to see additional emphasis on analog building
blocks (especially power electronics).

One thing I have noticed with the Arduino and uC users is that they get to the point
where the questions are analog design issues -- power dissipation in
regulators, power conversion options, sensor signal conditioning, etc.
It would be nice to see more emphasis on analog design.

I will be doing a signal conditioning and op-amp tutorial shortly.
I am also thinking about a "Fun with Thyristors" article smiley-wink

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Ah.  I did notice that the tigersuarus obviously dates to a time when "the bigger the heatsinks, the better."  :-)

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The original tigersuarus design was famous for the finals going up in smoke. There are some mods floating around the web to stabilize the amp better.

PS: If anyone is interested in DIY hi-fi amps and other projects, it's hard to top the ESP site. Rod Elliott really knows his stuff.
http://sound.westhost.com/index.html

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The original tigersuarus design was famous for the finals going up in smoke. There are some mods floating around the web to stabilize the amp better.

I've read that too.

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PS: If anyone is interested in DIY hi-fi amps and other projects,

When RCA was in the semiconductor business they had an audio amplifier
handbook. Some of designs went to a few hundred watts. Not sure if anyone
has scanned this and put it on the www. It was a free book to promote
their power transistors.

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