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With twenty-eight years experience of designing and building audio equipment, and an appreciation of production techniques and CE certification, Read Research can be trusted to deliver the goods. Sometimes it's hard to get hold of decent designs that use parts that are easily available and affordable to hobbyists and small run builders, even here in the UK. I hope to change that. My aim is to provide this community with resources for their own high-quality audio equipment. Audio equipment that is soundly engineered and high performing, using commonly available, value for money quality industrial parts and single-sided, novice-friendly boards.

I am based in the UK and my designs are primarily based around parts available here, but people from all over the world have been in touch with me about my projects so I try to bear that in mind when designing.



I support the TurnMeUp! campaign to bring the dynamics back to recorded music.


Latest News

08 Jan 2022 - still not got that headphone amp done! The electronic component supply chain is totally broken at the moment, huge lead times on most things in surface mount. Fortunately my projects are all through hole which doesn't seem to be affected, but who knows what will happen once those stocks are used up. Please don't be tempted to buy parts from eBay, they will be junk.

23 Jul 2020 - last year went so quick... maybe the headphone amp will be ready for Christmas.

21 Mar 2019 - although most of my time is taken up with family now, I've always got ideas going round my head. In development at the moment is a headphone amplifier. I'm hoping for release by summer 2019.

12 Sep 2016 - through hole packaged (TO-92) JFETs are being discontinued left, right and centre. The popular 2N3819 as used in a few of my projects has been out of production for a couple of years now, Cricklewood Electronics have some left. Click here to see how to use the BF256B which is stocked by Farnell and RS Components as a substitute.

19 Mar 2014 - new module - audio grade solid state relay. See the Shop section.

23 Feb 2014 - new article - how to wire up a power amplfier. See the Articles section.


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