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Great Sound Stereo Speaker Manual (TAB Electronics) Book Supplement – May 17, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0071348744 ISBN-10: 0071348743 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: TAB Electronics
  • Misc. Supplies: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 2 edition (May 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071348743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071348744
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,656,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

ON THE CD-ROM Files for all project drivers System design software Crossover network design application GREAT SOUND STEREO SPEAKER MANUAL With Projects Second Edition Professional-Quality Speakers-- 6 Complete Computer-Aided Projects Speakers make the stereo system, and this manual shows you how you can create the best, from the ground up. This reader-friendly guide puts equipment-enhancing, computer-aided-design techniques within reach of any hobbyist or audiophile for the first time. Clearly and simply, Audio and High Fidelity writers David B. Weems and G. R. Koonce show you how to assemble speakers that match your needs, your space, your budget, and your ear. Featuring six completed projects, with lucid illustrated instructions for modifying and testing designs, along with 24 proposed projects, Great Sound Stereo Speaker Manual shows you how to: Understand the ins and outs of speaker systems. Save hundreds of dollars by building your own peak-performance, high-end stereo speakers. Design and build professional-quality speakers customized to your tastes and budget, step by step. Anticipate or correct problems with computer modeling techniques. Tame peaks and dead spots with computer-aided component selection and modification. Design and construct an optimal crossover network. Build and mount enclosures for all types of speakers. Tweak your system with professional tips for the best possible sound. You need not be an audio engineer to use this book, although audio engineers will use it. Weems and Koonce wrote Great Sound Stereo Speaker Manual so that even complete novices could design and build their own high-quality speakers. Complete with lists of needed parts, it takes you step by step through the process, starting at the very beginning. And even if you intend to buy high-end speakers off the shelf, Great Sound Stereo Speaker Manual belongs on your reading list. It will give you what you need to become an informed speaker purchaser, one who gets real value for the dollar.

About the Author

David B. Weems is an acknowledged expert in speaker systems and speaker enclosures. He has written several books, including all four editions of Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker Systems—with Projects and the first edition of this volume. Weems also has contributed numerous articles on speaker systems to such widely read electronics publications as Audio, High Fidelity, Popular Electronics, Radio Electronics, and Speaker Builder. G. R. Koonce is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and contributes many articles to Speaker Builder magazine.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
A good beginner's book for those interested in building their own speakers without getting into heavy mathematics, passive electronics, complex woodworking, or folded horns. The book explains some the rudiments of speaker theory, and barely enough to design your own simple crossover network. The book has several economical projects which the author already debugged and are ready to build, including: the make and model of the speakers, list of passive components, schematic - which usually include extras like a Zobel network, and the cabinet dimensions. Their are several two-way projects and one three-way with a ten-inch woofer. Most designs use a soft-dome tweeter, if that's what you like. There is a list of raw component vendors in the back of the book. The designs for the ported boxes use the Thiel method, and I am finding that this may be conservatively sized toward the large side with respect to a flat bass response. The prose is a bit wordy, but still easy to read. Overall, I have learned a few things from this book.
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2001
Format: Misc. Supplies
Great introduction to loudspeaker design theory. Very good, in-depth discussion of crossovers with usable equations.
However, the projects and suggested projects aren't worth the paper they're written on. After studying the theories on cabinet and crossover design, and researching available drivers, I don't think many people are going to be interested in using the cheapest crap available for drivers. The projects all use Audax, Peerless, Seas, and Vifa drivers - the worst junk available. The authors themselves state that these drivers deteriorate quickly, and that all the drivers for one particular project can be purchased for seven dollars each! Are you interested in investing all the time required to learn, design and build a set of speakers and then invest $28 in four drivers? I'm certainly not.
The included software Crossover Modeling Program certainly has potential, and are useful for building the low-buck projects in this book. It includes treatment for virtually all the variables available for manipulation by the designer/builder. However, it's DOS based, almost impossible to navigate, only has data files available for the trash drivers used in the project, and, in fact, doesn't even have all the data files for all of those drivers. If they've got data files for good drivers like Focal, Eton, or even Dynaudio available on a web site or something, the program would be VERY USEFULL. And it is still usefull for modeling the crossover, but without linking in the driver specs, it's guesswork as to how the response curves are going to come out, let alone the actual speaker performance.
It's amazing to me that the authors give such a good treatment to everything, go to all the trouble of developing a good modeling program, and then build garbage.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "newmz" on December 13, 2002
Format: Misc. Supplies
If you are only interested in "spoonfed" recipe loudspeaker designs, this book will be great for you. It does cover some important theory initially and has some very clear and succinct illustrations, but I felt that it was a let down of my expectations, especially if you pay too much attention to things like the cover illustration (way too "hi-end" and complex for this book!).
Speaker building can easily become an addictive and engaging hobbie, and if you think at all that you may want more than a "casual glance" I'd strongly recommend "LOUDSPEAKER DESIGN COOKBOOK" by Vance Dickason instead. It may seem to be a more technical book but it has "staying power" and is a longer term reference text that the Weems/Koonce book.
On the positive side, if you do lack the time, inclination or confidence to get into the "nitty gritty", this book does have projects that feature relatively simple enclosure construction, require readily available (and not too expensive) speaker drivers and components and it has choice in terms of scale, complexity (to an extent) etc in the projects.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andre G P Schevciw on September 19, 2000
Format: Misc. Supplies
This book covers the basic aspects of loudspeaker design in an easy to understand language and includes useful software on the CD-ROM. If you want to build your own speaker system, this is the book for you. Don't expect it, however, to go further in mathematical or theoretical contents.
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