- Paperback: 165 pages
- Publisher: Old Colony Sound Laboratory; 5th edition (August 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882580109
- ISBN-13: 978-1882580101
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Loudspeaker Design Cookbook 5th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book could be a lot better with some solid editing. The writing - for the most part - is clear, but there are sections that are hard to read and there are some errors. The fonts are too small (many of the subscripts are illegible). The graphics are horrible. The book has over 100 frequency domain plots (developed with speaker CAD packages), which are illegible and poorly labeled. Most of the graphics are nowhere near the text.
I give this book two stars because of the breadth and the references, but it's no cookbook. You won't be able to look up a recipe and cook up a speaker.
However, if you are designing without software be prepared for a bit of trial and error. It's a well- known fact of crossover design that you need to go through a few iterations before you get it right. If you have powerful computer software such as LEAP, you can let the computer do the dirty work.
Also, be aware that designing and building monitor loudspeakers will NOT save you money. You will find that the cost of test equipment and parts will exceed the cost of a pair of excellent loudspeakers. If you are looking to save money, you should probably replicate some designs that Vance Dickason shows in this book.
On the other hand, if you are interested in owning high performance subwoofers, you can save yourself $500 or more by designing your own. This is because you don't need to buy expensive test equipment and design crossovers. You can just use a few proven methods and formulas contained in this book along with some killer deal drivers available through the Internet. I recommend the Adire Shivas 12" drivers available at [...]
This book will teach you proven methods for designing and building your own great sounding speakers. In addition it hosts a couple ready-to-build loudspeaker systems that Vance Dickason designed. Vance Dickason is one of the most respected loudspeaker engineers in the industry. Take advantage of his years of experience and buy this book today.
Man, was I excited to get this book. Finally, a know-how book with enough info to help me build whatever I want and sort through the notation! Right?
Imagine my disappointment when I opened the book expecting to find a chart defining all the terms within the first few pages, and I couldn't find it. Where is it? I start skimming the text and I see those letters with subscripts scattered here and there like annoying gray dandelion balls in the front yard. So I keep flipping backward, expecting to see them defined somewhere. Nope... nope... wait... there's some of them... but where is Q? And what is f_s? Flipping... flipping... and now I'm on the first page in Chapter 0 and I haven't found a definition for Q. He talks about it, but never defines it. So I go for the index. Oh wait... there IS no index. But there is a bunch of annoying advertisements in the back like the car magazines I read every month. So I check the table of contents - finally after a few minutes I find Q defined somewhere around page 24 in Chapter 1, but he mentions it repeatedly before then.
There are two rules I've learned about technical writing:
1) Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them.
2) Re-invent the wheel so your readers don't have to.
Vance Dickason must have lost these rules of thumb in the piles of papers he's sure to have on his desk. If he would just spend some time taking more pictures, drawing more basic diagrams, and placing easy to read tables at the early parts of chapters, this book would be fantastic! But in the meantime, be prepared to read for a long time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very detailed. Maybe read other speaker books first to get your bearings. Then get this one when you really want to get serious.Published 4 months ago by Kat
not what i expected, for much more advanced builders and designers.Published 7 months ago by charles white
Very disappointing for all the hoopla. Don't waste your moneyPublished 11 months ago by Mr. Ronald D. Luczak
This book is full of graphs and tables. I suspect a more technical reader would find it useful.Published 21 months ago by Paul N. Hutsell
Excellent book, good for beginner or more experienced speaker builder.Published 23 months ago by John J. Welsh