- Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: Audio Amateur Pubns; 7th edition (December 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1882580478
- ISBN-13: 978-1882580477
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Loudspeaker Design Cookbook 7th Edition
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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.
This book covers the most popular types of enclosures from the simple acoustic suspension (think old AR and Kloss designs) to ported bass reflex and bandpass designs that are so popular now. There is also a wealth of information on crossover design.
Dickanson builds upon the work of Thiele and Small in treating speaker systems with filter theory. The days of building a box, sticking a driver in it and hoping for the best are gone. Among amateur speaker builders, and even some pros, this is the one book that you just have to have on your shelf. It's simply the best of its kind.
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 1 month ago by Katherine Harris
not what i expected, for much more advanced builders and designers.Published 3 months ago by charles white
Very disappointing for all the hoopla. Don't waste your moneyPublished 8 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 18 months ago by Paul N. Hutsell
Excellent book, good for beginner or more experienced speaker builder.Published 19 months ago by John J. Welsh
Still the best book to learn basic to fairly complex speaker building techniques and theory.. History and resources to get parts are also helpfulPublished 22 months ago by KenB