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Loudspeakers: For music recording and reproduction Hardcover – October 5, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0240520148 ISBN-10: 0240520149 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A practical guide to loudspeakers and their place in the recording chain.

About the Author

PHILIP NEWELL (Author) International consultant on acoustic design, former technical director of Virgin Records. Has over 30 years experience in the recording industry and has been involved in the design of over 200 studios, including the famous Manor and Townhouse Studios. He is also author of Project Studios, Recording Spaces and Studio Monitoring Design, all published by Focal Press.

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Well written, each chapter is a perfect beginning for something denser, in other books.
Ricardo de Sousa Ramos
I approach this book as an audiophile interested in getting more educated about the science and principles of loudspeaker design and behavior.
Alberto Vargas
High quality sound reproduction is hard to do well; this book carefully maps the territory.
R. G. Harvey

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Leembruggen on January 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Loudspeakers For Music Recording and Reproduction" is simply excellent. Philip Newell and Keith Holland have produced a comprehensive book that discusses many issues that are not covered in other books.

Whilst giving insights into the behaviour of loudspeaker transducers and systems, it also gives an understanding of the broader issues that underpin the design of loudspeaker systems and the qualities of the sound that they produce. The book is sufficiently comprehensive and detailed to be deemed a reference text, but it is written in such a readable way that it gives the reader an excellent grasp of the complex processes that govern how electrical energy is converted to sound at the listeners ears.

Newell and Holland deal with parameters that are directly associated with loudspeaker systems; amplifiers, cables, transducers, crossovers, enclosures, location relative to room boundaries, room acoustics and some psycho-acoustics.

This is not a cookbook giving design instructions or equations; this information can be found in many other texts and technical papers. The book's strength is its discussion of the technical factors that affect the quality of sound heard by the listener; this information is not readily found is such depth. It gives the reader a good handle on the things that really matter in the electro-acoustic and acoustic domains of sound reproduction.

Newell and Holland have conducted extensive research over the years into loudspeaker responses and room acoustics and have an excellent ability to bust audio myths with technical arguments that are grounded in real world application. They are regular presenters at academic and professional conferences, and this book contains a great deal of their work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Harvey on June 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The world of loudspeakers is beset by marketing hyperbole and almost religious differences of opinion. Whether in an audiophile or professional context, it is difficult for those not equipped with costly tools for sonic research to make sense of the complexities of sound reproduction. The authors are established professionals with wide experience in both the scientific and theoretic aspects of loudspeakers, and their practical application in the real world. In language which makes the topic widely accessible they debunk many fervently held beliefs held by both recording professionals as well as hi-fi enthusiasts, whilst at the same time not failing to explore the underlying experiences which have led to them. As well as covering the fundamental principles and widely diverse designs involved in loudspeakers, they cover cabinets, horn loading, crossovers, the effects of amplifiers and cables, the intrinsic nature of listening rooms, the subtleties of subjective and objective assessment, and surround sound challenges. Chapters have references and bibliographies appended for further reading. Throughout the book practical examples are given to substantiate their conclusions. Graphs and diagrams illustrate clearly the consequences of any particular engineering or design trade-off. The reader will come away with a clear understanding of what is known, what has been found to work, and what is as yet speculation. In addition he or she will be better able to assess the value of manufacturer's specifications and product claims. High quality sound reproduction is hard to do well; this book carefully maps the territory.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Vargas VINE VOICE on May 10, 2009
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I approach this book as an audiophile interested in getting more educated about the science and principles of loudspeaker design and behavior. It is truly excellent for that. I have no intent to design my own loudspeakers or become an acoustics expert, and the book is written well for such a non-professional audience.

The book is mostly geared towards recording engineers for whom loudspeakers are essential tools of the trade, but who normally do not have a solid grasp of the physics and engineering of loudspeakers. Unlike many other books and articles on speakers, there are few equations and formulas here. The language is easy to follow, and there are plenty of illustrations and charts to help you understand.

There is sort of a religious debate in the high end audio community between subjectivists (trust only your ears, any part of the sound system matters a lot) and objectivists (everything is measurable, and all competently designed components sound similar). This book sheds light in both directions and shows where they fall short.

Some of the more controversial and interesting bits of the book are about how amplifiers can sound different, and how cables can change the sound depending on amplifier and speaker design. There apparently has been some scientific research on this. The amplifier-cable-crossover-driver system is apparently very complex, and certain designs are much more idiosyncratic to the point where small changes (e.g. different cable) can make an audible and measurable difference.

There are references to a bunch of other books and articles if you want to dig deeper.
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