Floyd E. Toole studied electrical engineering at the University of New Brunswick and at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London where he received a Ph.D. In 1965 he joined the National Research Council of Canada where he reached the position of Senior Research Officer in the Acoustics and Signal Processing Group. In 1991 he joined Harman International Industries Inc. as Corporate Vice President – Acoustical Engineering. In this position he worked with all Harman International companies and directed the Harman Research and Development Group, a central resource for technology development and subjective measurements, retiring in 2007. He is currently a consultant to Harman.
Dr. Toole’s research has focused on the acoustics and psychoacoustics of sound reproduction in small rooms, directed to improving engineering measurements, objectives for loudspeaker design and evaluation, and techniques for reducing variability at the loudspeaker / room / listener interface. For papers on these subjects he has received two AES Publications Awards and, for service to the society, the Board of Governors Award. For his achievements he has been recognized with both the AES Silver Medal (1996) and Gold Medal (2013) Awards. He is a Fellow and Past President of the AES, a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a Fellow of CEDIA (Custom Design and Installarion Association). He has been awarded Lifetime Achievement awards by CEDIA and ALMA (Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics International). He has recently written a book: "Sound Reproduction: the acoustics and psychoacoustics of loudspeakers and rooms." (Focal Press, 2008).
He debunks myths, and has the ability to cut through the crap to what really matters.
Dr. Toole, explains in an easy way, the theory and practice behind room acoustics, loudspeakers and psychoacoustics of sound reproduction.
It offers a good introduction to the subject, and a general overview of acoustics sans the math.
I give this book three stars. One star is for the attempt. After all it does have quite a bit of information in it that is often not written about or is not covered with this level... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frank
As the title states .... this is just another long winded page filler exercise of nothing from another windbag with nothing to offer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Lenglet
I used to count myself among these ranks, but ultimately lost interest and patience with more than one dealer, and ultimately the industry itself. Why? Read morePublished 15 months ago by John R. Smolley MD
Very detailed and illustrative book. I'm really enjoying the lecture of one of the best acoustic gurus in the industry.Published 18 months ago by diego ivars
This book contained a lot more information than I needed to set up my 7.1 surround system, but all the extra information was extremely interesting and goes into the mathematics and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Russell H. Evenhouse
There's no hard and fast rule on setting up the right listening room or designing the "perfect" loudspeaker system. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Savvas Sidiropoulos
Many of the rave reviewers here are manifestly audio professionals, some doubtless friends of the author. Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by George Goldberg
Not just for home theater enthusiasts! Any serious student of audio should own this book. Not borrow it, but own it so you can read it more than once. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by David Townsend