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ISBN-13: 978-0240808307 ISBN-10: 0240808304 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (September 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808307
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sound System Engineering, Third Edition, is a practical and useful addition to the audio engineering library. It succesfully addresses the audience intended by the authors, and is a worthy successor to the prior editions." - Robert C. Maher, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

"Congratulations to Don Davis and Eugene Patronis, Jr. for writing the most informative book on sound system engineering ever. The book contains all the elements of theory, design and practical installation. The book is an excellent reference for the sound system engineer." - Don Eger

"This book is a treasure trove of knowledge about the design and implementation of sound systems, and can be strongly recommended to those readers, who having the requisite practical and/or academic background, are seeking to enlarge their understanding of a particular aspect of the subject...Personally, I expect that Sound System Engineering will become an invaluable resource...The authors and editors are to be commended for the clarity of the presentation and the production of a text that is relatively free from error" - Henry S. Valk, Professor of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology

"Contains a wealth of information on the design, implementation and testing of sound reinforcement systems. Don Davis' section on audio and acoustic measurements is a must read for anyone serious about performing such tasks...Similarly, Eugene Patronis' section on loudspeakers and arrays is not to be missed...
Sound System Engineering, 3rd Edition takes all of the knowledge contained in the 2nd edition and augments it with up-to-date interface methods and advances in the field of audio acoustics since its last publication. This text is equally suited for both the novice and the veteral audio practitioner. It is written in such a manner that each time your read a portion of it, something new will come to light"
- Charlie Hughes, President of Excelsior Audio Design & Services

"Davis and Patronius have a writing and teaching style that has made the subject manageable for those at many levels of "studenting" (which we all are!) and somehow magically speak a language understood by us all. The darned book is even what I would call a "good read". Davis and Dr. Patronius have taken what may be the most complex field in non-quantum physics and made it not only understandable but useful to the day-to-day practitioner as well as the advanced theoretician and academian." - James L. Sorensen, Engineer & Technical Consultant

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An indispensable guide in the day to day work of designing a sound system

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I read this book every day and every time learn something new.
Andrei Kremenchugsky
To profit fully from the latter discussions, the reader > should have had a good grounding in electromagnetism and acoustics.
Henry S. Valk
Congratulations to Don Davis and Eugene Patronis, Jr. for writing the most informative book on sound system engineering ever.
Don Eger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book will help you to design a P.A. system correctly as well as solve problems with existing systems. It handles all aspects of almost any type of sound system. This book is a must for any person that is serious about sound systems and audio engineering. If you are serious and have no books on the topic, then this is the first one to buy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DJ on September 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is THE BIBLE on sound system engineering. You'll find no better reference for sound system issues in an easy to understand book. This is not for the novice who knows nothing of sound or physics or math. It's for those that truely understand basic concepts and want to learn "how sound works".
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrei Kremenchugsky on May 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, my English (I am Russian sound engineer living in Moscow) is not good enough to express how important is this book for me. Everything I know about sound systems (apart from my personal experience) I've learned from this book. I could only wish to see it some day to be published in Russian. I would translate it just for fun! There are so many myths in pro audio and sound system installation. This book helps to get rid of them. I read this book every day and every time learn something new. THANK YOU MR. DAVIS!!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A clear installation guide for all sound engineers that covers all audio aspect and problems! Exellent.This is a "must" in sound engineers collection books!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry S. Valk on February 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
> >

> This book is a treasure trove of knowledge about the design and

> implementation of sound systems, and can be strongly recommended to

> those readers, who having the requisite practical and/or academic

> background, are seeking to enlarge their understanding of a

> particular aspect of the subject.

>

> As stated in the preface, the authors have intentionally provided

> a "two-track" approach to their subject, interlacing everyday

> practicalities with theoretical concerns. Thus, you will find

> sections on units, wiring, and acoustic measurements alongside others

> on the physical characteristics that enter into designing

> microphones, loudspeakers and interfacing electrical and acoustic

> systems. To profit fully from the latter discussions, the reader

> should have had a good grounding in electromagnetism and acoustics.

> Clearly, the authors are aware of this problem and have provided the

> types of practical examples and illustrations throughout the volume

> that encourage "cross-over" and permit all serious users to derive

> benefit from even the more sophisticated sections.

>

> Personally, I expect that Sound System Engineering will become an

> invaluable resource for my own courses in the physics of music, and I

> thank my colleague, Gene Patronis, for joining with Don Davis to

> create this book. The authors and editors are to be commended for the

> clarity of the presentation and the production of a text that is

> relatively free from error.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Eger on March 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Congratulations to Don Davis and Eugene Patronis, Jr. for writing the most informative book on sound system engineering ever. The book contains all of the elements of theory, design and practical installation. The book is an excellent reference for the sound system engineer.

Sound System Engineering, Third Edition is the most complete technical book on sound system engineering I have ever read. It is a concentrated capsule of knowledge that gives the theory as well as instructions of how to implement the theory. Don has recorded for us how to do the installation process. Dr. Patronis has given us the physics back of the theory and he added the mathematics so one can reporduce the results. There are places that Doc uses the "It is intuitively obvious..." leap of knowledge that some might have trouble working through but it can be done.

Thank you for such a great work

Don Eger, Owner, Don Eger & Associates
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Hughes on March 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sound System Engineering, 3rd Edition contains a wealth of information on the design, implementation and testing of sound reinforcement systems. Don Davis' section on audio and acoustic measurements is a must read for anyone serious about performing such tasks. The concepts he discusses about signal delay/synchronization and room acoustics will help the reader to understand what is at the very basis of these topics.

Similarly, Eugene Patronis' section on loudspeakers and arrays is not to be missed. It will have you going back again and again to find that piece of information you need about horns, direct radiators, crossovers and arrays. His presentation of signal processing starts with basic sampling and progresses through system theory and digital audio.

Two of the latter chapters on equalization and "putting it all together" are true gems. They yield practical information that you'll be using the next time you're faced with the issues covered.

Sound System Engineering, 3rd Edition takes all of the knowledge contained in the 2nd edition and augments it with up-to-date interface methods and advances in the field of audio and acoustics since its last publication. This text is equally suited for both the novice and the veteran audio practitioner. It is written in such a manner that each time you read a portion of it, something new will come to light.

Charlie Hughes

President

Excelsior Audio Design & Services
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