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Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers: Theory, Design and Application 2nd Edition

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‘The book succeeds by confirming that absorption and diffusion are common to all surfaces and all materials. Highly recommended.’Noise Control Engineering Journal

About the Author

Trevor Cox is Professor of Acoustics at Salford University.

Peter D'Antonio is CEO of RPG Diffusor Systems Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415471745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415471749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my review on the 1st edition (Dec 2005), "This book is more concentrated on diffusers than absorbers, with extensive care on Schroeder diffusers... To illustrate my point: you cannot find the term "anechoic chamber" in the index."

But now, you can find the term here, and much more.

Also, I have noticed that after the 1st edition is published, many wooden and plastic Schroeder Diffusers from many manufacturers are suddenly available in the market: for audiophile, monitoring studio, pro-audio applications, etc. Obviously it is highly influenced by the book, as a solid theorotical background is now here. Before that, very few commercial available products; you may need to DIY, or chicken egg cartons if want one...

BTW, the great scientist Prof. Manfred Schroeder has passed away in Dec 2009. A big loss for all of us...
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I bought this book as part of my search for the best approach to acoustical treatment for my monitoring environment. I'm primarily working with surround film sound and need to trust what my ears are telling me. My room is fairly decent, but that doesn't mean I completely trust it.

I am an engineer, (B.S.E.E., not acoustical), so by definition a lazy S.O.B.. Because of this, I would have preferred much more focus on design and application that answered all of the questions specific to my personal acoustical environment. Of course I also realize that Cox and D'Antonio probably didn't want to write a book that was addressed specifically to me and what I personally want to know. I think they came pretty close to the next best thing.

They have given some really solid, easy to understand information on the design and application of absorbers and diffusers, balanced with the underlying theory. I feel like this book left me in a really strong starting place for the practicalities of designing the absorption and diffusion I need in my acoustical space. For those questions that can't be answered by simple concepts or fomulae, they've delved fairly deeply into the theory and mathematics underneath.

For those like myself, who are not acoustical engineers and only want simple answers to, "How do I fix my room?", this book will give you a treasure trove of information. However be warned, it probably won't answer exactly what your room needs and the mathematics for you to figure it out on your own can get very complicated very fast. This is no fault of the authors'. Sound propagation gets very complicated very fast, thus our need for real acoustical engineers. This book is really geared toward acousticians.
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A book on treble range acoustics, based on years of experience with one commercial product line. Weak presentation of low frequency absorption and diffusion.
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As much as I understand it, this is THE book to have when looking at how sound and surfaces interact.
Very good. Very clear.
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