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    John Borwick(Editor)

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Written by a team of experts, the Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook provides a detailed technical reference of all aspects of loudspeakers and headphones: from theory and construction of transducer drive units and enclosures, to such practical matters as construction, applications in rooms, public address, sound reinforcement, studio monitoring and musical instruments. Loudspeaker measurements and subjective evaluation are treated in equal detail and headphones are discussed comprehensively.

This third edition takes account of recent significant advances in technology, including:
· the latest computer-aided design systems
· digital audio processing
· new research procedures
· the full range of loudspeakers
· new user applications.

"If you are seriously into speaker design then it is worth getting a copy to have everything you'd need in one place." - Lighting and Sound International'The third edition continues its authoritative tradition with a lineup of star contributors including Keith Holland, John Watkinson, Philip Newell and is edited by John Borwick. It covers propular practice and technical theory in a variety of contexts including sound studios and sound reinforcement, and is rich in graphs, figures, illlustrations and photographs.'Studio Sound June 2001Reviews of previous editions:'This book brings together in a single volume every aspect of loudspeaker and headphone theory and practice in sufficient depth to equip students and practitioners alike with a solid working knowledge of the subject.' Lighting and Sound International 'As a single reference work, no engineer or keen enthusiast should be without a copy.' Hi Fi World 'If you're interested in this subject area, The Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook will give you a lot of fascinating information which is not available anywhere else. It should be a part of your library.' Sound and Communications

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  • PDF | 736 pages
  • John Borwick(Editor)
  • Focal Press; 3 edition (12 Mar. 2001)
  • English
  • 7
  • Music, Stage & Screen

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  • By Mr A S Robertson on 17 March 2002

    The format of this book is unusual in that the chapters are written by different authors, many of which will be names familiar to enthusiasts and engineers. Peter Baxandall and Martin Colloms to name but two. John Borwick has done a skilful editing job in dovetailing the contributors topics such that they are complementary rather than an assemblage of engineering papers. Not that chapters are immune from 'academic defect', whereby theory is presented implicitly rather than explicitly, but on the whole the information is readily accessible. Throughout the book, the well proportioned text is appropriately laced with intelligible equations, copious diagrams, charts and photographs.Aspects of loudspeaker technology, environment and usage are explored in lay terms and deeper theoretical basis. As such there is a wealth of material for both the beginner and educated engineers. Ultimately of course the focused expert would require more arcane theory, but is well directed by the comprehensive references. Also included is a welcome reference section on terminology and symbols.Refreshingly there is little discussion of the 'audiophile' pseudo technology which has no place in authoritative literature. The only chapter which rankles slightly concerns DML technology (NXT flat panel distributed mode loudspeaker). It lacked the usual objectivity and tended to be glib. Nevertheless, if you want to learn about the theory and practice of flat panel speakers this is a very good reference.Perhaps the chapter on headphones sits a little uncomfortably with the other fifteen chapters, being essentially a tangential discipline. It is however comprehensive, furnishing information not generally available and will be of interest to those concerned with the 'dirty end' of sound reproduction.Readers should be satisfied by the range and depth of the topics though there are a couple of omissions. A chapter devoted to feedback would have been good, also greater examination of the effects and implications of acoustic phase in complex environments. Microphones, which legitimately might be included in the topic also only receive cursory attention.This is a well balanced, contemporary, wide ranging professional book which will appeal to all levels of expertise. Never simplistic or obscure. The title actually understates the authority. It is a 'handbook' only in the sense of a reference book, not small and brief. To do the volume justice it would have to be called 'Loudspeakers, how they work, where they work, how to use them, a bit of history, problems, solution, alternative technologies and a hundred pages on headphones'.


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