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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A poor cut-and-paste job - avoid Oct. 19 2008
By E.J. Pitt - Published on
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Frankly this offering is a disgrace to the publisher. The chapters by John Linsley Hood and Douglas Self are all lifted, without acknowledgment, from their other books, and also apparently without even any competent proof-reading. Both authors' contributions talk about 'elsewhere in this book', referring to topics that are covered in those other books, not this one. One chapter by Douglas Self starts with a discussion of 'this frequency' without the slightest hint as to what 'this frequency' actually is. A poor cut-and-paste job. The lack of proof-reading applies to the whole book: every time I open it I find another error in a formula, or a repeated sentence, or other things that just don't make sense.

Buy the original books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Incoherent hodgepodge Feb. 26 2011
By MC Maks - Published on
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As another reviewer says, this is a bad cut and paste job. That reviewer mentioned errors in formulas, I can't even find formulas or good explanations of what I'm looking for (distortion standards, etc). The other book I bought at the same time as this one, "Sound System Engineering", is better overall (IMO). Unfortunately, when I found this book lacking the information I needed about distortion, I found that "Sound System Engineering" was the source of this book's information. I had two books with identical, insufficient information on the topic! This book is far from the comprehensive reference it is presented as being and does not have a uniform view (being a hack job).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A goto compilation Oct. 28 2008
By J. Dowling - Published on
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It's true that this is a compilation of the works of 13 authors. Are there editing mistakes, probably since I know of few books that don't have them. It is however, a great GO TO book that covers everything about audio design that you might want to know and then some. At approximately 900 pages the listed index here at Amazon doesn't do it justice in terms of detailing all the subjects that are covered. Semiconductor physics as well as other passive and tubes are covered as well as all sorts of detailed information that I don't need to know but it's nice to know and have in one place. Plus the numerous charts, tables, graphs, formulas, circuits and other facts of interest cover things that would be time consuming to look up elsewhere. If you need more information there are many references sited in each chapter. And it's not just about electronics design. It also covers audio related subjects: speed of sound in various materials, frequency ranges for notes and instruments, board layout and mathematics just to name a few.
A wealth of useful audio information. Nov. 3 2008
By Richard Jekel - Published on
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The series title "know it all" may be an overstatement, but this book does contain an amazing collection of useful information on audio in a single volume. From the basics of human hearing, microphones, acoustics, and digital signal processing to amplifiers and loudspeakers -- it's all here.

The book's main weakness is in the multiplicity of authors with different styles. This also results in some duplication between chapters 14, 15, 16, and 17 that cover different aspects of digital audio. Nevertheless the presentation of the same basic concepts from different viewpoints may help some readers better capture the essential ideas of digital signal processing.

Some of the authors appear to be British, so in their chapters the American reader will need to get accustomed to the European style in schematic diagrams. This includes small rectangles for resistors rather than zig-zag lines and the placement of the scaling abbreviation in the radix location (e.g., 1K5 rather than 1.5K).

As with any large technical book there are some typographical errors that didn't get caught, but not an inordinate number. On the plus side, I found the presentations in areas where I am most competent essentially correct. I am happy to have this added reference on my shelf. Considering the 900-page bulk, a price under $60 USD seems quite reasonable.
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Liked the book April 21 2013
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I am not sure if I just completely missed it but this book had so much writing and highlighting in it when I received it that I have hardly read it.