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Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker System with Projects [Paperback]

David Weems
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Book Description

Nov. 22 1996
The definitive do-it-yourself book on creating and testing all kinds of speaker systems is updated for the computer age, covering the latest makes and models and featuring an innovative computer program to assist with speaker design. Previous editions of this compendium of simple-to-advanced projects have sold well, thanks to a large audience of electronics hobbyists and technicians, handy audiophiles, and libraries and technical schools. This version supplies step-by-step details on using the expanded computer program, which can be ordered at significant savings with an included coupon. It also includes new speaker tests, expanded information on crossover networks, techniques for designing double-chamber reflex enclosures, practical rather than theoretical dimension charts, and more.

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Build Your Own Deluxe Speakers! Thousands of hobbyists, students, and electronics salespeople and technicians have turned to this best-selling guide for expert advice and a collection of simple-to-advanced speaker system projects. Now in its fourth edition, it continues to set the standard for accessible, up-to-the-minute guidance, building, and testing speakers that sound as good as any system you can buy-for hundreds less!. Inside, you get full details on a valuable new computer program that helps you create top-flight speaker systems while avoiding complicated mathematical equations and errors. With the included coupon, you can order the program at a significant savings over the regular price. Also new to this edition are improved speaker tests, expanded information on crossover networks, practical dimension charts, techniques for designing double-chamber reflex enclosures, and more. The book provides you with concise, step-by-step instructions for building speakers, and teaches you how to: Choose speakers that are best suited for various specific uses; Set up a home system that will give you optimal performance; Critically evaluate speakers by ear if you lack test equipment. The included list of driver and system components suppliers helps you get started right away.

About the Author

David B. Weems is an acknowledged expert in speaker systems and speaker enclosures. He has written several books, including all four editions of Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker Systems—with Projects and the first edition of this volume. Weems also has contributed numerous articles on speaker systems to such widely read electronics publications as Audio, High Fidelity, Popular Electronics, Radio Electronics, and Speaker Builder. G. R. Koonce is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and contributes many articles to Speaker Builder magazine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended March 11 2003
I bought the 1st edition of this book back around 1981 and have built both sealed and vented systems as well as fitted existing enclosures with just the right woofer, all with very happy results. I owe it all to what I've learned from this book. Thank you Mr. Weems! But alas, the ol' book has gotten worn so I decided a couple of weeks ago to order a new copy, the 4th edition. When it finally came I was very happy to see not only did it still retain all the information and programs I've grown to trust was still there, but has been expanded. There isn't the variety of projects as in the first edition but that didn't bother me because I've learned that by the time you get around to building the "projects" the components are usually discontinued anyway.
BASIC programs isn't a problem for me but might be for some people as a lot of them may not even know what BASIC is or may not want to take the time to type them in. No need to worry though because you can order both the BASIC and Windows versions of the program through the book... If you like it, buy it.
The Bottom line is, If your just an average joe, "like me" and you want to learn how build great sounding speakers that you'll be proud of.. without being a phd, or going broke.. then get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book does an excellent job of explaining almost all aspects of speakers and speaker box design. It mainly focuses on closed and ported boxes, so it's not suited for people intending to make more elaborate boxes like bandpass and transmission lines. Also, many aspects of the book are quite dated.

The first chapter gives an excellent explanation of the basics of speakers, such as frequency response, damping, efficiency, etc. I really liked this chapter because almost anyone would be able to understand it, yet there is a tremendous amount of detail. I also liked it because Weems gives details which I have never seen in any other book on speaker box design, and gives very useful information like describing how changing a certain box or speaker parameter will affect the sound.

The second chapter gives a good overview of the different kinds of speaker boxes. Almost every kind of box is covered, although some only briefly: sealed, ported, passive-radiator, bandpass, labyrinth, transmission line, tapered pipes, and horns (only closed and ported boxes are given much detail in this or any other chapter). Again, Weems provides very interesting details, such as how changing the box size or port size will affect the sound.

The third chapter gives details about speaker box construction in general. Details such as box size, box shape, speaker placement, box material, and stuffing material are covered. Several general woodworking tips are also given, such as how to properly seal or brace a box.

Chapters 4 and 5 give detailed descriptions for building sealed and ported boxes, respectively.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too basic to be useful Feb. 16 2004
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The author covers a variety of subjects but too lightly to be useful. Too much effort is spent on things that are useless. For example, Testing of Loudspeakers - part of the book's title - is barely 13 pages and is so basic as to not allow tuning of cabinet design. Rather this section focuses on determining specifications that speakers already come with. Suggestion of using PVC piping for ducts and asphalt paper for damping really remove any credibility for a successful high fidelity outcome using these techniques. Pictures of a hammer over a brad and a ruler on a woofer kind of tells it all. Many pages taken up with basic programming print outs - stuff that's available in Windows format free on the internet now. Horn designs are not covered and the project section only has a couple of basic designs. That said, the author does a great job telling you how to make inductors for cross-over networks.I was done with this 200 page book in about 1 hour. Rather dissapointing.
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I am 55, and have been "fiddling" with speaker-building for about 30 years. I am now designing higher-fi systems and this update by Weems is the best "practical" book I've found so far. He gives good working explanations of crossovers, impedance-compensation networks, notch filters, L-pads, and some alternative, practical approaches often missing from other books. Of great value also are diagrams for winding your own choke coils, if you are inclined to experimant with that, as I am. Also a good method for measuring speaker T-S parameters without sophisticated equipment. His actual pre-designed projects are brief, so if that is your interest get a different book. Also, he gives printed computer code for design programs, which is a bit old in approach. I would have preferred he put them there as a CD or floppy and sell the book for $2 more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars transmission lines. Dec 13 1999
this was my first book on my quest to learn all about speaker building. it is a very good starting place. i built the "tapered line transmission" speaker that he gives plans for and was completely satisfied. this particular design (transmission line)is probably one of the most forgiving designs. i've used several different drivers in the same box with success. his later editions have much more detail and he states what drivers he uses. the edition i got was an older one that never really stated what drivers he used in his projects. the newer editions use popular drivers that anyone can find on the net. this book is a good primer. the next step is "the loudspeaker design cookbook".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Unlike some others I found the basic listings to be very useful indeed. I did have a few problems with LDP but after more than a little debugging it works quite well. Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by "trag2"
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better resources on the web for free
I bought this book as part of a two book purchase for a reference for a home built speaker project. The info that's there seems valid but doesn't cover the title's impression. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by Arthur M Tunnessen
3.0 out of 5 stars LIttle hard to get round
Maybe it's my lack of knowledge with the whole area of speaker design but I thought that the book was a little dated to start with. Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by GMerrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the novice
I bought this without ever having built, assembled or even worked on speakers. It guided me and explained everything I needed to build an couple of really hi-end speakers.
Published on Nov. 29 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me alot with boxes
This book helped me build a perfect box for my car
Published on Oct. 24 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Rich in technical detail and illustrations.
This book covers all the bases in detail, assuming that the reader has at least a working knowledge of electrical theory, physics, and acoustics. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overall information
Gives you good base of information to help you expand your designs. Could have better detail on the design of third and fourth order crossover networks. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 1998
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