Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker System with Projects Paperback – Nov 1 1996
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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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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.Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on April 11 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 16 2002 by Arthur M Tunnessen
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 morePublished on June 24 2001 by GMerrall
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 28 1998
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