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Old 20th March 2001, 04:15 AM   #1
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Does anyone know a good book on building speakers?

I'm thinking about building my own speakers. I'm fairly good at wood working. So, now I need the equations. I don't want one of these books written for the sole purpose of promoting their software. I want a book that if I sat down with a piece of paper and scientific calculator, I could get the dimensions of the box.

I am an engineer, I can use a calculator. I don't need a GUI to do mathmatics.

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Old 20th March 2001, 04:29 AM   #2
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Pixie,

The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook - Vance Dickason is a good book.

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Old 20th March 2001, 07:57 PM   #3
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Agreed, that is a great book. Just make sure you get the newest (6th) edition. There is added quite a bit to this edition compared to the older one.

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PS: Heard a lot of good about "High Performance loudspeakers" (5th ed.) by Martin Colloms, but I haven't had a chance to look at it yet. It's (supposedly) a bit different from the one by Dickason, but contains lots of useful information. (Maybe others can clarify this a bit - I'm interested too :-)
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The loudspeaker cookbook ( Dickason) is great for hands on things, with easy(?) formulaes for most things, - one should however read the theory parts in order to understand how things work....
you can either have it the easy way,- a loudspeaker being a moving membrane in a box...or
you can start digging into the borderlines between practice and theory, what's really going on in there...
The "cookbook" will give you good answers both ways...
then- if you want to know some more, - or truly get around to finding out how much we still don't know... "High performance Loudspeakers" by Martin Colloms is truly a magnificent book,-- but now things are beginning to look like digging for pyramids.............
Then of course you would read the classics, - "Acoustics" by Leo Beranek, and "Musical Engineering " by Olsson,- and then read Colloms again....just to find out that quite a lot of things were and were not known many years ago ( mid fifties...)
And now is the time to look deeply into your wallet before go reach for calculator, paper, spec. sheets etc...

We ARE doing this for fun, aren't we.......?????

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PS.- Olsson and Beranek is probably out of print, try the library if you are interested.....
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Old 28th May 2004, 03:15 AM   #5
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The best book might be this bulletin board. The best paper books that I've found are not good as introductory texts. The Dickason book has a lot of information, but it is also maddening for what it leaves out. I have spent many hours re-reading it, trying to find the place where I missed information that was necessary to understand later parts of the book. It just ain't there.
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Dickason is half the story- you also need d'Appolito's "Testing Loudspeakers".
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Old 28th May 2004, 03:24 AM   #7
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Pixie,

The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook - Vance Dickason is a good book.

Regards,

blmn




We don't want to scare the boy! My take on this book after reading through it is that you pretty much can't make a great speaker. It was way too in-depth for me.

I have an older version of this book. Great Sound Stereo Speaker Manual, by David Weems. Its alot simpler, but the author explains things in a way that you can understand them....great for beginners.

I'm not discounting the Cookbook. But buy it later on, and start with small steps.
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Old 28th May 2004, 04:58 AM   #8
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The best book might be this bulletin board.
I don't think so.

A good many of those who post what is supposed to be valid information are just plain wrong. Then you have to wait for the offered corrections and some of those are wrong. Following then is a debate and some off topic stuff. More waiting. It's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff since it's difficult to tell which of the members are knowledgeable and which are blowhards.

There are also those who don't really read your initial inquiry and start recommending solutions that don't apply - you ask for chicken soup and get a recipe for chop suey.

Get some books for a starter. Backed with some information it is easier to spot those who are just
whistling dixie.

Check out the links and Wiki pages for some tried and true, done deal designs that fit your needs. Playing speaker design on the forum is often like reinventing the wheel.

As SY recommends, Dickason is half the story- you also need d'Appolito's "Testing Loudspeakers".

I couldn't agree more.
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Old 28th May 2004, 05:07 AM   #9
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You might also look at these titles:


_Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook_ edited by John Borwick

_Theoretical Acoustics_ by Morse and Ingard

_Acoustical Engineering_ by Harry F. Olson

and the 4 volume Loudspeakers series by the Audio Engineering Society
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Old 28th May 2004, 12:13 PM   #10
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chop suey
MMmmm... Chop suey...

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Advanced Speaker Designs (for the hobbyist and technician)
- Ray Alden

Designing, Building & Testing your Own Speakers
- David Weems

The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook
- Vance Dickason

Bullock on Boxes
- Robert Bullock III (and Robert White)

Testing Loudspeakers
- Joseph D'Appolito

Introduction to Electroacoustics and Audio Amplifier Design
- W. Marshall Leach Jr.

Theory and Design of Loudspeaker Enclosures
- J. Ernest Benson

Acoustics
- Leo Beranek

Fundamentals of Acoustics
- Lawrence Kinsler

Acoustical Engineering
- Harry Olson

Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics
- David Blackstock
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