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Old 23rd June 2005, 12:07 PM   #1
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Very basic question: what books/papers/etc should one read to get a basic understanding of acoustical theory needed in loudspeaker design/analysis?
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Old 23rd June 2005, 12:36 PM   #2
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I found a lot of information in the "Loudspeaker Design Cookbook"
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They also have another book with some useful info, a little more practical approach about designing and testing speakers.
the other book

I find them both useful, but the cookbook is probably to be regarded as the bible of DIY speaker builders, I would say.

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Hi Jennice

Loudspeaker Design Cookbook was my first option too, but I didn't know how much it focuses on the theoretical part. I was under the impression that it is rather oriented on the practical part.

Thanks for the tip.
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Hi Jennice

Loudspeaker Design Cookbook was my first option too, but I didn't know how much it focuses on the theoretical part. I was under the impression that it is rather oriented on the practical part.

Thanks for the tip.

Testing Loudspeakers by Joe D'Appolito is a GREAT place to start.

http://www.audioxpress.com/bksprods/books/bkaa45.htm

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Old 23rd June 2005, 02:28 PM   #5
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More theory:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
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I really enjoyed the "Loudspeaker and headphones handbook" by John Borwick

http://www.britishaudio.co.uk/jborwick.html

It is more complete than the cookbook.
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Martin Colloms "High performance loudspeakers" is a good one.

Also Alton F Eversts book "The masters handbook of acoustics".

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Hi Jennice

Loudspeaker Design Cookbook was my first option too, but I didn't know how much it focuses on the theoretical part. I was under the impression that it is rather oriented on the practical part.

Thanks for the tip.
I think the title is very mis-leading. The book covers all sorts of issues to be considered if you want to build a speaker. (The drivers construction principles, filter considerations and formulas, box design principles are covered, etc.). The 6th edition even has a description for a speaker design, based on some of the theory. I don't recall the previous edition to have any "cookbook" designs at att (I may be wrong), but I don't think the title fits the contents well. I like the book nonetheless.

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