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Allen Ross

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I have been getting the hankering to get more serious about DIY, now that its the summer i have more time/money on my hands so i am looking at some reading material.

So what would you recomend, i think this would would be a blast, i would love to learn more about the componets/design of an amp and more of the hardware aspect of it all
The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook

Also i know many people have been swearing by this book for ages, i just want to know what you guys think
Loudspeaker Design Cookbook

anyothers that you think i should read.


Oh and what i kinda want to get out of these books is more of the design that goes into the product, the thought behind the XO, the cabnet, the driver board. Also learning about the hardware of an Pro amp would be really sweet, and will help me respark my intresset in my EE major, (that assembly language really turned me off)

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Brian Knauss

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The Audiophile Project Sourcebook has some great info, but the projects are a little over the top. Only a couple have a practical use. I would just buy the amp book by the same author (name escapes me right now). A good portion of the book is on amps and the amp book is much more in depth.

Though if money isn't that much of an object, I would get it.

"The Art of Electronics" is an excellent book for background electronics knowledge.

I haven't been able to find any DIY books solely on crossovers. The best thing I've been able to find so far is "The Active Filter Cookbook", but as the name says, its about active crossovers. Most books that are recently released are about active crossovers, so good luck finding a good recent book on passive xovers.
 

Greg Monfort

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In lieu of the LDC, consider Geddes' 'Audio Transducers' http://www.gedlee.com/Audio_trans.htm

For more info on cab design than any speaker book will cover is to study duct, pipe, and musical instrument theory for vented/TL/horns, as well as room acoustics for sealed. Lots of good stuff on-line so no sense in buying expensive books, at least for now.

For passive filters, download WP's filter paper at http://www.pispeakers.com/Speaker_Crossover.doc Doesn't cover phase offsets IIRC, but otherwise pretty much all you need to know about parallel filters.

John Kreskov has some good info on phase coherent, transient perfect, and series filters: http://geocities.com/kreskovs/John1.html and some more series is here: http://members.aol.com/klehma/radioseries.html

Ok, enough for now, no sense putting you into thermal overload. ;)

GM
 

Greg Monfort

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Well, once you've assimilated all this you should know enough to know most of what you don't know, and since you're at an engineering school you should have access to all the AES papers that will explain them in minute detail. Offhand, I'd say that's enough to consume all your quality time for the next 5yrs or so. ;)

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Brian Knauss

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Yea, there's a large shelf of the library taken up by AES papers. Too there isn't a way to download all the papers like IEEE (or for free at least since the school pays $100,000 a year for access to those papers).
 

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