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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (26 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412029988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412029988
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 0.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Design and Build Your Own Live-Sound Speakers is written for the performing musician, DJ, club or hall owner who wants to build pro-audio speaker cabinets rivaling the best store-bought models for a fraction of the retail price, seeks to unnderstand and improve the performance of an existing cabinet, or wants to create a unique speaker design for a particular purpose. Written for the complete novice, this book explains driver selection, construction techniques and basic sound-reproduction concepts in a simple and friendly way. While several sample projects are included and explained, the emphasis is on giving the beginner knowledge and ability to design and build something that fits her needs and budget. Using common tools and readily available supplies and parts, the reader can create stage cabinets that are attractive, durable, powerful and efficient. Full of explanations, usage tips and shortcuts, this book is a refreshing alternative to other publications that are overly technical, geared toward hi-fi applications, or assume electronic or woodworking experience most performers simply don't possess. Discussions of bi-amping, speaker connection, reconing, and building "rack cases" supplement the main text with real-world advice for those who haven't forgotten that the point of it all is to make music!

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By simon on 4 Jun 2013
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idiots guide. best for children. not useful to those handling power tools. no actual designs or formula for calculation bad
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Good for Construction - Bad for Design 8 Jan 2005
By QuixoticMan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book DOES provide enough information to build pro loudspeakers. There is good coverage of pro loudspeaker construction, so if you want to know how to build a box, this is the book for you. When it comes to design, this book is very lacking. There is a fair section on cross over design (1st & 2nd order only). But when it comes to enclosure design, the author suggests the reader use speaker design software (not provided) with no guidance on what these programs do. Nice!

The book does a great job of emphasizing frequency response and efficiency matching, but some of the design examples are are a little unorthodox. Specifically, there is a 12" PA speaker design where the author recommends a 6dB cross over point of 4kHz. This may protect the horn, but sacrifices off axis frequency response. Most commercial 12" PA speakers will use a lower cross over point ~ 2kHz and use a 2nd or 3rd order cross over.

Bottom line, if you want to know how to build boxes, this is a good book. If you want to know how to design enclosures, you will need another book or software. I rated this book low because the title "Design and Build . . ." suggested to me that there would be better design guidelines. So while I rated this book one star, other readers may find this a useful reference for pro speaker construction.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Some good basic info here. 8 May 2008
By Artdawg5150 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not a bad book for those wanting a basic overview of speaker building. Maybe a little too "non-technical" for me. After reading the entire book in a day, I didn't get the feeling that I was ready to go out and build my first cabinet. A good first read but probably best when followed up with another more technical book afterwards.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book, with reservations 9 Jan 2010
By Bill Larson - Published on Amazon.com
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Mundy discusses speaker cabinet building very well. Materials, bracing, and especially covering are very well covered. Simple construction employing easy woodworking techniques is emphasized. I especially appreciated the chapter on building 19" rack boxes for live sound electronics.

Speaker design is neglected, or at best short changed. If this is what you are after, find another book. This book was written for live-sound applications, per the title. If you are expecting high end home speakers, as another reviewer mentioned, this isn't the book for you. In fact, I don't think the carpet covering talked about in Mundy's book would be appropriate in many homes. As someone else mentioned, the design of the crossovers is a little too simple, but they work.

There is mention in the book that speakers for live sound environments are inherently different than speakers to audio reproduction. For reproduction, you don't want the speakers to add anything to the sound, simply reproduce the source. In live sound the speakers are part of the sound, emphasizing certain frequencies such as the singer's vocals (midrange) to punch this part out to the audience. Additional speakers are used for the drums, bass, flute, etc.

It does feel like this book was written with the idea of "I have a driver sitting here, how can I build a cabinet to use it for my band". Not a bad goal for a band, but not a goal for an audiophile for listening to classical music from their record player.

I do believe that along with this book, and some time and effort, anyone can build a quality live sound speaker system that rivals anything commercially available for a much more reasonable price. Or, turn it around, by spending a little more for the drivers and building the cabinets yourself, you can end up with a much better sound system than anything that you can buy for a comparable price.

Be aware that I found this book because of Mundy's postings on the Savano Music Online site. The book is a compilation of the web site, plus some additions. I have found that having the book in hand to be much simpler that printing out all of the web articles and then trying to keep track of them.

Larry Mundy has produced an excellent book for his goal. It is not a be-all or end-all to the area of speaker design but it does cover the basic needs of building speakers for live sound situations quite well. Thank you very much.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Design and Buils Your Own Live Sound Speakers 16 Oct 2012
By CDP and his Amazon Habit of purchases! * ! - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this offer from amazon to add knowledge to my building of Musical Instrument Speaker systems. It does give some good basic information, related to this subject matter, but it is not designed to be a speaker design ranging across the entire subject of building speakers. For Musical Instrument speaker builds.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
lots of good info 27 Feb 2012
By David A. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a pretty good understanding of speakers going into the book, but Munday puts it all together in one place, with the right vocabulary, and the missing pieces of information. This book would be something to study for the novice, and it makes a good checklist for the veteran. Good explanations of the complex (Small/Theile, i forget?) but not bogging down in theory. Give enough explanation to answer the questions I would have asked, if he had been in the garage with me. Simply about making sturdy gear that looks and sounds good. I will update this after I pick my components and give it a try. I rarely give more than 4, or less than 2. I gave Bo Derek a 8.7 back in the day. I gave this book a 5 out of 5.
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