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Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker System with Projects [Paperback]

David B. Weems
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1 Jan 1997
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. 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, and 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.

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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 4 edition (1 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007069429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070694293
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted 9 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
This book was well worth the money! I was struggling to find someone who could explain to me what all the 'letters' mean in speaker design, and how that translates into a specific size of box.
The author of this book takes great care to fully explain the meaning of the different elements and how they all relate to each other.
The only negative point I can make is that this book only focuses on Closed-Box and Ported speaker designs. Other types (Band-pass, Horn Loaded, Transmission Line, etc) are mentioned, but there's no real information to help you design one.
Given that 99% of speakers are either Closed-Box or Ported, this is not really a big issue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied 100 % 23 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book with a purpose in mind. I wanted to get my feet wet in designing and building a loudspeaker enclosure. This book satisfied all my expectations. The text is clear and concise. The theory and practice is given. Although somewhat long, an important program is given. That program is in QBASIC, which is somewhat outdated. A new version of the book would probably need a C or C++ version. Also, an accompanieng CD would be better. The book has four projects. I built the first one as a starter. It works excellent. I am now collecting parts for the fourth project. I recommend this book to anyone with similar interests.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 6 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read this book from cover to cover (OK admittedly it's not really designed for that) and found it an informative read. I was particularly grateful for the section on woodwork, the advantages and disadvantages of different materials and joints etc.

My only gripe is that the book could have had a small section on active speakers. Though active speakers are technically a speaker and an amplifier, I would have found such a section more useful than the extended section on speaker positioning, which isn't technically speaker design either.

But overall, a comprehensive guide with useful examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide to making box and ported speakers 23 Oct 2011
By DaveC
Format:Paperback
I was after a guide to help me rebuild some ported speakers I made from a kit in the 1980's. Using this book I was able to select suitable replacement bass drivers and tune the new boxes to their specification.

The worse thing about the book is that the computer modelling source code included in the book is written in GW basic. I was able to rewrite the code I wanted to run in c# with out much pain but I am a professional developer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has not build speakers before and wants to make or repair box or ported speaker boxes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book, but limited in scope 23 April 2011
Format:Paperback
David Weems provides a great deal of interesting information and formulae on the theory of loudspeaker design, but this only covers a limited range of types of speaker cabinet. The range of projects is similarly limited.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor 27 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
A poor book, average information laid out in an outdated way with a chapter devoted to out of date computer program (1980 ish) Hardly any information on testing in a evaluative way.
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