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Recommended Reading

So you might think it a bit odd that a consulting firm that earns its living from selling information to clients about acoustics, sound and audio/visual systems, would be giving you a list of reference books you should buy. Well, the way we look at it is that an informed client is a more valuable client, as they understand why it is important to have the design done properly. And we know that not all of you reading this page will be clients, but we'd like to see you headed in the right direction despite that, especially end-users and contractors. These books can be very hard to find in local bookstores, and some you may never even have heard of.

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This list has become large enough that we had to split it into five pages, the list of book categories below will link you to the appropriate page.

Book Categories


Acoustics

Everything you've ever wanted to know about acoustics, but were afraid to ask. If you've already got a good understanding of Physics, then acoustics is a pretty straight forward science, it's just very time consuming to calculate accurate results.

The Acoustical Foundations of Music
John Backus / Hardcover / Published 1977
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Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers: Theory, Design, and Application
Trevor J. Cox & Peter D'Antonio / Hardcover / Published 2005
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Architectural Acoustics
M. David Egan / Hardcover / Published 1988
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Architectural Acoustics
Christopher N. Brooks / Hardcover / Published 2002
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Architectural Acoustics : Principles and Practice
W. Cavanaugh, J. Wilkes / Hardcover / October 1998
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Architectural Acoustics Design Guide
James P. Cowan (editor) / Hardcover / August 2000
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Architectural Acoustics
Yoichi Ando / Hardcover / 224 pages
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Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Design
Mehta, Johnson, Rocafort / December 1998
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Concert Halls and Opera Houses: Music, Acoustics, and Architecture
Leo L. Beranek / Hardcover / Published 2002
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Deaf Architects and Blind Acousticians? A Guide to the Principles of Sound Design
by Robert E. Apfel / June 1998
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Dictionary of Acoustics
Christopher Morfey / September 2000
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Formulas of Acoustics
by Fridolin P. Mechel / July 2002 / 1248 pages
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Foundations of Engineering Acoustics
Frank J. Fahy / September 2000
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Industrial Noise Control and Acoustics
Randall Barron / November 2002
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The Master Handbook of Acoustics 4th Edition
F. Alton Everest / Paperback / September 2000
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Predicting Outdoor Sound
Keith Attenborough / December 2006
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Room Acoustics
Heinrich Kuttruff / October 2000
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Auditory Scene Analysis : Perceptual Organization of Sound
Albert S. Bregman / September 1994
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Spatial Hearing: The Psychophysics of Human Sound Localization
Jens Blauert, John S. Allen / October 1996
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Audio Systems

A collection of useful references on sound system design and implementation. These vary in detail and complexity from introductory to the true system engineering and design level.

Sound System Engineering, Third Edition
Don Davis, Eugene Patronis / Hardcover / Published 2006
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Audio Systems Technology #1
Handbook For Installers And Engineers
National Systems Contracting Assoc. / paperback / Published 1998
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Audio Systems Technology #2
Handbook For Installers And Engineers
National Systems Contracting Assoc. / paperback / Published 1998
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Audio Systems Technology #3
Handbook For Installers And Engineers
National Systems Contracting Assoc. / paperback / Published 2000
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Sound Reinforcement Engineering
Wolfgang Ahnert, Frank Steffen / Hardcover / Published 2000
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Handbook for Sound Engineers, Third Edition
Glen Ballou (Editor)/Paperback/ 1584 pages / 2005
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Sound Reinforcement Handbook
Gary Davis, Ralph Jones / Paperback / Published 1990
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Music, Sound, and Technology
John M. Eargle / Hardcover / Published 1995
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Audio Systems Design and Installation
Phillip Giddings / Paperback / Published 1997
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Architectural Electromagnetic Shielding Handbook
Leland H. Hemming / Paperback / Published 2000
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The Audio Dictionary
Glenn, D. White / Paperback / Published 1991
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Audio Engineer's Reference Book
Michael Talbot-Smith / Hardcover / Published 1998
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Audio/Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide
S. Lampen, S. Chapman / Paperback / 412 pages / Published 2002
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Sound Systems: Design and Optimization: Modern Techniques and Tools for Sound System Design and Alignment
Bob McCarthy / Published 2007
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Sound Engineer's Pocket Book
Michael Talbot-Smith (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1995
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Loudspeaker Systems

We have received a large number of requests about loudspeaker system reference books, so we've added this list of loudspeaker books.

Advanced Speaker Designs for the Hobbyist & Technician
Ray Alden / Paperback / September 1996
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Building Pro Audio Loudspeaker Enclosures
Jeffrey A. Forsburg / Paperback / April 2002
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Great Sound Stereo Speaker Manual
by David B. Weems, G. R. Koonce / Paperback / May 2000
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Loudspeaker Handbook
John M. Eargle Hardcover - 325 pages - 1996
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Theory & Design of Loudspeaker Enclosures
J. E. Benson / Paperback / September 1996
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Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook
John Borwick / Hardcover / 2001
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High Performance Loudspeakers
Martin Colloms / Paperback / June 1997
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Loudspeaker Design Cookbook
Vance Dickason / Paperback / August 1995
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Introduction to Loudspeaker Design
John L. Murphy / Paperback / May 1998
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Time Delay Spectrometry
John Prohs, editor / Paperback / 280 pages
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Designing, Building, and Testing Your Own Speaker System With Projects
David B. Weems / Paperback / November 1996
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