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Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms (Audio Engineering Society Presents)

Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms (Audio Engineering Society Presents)

Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms (Audio Engineering Society Presents)
By Floyd E. Toole, Floyd Toole

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Floyd Toole, a leading expert in the field of sound reproduction, explains how to design the best possible listening experience for recording control rooms and home entertainment systems. This comprehensive work covers the whole sound reproduction chain from multi-channel audio configurations and the loudspeaker/room system to acoustics and psychoacoustics and the evaluation process. Part 1 shows the reader how to create the best listening experience, offering practical approaches to the sound reproduction chain. Parts 2 and 3 are an in-depth consideration of acoustics and psychoacoustics.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #252706 in Books
  • Brand: Floyd Toole
  • Published on: 2008-08-22
  • Released on: 2008-08-22
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x 1.29" w x 7.50" l, 2.05 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 570 pages


  • Sound Reproduction The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms

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About the Author
Floyd E. Toole studied electrical engineering at the University of New Brunswick and at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London where he received a Ph.D. In 1965 he joined the National Research Council of Canada where he reached the position of Senior Research Officer in the Acoustics and Signal Processing Group. In 1991 he joined Harman International Industries Inc. as Corporate Vice President – Acoustical Engineering. In this position he worked with all Harman International companies and directed the Harman Research and Development Group, a central resource for technology development and subjective measurements, retiring in 2007. He is currently a consultant to Harman.

Dr. Toole’s research has focused on the acoustics and psychoacoustics of sound reproduction in small rooms, directed to improving engineering measurements, objectives for loudspeaker design and evaluation, and techniques for reducing variability at the loudspeaker / room / listener interface. For papers on these subjects he has received two AES Publications Awards and, for service to the society, the Board of Governors Award. For his achievements he has been recognized with both the AES Silver Medal (1996) and Gold Medal (2013) Awards. He is a Fellow and Past President of the AES, a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a Fellow of CEDIA (Custom Design and Installarion Association). He has been awarded Lifetime Achievement awards by CEDIA and ALMA (Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics International). He has recently written a book: "Sound Reproduction: the acoustics and psychoacoustics of loudspeakers and rooms." (Focal Press, 2008).

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Solid scientific info
Solid scientific info -- no magical diamond coated USB cables, putting in your own utility pole, or fancy tricks with reflections (in all fairness on the latter, Bose has solid technology, but why waste the effort on tricks just to make a smaller speaker sound big?).

My only gripe is -- Dr Toole admits to not having studied digital much... he recommends using DSP for parametric equalization, but I feel he (or a successor) needs to explore this topic in light of how the added layers of ADC/DAC may color the sound esp as getting good sound out of the first DAC in the chain is a major focus nowadays.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Great new edition of a classic reference
By Don Herman, Jr.
Toole's latest book is another great reference for audiophiles, sound engineers, and anyone wanting a look at what makes great (and bad) sound. The expanded sections go well beyond the first edition and there is lots of new material.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5Mandatory reading for audiophiles, especially the well heeled
By John R. Smolley MD
I used to count myself among these ranks, but ultimately lost interest and patience with more than one dealer, and ultimately the industry itself. Why? Too much snake oil and "need for component, cable, interconnect matching and the egregious amounts of money needed to do so" whose collective impact IMHO is maybe a couple of percent of the total--assuming the equipment is competently designed and matched. I bought this and two other books recently as I have become more interested the DIY aspects of the hobby, including designing and building loudspeakers.

There is a lot to recommend this book--not the least that Dr. Toole takes to task at least a segment of the industry which includes tin eared and/or unprincipled reviewers and some of the makers of loudspeakers who cannot seem to be troubled with getting a reasonably flat frequency curve from their products. Some of the other book reviews lament that Dr. Toole doesn't go so far as to name names in some of these instances. Personally I am fine with the fact that he chooses not to. Besides I suspect that there is enough info given to make some well informed guesses.

The book is much more, and while I consider myself more of an old school 2 channel kind of guy, read with great interest his thoughts on the future of audio and the need for multichannel reproduction. Also fascinating was the research (some of it decades old) showing that golden eared gray bearded gurus may not be the ones to be offering advice as the effects of age on the hearing might be greater than generally appreciated, and besides, that those with good hearing can generally be counted on to arrive at a consensus of what sounds good even lacking special training, secret handshakes, and the opportunity to listen at length in their own homes.

If you're one of the readers who breathlessly waits each month for tales of how some 7000 dollar DAC beat the pants off one costing 1/2 as much--at least most of the time with some types of source material but only after burning in for several weeks--this book may not be for you--even though you may be the one to most profit from a thorough reading. If you have a general interest in the hows and whys of music reproduction along with some great history from an industry insider, I think you will find like I did, a very compelling read and a book worth keeping handy.

Highly recommended.

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