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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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Book Description

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: #621781 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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5Great but not necessarily gospel
By reviews again
The book is certainly excellent and deserves 5 stars even if you disagree with some (or many) arguments presented within. Writing style is absolutely engaging, easy while technical, almost hard to believe it could be done so eloquently. You will learn just about everything there is to know about sound, recording and projection. AT the same time in order to be with the author, you must also agree that sound of some (very few in fact) concert halls produces the best there is and anything else is just plain wrong or at least short of live perfection. I could not disagree with assertion more, yet it is repeatedly stated in early parts of the book (which is were I am right now). I'm not only saying that most concert halls are not good enough to compete with sound projection of the most recognized ones, I'm plainly saying that like sound reproduced at home, or anywhere you listen to, it is what it is and may or may not be approved as best by many listeners. It has nothing to do with one being infrequent hall goer, hence inexperienced in the ... experience. It is different and things should remain so. Author asserts that hall experience will never be matched in home environment. Perhaps so, but so what?

You will love the book even if you fall in the same as me category of experiencing sound. The book is worth every dime it costs. But I would caution against falling for all the rhetoric with blinders on. Even if it is a gem of a book, a great read to boot (and that is a lot for such a narrowly focused technical publication).

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5A standard reference - the 1st book to purchase on audio
By Jeff Switzer
This book is a standard reference that should be in everyone's library who is interested in home audio and home theater

In an easy to read format the book provides the results of decades of research performed by Dr. Toole (with support from other excellent staff) at Harmon International. The results of real research, not just opinions, are hard to come by in the audio field. This book demonstrates what factors are important in loudspeaker response, how loudspeakers fit into rooms, subwoofer and room interactions, and much more.

I've had a copy of the book for several years. I just purchased another copy to be circulated among members of a local audio club. The book would make a great gift for someone you know who is into audio.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Speaker Manufacturers should heed his advice
By Amazon Customer
In short, I keep re-reading this book - probably the last collection by Floyd Toole. I wish most speaker manufacturers would heed his advice and give the consumer the data they need to make meaningful decisions. As an engineer (retired) but from another discipline, I gather a lot of useful information in this book. Sean Olive or other protege should come up with an enhanced version in the future. Discuss, please, the types of automatic room equalization systems available, and which ones work well and which don't. I've done a lot of manual equalization after the first steps of speaker placement and some room treatment. Various devices enable rapid measurements now. A means to bring all this data together and provide a downloadable EQ curve to a parametric equalizer is something I would like to see (as opposed to some proprietary algorithm where one just presses a button.) The consumer digital camera world has become very technical, precise and accurate in terms of product technical reviews of capability and performance. Even in 2016, and at the most extreme prices, "HiFi" continues to be defined by "snake oil" salesmen. And the Audio Critic is dead. Is anyone listing to Toole other than JBL?

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