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Introduction to Loudspeaker Design
by John L Murphy

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Introduction to Loudspeaker Design is written for hobbyists, students, technicians and engineers seeking an overview of the technology of loudspeakers. Starting with a brief history of audio developments the book begins by introducing the concepts of frequency, pitch and loudness and proceeds to develop the idea of a loudspeaker as a system.

The book covers such topics as loudspeaker design tradeoffs, spatial loading, diffraction loss, cavity effect and enclosure design. A complete chapter is devoted to the subject of crossover design. The appendices contain technical references, design aids and a chart depicting 18 different loudspeaker enclosure types.

The author, John L. Murphy, is a physicist/audio design engineer with over 35 years experience in the research and development of audio products. His WinSpeakerz application is widely used throughout the audio industry as a tool for evaluating loudspeakers before they are built.

The illustrated 208 page paperback 2nd edition is priced at $24.95.


Sound Reproduction
by Floyd Toole

Floyd Toole's book is an excellent reference that belongs in the library of every loudspeaker designer. I have a copy and a spare!



Loudspeaker Design Cookbook
by Vance Dickason

Vance Dickason's Cookbook is now in it's 7th edition and is a favorite among speaker designers. The book is illustrated with many examples of measured and simulated responses. It contains enough equations and charts to allow you to design design a complete speaker system without resorting to computer simulation. It has chapters devoted to closed, vented and passive radiator systems.  Another chapter is devoted to crossovers and includes equations for calculating component values for the most popular crossovers through 4th order types. I have the 3rd and 5th editions in my library.


Designing, Building and Testing
by David Weems

This book was first recommended to me by Don Keele in the early 1980's. I still have a hard bound copy of the 1st edition along with my paperback copy of the 2nd edition. The 4th edition is now available. Weems gives a lot of practical advise on enclosure construction. The book includes Keele's calculator method of vented box design.


Speaker Building 201
by Ray Alden

I see the Alden book recommended frequently in online discussions. I am looking to acquire a copy of my own.


High Performance Loudspeakers
by Martin Colloms

This book is now in its 6th edition. I purchased the 2nd edition in 1980 and have referred to it regularly over the years.


Theory & Design of Loudspeaker Enclosures
by J. E. Benson

Along with Thiele and Small, Benson is one of the early architects of scientific loudspeaker design methods. This is a highly technical book with a rigorous mathematical treatment of closed, vented and passive-radiator type systems. His closed box treatment is interesting in that he includes losses for these enclosures. 


Advanced Speaker Designs for the Hobbyist & Technician

by Ray Alden

A practical book for those getting started in speaker building.


Introduction to Electroacoustics and Audio Amplifier Design

by W. Marshall Leach

This is a senior level electrical engineering textbook with heavy math. It appears to be out of print currently.


 Audio Electronics Titles

IC Op-Amp Cookbook
by Walter G. Jung

Jungs Op Amp Cookbook is an indispensable aid to anyone doing audio circuit design. Now in its 3rd edition this classic just keeps getting better and better. My 1st edition copy has served me well over the years and is well worn.


Lancaster's Active Filter Cookbook
by Don Lancaster

This book has all the information you need to design active filters for audio and other applications. Besides giving easy to follow recipes for the various filter types Lancaster also provides just the right amount of math for each filter type to allow you to study the transfer functions. A must for every audio design bench. My first edition is loaded with notes and flags from regular use over the years.


CMOS Cookbook
by Don Lancaster


A very good reference for audio designers who need to implement a bit of digital logic in their designs. This is where I learned to use the CMOS logic family. CMOS logic is appropriate for use with audio because it is compatible with typical audio power supplies. It is full of practical design tips . . .such as how to debounce switch contacts with a contact conditioning circuit. My 1st edition copy has served me well.



The Art of Electronics
by Paul Horowitz

I frequently hear this popular title recommended as an excellent introduction to both analog and digital electronics.


Introductory Circuit Analysis
by Robert L. Boylestad

This is a very popular textbook covering the basics of AC and DC circuit analysis. Includes examples in PSpice.


Engineering Circuit Analysis 
(McGraw Hill Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering)
by William H. Hayt and Jack E. Kemmerly

This is a standard electrical engineering textbook on AC and DC circuits. It is widely used in many college electronics courses.


Electronic Principles
by Albert Paul Malvino

This is a classic textbook on linear electronics which is now in it's 6th edition. It assumes you know AC and DC circuits. It starts with basic semiconductor theory and then moves into diode and transistor circuits. Several chapters are devoted to amplifiers. My old 2nd edition still gets some use.


Digital Audio Titles

Principles of Digital Audio
by Ken C. Pohlmann

Pohlmann is a very well respected author in the field of digital audio. This is his textbook on the subject.


The Art of Digital Audio
by John Watkinson

Along with Pohlmann above, one of the most widely referenced books on the subject of digital audio.


 Acoustics Titles

by Leo L. Beranek


This is one of the most widely cited references on acoustics and serves as the textbook for many courses on acoustics. My copy is well worn from frequent use.



Acoustics : An Introduction to Its Physical Principles and Applications
by Allan D. Pierce

This is an excellent textbook and reference on general acoustics.



Fundamentals of Acoustics
by Lawrence E. Kinsler and  James V. Sanders


This is a standard textbook for many acoustics courses.



Music, Physics and Engineering
by Harry F. Olson

This book belongs in every audio engineer's library. It provides a gently survey of the physics of sound and then goes into considerable detail on a wide variety of musical instruments. Next it treats hearing and the physical meaning of various musical terms and concepts.  Room acoustics, sound systems and electronic music are covered in the latter chapters. For less than $10 you can add this gem to your library. My copy is very precious to me.



The Acoustical Foundations of Music
by John Backus

Backus provides a math free (almost) introduction to concepts of acoustics relating to music and musical instruments.


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