Long considered one of the key books on the well-informed audio engineer's shelf, Sound System Engineering provides an accurate, complete, and concise tool for all those involved in designing, implementing, and testing sound reinforcement systems. This new fourth edition includes eight new chapters leading the reader through both cutting-edge topics--e.g., IBM's proposed thought-controlled sound system--and solid basics, such as loudspeaker specifications, wave equations, and digital audio.
Topics covered include:
Psychoacoustics and how the brain processes sound
Mathematics for audio systems
Using the decibel
Interfacing electrical and acoustical systems
Audio and acoustic measurements
Large room and small room acoustics
Designing for acoustic gain
Designing for speech intelligibility
Loudspeakers, loudspeaker arrays, and loudspeaker directivity
Power ratings for amplifiers and loudspeakers
Computer-aided system design
Signal delay, signal synchronization, and signal processing
Sound system equalization
Packed with numerous illustrations and useful appendices, this is a concentrated capsule of industry standards and knowledge that spans the complete range of sound systems, from the simplest all-analog paging systems to the largest multi-purpose digital systems.