Audio and Hi-Fi Engineer's Pocket Book

Audio and Hi-Fi Engineer's Pocket Book

1st Edition - February 15, 1988

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  • Author: Vivian Capel
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483102399

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Audio and Hi-Fi Engineer?s Pocket Book covers a wide range of audio topics with concise explanations to clarify the information. This book is divided into 10 chapters and begins with a brief introduction to the concept and principles of sound and acoustics, including the human hearing and sound sources, measurement, and propagation. The next chapters deal with some audio-electronic materials, such as microphones, gramophone, and compact disc. These topics are followed by discussions of the principles and application of tape recording, high-quality radio receiver, amplifiers, and loudspeakers. The remaining chapters consider the important requirements of a public address system. These chapters also provide some facts and formula concerning audio-related topics. This book is intended primarily to audio engineers and technicians.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Sound and Acoustics

    Human Hearing

    Sound Sources

    Measuring Sound

    Sound Propagation

    Room and Hall Acoustics

    Sound Insulation



    Acoustic Characteristics

    Special Types of Microphone

    Microphones in the Sound Field

    Microphone Electrical Parameters

    The Gramophone

    Studio Techniques

    The Record Groove

    Disc Manufacture

    Reproducing Styli

    Stylus Tracking

    Pickup Cartridges

    Cartridge Parameters

    Pickup Arms


    Turntable Parameters

    Compact Discs


    Compact Disc Format

    The CD Player

    Three-Beam System

    Single-Beam Systems

    Decoding the Signal

    Compact Disc Manufacture

    Tape Recording


    Magnetic Recording


    Record/Playback Heads

    Noise Reduction

    Head Circuits

    Head Materials


    Effect of Oxide Deposits

    Head Adjustments/Maintenance

    Tape Transport

    Motors and Speed Control

    Hi-Fi Sound with Video

    Digital Tape Recording

    Recording Tape

    Tape Manufacture

    Musicassette Manufacture

    Tape Parameters

    Tape Groups

    Open-Reel Recorders

    The Compact Cassette

    High-Quality Radio

    Receiver Principles

    Stereo Broadcasting

    Stereo Decoding

    BBC Stereo Test Transmissions



    F.M. Tuner Parameters

    F.M. Aerials


    Thermionic Valves

    Audio Transistors

    Transistor Characteristics

    Basic Transistor Circuit Features

    Amplifier Parameters


    The Driver



    Infinite Baffle

    Reflex Enclosure

    The Horn

    Labyrinth/Transmission Line

    Column/Line Source

    Loudspeaker Absorbents

    Electrostatic Speakers

    Unconventional Speakers

    Crossover Networks

    Public Address


    Loudspeaker Distribution

    Avoiding Feedback

    Delay Lines

    Digital Delay

    Analogue Delay

    Use of Delay Lines

    Ceiling Speaker Mounting


    Induction Loops

    P.A. System Problems

    Facts and Formulae

    Resistance and Impedance


    Attenuators and Matching Pads


    Test Equipment

    Oscilloscope Traces

    Power Circuits


Product details

  • No. of pages: 190
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1988
  • Published: February 15, 1988
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483102399

About the Author

Vivian Capel

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Technical author, audio consultant

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