Newnes Audio and Hi-Fi Engineer's Pocket Book

Newnes Audio and Hi-Fi Engineer's Pocket Book

2nd Edition - October 25, 1991

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  • Author: Vivian Capel
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483102436

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Newnes Audio and Hi-Fi Engineer's Pocket Book, Second Edition provides concise discussion of several audio topics. The book is comprised of 10 chapters that cover different audio equipment. The coverage of the text includes microphones, gramophones, compact discs, and tape recorders. The book also covers high-quality radio, amplifiers, and loudspeakers. The book then reviews the concepts of sound and acoustics, and presents some facts and formulas relevant to audio. The text will be useful to sound engineers and other professionals whose work involves sound systems.

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the First Edition

    Preface to the Second Edition

    Sound and Acoustics

    Human Hearing

    Sound Sources

    Measuring Sound

    Sound Propagation

    Room and Hall Acoustics

    Sound Insulation



    Acoustic Characteristics

    Special Types of Microphones

    Boundary 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

    Compact Disc Faults

    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

    Phillips Digital Compact Cassette

    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 Battle

    Reflex Enclosure

    The Horn

    Labyrinth/Transmission Line

    Column/Line Source

    Loudspeaker Absorbents

    Electrostatic Speakers

    Loudspeakers for Electronic Instruments

    Unconventional Speakers

    Crossover Networks

    Public Address


    Loudspeaker Distribution

    Avoiding Feedback

    Delay Lines

    Digital Delay

    Analogue Delay

    Use of Delay Lines

    Ceiling Speaker Mounting

    LISCA (Line-Source Ceiling Array)

    The Second Line Source


    Induction Loops

    P.A. System Problems

    Facts and Formula

    Resistance and Impedance


    Attenuators and Matching Pads


    Test Equipment

    Oscilloscope Traces

    Power circuits


Product details

  • No. of pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 1991
  • Published: October 25, 1991
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483102436

About the Author

Vivian Capel

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Technical author, audio consultant

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