Optimal Audio and Video Reproduction at Home
Improving the Listening and Viewing Experience
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The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms
Floyd E. Toole, Routledge, 3rd edition (2017)
This is an excellent book on the performance of loudspeakers in rooms. It explains the physical and perceptual processes that are involved in sound reproduction and demonstrates how to use the processes to create high-quality listening experiences in stereo and multichannel formats. Highly recommended if you want to know more about this topic.
Optimising High Fidelity Loudspeaker Systems
Martin Colloms, Wiley, 7th edition (2018)
The quality of reproduced sound depends for a large part on the quality of the loudspeakers. Loudspeaker design is part art and part science. This book is essential reading if you want to know more about this interesting topic. The book is widely acknowledged as the definitive work on loudspeaker design and analysis.
Algorithms and Interfaces
Charles Poynton, Morgan Kaufmann, 2nd edition (2012)
This is a good book on the theory and engineering of digital video systems. I highly recommend it if you want to learn more about digital video, color science, scanning, coding, and compression technology.
Ken C. Pohlmann, McGraw-Hill, 6th edition (2010)
This book describes the technologies behind today's audio equipment in a clear, practical style. It covers digital conversion, processing, compression, storage, streaming, and transmission. Reading this book will give you a thorough understanding of digital audio tools, techniques, and practices.
The Science of a Human Obsession
Daniel J. Levitin, Penguin (2007)
Music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. This book explores the connection between music —its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it— and the human brain.
Brian Moore, Brill, 6th edition (2013)
This is the leading textbook in the field of auditory perception, also known as psychoacoustics. It describes the relationships between the characteristics of the sounds that enter the ear and the sensations that they produce. Read this book if you want to understand what the auditory system does and how it works.
F. Alton Everest and Ken C. Pohlmann, McGraw-Hill, 6th edition (2014)
This book is a gentle and practical introduction to the complex world of acoustics. It explains the art and science of room acoustics and architecture by combining theoretical instruction with matter-of-fact engineering advice. It describes the design of audiophile-quality sonic environments of all sizes: from home theaters and project studios to large-scale recording studios.
Theory, Design and Application
Trevor Cox and Peter D'Antonio, CRC Press, 3rd edition (2016)
This book is the definitive guide on the theory, design, and application of absorbers and diffusers in acoustics. It covers a range of practical and theoretical aspects, with extensive examples of installations and case studies. Read this book if you want to understand the underlying theory of absorbers and diffusers in detail.