The Complete Guide to High-End Audio / Edition 4

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In this newly updated directory, the latest in cutting-edge audio equipment is provided, including how to choose the best audio equipment on a budget, how to get the best sound for the money, and how to set up a system for maximum performance. Revised and expanded to include all the latest audio technologies, this book is packed with expert advice how to make speakers sound up to 50 percent better at no cost, avoid the most common system set-up mistakes, and how to choose the one speaker in 50 worth owning. Among the new topics covered are computer-based music servers, wireless streaming of audio, high-resolution digital audio, internet downloads, HD radio, Blu-ray Disc, and the new high-resolution surround-sound formats. A short course on listening-room acoustics is presented and additional information on audio for home theater, multichannel audio, system set-up secrets, and what each component's specifications and measurements mean is also provided.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is one valuable book, rich in information and insight."  —High-End Magazine

"Before you make a mistake, buy Robert Harley's book."  —Stereophile magazine

"Its impressive breadth and depth make it a valuable guide to audio's gold mine. You'll learn valuable things from Harley's book, not just at first reading but as you come back to it over and over."  —International Audio Review

“The best book ever written about hi-fi. All your answers are here, written in the graceful, meticulous, easy-to-understand prose of a genuine master.” —Jonathan Valin, executive editor, the Absolute Sound

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978649319
  • Publisher: Acapella Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 301,000
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Harley is the editor in chief of The Absolute Sound, the world's most respected magazine on high-performance audio. He is the author of Introductory Guide to High-Performance Audio Systems and Home Theater for Everyone and has written more than 1,000 product reviews and articles on high-quality music reproduction. He lives in Carlsbad, California.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1 What is High-end Audio? 1
2 Choosing a High-end Audio System 9
3 Becoming a Better Listener 33
4 How to Get the Best Sound from Your Room 69
5 Preamplifiers 109
6 Power Amplifiers 135
7 Loudspeakers 169
8 The Digital Front End: CD Players, Digital Processors, and CD Transports 217
9 Turntables, Tonearms, and Cartridges: The LP Playback System 265
10 Tuners 297
11 Cables and Interconnects 307
12 High-end Audio Accessories 329
13 Audio for Home Theater 345
Appendix A: Sound and Hearing 363
Appendix B: Audio and Electronics Basics 383
Appendix C: Digital Audio Basics 415
Bibliography 439
Index 441
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    I'd be hard pressed to recommend this book to a beginning audiop

    I'd be hard pressed to recommend this book to a beginning audiophile.  There's too much misinformation, e.g.,
    that cables need to be "broken in", or that they make any difference at all in an audio system.  The coverage of the
    topic is broad, and there's lots of good technical information, but there's a lot of mythology and subjective twaddle mixed in.

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