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Speaker  Builders Reference Guide

                 By

                   Russell Storey

      CONTENTS       (  Updated   4-2015 )            

 

SPEAKER DESIGN

Selecting  speaker driver and enclosure type for a design project 

 

SPEAKER DRIVER MATERIALS

Comprehensive list of cones domes  frames surrounds  magnets voice coils for manufacturing

 

SPEAKER DRIVER TYPES

Description of driver types with description of construction techniques

 

SPEAKER  POWER TEST STANDARD  

Description of driver types with description of power testing  IEC & AES standard and techniques

 

SPEAKER ENCLOSURE MATERIALS

Table of absorption coefficients graphs speaker box enclosure panel timber boards MDF composite and constrained layer damping damp[ing materials and techniques   

  SPEAKER  SOUND AND ANECHOIC CHAMBERS Speakers in acoustic chambers sound diffraction and refraction definitions and measurements
  LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM & DRIVER MEASUREMENTS

SPL db  definition , optimum  SPL dmeasurement distances  verses driver size ,the importance of equipment calibration .Calibrating the microphone .Tweeter SPL and Distortion  measurement  set up , Errors in measurement equipment   and operator errors due to  air density  temperature equipment  cables   Thiele/Small  measurement errors outlined, LMS  SPL graphs ,HP & Tektronix  Test equipment photos     

 

BASS-MID

Drivers  types recommended for home-theatre and  music

 

MIDRANGE

Drivers  types for home-theatre and music

 

TWEETER

Drivers  types for  shielded and unshielded home-theatre and music applications

 

SUBWOOFER

Drivers  types for active and passive subwoofers for home-theatre and music

 

PA DRIVER

Drivers used for pa, instrument and sound distribution and description

 

PASSIVE RADIATOR

Brief section on passive radiators and their  application in HT and music

 

CAR-SOUND

Car-sound woofers and subwoofers and their products.

 

RIBBONS

Flat panel polar and bi polar ribbons and application

 

HORNS

Horn and other high-efficiency drivers

 

FULL RANGE-COAXIAL

Full wide-range single  drivers and coaxial mounted drivers

 

FLAT PANEL

Wall mounting very low profile picture frame  full range type

 

ELECTROSTATIC

Full range electrostatic panel description

 

BI POLAR SPEAKERS 

Bi polar field pattern and descrip[tion

 

HOME-THEATRE AMPS

Digital multi-channel amp fundamentals and setting up notes for speakers

 

DIGITAL SUB AMPS 

Digital subwoofer amp  application  for home theatre and music

 

SUB AMPS

Analogue subwoofer amplifiers application for home theatre and music

 

SPEAKER spec DATA 1

SSS  Leap  thiel & small data sheets

 

SPEAKER spec DATA 2

Manufacturer thiel & small  data sheets

 

KITS SPEAKER 

Hometheatre surround satelite  centre speaker kits.

 

KITS SUBWOOFER 

Hometheatre subwoofer speaker kits.

 

SPEAKER VENTS(PORTS)

Speaker vents   round pipe dimensions rectangular vents and applications

 

ACOUSTIC DAMPING  ROOM

Acoustic rooms damping internal wall  and ceiling panels materials 

  LOUDSPEAKER DIFFRACTION LOSS AND COMPENSATION  Loudspeaker Diffraction Loss
and Compensation
  LOUDSPEAKER GROUP DELAY Loudspeaker Group delay frequency and phase inter relationship
and effect on intelligibility of loudspeaker sound and real sound reproduced

 

ACOUSTIC DAMPING  ENCLOSURE

Acoustic damping  material damping compounds

 

SPEAKER REPAIRS.

Recommended tips on speaker reconing and replacing decayed  foam surrounds

 

GLUES

PVA wood glues types and applications to timber metal and plastic 

 

ENCLOSURE MATERIALS.

gaskets  glues screws grill cloth

 

ENCLOSURE FUNDAMENTALS

Enclosure Types & Applications vented sealed bandpass using prefabricated enclosures

 

DESIGN SOFTWARE 

Speaker design software packages ,room  resonant modes and speaker position  .

 

DIGITAL FILTERS

Digital filters for speakers .

  DIGITAL JITTER Jitter can be introduced into a digital audio signal in two ways: in the sampling process, and in the digital interface.

 

ANALOG FILTERS

Active filters and amplifier modules and dedicated subwoofer amps.

 

CROSSOVERS

LC component selection charts xover circuits

  Multilayer Air Core Inductor Calculator  Multilayer Air Core Inductor Calculator,  AWG , Coil size , WxHxD 
  INDUCTOR Descripton and application types
  CAPACITOR Descripton and application types
  RESISTOR Descripton and application types

 

ENCLOSURE

Descripton and application types vented sealed bandpass,bi polar,subwoofer 

 

ACTIVE  SPEAKERS

Amplifier modules,  dedicated speaker power amps 2way 3way 4way.

 

COMPUTER SPEAKERS

Computer amplifier modules,  dedicated  computer speakers for DVD home theatre and music

 

HOME-THEATRE Setup

Recommended speaker and subwoofer  set up tips and room placement

 

HOME-THEATRE specs

Dolby digital AC3 dolby and DVD  principals 

 

TV SCREENS   

Recommended wide screen tv crt ,plasma,lcd, screens and setup and noise and interference  

 

SPEAKER-CABLE 

Recommended  speaker cables  for  hometheatre speaker systems  and music

 

VIDEO-CABLES 

Recommended video cables  for  hometheatre  and TV viewing

 

FIBER-OPTIC-CABLES 

Recommended fiber-optic calble and plugs for DVD hometheatre  and TV viewing

 

RCA-CABLES

Recommended cable types plugs and sockets for  hometheatre and music

 

DIY- PROJECTS

DIY plans and circuit diagrams recommended projects 

 

BOOKS

References Speaker design  Acoustics Psycho-acoustics Hometheatre  Systems,Electronics