There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom, and it’s taken me a long time to learn the field of audio reproduction is plagued with a lot of bad data. What I want you to do is review the resources below and start digging in to one thing that catches your attention the most. Due to third party contributions and the rapid pace of change online I can’t guarantee the availability or complete accuracy of these resources. Please leave a comment if you find a bad link.
V1.2 Revised last on 7-6-2018
Resources for New Explorers
Sound Damping Series, Part 1 – These are the “Room Treatments” and “speaker cabinet treatments” that are part of the foundation of a proper sound system. Follow my journey of learning about sound damping with this article series.
Resources for Rising Stars
Woofer Box Aiming – Please note this is an incomplete analysis, but it is worth moving your sub box if you can try it.
JL Audio School of Sound Presentation Video – This is a long video on YouTube that contains some invaluable material that may transform the way you design and install car audio systems.
Getting Grounded – Excellent article regarding grounding our equipment in the car.
Resources for Car Audio Freaks
Harman’s How To Listen Software How do I become a trained listener? Why should I want to do that? Harman International researchers developed this software in response to ABX loudspeaker listening tests. How can we take an average person, with normal hearing, and have them train on their own time to become a skilled listener of music?
Understanding Skin Effect and Frequency – This explains why skin effect IS NOT relevant to what we do with car audio.
Speaker Crossover Chart and Capacitance vs. Frequency Calculator(High-pass) – I use this for selecting capacitors for back-up protection on active tweeter channels.
The Low-Down on Dispersion – A very quick summary, with graphic illustrations, of speaker dispersion. This is sometimes given the misnomer of “beaming”.
Damping Factor: Effects On System Response – If you read only one article discussing damping factor, a topic of shrouded in mythology, read this.
Woofer Speed – Can a speaker lag behind the notes? Is a subwoofer quick?
“This Has Gone Too Far, But I Must Know More”
Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms – This is a phenomenal book about audio recording and reproduction and the human hearing system. One sentence can’t possibly summarize the information and wisdom in these pages. A must-have for anyone serious about designing audio playback systems.
Design or Measurement Tools
Acoustic Measurement Test Gear – the comprehensive kit to pair with your laptop and Room EQ Wizard.