I'm basically looking for somewhere to read all the basic beginners info on audio. AVR's, speakers, amps, wattage, etc. I'm very interested home audio and want to learn more. Mostly want to know, as I continue to upgrade my equipment, that I'm doing things right.
I have this general suggestion for those wanting to learn about acoustics:
A) read this Acoustics/Treatment Reference Guide , via gearslutz, its a easy read in layman terms, starts you off with basics and good foundation with practical discussion. Studio acoustics and Home Theater acoustics.
From that, simple/straight forward advice via Jens Eklund:
1. Learn how to make measurements: REW - Room EQ Wizard Home Page
Don’t do anything without measurements.
2. Define your MLP (Master listening position). Confirm with measurements.
3. Identify and treat your modal and SBIR - Speaker Boundary Interference Response related issues and educate yourself about different bass-absorbing techniques.
Other info: SBIR by Bryan Pape
4. Treat areas that otherwise creates early reflections.
5. If the room is big enough, add diffusers
Always base your decisions regarding different treatment, on measurements. Avoid thin porous only absorbers (including wall to wall –carpet, drapes etc.) unless a measurement indicates the need for it.
B) Knowing that for “best” audio/sound in a listening room, these parameters are tackled in prioritized order:
1. Speaker location, 2. Listener position, 3. Acoustic treatments, 4. Electronic correction.
Understand the small room acoustic model you will follow.
Looking at this link, everyone can see visually the various small room models, it's 7 pages from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied" http://eetimes.com/design/audio-desi...n?pageNumber=0 C) If you have desire for more knowledge:
-read one of many books out there, a great 1st book is "Master Handbook of Acoustics" by F. Alton Everest, a perfect follow-up book is "Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms" by Floyd Toole.
-shameless plug for Ethan Winers book also, "The Audio Expert". .. ..