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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.
 

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I've never seen it all laid out in one place correctly, at least not full of woo. Your best bet is to ask questions here and maybe try the search engine as I bet any question has been asked before.
 

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Mike from looking at your gear list you've got all the stuff already, so what are you really looking to do now?


Get into room acoustics? That would be my suggestion for you.

Read, spend $100 for calibrated USB measurement mic, learn REW.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/989861/the-envelope-home-theatre-2014-mike-r-mtbdudex-diy-11-3-audio-2-35-scope-130in-screen/120#post_24254936
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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:
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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".
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-study Ethan Winers site, http://www.ethanwiner.com/acoustics.html

-Become familiar with the different small room acoustic models for home listening spaces

-This is also a 101 read on Room Acoustics, http://www.crutchfield.com/learn/learningcenter/home/speakers_roomacoustics.html

-SAE Home Acoustics info site has many definitions and explanations http://www.sae.edu/reference_material/audio/pages/fullindex.htm

-There are many other sites on the web, like

........One of the first ones, StudioTips small room acoustics forum http://forum.studiotips.com/index.php ,

........Acoustical measurements defined Rives audio http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue12/rives2.htm ,

........RPG Acoustics Library papers http://www.rpginc.com/news/library.htm , etc.

-Be careful of info overload all at once


D) Measurement info/threads:

-online downloadable file with the Sound System Engineering chapter 6 on measurements http://www.focalpress.com/uploadedFiles/Books/Book_Media/Audio/9780240808307.pdf

-Get the hardware side of REW down quickly, this thread by member omegaslast dummy's guide on setting up REW and his blog http://polaraudio.blogspot.com/2012/01/calibration.html easy 101 read with pictures to walk you thru the mechanical of set-up and taking measurements

-Highly recommend Nyal Mellor's site, http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/Aco...surements.html , and a very detailed/helpful white paper http://blog.acousticfrontiers.com/st...ist.%20Rms.pdf

- Room Measurement & Treatment by "fotto" (Floyd)



- Envelope Time Curve - ETC - Impulse gearslutz thread

- Using energy time curve for acoustic analysis: by "mtbdudex" (Mike R)

- http://www.avsforum.com/t/1421599/etc-isd-gap-question ETC - ISD gap by

- Basic acoustic measurement primer v2.1 (via gearslutz "DanDan")

- http://www.realtraps.com/art_measuring.htm



- http://www.avsforum.com/t/1316623/diy-custom-printed-movie-poster-acoustic-panels-cheap/60#post_20147783 DIY Custom-Printed Movie Poster Acoustic Panels

-first reflection software: http://www.avsforum.com/t/822273/free-software-to-help-determine-your-first-reflection-points/240#post_22619555

-a while back I downloaded this Measurement/calibration sequence from Dennis Erskine.
RoomMeasurementSet-up.zip 5k .zip file

List of Reference Level, High Sensitivity & SPL Speakers- this thread has good explain to speakers and the wattage needed to drive them at spl
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1387083/list-of-reference-level-high-sensitivity-spl-speakers
 
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