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Is "Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook" still the

Discussion in 'Recording' started by pbouldin, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. pbouldin

    pbouldin Active Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    DFW, Tx
    Hi, this book was recommended to me. I noticed it's 20-22 years old. I was able to view the Table of Contents on Amazon and even read a few pages - seems like the material would not date much. However I was wondering if there's something just as comprehensive plus information on how it relates to modern equipment?

    Anyone read Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook but also has read another and can recommend it instead?

    Thank you,
  2. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    That is a good book, I have not found something to replace it yet, at least not in one book. Its Worth buying....
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    There are some dated elements in that book, but you get such a well-grounded training in the basics of sound system theory and physics, that point is moot. It is truly an unbiased representation of sound system operation and applications. Yamaha was one of the very first manufacturers that offered true, real world education on this subject back in the 70's, they have remained at the forefront. Highly recommended. I have 2-one in the house rack drawer, the other's in the ...bathroom! :cool:
  4. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    my favorite part of that book is the few pages that , in essence, say not to ever trust a manufacturer's specs.

    basically... dont rely on numbers like frequency range/response, THD, power output, etc.

    as someone who works for a major music retailer, i see people come into the store every day and start rattling off numbers. ie - "this mic has a response of 20Hz-20kHz, so it must be better than this other mic which is 20-16k". then we plug the mic into a sound system and A/B them. sure enough, the numbers dont mean anything when it comes to tone, fidelity, and overall satisfaction.

    USE YOUR EARS to determine which product is best.
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Dated or not. It is great book with much valueable information. It should be required reading for every newbie and wanker before they are allowed to pick up a microphone.
  6. I feel like a wanker then....I've never read the book. lol

    Guess I should!

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