There are a number of cookbook and do-it-yourself guides to building loudspeakers, but few aimed at experienced builders and those already in the industry. And no, you can’t find everything on the Internet, and separating the gold from the dross of PR-speak “white papers” in the AES Journal pre-prints is a major project in itself.
If you are interested in high-efficiency, high-headroom loudspeakers and how they are used in modern studios, this is the book to get. More broadly, if you are interested the key technical parameters that affect the subjective listening experience, this is one of the few books that has a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of the subject, backed by the two authors’ decades of experience in professional audio. Dr. Keith Holland is a lecturer in electro-acoustics at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton, and Philip Newell is an international consultant on acoustic design with over 40 years of experience designing hundreds of recording studios (this is his fifth book on professional audio).
In addition to loudspeakers - which are covered by an introduction on acoustics, and moving on to separate chapters for the main types of loudspeaker design, loudspeaker cabinets, horns, and crossovers, there are chapters on amplifiers and cables, loudspeaker behavior in rooms, interfacing loudspeakers with the rest of the studio, subjective and objective assessment (with particular attention to the effects of phase delay at low frequencies and the midrange), challenges in low frequency design and the effects of these choices on transient response, and a final chapter on surround sound.