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Where to start reading?

Where would be a good point for a newcomer to begin reading? At this point, I'm not ready to compare the airiness of a solid-state amp against the timbre of tubes.
What's impedance? Why pre-amps? Is an integrated amp a pre-amp and an amp in one box, or an amp that uses integrated circuits? How is line-out different from the headphone jack? A good turntable may be worth its weight in silver, but what does it matter what hardware reads bits from my CDs and sends them to the DAC, wherever that may be?
Basically, where can I get the vocabulary and background to appreciate the wealth of specific information available here? Thanks in advance.

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Robert Harley's book "The Complete Guide to High End-Audio" is a very, very good starting point. Each chapter is written in such a way where it starts off with basics and builds from there. If a something doesn't interest you a chapter or a portion of a chapter is easily skipped with no harm done.

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Well, that will keep me busy for a while. The library is getting the book from another branch. The links will keep me busy for a while (but extremetech is broken?).
Stereophile.com/columns is where I started and then felt hopelessly lost in a sea of details without a foundation of general knowledge. And yes, I know that seas don't have foundations - I kind of mixed my metaphors.
Thanks.

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Harley's book does an excellent job of providing a very solid foundation. It's a boot camp for audiophiles. It will jump start your understanding by approximately 2-3 years.

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forget the *audiophile* reading nonsense and learn the basic science first.. once you have a solid foundation built around the fundamentals..then delve into the esoteric/voodoo.. all of the below are considered must haves for the audio geek/engineer...some are even used as textbooks!

This is your brain on music
Making Scenes, the scenes behind the music
Recording the Beatles
sound recording

temples of sound
SAE Institute
Mixing With your Mind
an eternal golden braid
Sound Recording Handbook
Master Handbook of Acoustics
Behind The Glass
Total Recording
Tape Recorders
Sound recording practice
Professional Microphone Techniques
Principles of Digital Audio
The New Stereo Soundbook
The Microphone book
On Location Recording Techniques
Electroacoustical Reference Handbook
Audio Engineering
Handbook of Recording Engineering
Audio Dictionary
From tinfoil to Stereo, a history of recording
Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook
Mastering Audio
The Mixing Engineer's Handbook

http://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Brain-Music-Obsession/dp/0525949690

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Records-Sce...3200&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Recording-Beatles-...3241&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/SOUND-RECORDING-Jo...3047&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/Temples-Sound-Insi...3093&sr=1-1

http://www.saecollege.de/reference_material/index.html

http://www.mixingwithyourmind.com/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465026567/103-7567281-3185432?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672225832/102-0455654-5222524?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sk...amp;dcaid=17379

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0879306149/102-0455654-5222524?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.alibris.com/search/detail.cfm...K9.vdK1d_e0zG_g

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0872886859/102-0455654-5222524?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071348190/102-0455654-5222524?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.stereosoundbook.com/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0240804457/102-0455654-5222524?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0240803795/102-0455654-5222524?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.powells.com/biblio/61-0442013973-1

http://www.powells.com/biblio/61-0634043552-0

http://www.powells.com/biblio/72-0387284702-0

http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=1-0295984988-0#product_details

http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=72-0813013178-0

http://www.zzounds.com/item--HAL500964

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0240805453/102-0455654-5222524?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0872887...5Fencoding=UTF8

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Re: Thanks

Wow! That a lot of works. You put some time and effort into that listing.

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Wow! That a lot of works. You put some time and effort into that listing.

anything to further one's education!!! I also want to note that I have read each of the books that I suggested at least twice... great, great sources of information.

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ncdrawl,
I wish I had the time to read as much as you did on audio. I would definitely enjoy it too.

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Wow! That a lot of works. You put some time and effort into that listing.

anything to further one's education!!! I also want to note that I have read each of the books that I suggested at least twice... great, great sources of information.

I was gonna give you a hard time for the statement about voodoo, leave it alone, do this first, etc.

Instead I'll just say it might be good to try some balance and read a bit on both.

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ncdrawl,
I wish I had the time to read as much as you did on audio. I would definitely enjoy it too.

well, the vast majority of those books I read in Iraq, believe it or not... plenty of downtime when we werent getting mortared or IDEd

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Quote:

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Wow! That a lot of works. You put some time and effort into that listing.

anything to further one's education!!! I also want to note that I have read each of the books that I suggested at least twice... great, great sources of information.

I was gonna give you a hard time for the statement about voodoo, leave it alone, do this first, etc.

Instead I'll just say it might be good to try some balance and read a bit on both.

I didnt say dont read the voodoo.. I said get the solid foundation first. Then branch off and become a whackjob.

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