Added to the Archives This Week:

A good reference work on a subject like audio can help speed the understanding of complicated terms and develop the reader's grasp of the hobby's more arcane reaches. Unfortunately, not all audio books serve the audiophile equally well. Read about one such mishap in Book Review: High Fidelity Audio/Video Systems: A Critical Guide for Owners.

Next, we bring you the second installment of John Atkinson's comprehensive three-part "Measuring Loudspeakers" series, which first emerged as a paper presented at the 103rd Audio Engineering Society Convention, in New York in September 1997. In Part Two, JA looks at loudspeakers' time-domain behavior, and at nonlinear distortions of all kinds. Part Three will examine the various types of frequency response.