The Complete Guide to High-End Audio (Paperback)
An updated edition of what many consider the “bible of high-end audio”
In this newly revised and updated fifth edition, Robert Harley, editor in chief of the Absolute Sound magazine, tells you everything you need to know about buying and enjoying high-quality hi-fi. With this book, discover how to get the best sound for your money, how to identify the weak links in your system and upgrade where it will do the most good, how to set up and tweak your system for maximum performance, and how to become a more perceptive and appreciative listener. Just a few of the secrets you will learn cover high-end sound on a budget, how to do it cheap and still do it right; five system set-up mistakes and how to avoid them; how to make your speakers sound up to 50% better, at no cost; how to choose and set up a computer-based music system; how to find the one speaker in 50 worth owning; and why all 100-watt amplifiers don't sound the same. Since the first edition's publication in 1994, The Complete Guide to High-End Audio has been considered the essential reference on high-quality music reproduction, with more than 150,000 copies sold in five languages.
About the Author
Robert Harley is the editor in chief of the Absolute Sound and the editor of the large-format book series the Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio. Founded in 1973, the Absolute Sound is the world’s most respected magazine on high-performance audio. Harley has taught college degree programs in audio engineering in addition to having worked as a recording engineer, a CD mastering engineer, and an audio journalist. He has published more than 1,200 product reviews and articles on high-quality music reproduction, and he is the author of Home Theater for Everyone and Introductory Guide to High-Performance Audio Systems. His books have sold more than a quarter of a million copies in five languages. He lives in Carlsbad, California.
"This is one valuable book, rich in information and insight." —High-End Magazine
"Before you make a mistake, buy Robert Harley's book." —Stereophile magazine
"Its impressive breadth and depth make it a valuable guide to audio's gold mine. You'll learn valuable things from Harley's book, not just at first reading but as you come back to it over and over." —International Audio Review
“The best book ever written about hi-fi. All your answers are here, written in the graceful, meticulous, easy-to-understand prose of a genuine master.” —Jonathan Valin, executive editor, the Absolute Sound