This is a new edition, in paperback, of Ken Pohlmann's classic survey of the compact disc world, The Compact Disc: A Handbook of Theory and Use, and celebrates the tenth birthday of possibly the most successful consumer electronics product ever introduced. The phenomenal success of the compact disc - currently over a billion copies are sold each year - has encouraged rapid development of compact disc technology and spawned entirely new applications for it. The text of this new edition has been thoroughly overhauled to take note of all these developments; in addition there is more information on the laboratory origins of the compact disc and the principles underlying the format. It remains a comprehensive and authoritative handbook by an acknowledged expert on digital audio and related topics.
`It is one of those rare technical books which is consistently readable, yet which includes a comprehensive discussion of the inescapable minutiae inherent in the subject matter ... Pohlmann is particularly clear on the fundamentals of the system, but he also explains the factors affecting CD player design, and just what to look for in the specification when buying one ... The book has a good index, a glossary which is very useful on the burgeoning acronyms
of the business, and bibliographies follow each chapter. It is the sort of reference book which is literall a mine of information ... Essential reading for the professional, an eye opener for the technically minded audiophile and a very useful book to have ready to hand. Excellent value.'
`Here is an interesting, timely, well-written book in which everything you ever wanted to know about the compact disk and more is explained. In summary, this is a good book. It's written in plain English. It's clear that the author enjoys his subject and knows how to teach and to write. I recommend it if you are interested in the technical aspects of CDs, or even if you just enjoy good technical storytelling.'
Computer Music Journal
`a clear and easy-to-follow introduction ... Pohlmann writes for the enthusiastic layman ... His book ... is written in a [more] appealingly casual style.'
Martin Elste, IASA, Phonographic Bulletin
`compelling and fascinating reading, written by an expert with the knack of making complex explanations understandable.'
Introduction to the compact disc; Fundamentals of digital audio; The compact disc system; CD player design; Practical concerns; Diverse disc formats; Disc manufacturing; Glossary of technical terms.
Series: Computer Music and Digital Audio
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 15th October 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2