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  • Offers a modern introduction to loudspeaker and microphone engineering design principles
  • Covers a broad range of topics, including arrays, planar transducers, radiation impedance, loudspeaker enclosure design, and more
  • Supplies background material on electrical circuits and filters, sound absorbers, and room acoustics
  • Explains how the rooms in which transducers are used influence their acoustical behavior and how those properties are accessed
  • Includes study questions and problems
  • Contains more than 1,220 illustrations

A solutions manual and figure slides are available upon qualifying course adoption.


Electroacoustic devices such as microphones and loudspeakers are used everywhere from cars and mobile phones to homes, places of worship, and sports arenas. They are a key part of the modern communication society, helping to transmit information to our ears. A contemporary introduction to the subject, Electroacoustics explains the scientific and engineering principles behind the design of these sound transducers. It also examines the compromises that are necessary when designing transducers for use in the real world.

Learn about Ultrasonic Transducers, Loudspeaker Enclosure Design, and More

This accessible textbook book is based on the author’s extensive experience teaching electroacoustics to advanced graduate and graduate students. He uses the concept of electrical circuit analogies to help readers quickly grasp the fundamentals of acoustical and mechanical systems. The book covers both traditional electrodynamic audio and ultrasonic transducers and includes up-to-date material on arrays, planar transducers, loudspeaker enclosure design, and more. To meet the needs of a broad range of readers, the book also includes background material on room acoustics, electrical circuits, and electrical filters. Electroacoustic theory is explained in an easy-to-read style without resorting to matrix theory. Throughout, a wealth of illustrations and exercises make the ideas more concrete.

Get a Solid Foundation in Electroacoustic Engineering Principles

The book emphasizes multidisciplinary engineering principles, preparing students for the broad range of applications they may encounter in their research as well as later in their careers. The modern treatment of transducers also makes this a valuable reference for transducer designers, acoustical consultants, hobbyists, and anyone involved in electroacoustic design.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Electroacoustic Systems
Sound and Its Properties
Waves in Membranes and Plates
Circuits and Circuit Components
Electromechanical Analogies
Electroacoustical Analogies
Conversion between Analogies
Transducer Operating Principles
Radiation and Impedance
Sound Source and Acoustic Environment
Microphone and Sound Field
Electrodynamic Loudspeaker Drivers
Baffle and Box
Vented Box Loudspeakers
Transmission Line Loudspeakers
Gradient Loudspeakers
Drivers Using Flexible Diaphragms
Multiway Loudspeakers
Active Loudspeakers
Headphones and Earphones
High-Frequency Transducers
Appendix A: Introduction to Electric Components and Classic Circuit Theory
Appendix B: Filters and Filter Functions
Appendix C: Magnetic Fields and Forces
Appendix D: Time-Domain Approach to Directivity
Appendix E: Sound-Absorbing Materials
Appendix F: Resonance in Boxes and Rooms
Appendix G: Level Definitions

Author Bio(s)

Editorial Reviews

"Finally a modern alternative to the classical books on electroacoustics. The powerful technique of electrical analogous circuits is used for the analysis of microphones, loudspeakers and headphones. Theory as well as practical aspects are covered in this book by an author with decades of experience in teaching, research and practical applications. The inclusion of exercises makes this a great textbook for university teachers. Electroacoustics is a great topic for attracting students to acoustics, and this modern textbook will serve well in that role."
—Peter Svensson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

"This book includes comprehensive coverage pertinent to fundamentals of electroacoustics, the latest knowledge pertaining to electroacoustics. Logically divided subtopics are arranged in separate chapters. Each chapter also features review questions and detailed, individual problems at the end of the chapter, suitable for university-level (both under- and graduate) course teaching or even self-study. Many basic theoretical concepts are explained with the help of a minimal amount of math, accessible to many students or audio engineers."
—Ning Xiang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA

"I found Electroacoustics to be a very readable and informative book. … provides an excellent summary of electroacoustic principles and applications. It will serve as an excellent textbook for an electroacoustics class or a resource for product designers."
—Noise Control Engineering Journal, September-October 2013

"Mendel Kleiner, the author of this book, is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a widely recognized expert on architectural acoustics and electroacoustics."
Acoustics Today, October 2013