Better be useful for $150 on Amazon :-)
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The standard $150 paperback version is good but the text is a little jittery on this version - I compared it to other similar publications and it appears built at a specific price point for run-of-the-mill audiophiles (by all means go for it if you are not discerning enough to notice fine details). Serious audiophiles, however, will definitely want the hardcover version (far superior) with gold bindings, a pure silk divider and embossed text!
Just kidding ;-)
An alternative and good addition to 'Better' is 'Sound Reproduction' from Floyd Toole. I am partial to the idea that 95% of 'better sound' lies in the speakers, placement and room treatment. Matching a speaker to a room is where the hard work lies. I enjoyed 'Better' and 'Sound'. Trial and error (?), no just keep tweaking the room/treatment. Spend time in getting a good room analyis via free computer software and 'see' what you hearing. Understanding 'sound' is the hardest part of this hobby.
As an audiophile with over 30 years of experience I found Jim's book quite refreshing. Not for the groundbreaking new information it provided, but confirmation of many of my own discoveries and experiences. My system really benefited from Jim's experience and advice concerning what to listen for on the 'Chieftans' recording. By following Jim's advice I've really dialed my system in. I would really recommend Jim's book to any budding audiophile as Jim has really provided guidance in purchasing the various tweaks and other audio 'Stuff". I prefer his approach to the books by Robert Hartley as Jim's book is more "hand's on instead of just describing/defining what various equipment is. This is not a knock against Mr. Hartley's books which I also own and have enjoyed reading. As a teacher, I've found that there are few books that I've read that haven't provided some new facet of knowledge to treasure.
Thanks Mr. Smith and Mr. Hartley for your efforts.
Since some folks might not have seen the various comments from manufacturers and reviewers, I thought it might be helpful to list a few. There are more, but these come to mind and were easy to find. They have been approved to quote:
Stereophile Book Review: Get Better Sound, Art Dudley
Get Better Sound is the cheapest good tweak you can buy for your system.
TONE Audio, Spotlight
This is the best $44.50 you will ever spend on your hifi system, hands down.
6moons.com, Srajan Ebaen
I don't think there's been something exactly like this in our industry before.
decades worth of hands-on expertise...
In short, it's the proverbial slam dunk.
TONEAudio, Marc Phillips aka the Vinyl Anarchist
The One Audio Accessory You Need
readers ask me about which component to upgrade, or where they should put their money in order to yield the most noticeable improvements. From now on, my answer will be Get Better Sound more often than not.
Positive Feedback Online Jeff Day
I highly recommend Get Better Sound by Jim Smith, and I think it should be in everyone's audio library. If you'll take the time to work through Jim's tips and implement them in your Hi-Fi system you'll be rewarded with a transformed system. Don't think about it, just do it. You'll be glad you did.
Enjoy the Music.com, Nels Ferre
While I have recommended numerous pieces of gear as good values, even great ones, I have never believed in a "Best Buy" until now. No matter what your system consists of, or what type of music you enjoy, spend the $44.50 for Get Better Sound.
TNT Italy Lucio Cadeddu, Editor
this book is one of the best "tweaks" you can apply to your HiFi system!
Paul McGowan, PS Audio
A must have book for anyone serious about high end audio
Richard Bird, Rives Audio
His book, "Get Better Sound" is a plethora of tips ... practical, easy to follow, and most of all--they work. Many of them are the basics of what we do when designing a room. While we may use mathematical calculations to predict results, the basic goal and issues remain the same. Jim has put together very approachable and useable methods to help just about anyone achieve better performance of their system.
This is highly recommended.
Ayre Acoustics website Whats New
System setup is every bit as important as the equipment itself. Jim Smith has written a very good book which takes on the issue of system setup in a thorough, easy to read way that we can highly recommend.
Yes. One and the same.
They are having a little fun with a strange $150 listing on Amazon.
Amazingly, not long after GBS came out, the Amazon site stated that they had had the book, but weren't sure when they'd get it back in stock.
The truth is - I never sold it to Amazon.
The quarterly newsletters come with the purchase of a new book.
Can't imagine how that $150 listing could work.