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Robert Harley The Complete Guide to High-End Audio, 5th Edition

Bigger and Better: Updated 5th Edition of Robert Harley’s The Complete Guide to High-End Audio Includes Information on Music Servers, Streaming, Wireless Networking, and Headphones

578-Page Reference Volume is Industry Standard on High-End Audio: Invaluable Advice From The Absolute Sound Editor-in-Chief on System Setup, Tuning, and Selection Makes Listening More Fun

Robert Harley’s The Complete Guide to High-End Audio is internationally recognized as the industry standard on everything about audio. Newly updated and expanded, the fifth edition of The Absolute Sound Editor-in-Chief’s tome is the biggest and best yet. Addressing new technologies, cutting-edge developments, and all the information anyone needs to know about system setup, tuning, and selection, this definitive 578-page reference guide is a must-have for any music listener. Whether you’ve recently become acquainted with hi-fi sound or are a dyed-in-the-wool audiophile, Harley’s plain-English prose, scope, and advice will make your experience more fun and rewarding. The informative volume is broken down into 16 chapters for quick reference and easy organization. A detailed index and glossary is also included. Save yourself time, money, and hassle—and get more out of your music—by getting this incredible book today!

"New technologies are transforming the way we access music, from servers, to streaming audio, to wireless networking, to portable players and headphone listening," said Harley. "This new-for-2015 edition brings The Complete Guide fully up-to-date by explaining all the latest technologies."

In addition to covering cutting-edge developments, The Complete Guide to High-End Audio is packed with all the essential information audiophiles need to wisely choose the best components, and to set up those components for the best sound. Robert shares with readers insider secrets of system tuning, gained over more than 25 years as a full time high-end equipment reviewer, with a step-by-step method for improving a system's sound. In addition, The Complete Guide to High-End Audio has been widely praised for demystifying how audio products work – all in easy-to-understand language.

"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, The Absolute Sound

"Before you make a mistake, buy Robert Harley's book."
– Sam Tellig, Stereophile

"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."
– Peter Moncrieff, International Audio Review

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