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I'm planning to take my headphone hobby one step further. LOL! I might be upgrading to a full size reference system (whatever that means). The problem however, is I have no clue where to start what to look for, audio terms. etc etc...
So I'm looking for good audio reference books on how to build a system and all the basics hopefully coach me through the steps.
Any idea which book would be useful for this purposes?

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You might want to check out The Complete Guide to High-End Audio by Robert Harley.
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You can also find all the information you need online! I've found that while Head-Fi and Headwize have been very helpful for learning about headphone equipment, the forums at Audio Asylum and Audiogon can help you more in the areas of the more expensive stuff that many members here can't afford. Online magazines like Soundstage and Goodsound can also help you out -- I've found their reviews to be more helpful than Stereophile reviews. In fact, it was because of them that I bought my Axiom Millenia M3Ti speakers, and they strongly influenced my purchase of the DH Labs Q10 speaker cable.

Then again, you can still ask your questions here! While many of us do not own multi-thousand-dollar equipment (heck, my system already does cost just over $2000!), many of us have read about, looked at, and auditioned some higher-end equipment that might interest you.

And about terminology, that can all be found online as well. Just do a search on google for the term you don't know, and you'll find a definition -- and probably websites that have definitions of all the terms you don't know!

So I don't think you need to buy a book to help you out. Books are more likely to be out-dated, and books don't have links to pictures and additional reviews. I'd suggest you start with the internet, and then use that as a basis for finding specific products to audition in high-end audio stores.
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I agree with DanG somewhat about the internet resources. However, many times you do not know the quality of those resources until you have spent quite a bit of time on a site. For example, not all on-line review sites are created equal and not all reviews are necessarily very good. Anyway, I still highly suggest the Robert Harley book because it gives you a good basis for understanding what you need to look for in components, how they work, how they interact to form a system and even how to listen critically. Anyway, I keep it around as good reference when I am reading reviews on components I am interested in. Another good magazine source is Listeners, I tend to like their reviews better than both Stereophile and TAS.
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I find online discussions to be more helpful than magazine reviews.

I was very intersted in the Axiom M3ti, after those rave reviews given by the two sites listed. And i will definately give them a listen when i have the time. But i decided to check out how they compare with other speakers reviewed by that site, and i suddenly realized that EVERY review in that magazine came to the exact same conclusion "_______ is an incredible speaker considering its price. In a direct comparason with _____ which costs 5 times more, i found that the product conveyed the same essance, and was even better in some ways. And it easily outclasses any other componant in that price range.) I mean, i randomly picked 15 reviews on their site, and every single one, from $5000 power cords to little metal pieces you put under your amp to $250 speakers, all said the same thing... So while reviews can be helpful, make sure you try and find biases by reading several other reviews by the same person.
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