Umberto Nicolao was born in Milan, Italy, in 1960. In 1987 he received a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.He joined Philips In 1987 as an Applications Engineer in the field of ICs for audio and television and from 1989 through 1993 he worked at Philips Car Systems as O.E.M. Sales manager.
Since 1976 he has been a contributing editor and technical writer for the most important italian High Fidelity, Home Theatre, Car Audio and Audio Pro magazines. He is author of 20 educational books for Sound Engineers and audio hobbyists and a huge number of articles on the most various audio issues.
Member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1986, Umberto Nicolao has chaired several national/international conferences and technical paper sessions, and is author of several papers, which have been presented at various AES national and international conventions.
In January 2012 one of his projects, namely the Venice high water acoustical information system, has been recognized by the international magazine Installation Europe as the european design of the month.
Currently Umberto Nicolao is a Consulting engineer, Journalist/Writer and Teacher, Sound Systems Engineering being his main field of competence.
Sound Engineering Consultant, Writer and Freeleance journalist specialized in Audio Eng. and Acoustics 1989 – 1993
Philips S.p.A. Audio & Video Consumer Electronics div., Milan, Italy; Sales manager, O.E.M. Car Systems 1987-1989
Philips, Electronic Components Div., Milan, Italy; Audio and Video ICs Applications Engineer
1979 – 1987
Polytechnical University of Milan, Italy:
Master Degree in Electrical Engineering
Specialization in Electroacoutics. Experimental thesis on the Power response compensation in loudspeaker systems 1974 -1979
Technical and Industrial High-school “Solferino”, Milan, Italy. Diploma of Electronic Technical Engineer 1988
Training course on “Total Quality”. Philips, Milan, Italy 1988
Training course on “Public communication and presentation techniques”. Philips, Milan, Italy 1988
Technical training course on “Production organization”. Acustar-Chrysler, Huntsville (AL), USA 1987
Technical training course on “ Integrated circuits for TV receivers”, Philips, Eindhoven, NL
Collaborations to specialized technical magazines
1976-1980: L’Antenna; Informazione Elettronica (Il Rostro Publ., Milan, Italy)
1991-1994: FedeltaÌ del Suono, (Quit of the spring Publ., Terni, Italy )
1998-2001: Sound and Lite, Pesaro, Italy
2001-2003: Quark, Milano (Hachette Rusconi Publ., Milan, Italy)
2003-2006: Progetto Hotel (Reed Business Publ., Milan, Italy)
2004-2006: Architech, (Ed. Reed Business Publ., Milan, Italy)
1995-2010: Audio Review; Audio Car Stereo (Technipress Publ., Rome, Italy)
2000-2008: Digital Video & Home Theatre, (Technipress Publ., Rome, Italy)
2001-2010: Il Giornale dell’Installatore Elettrico, (Reed Business Publ., Milan, Italy)
dal 2001: Quaderni di aggiornamento in Tecniche e Tecnologie Audio (Il Rostro Publ., Milan, Italy)
Books and publications
Another Approach to the Ideal Crossover: the Energy Filler, presented at the 84th A.E.S. Convention, Paris, France, 1988 (co-author Prof. F.Maffioli, Politecnico di Milano)
Series-Type Crossover Networks for Two-Way Loudspeaker Systems. Part 1: First to Less-Than-Second Order Crossovers, resented at the 110th AES Convention., Amsterdam, NL, 2001 (co-author Prof. F.Maffioli, Politecnico di Milano)
La Tecnica dell’Alta Fedeltà, Il Rostro, Milan, Italy, 1995 (co- author Arch. P.Viappiani)
Crossover Passivi per Sistemi di Altoparlanti, Alpine Institute of Technology / Il Rostro, Milan, Italy,, 1995 (1st ed.), 1997 (2nd ed.)
Top Award. Award for the best sounding room Top Audio & Video Exhibition, Milan, Italy 2009 (Exhibitor: Sonus faber).
Top Award. Award for the best sounding room Top Audio & Video Exhibition, Milan, Italy 2010 (Exhibitor: Sonus faber).
Top Award. Award for the best sounding room Top Audio & Video Exhibition, Milan, Italy 2011 (Exhibitor: Sonus faber).
European install of the month,, Tidal information service, Installation Europe international magazine, UK, 2012
Top Award. Award for the best sounding room Top Audio & Video Exhibition, Milan, Italy 2012 (Exhibitor: Music Tools).