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Just when people finally started to figure out their computers, here comes home theater and high-def TV. More technology to digest, more new acronyms to learn, more utter bewilderment. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone demystified all this stuff, with easy, non-technical explanations -- and plenty of pictures?
Someone has. And you’ll be glad to hear it’s the same folks who put together books like How Computers Work. The big, open, full-color approach used by these books is perfect for explaining complicated technology. (No wonder this series is so well loved by libraries and schools!)
Michael Miller and Michael Troller explain the technology underlying every aspect of today’s sophisticated audio and video systems: speakers and surround sound; broadcast, cable, and satellite television; HDTV technologies; screen aspect ratios; rear and front projection sets; LCD flat screens; digital camcorders, TiVo and other DVRs...you name it.
Along the way, Miller and Troller answer an amazing array of questions: Is all digital TV “high-definition”? What’s the difference between HDTV and EDTV? What the heck is progressive scanning, anyhow? What’s so great about fiber optics? What’s the deal with letterboxing? What happens behind the scenes when I order a pay-per-view movie: Is some guy at the cable company running around, swapping DVDs?
Once you understand the technology, there’s extensive coverage of choosing the right equipment for your needs -- and figuring out the cabling, connections, and remotes, so everything will work together the first time. (Well, OK, maybe the second!) Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only)