The Savvy Guide to Home Theater

The Savvy Guide to Home Theater

by Sams Technical Publishing

Paperback

$24.95

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780790613031
Publisher: Sams Technical Publishing
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: Savvy Guide Series
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Defining Home Theater1
What is a Home Theater System?1
Good: Home Theater in a Box4
Better: Blending the Old with the New6
Best: When Money is No Object8
Video display system8
Progressive-scan DVD player9
Receiver or controller9
Speakers10
High-end remote control10
Other Accessories11
2Why Build a System?13
3Where Do I Put This?19
Lights, Noise, and Other Distractions20
Scratching the Surfaces21
Seating22
What About All Those Wires?23
4Understand the Components27
5Audio31
Surround Sound31
Dolby33
Dolby Digital34
Pro Logic II35
Dolby Digital EX36
Digital Theater Systems37
DTS-ES38
DTS 96/2438
DTS Neo:639
Dolby Digital Surround EX41
6Speakers43
How Speakers Work43
Speaker Installation45
Placement47
Installation Methods47
7Video49
Direct View Displays49
CRT49
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)50
Rear-Projection LCD52
Liquid Crystal on Silicone (LCoS)52
Disadvantages53
Plasma53
What to Look For53
Wireless TV Montors56
Computers as TVs56
DTV, HDTV, EDTV, SDTV: What's the Difference?59
HDTV59
EDTV60
SDTV61
8Incorporating Existing Equipment into Your System63
The Audio/Video Receiver63
Televisions64
DVD Player65
What About Your Existing VCR?65
Digital Music Devices66
PC-Based Media Centers66
9Remote Controls69
Find the Right Remote70
Types of Remote Controls71
Remote Control Features75
Infrared versus radio frequency75
Touch-screen displays76
Macros76
Savvy Guide Recommendations76
Using Your PDA as a Remote Control77
10Getting Started79
Putting Focus in Your Picture80
Videocassette Recorder (VCR)80
Digital Videodisc (DVD) Players81
What to look for in a DVD player82
Digital Videodisc Recorders (DVD-R)84
Turf Wars85
VCR/DVD Combination Units85
Let's Get Personal: Personal Digital/Personal Video Recorders (PDR/PVR)85
Programming86
Over the Air86
Cable TV87
Satellite TV87
VOOM89
11Connections91
Wiring and Cables91
Analog Connections93
Speakers96
Digital Connections97
Making Your Connections98
Connect your home theater to a TV/monitor101
Connecting your cable or digital cable box with surround-sound system102
Connecting your digital satellite system with surround-sound components103
Connecting your set-top box104
Connecting your recording device105
Summary109
12Planning for the Future111
Consumer Preferences113
Future Considerations113
13Determine the Right System for You117
Music118
Sports119
TV Watcher120
Movies121
Family/Overall122
Appendices125
Appendix A
Resources and Information127
Where to Go for More Help129
Web Sites129
Magazines130
Acronyms130
Glossary of Terms133
Appendix BPlanning and Information Section147
Index167

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