If you are interested in audio, video, and home theater technologies, this book will give you the information you need to choose the right components, hook the pieces together, and create a fabulous theater experience right in your own living room. When the first edition of Build Your Own Home Theater was published, decent home theater systems were primarily only affordable for wealthier consumers. Now, several years later, the technology is accessible to millions of homes as products such as wide-screen televisions, digital surround sound audio, DVD Video and Audio Players, and digital satellite systems have become commonplace. Though most people don't have actual home theater set-ups in their living rooms, more and more consumers are trying to combine components they already own with new high-tech components to create an affordable home theater experience. Complete with important home theater Web site addresses and resources, Build Your Own Home Theater, Second Edition is a comprehensive, current, and well-researched text. Beginners to advanced home theater consumers, Videophiles, technicians, engineers, and electronics hobbyists from all walks of life will especially find it invaluable.
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Covers all of the hot digital technologies and how to tie them together into one amazing home theater experience for budgets from $1,500 to $15,000.
New edition includes cutting edge technology from Digital Surround Sound to High Definition and Digital Television, DVD, Video Hard-Drives, Digital Satellites, and much more.
Creating a master plan
Basic terms and concepts
Audio/video receivers and amplifiers
Choosing and hooking up sound and video---various configurations
all of the Dolby Surround encoding/decoding technologies
Digital satellite dishes
Specially designed home theater furniture
Picking the right room
Eliminating echoes and vibrations
How to save money
Building a home theater one piece at a time
Dealing with dealers
Rear-projection TV vs. tube TVs vs. front-projection TVs
Home theater lighting
Complete explanations of THX®, Dolby® Digital, Surround EXT and DTS sound
Maximizing home theater audio
How many speakers
Surround sound speakers
How to audition speakers
Speaker power levels
What to look for in a VCR and Video Hard-Drive
What to look for in a DVD player
What to look for in a camcorder
What to look for in a video game console
What to look for in a digital satellite system
How to wire a home theater set-up
How to place your speakers and equipment for maximum sound
The future of home theater.
Robert Wolenik is editor of Camcorder & ComputerVideo and Digital Photographer magazines, nationally distributed newsstand publications dealing with video cameras and editing, desktop video, and home theater environments. He formerly was editor of Home Satellite TV and Super Television, consumer electronics publications, as well as managing editor of COINage Magazine and Westerner Magazine. He has written more than 20 books. The author is an avid fan of all types of consumer electronics and is perpetually upgrading his own home theater system.
John J. Adams has been involved in the electronics industry for many years, starting as a young boy building radios and other electronic gadgets from kits. He has written electronics related articles for several magazines and has published 4 books with PROMPT Publications and McGraw-Hill on the subjects of consumer home theater, audio, video, and hobbyist electronics/software.