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Home Theater for Dummies (For Dummies)

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What do you need for the perfect home theater experience? You need this book!

Overwhelmed with options? Annoyed by acronyms? Take charge with this friendly, easy-to-understand guide! It begins with the most basic information, helps you choose what you need and put it all together, and finally takes you through fine-tuning your system and cool touches such as accessing home theater content from your cell phone.

  • Just for you — learn how to plan a home theater system and choose components that fit your budget, your lifestyle, and your room

  • Alphabet soup — actually understand DLP, 3LCD, HDMI, DTV, and HDTV, and be able to talk intelligently with salespeople at the electronics store

  • Game time — incorporate a Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3 into your setup

  • Don't be Blu — know about Blu-ray, why the VCR isn't quite dead yet, and the amazing abilities of the PVR

  • Sounds you like — explore HD and satellite radio options, CD players, DVD-Audio disks, and options for old cassettes and vinyl

  • Be the cable guy — set up your system with the proper cables for each component, or learn what it takes to go wireless

  • Tuning up — calibrate your video with a calibration disk, an optical comparator, or a DVD containing THX Optimizer

Open the book and find:

  • The ABCs of home theater audio

  • What the DTV transition is all about

  • How to use a Media Center or Home Theater PC

  • An update on MP3/digital music files

  • What you want in speakers

  • How to consolidate all those remotes

  • Tips for taking home theater wherever you go

Synopsis:

Overwhelmed with big screen TV and home theater audio options? What do you need to build the perfect home theater experience? Home Theater For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how to plan a home theater system and choose components that fit your budget and your room.

Beginning with the most basic information, this guide helps you choose what you need and put it all together. It explains DLP, 3LCD, HDMI, DTV, and HDTV so you can talk intelligently with salespeople at the electronics store. You’ll find out about Blu-ray, explore HD and satellite radio options, and see how to incorporate a Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 3 into your set-up. Learn to:

  • Choose among plasma, LCD, and projection TVs
  • Know the difference between digital TV and HDTV
  • Assess and choose an LCD TV, a new 3D TV, or an HD radio
  • Set up your audio system and TV for maximum performance
  • Use a Media Center or Home Theater PC
  • Fine-tune your system and add cool touches such as accessing home theater content from your cell phone
  • Explore HD and satellite radio options, CD players, DVD-Audio disks, and options for old cassettes and vinyl
  • Set up your system with the proper cables for each component, or learn what it takes to go wireless
  • Calibrate your video with a calibration disk, an optical comparator, or a DVD containing THX Optimizer

Get the perfect home theater experience by following the expert tips and techniques presented in Home Theater For Dummies, 3rd Edition. You’ll be watching movies and listening to audio in no time!

About the Author

Danny Briere is founder and CEO of TeleChoice, Inc. and CEO of mBlast. He's a respected analyst on communications news and breakthroughs.Pat Hurley is Director of Research with TeleChoice, specializing in emerging telecommunications technologies. They are also coauthors of all editions of Smart Homes For Dummies.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Welcome to the World of Home Theater.

Chapter 1: The Zen of Home Theater.

Chapter 2: Defining Your Home-Theatered Home.Chapter 3: The ABCs of Home Theater Audio.

Chapter 4: Getting the Big (Video) Picture.

Part II: Getting Video and Music into Your Theater: Source Devices.

Chapter 5: Treating Your Ears to Music.

Chapter 6: Feeding Video into Your Theater.

Chapter 7: Feeding Your Home Theater from Outside Your Home.

Chapter 8: Gaming Galore.

Chapter 9: Introducing the Home Theater PC.

Chapter 10: Accessing Digital Content at Home and Over the Internet.

Part III: Watching and Listening: Display and Control Devices.

Chapter 11: The Heart of Your Home Theater: The A/V Receiver.

Chapter 12: Speaker of the House.

Chapter 13: Understanding Your Display Options.

Chapter 14: Comparing Display Technologies.

Chapter 15: Remote Controlling Your Home Theater.

Part IV: Putting It All Together.

Chapter 16: Home Theater Cable Basics.

Chapter 17: Hooking Up Your A/V System.

Chapter 18: Plugging In to a Whole-Home Entertainment Network.

Part V: Let ting Your Home Theater Be All It Can Be.

Chapter 19: Tweaking Your A/V System.

Chapter 20: Customizing Your Home Theater Environment.

Chapter 21: Moving Up to the High End.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten or So Accessories for Your Home Theater.

Chapter 23: Ten Great Sources for More Information.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470411896
Author:
Briere, Danny
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Hurley
Author:
B
Author:
Hurley, Pat
Author:
riere, Danny
Subject:
Electronics - General
Subject:
Television & Video
Subject:
Stereo & Audio Equipment
Subject:
Consumer Guides
Subject:
General House & Home
Subject:
HDTV
Subject:
Blu-Ray DVD
Subject:
DTV
Subject:
2009 transition to DTV
Subject:
HD programming
Subject:
LCD TV
Subject:
Nintendo Wii
Subject:
HD radio
Subject:
wireless HDMI
Subject:
Dolby
Subject:
DVD player
Subject:
Plasma TV
Subject:
xbox 360
Subject:
game console
Subject:
surround sound
Subject:
Equipment, Appliances & Supplies
Subject:
Home entertainment systems.
Subject:
Home video systems
Subject:
Home Improvement
Subject:
Home theater, HDTV, Blu-Ray DVD, DTV, 2009 transition to DTV, HD programming, LCD TV, Nintendo Wii, HD radio, wireless HDMI, Dolby, DVD player, Plasma TV, Xbox 360, game console, surround sound, DTV
Subject:
Communications-Video
Subject:
Humanities
Subject:
ome Improvement
Subject:
Home theater, HDTV, Blu-Ray DVD, DTV, 2009 transition to DTV, HD programming, LCD TV, Nintendo Wii, HD radio, wireless HDMI, Dolby, DVD player, Plasma TV, Xbox 360, gam
Subject:
e console, surround sound, DTV
Subject:
Home theater, HDTV, Blu-Ray DVD, DTV, 200
Subject:
9 transition to DTV, HD programming, LCD TV, Nintendo Wii, HD radio, wireless HDMI, Dolby, DVD player, Plasma TV, Xbox 360, game console, surround sound, DTV
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
November 2008
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.20x7.08x.85 in. 1.31 lbs.

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Engineering » Home Construction » Wiring and Lighting
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Science and Mathematics » Electricity » General Electronics

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"Synopsis" by , Overwhelmed with big screen TV and home theater audio options? What do you need to build the perfect home theater experience? Home Theater For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how to plan a home theater system and choose components that fit your budget and your room.

Beginning with the most basic information, this guide helps you choose what you need and put it all together. It explains DLP, 3LCD, HDMI, DTV, and HDTV so you can talk intelligently with salespeople at the electronics store. You’ll find out about Blu-ray, explore HD and satellite radio options, and see how to incorporate a Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 3 into your set-up. Learn to:

  • Choose among plasma, LCD, and projection TVs
  • Know the difference between digital TV and HDTV
  • Assess and choose an LCD TV, a new 3D TV, or an HD radio
  • Set up your audio system and TV for maximum performance
  • Use a Media Center or Home Theater PC
  • Fine-tune your system and add cool touches such as accessing home theater content from your cell phone
  • Explore HD and satellite radio options, CD players, DVD-Audio disks, and options for old cassettes and vinyl
  • Set up your system with the proper cables for each component, or learn what it takes to go wireless
  • Calibrate your video with a calibration disk, an optical comparator, or a DVD containing THX Optimizer

Get the perfect home theater experience by following the expert tips and techniques presented in Home Theater For Dummies, 3rd Edition. You’ll be watching movies and listening to audio in no time!

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