Home Theater For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 24, 2008 - House & Home - 408 pages
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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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Great introduction to Home Theater

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Table ofContentsIntroduction
Welcome to the World of Home Theater
Defining Your HomeTheatered Home The Basic Home Theater
The ABCs of Home Theater Audio
Getting the Big Video Picture
Getting Video and Music into Your Theater Source Devices
Feeding Your Home Theater from Outside Your Home
Gaming Galore
Speaker ofthe House
Understanding Your Display Options
Comparing Display Technologies
Sifting through Remote Control Options
Hooking Up Your A V System
Attaching Components tothe AVReceiver
Powering the Network
Customizing Your Home Theater Environment

Introducing the Home TheaterPC
Getting an HTPC the Easy
Understanding Digital Content for Your Home Theater
Watching and Listening Display and Control Devices
Introducing HighEnd Home Theater
Using HighEndControls

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About the author (2008)

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.

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