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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (14 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470411899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470411896
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JHL on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
An informative book packed with information. However, it is American! I am a big fan of American technical publications, almost all are universally well written, but, a considerable amount of the content in this book does not travel well. The GB technical standards are different or do not apply. GB connectors have quite different names and much of the equipment used in the examples is not released in this country or uses different branding.
That said, the principles do apply and I have learned a lot. The large number of Sound Standards are explained very well; mind numbing!
I bought three books simultaneously-- ALL turned out to be American! I must be more thorough in my research or, perhaps Amazon could emphasise the origin for those books where it may be important!!!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Basically an explanation of standards and technologies 4 Aug. 2009
By Scooter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This isn't a bad guide, just not what I was looking for. If you want detailed explanations for the various technologies (HDMI v1 compared to 1.3), this is a decent book. However, I was hoping for a lot more illustrations about how to do things (set up a home theater wiring patch panel, layout speakers for a 7.1 setup). I was amazed at how few illustrations were included. This topic cries out for pictures to illuminate the discussion, and this book just didn't provide any.

Also, the book doesn't really help guide you in planning your own home theater. It is more of a pre-shopping guide so that you are better informed than the average sales guy at Best Buy.

There's a lot of good information online at places like Crutchfield (with illustrations), so I was hoping for more from something I had to pay money for.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Update to a Classic 12 Jan. 2009
By AvidReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I believe this is the first review of the new Third Edition which just came out in Nov 2008. It has been extensively updated and I highly recommend it. I also own the Second Edition (2006) and did a quick comparison ......... the organization is the same (same chapter headings) but the material has definately been revised to reflect the fast evolving HT equipment, systems, and media. There's more emphasis on Blu-ray, integration of MCPC's and gaming devices, lossless audio formats, HDMI interconnects, etc, etc. All-in-all this a very comprehensive guide to every aspect of home theater. The book starts with the basics and then layers on more detail in each area. Its a fine reference for anyone who is considering HT, or expanding/upgrading an existing HT.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Bit Dated, but very Helpful 28 April 2012
By Lawrence A. Owens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a novice and already had a Mid Level 5.1 installed about 2 years ago - I only really knew how to shut it on and off - now, I understand my A/V rec'r much better, along with many other thing about a theatre.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable for the home theater planner 19 Nov. 2011
By JayW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book from Amazon and read it before planning and installing a home theater in my basement. I consider myself already well-informed on this topic, but learned a lot from this book nonetheless. It is well-written and does a good job of explaining some very technical topics. The authors make a number of very specific recommendations that proved invaluable in my decison-making. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
title should be - home theater for people who have lived in a cave for the past 100 years 24 Feb. 2013
By curt blanton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
bought book because i wanted to learn about home theaters, in particular audio setup. I was unable to gleen any information regarding setup and positioning of speakers etc. don't purchase if you actually want to learn how to setup a home theater system.
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