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Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems (2010 Edition) [Paperback]

Mark Fleischmann
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1 Oct 2009
How can an average person navigate the maze of audio/video technologies in a home theater system? Turn to Mark Fleischmann's Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems, now in its ninth edition, thoroughly revised and updated for 2010. The ultimate answer book, it tells you everything you need to know when shopping for HDTV and surround gear -- including how to read a spec sheet, how to separate fact from hype, and how to get good value for your money. It weighs the pros and cons of HDTV display technologies such as LCD, plasma, DLP, projection, and tube-based sets. It dispels the confusion surrounding such topics as HDMI and 1080p. It explains the differences between Dolby and DTS surround, including the new lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master standards. It covers the new height-enhanced listening modes, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX. And it covers all formats under the sun including the new Blu-ray disc and anything that plays in an iPod. The book also explores often ignored topics such as buying a DTV antenna, power-line accessories, and cables. A richly detailed connections chapter tells how to hook up every component and how to solve common problems. By knowledgably guiding readers through the briar patch of video and audio, Practical Home Theater has become the standard reference work for home theater buffs. Future annual editions will continue to track changes in home theater technology.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Quiet River Press LLC; Updated edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193273211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932732115
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,838,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For less than the cost of a DVD, it'll remove the power of intimidation from your home theater, -- Kevin Hunt, The Hartford Courant

If you've been looking to have all your home theater questions answered in one place, this book will do it. -- Brian C. Fenton, Sound & Vision

Mark is well qualified to write about this subject.... An excellent primer for consumers, retailers and manufacturers. -- Steve Smith, This Week In Consumer Electronics --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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! It is very up to to date.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know - and more! 9 Feb 2011
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This is a pretty accessible way to find out all you need to know when thinking about buying and installing AV and Home Theatre equipment. In a rapidly changing environment, a key attraction is that it is updated annually so it is more or less up to date with recent developmemnts. As a UK resident I found the discussion of TV signal delivery and regulation was US centric but this was a minor inconvenience and everything else was UK applicable.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Este libro está muy enfocado tanto al usuario y al profesional.
Está muy actualizado y es muy bueno como lectura introductoria a este mundo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A complete novice on the subject of home theater, this book was my rescue. 10 Feb 2007
By Tandy K. Bozeman - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently bought a LCD HDTV by mail and set about to install it myself. I made the purchase after careful research, and with some head scratching was able to correctly connect the TV to my new high definition satellite receiver, and was delighted (and relieved) to see a stunningly lovely picture. However, I realized that I had managed just the "easy" part, next I faced the daunting challenge of adding enough black boxes to make a proper home theater. My knowledge of home theater was zip, nada! I did not even own a stereo music system. So, I searched home theater on Amazon and bought this book for no other reason than it said it was the "2007 Edition" and I wanted current information. I knew that an easy solution was to buy a theater-in-a-box, but which brand, and could I get a better value if I could put together a component system specifically designed for what I wanted, or thought I wanted?

The book arrived in the mail and I settled down to read. My total lack of knowledge was to test the author's ability to explain a complex technical subject to the complete novice. I cannot say I found the book to be a delight to read, but it did just what I wanted it to do, provide a through grounding in all aspects of home theater, preparing me well to make an informed decision about what to buy to add a good sound system to my new HDTV. This book is not an easy read, but then it should not be if it is to adequately cover the subject matter in detail. I must say that not once did I find myself hopelessly lost as the author attempted to guide me through a maze of technical detail. I found that this one book brought me up to speed, from zero to 60, on home theater. I now go back and use it as a reference. My only mistake was not reading the book before buying the HD TV, as the video sections are excellent and would have saved me much research time.

Building your own home theater system requires a considerable outlay of money. Do not start the project without first reading this book. If nothing else, it will arm you to know hype from fact when you face the salesperson.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Informative 17 Dec 2004
By Frank Doris - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains a wealth of valuable and useful information and "demystifies" the subject of home theater with clear, concise explanations. It is an excellent resource, exceptionally well-written and extremely comprehensive, and as the book's title indicates, it offers a great deal of practical, real-world advice. The author clearly knows the subject matter thoroughly. I recommend this book highly to both novices and experienced home theater enthusiasts. The 2013 edition contains a lot of useful updated information that will be useful to anyone seeking to purchase or upgrade a home theater system.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point, for a variety of skill levels 18 Oct 2004
By Adam Sohmer - Published on Amazon.com
Fleischmann's book is ideal for anyone who wants to cut through the clutter of most books on the subject. Experienced high-end audio and home theater fans will certainly pick up a few new pointers on how to make the best use of their systems, but those who are relatively new to the game will walk away with plenty of information to make informed buying and set-up decisions without having to sift through pages of jargon and hyperbole.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy A Home Theater Without Reading This Book 23 Nov 2011
By HFHIFI - Published on Amazon.com
I have been in the A/V Industry for nearly 30 years and have to say, without hesitation, that no one should even shop for a home theater that would cost more than $1500 before reading this book. It offers a wealth of knowledge to the beginner as well as an already informed consumer. As the number of knowledgeable independent retail outlets declines rapidly, the American consumer is truly left to fend it out with the big box and online outlets. (I say American as the rest of the world still has many great high quality retail storefronts.)

The author clearly explains the differences between the numerous audio and video technologies and does so in layman's terms. The book is very up to date and covers the latest and greatest in streaming audio and video technologies, which will no doubt be the dominant media sources in the not too distant future. The author made me aware of some things I was not yet aware of!!!

The buyer will more than make up the cost of this book and time spent reading it in making a well informed and better purchase.

Note: I would give it 5 stars if the book was in color. It's a small nit to pick.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard of Home Theater Guides. 19 Oct 2004
By Margot - Published on Amazon.com
This 2005 edition by industry guru Mark Fleischmann is the gold standard of home theater guides. It's got it all--from sound basics to advanced calibration, aspect ratio to the zen of Ohm settings. The new section on digital audio servers is thorough, specific and totally up-to-date. Technology is a moving target but Fleischmann's got tremendous aim. It's also a compulsively readable book; how many home theater guides will have you laughing out loud?
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