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Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems (2014 Edition) [Paperback]

Mark Fleischmann

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7 Oct 2013 1932732152 978-1932732153 13
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. The 13th edition has been thoroughly revised and updated for 2014. The ultimate answer book, it tells you everything you need to know when shopping for HDTV and surround sound gear including how to read a spec sheet, how to separate fact from hype, and how to get good value for your money. The book weighs the pros and cons of HDTV display technologies such as LED-backlit LCD, plasma, and projection systems, plus next-generation OLED displays. It dispels the confusion surrounding such topics as 4K Ultra HDTV, 3DTV, smart TV, 1080p, refresh rates, exotic screen shapes, and the new HDMI 2.0. It explains the differences between Dolby, DTS, THX, and Audyssey surround technologies and a new section goes into depth about high-resolution audio downloads. It covers all formats under the sun including Blu-ray and DVD, DVRs, streaming from a multitude of devices, and wireless connectivity. And it 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. 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. This edition is dated 2014 and will be sold between October 2013 and October 2014. Readers are warned to buy only the latest edition. Future annual editions will continue to track changes in home theater technology.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Quiet River Press LLC; 13 edition (7 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932732152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932732153
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have a reference to wade through all the information 9 April 2014
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If you like to hobby around with AV stuff this will be a great investment for you. For example, Netflix broadcasts in 5.1+ surround sound that cannot be carried by fiber optic or coaxial digital cable - so my older AV receiver which does NOT have HDMI inputs requires a work around. Geek on and have fun !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Receivedt quicky - it is really detailed which is what this chick needs. 19 Oct 2013
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I am looking at moving away from my old 1997 tube TV set at the beginning of next year or maybe even Christmas (which I am born on December 25 so it would be my b'day present to myself) this year. I have a steep learning curve to get past. I am also interested in getting into online gaming so I face an even higher hurdle since the last video gaming system I played with was an Atari 2600 and a pong........one stick, one button or one dial and a blip on the screen gotta luv it!! How will I ever master all the gazillion buttons or keystrokes~ Euy Vey!!!! This book is very detailed which is what I need. The book is current to 2014 which is even MORE AWESOME. Highly recommend it to everyone before buying a system.
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