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Build Your Own Home Theater - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750673303, 9780080500386

Build Your Own Home Theater

2nd Edition

Authors: Robert Wolenik John Adams
Paperback ISBN: 9780750673303
eBook ISBN: 9780080500386
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 25th October 2001
Page Count: 320
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Written to provide information on all price ranges of equipment to everyone from the beginner to the experienced home theater owner, Build Your Own Home Theater has been completely updated for today's audience. This new edition contains valuable consumer information on the latest digital home theater components and technology, including digital surround sound receivers, DVD players, digital television & HDTV, digital satellites (DBS), digital camcorders, and digital hard-drive video recorders. It also features easy-to-understand explanations of surround sound technology and set ups—including Dolbyâ Digital, THX Surround EXTM, and DTS-ESTM.

If you are interested in audio, video, and home theater technologies, this book will give you the information you need to choose the right components, hook the pieces together, and create a fabulous theater experience right in your own living room. When the first edition of Build Your Own Home Theater was published, decent home theater systems were primarily only affordable for wealthier consumers. Now, several years later, the technology is accessible to millions of homes as products such as wide-screen televisions, digital surround sound audio, DVD Video and Audio Players, and digital satellite systems have become commonplace. Though most people don't have actual home theater set-ups in their living rooms, more and more consumers are trying to combine components they already own with new high-tech components to create an affordable home theater experience. Complete with important home theater Web site addresses and resources, Build Your Own Home Theater, Second Edition is a comprehensive, current, and well-researched text. Beginners to advanced home theater consumers, Videophiles, technicians, engineers, and electronics hobbyists from all walks of life will especially find it invaluable.

*"Dolby" and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks and "Surround Sound EX" is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
THX and Lucasfilm are © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights are reserved. Used under authorization. DTS and DTS-ES are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.

Key Features

  • Covers all of the hot digital technologies and how to tie them together into one amazing home theater experience for budgets from $1,500 to $15,000
  • New edition includes cutting edge technology from Digital Surround Sound to High Definition and Digital Television, DVD, Video Hard-Drives, Digital Satellites, and much more


Home theater consumers, videophiles, technicians, and electronics hobbyists

Table of Contents

The current state of Home theater. What Home Theater means; Creating a master plan; Basic terms and concepts; Audio/video receivers and amplifiers; Choosing and hooking up sound and video---various configurations; all of the Dolby Surround encoding/decoding technologies; Speakers; DVD; Laser disc; WebTV; Digital satellite dishes; Camcorders; Specially designed home theater furniture; Picking the right room; Background noise; Acoustic insulation; Eliminating echoes and vibrations; How to save money; Building a home theater one piece at a time; Complete systems; Dealing with dealers; Mail order; TV resolution; Rear-projection TV vs. tube TVs vs. front-projection TVs; Home theater lighting; Complete explanations of THX®, Dolby® Digital, Surround EX™ and DTS sound; Maximizing home theater audio; Controllers; Loudspeakers; Amplifiers; Room Equalizers; How many speakers; Surround sound speakers; How to audition speakers; Speaker power levels; What to look for in a VCR and Video Hard-Drive; What to look for in a DVD player; What to look for in a camcorder; What to look for in a video game console; What to look for in a digital satellite system; Cable television; Digital Television; How to wire a home theater set-up; How to place your speakers and equipment for maximum sound; Troubleshooting; The future of home theater.


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About the Authors

Robert Wolenik

Robert Wolenik is editor of Camcorder & ComputerVideo and Digital Photographer magazines, nationally distributed newsstand publications dealing with video cameras and editing, desktop video, and home theater environments. He formerly was editor of Home Satellite TV and Super Television, consumer electronics publications, as well as managing editor of COINage Magazine and Westerner Magazine. He has written more than 20 books. The author is an avid fan of all types of consumer electronics and is perpetually upgrading his own home theater system.

Affiliations and Expertise

Robert Wolenik, Editor of Camcorder & ComputerVideo and Digital Photographer magazines

John Adams

John J. Adams has been involved in the electronics industry for many years, starting as a young boy building radios and other electronic gadgets from kits. He has written electronics related articles for several magazines and has published 4 books with PROMPT Publications and McGraw-Hill on the subjects of consumer home theater, audio, video, and hobbyist electronics/software.

Affiliations and Expertise

John J. Adams, Technology writer and author of four published books


"The book provides information for the beginner to the experienced home theater owner." --Connected Home, May 2002

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