So you are interested in Home Theater and
audio are you? Welcome to the most popular topics in home electronics.
At least 60% of high fidelity equipment and televisions sold
at present are being purchased with Home Theater in mind. Because
so many potential buyers are out shopping for components to build
their own system, the industry is going crazy designing and marketing
new equipment, and almost every week, you can find items on the
shelf at the local electronics stores that were not there the
last time you looked. The choices are mind boggling and confusing.
Fortunately, prices have dropped considerably because there are
so many choices.
This issue of the magazine (Volume 1, Number 1, 1994) is designed
as a primer. In the following pages, we will explain how to go
about choosing the television and other video sources, surround
sound electronics, amplifiers, speakers, and how to arrange them
in your home so that you can 1. get more enjoyment from the vast
library of surround sound movies on tape and laser disc, as well
as current television programs that are encoded with surround
sound; 2. feel comfortable that you got your money's worth; and
3. impress the daylights out of your friends.
As you will see, there is no reason not to combine Home Theater
with listening to music on compact discs, so I will describe
how you can purchase one system to do both (of course, you can
always buy two systems ;-) In doing this, it will be necessary
to explain how electronic components work, because if you decide
to combine Home Theater with music listening, you will want to
have this information in your mind when you go shopping for equipment.
It will help you make better choices, and it will also help the
salespeople to provide you with better service, since they will
be spending their time as well as yours, showing you first rate
equipment rather than asking you questions that end your day
with, "Let me think about it," and you go home not
knowing what it is you are supposed to be thinking about.
The primer is divided into different sections
discussing various parts of a Home Theater and High Fidelity
System (click on the section you wish to see):
1. Televisions (Revised January, 2001)
2. Compact Disc, Laserdisc, and DVD Players
(Revised December, 2000)
3. VCRs (Revised June, 2000)
4. Surround Sound Processors and Receivers (Revised
5. Amplifiers (Revised June, 2000)
6. Speakers (Revised July,
7. Connections (Revised
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