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Audio/Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide (Pocket Reference) [Paperback]

by Stephen Lampen
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January 15, 2002 0071386211 978-0071386210 1
Cable Any Kind of Audio or Video Installation

Put complete performance specifications for analog and digital audio and video installations -- from professional recording studios to living room theatres -- in the palm of your hand! Audio/Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide packs over 200 illustrations that clarify all the methods, procedures, and tools you need to successfully tackle even the most complex installation job. Great for everyone from home enthusiasts to professional engineers and technicians, the convenient take-along size is as perfect for professionals working out in the field as it is for hobbyists tinkering in the basement. Author Stephen Lampen, an industry pro, anticipates and answers your every question on analog and digital audio, analog and digital video, including high definition video cabling; connectors; using Category 5, 5e, and 6 to carry audio and video; installation; and much more.



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"The proliferation of new digital equipment in the audio/video market is generating entirely new and complex problems in wiring and cabling. Lampen's material and projected format has the advantage of appealing to both the professional engineer/technician and the home enthusiast. Lampen's booklets have been bestsellers for the SBE for years - he has guru level recognition here - and this market has never been more eager for learning material." Jerry Whitaker, Technical Director, ATSC Series Advisor

From the Back Cover

CABLE ANY KIND OF AUDIO OR VIDEO INSTALLATION--FROM A PROFESSIONAL RECORDING STUDIO TO YOUR HOME THEATER!

Great for everyone from home enthusiasts to professional engineers and technicians, the Audio/Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide puts complete performance specifications for analog and digital audio and video installations in the palm of your hand. The convenient pocket-size is perfect for professionals “in the field” as well as hobbyists tinkering in their basement.

Complete, concise, and easy to use and understand, Audio/Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide includes over 200 illustrations that clarify all the methods, procedures, and tools required to successfully tackle even the most complex installation job.

"Just when I thought Steve Lampen couldn't possibly come up with any new information about wire or cable, he manages a fun and informative new book. His writing style makes dry material actually interesting, detailing a wealth of practical information on the latest in wire and cable technologies. I highly recommend adding this book for your technical library."--Dane E. Ericksen, P.E., CSRTE, Hammett & Edison, Inc.


Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Reference
  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071386211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071386210
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small package - HUGE resource of information! June 3, 2002
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It is easy to see why Steve Lampen is such an esteemed author and lecturer and one of the most respected cable engineers in the industry. Steve Lampen does an excellent job of describing cables and their applications. Starting with the basics of the construction of the wire, Steve describes everything from the conductor's base metal to the insulation and shielding to the applications most appropriate for each cable. He defines all of the important wire specifications and gives you a much better sense of which type of cables are most appropriate for you application. While the book is very technical in scope, Steve makes the complex topics interesting and readable. It is filled with helpful charts, graphs and tables - color codes, NEC fire codes, resistance tables, dielectric constants and more.
So much information is packed into this book that I consider it the best 400 pages of knowledge you can carry in your pocket! This is a must-have book for anyone interested in ANY aspect of cable installation or home-theater hookup.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Guide June 8, 2004
Format:Paperback
Within its sphere of discussion, this is the best reference manual of its type. There is a lot not here concerning RF and power, but it's not an RF or power book. Steve Lampen is about the most knowledgeable 'wire man' around and this book should go with you each time you visit your local High End audio saloon or any other vendor of these products.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pocket book January 16, 2007
Format:Paperback
As an proffesional I apreciate this book, it gives precise information. It is well written and on plain english as it's posiblle.

I recomending this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Belden is the king of cables and Stephen Lampen is a Belden Kingpin. This book is one-of-a-kind and is a must for anyone working with, or even remotely interested in audio, video, data and/or CATV cabling. It is essential, fundamental knowledge about using cables.

Nope, it's not for the "novis" but I believe a novice will find it interesting if you understand the concept that 2 wires make a circuit. Take your time with it and Google anything you don't understand. There are some complex topics in here but nothing you won't get your head around if you read it and think about it. It is presented in a good, logical progressive order.

Stephen makes it all readable with many interesting and amusing anecdotes and tidbits. The "Grounded Dog" story (p 363) is worth the price of the book alone.

I've been in broadcast Engineering for years and this book solved a few mysteries for me.

Check out the contents list to see if it's for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Informative Guide July 8, 2008
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I loved this book. It is perhaps more of a technical guide than a field reference but it is still is filled with lots of useful stuff and manages to be entertaining at the same time.

However, if you want to know have to attach terminals and do some of the real hand on stuff this isn't the book you want (try the Newnes Electronics Assembly Pocket Book or something similar instead).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great compact guild April 13, 2014
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Full of useful information and data charts. Just what the engeer needs for day to day work and in pocket size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very very helpful January 21, 2014
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All that we always want to know and nobody answered. Great author! I definitely recommend this pocket book.
easy to carry in your luggage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This provides February 4, 2013
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technical details on installing AV cable, coax and other, and is indispensible for those that want to start a business or are just wanting to fine tune their own installations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE
CONSIDERING BUYING ANOTHER !

EXCELLENT REFERENCE

I READ THIS BOOK AS REFERENCE,

OVER AND OVER. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dennis Morales Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
I've been in the Audio and Video business for almost 40 years and I've learned much from this book. I knew much of the proper cable applications from years of experience but with... Read more
Published 23 months ago by CT
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio/Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide
Being a novice I found this book informative with lots of general information and references that will be useful.
Published on September 20, 2010 by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Wonderful World of Cable
For the home A/V novice, this is a great book, if you're interested in eventually becoming an expert.

I'm on my third read of this book in a month - pretty dense. Read more
Published on September 23, 2009 by OldAndInTheWay
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete
Excellent content. Very well written. If you want to know about cables and wiring, this is the book.
Published on October 27, 2008 by Miguel Ratton
5.0 out of 5 stars what everyone should know about the new digital world of today
Audio/Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide (McGraw-Hill Pocket Reference)I THINK THAT IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY ANYTHING ELECTRICAL ON THIS PLANET YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK... Read more
Published on January 14, 2008 by Dennis Huckabey
1.0 out of 5 stars Not of much value.
Very little useful information. If you planning a home theatre this book really doens't offer any information on design or component integration. Read more
Published on June 11, 2007 by Leisureworld
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Reference
I bought this book as a quick reference for a Technical Support group I manage. We have a few dozen products that require an installer to run wires throughout a house. Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by John Schubert
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