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Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems, 2010 Edition Paperback – October 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1932732115 ISBN-10: 193273211X Edition: 9th Updated

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Quiet River Press LLC; 9th Updated edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193273211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932732115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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

Practical Home Theater ... succeeds as both a primer on existing technology and a preview of emerging technology like digital television.... For less than the cost of a DVD, it'll remove the power of intimidation from your home theater. --Kevin Hunt, The Hartford Courant

Seasoned journalist Mark Fleischmann ... loves the subject and glories in its highest possibilities. But he also knows mere mortals are not tech experts and can't afford to spend more for their TV set than their car. --Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News

A sweeping guide... Affords much useful information in an accessible tone. Just as any shopper would need to do, he breaks down home theater into the manageable topics of television, surround sound, picture and sound sources, accessories and connections. --Lawrence B. Johnson, The Detroit News/USA Today

Mark is well qualified to write about this subject.... An excellent primer for consumers, retailers and manufacturers.... It's both enjoyable and educational at the same time. --Steve Smith, This Week In Consumer Electronics

About the Author

Mark Fleischmann has been a technology writer and expert on home theater for nearly 30 years. Currently Audio Editor of Home Theater Magazine, he has also served as founding editor-in-chief of etown.com, audio critic of Rolling Stone, senior editor of Video Magazine, and columnist for Audio Video Interiors, Premiere, and The Village Voice. His writing has appeared in Bloomberg Personal, CrutchfieldAdvisor.com, DigitalTrends.com, E-Gear, Entertainment Weekly, The Men's Journal, Newsday, Spin, The Stereophile Guide to Home Theater, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

More About the Author

Author of Practical Home Theater and Happy Pig's Hot 100 New York Restaurants, Mark has been a technology writer and expert on home theater for more than 30 years. He currently serves as audio editor, news columnist, and reviewer for Sound & Vision, formerly Home Theater. He has also served as founding editor-in-chief of etown.com, senior editor of Video Magazine, audio critic of Rolling Stone, and columnist for Audio Video Interiors, DigitalTrends.com, Premiere, and The Village Voice. His writing has appeared in Bloomberg Personal, CrutchfieldAdvisor.com, Details, E-Gear, Entertainment Weekly, The Men's Journal, Newsday, Spin, The Ultimate AV Guide, The Washington Post, and many other publications. He has lived in New York City since 1975.

Customer Reviews

This book will get you up to speed on everthing home theater.
Jason Barnett
Written in an easy to read style by someone who knows his subject matter I think this book is a winner.
Mike Bartlett
If you answered "YES" to one or both of these questions, then you NEED this book!
Kimo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tandy K. Bozeman on February 10, 2007
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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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Frank Doris on December 17, 2004
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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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Adam Sohmer on October 18, 2004
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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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HFHIFI on November 22, 2011
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kimo on January 19, 2009
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Do you hesitate to go into the home theater dept at Sears or Best Buy because you don't speak or understand the "techno jargon" of home theater gear? Are you afraid to buy home theater equipment because maybe you'll discover later that it was something you didn't really need because you didn't KNOW what the heck you were buying in the first place? If you answered "YES" to one or both of these questions, then you NEED this book! I really like it because the author does a superb job of helping novices understand the complex world of home theater equipment. However, he also provides experienced consumers with more insight into all of the latest developments in the Hi-Def entertainment world such as: How Blu-Ray players interface with new & older AV receivers; Exactly what's the diff between HDMI 1.0, 1.2, 1.3 and why you need to know; What really separates one HDTV different from another, etc., etc. While I've owned a fairly complex home theater system for several years now, and read just about every magazine article I can regarding the subject, I still found this book to be very helpful. So, go ahead and order it today.., you'll be glad you did the next time you go into the home theater dept. at your favorite electronics retailer.
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