- Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764518011
- ISBN-13: 978-0764518010
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,597,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Home Theater For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Danny Briere is CEO of Telechoice, Inc., a telecommunications consulting firm.
Pat Hurley is a noted expert in home networking and related technologies.
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However, it suffers from excessive use of parenthesis and side notes and confusing run-on sentences. Also, the explanation of key topics such DVI and a display's aspect ratio still leaves the reader highly confused. The trouble seems to stem from the fact that neither author has a deep grasp of the home theater technologies and they might have just lifted all this information from various sources and put it in book form.
Since the book is cheap on Amazon, I still recommend it to all newcomers to the wonderful world of home theater. If you need more information, get the optimizer discs the books recommends and also check the web for detailed discussions.
It does need to be updated. PC and network information are old, so are some of the things around emerging standards. It could also do with some pictures and wiring diagrams - I am no dummy with electronics, but had difficulty understanding what was mean by a central panel, that could be placed in my basement or some place out of sight.
It isn't difficult to specify and install a system. However, now that I've done it, I realize that most people make a number of unneccesary mistakes. If you know all about this stuff then don't buy the book. However, if you have questions like I did then buy the book and you'll find that you'll end up with a system far superior to the ones owned by most "know it alls".
My advice: buy this book, read it, and afterwards *still* do what I did. Only save the sales droids for last (by then you'll know more than they do), and look but don't buy. Then go home and buy what you want at Amazon.