Any DIY guy wanna take a shot at helping a newbie?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Vince Maskeeper, Mar 31, 2002.

  1. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Jan 18, 1999
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    Hey Guys,
    As some of you might know- we're compiling a basic primer for the HTF titled "What Every HT Newbie Should Know..."
    We're asking forum members to contribute on small nugget of knowledge about any important HT subject. These can be very basic observations and concepts you think a newcomer to the hobby of HT should know-- maybe something you've learned from hanging out on this site.
    I ask that some of you PLEASE take a minute and post some knowledge here:
    I'm trying to get it up to a few pages so I can be a permanent part of our archives... but so far the turn out has been less that hoped. So, come on guys- Picth in and help author an intro to basic "must have knowledge" for HT newbies.
    I've offered several possible suggestions in my first post for those who couldn't think up one on their own:
    -good looking DVDs to show off my display device.
    -Do receivers have a built in amp for a sub?
    -Speaker cable- what do I need to know?
    -Large or Small setting on receiver- what does this mean (Bass management basics)?
    -Are bookshelf speakers okay for HT?
    -How should I point my speakers- should they toe in, where should surrounds be?
    -Recommended/respected brands for receivers
    -DSP modes, what they do.
    -Composite vs. Svideo vs. Component Video Connections
    -Glossary of common HT/HTF abbreviations
    Anything else anyone can think of.
    Please take part in this thread NOW, I'd like to archive it in the near future!!
  2. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Jan 18, 1999
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    Here is the current table of contents, and I'm sure you can see topics that are missing from a basic newbie primer:
    Table of Contents
    I. General Concepts
    What is Hometheater anyway? by Mike Knapp
    Home Theater Means Accuracy & Calibration by Jay Mitchosky
    Who Invented DVD? by Adam Barratt
    HDTV Overview by Ray Melnik
    DVD vs. CD, they look the same by Adam Barratt
    DVD vs. VHS, why we need DVD by Nate Anderson
    Why DVDs are letterboxed by Vince Maskeeper
    Why Some DVDs aren't letterboxed by Adam Lenhardt
    Common Film Aspect Ratios by Michael Reuben
    Music Listening as Part of Your Home Theater by Mike Broadman
    II. Software Concepts & Specifics
    Anamorphic DVD by Michael Reuben
    Dolby Digital Audio Format by Adam Barratt
    DTS Audio Format by Dan Brecher
    Dolby Prologic and Prologic II by Chris Tsutsui
    Older Surround formats vs. modern 5.1 / 6.1 formats by Patrick Sun
    A 7.1 surround sound format by Jeff Kleist
    THX - is this an audio format? by Dan Brecher
    Layer Change Pause, Dual/Single Layered DVDs by Chuck Mayer
    HD-DVD: High Definition DVD by Jeff Kleist
    The Criterion Collection, and its purpose by Paul Dalmaine
    Twin Peaks on DVD, and proper viewing order by Greg Yurkovic
    Evil Dead on DVD buyer guide {!GREAT INFO!} by Greg Yurkovic
    Great sounding DVDs to show off my system by Ash Williams
    Easter Eggs on DVD by Keith_R
    Why are DVDs released on Tuesdays? by Jeff Kleist
    What is a DAD disc? by Philip Hamm
    III. Hardware Concepts & Specifics
    Understanding of Basic Hardware by Chris Matson
    General Hookup Tips by Steve Berger
    Why receivers have video ins and outs by Neil Joseph
    Options for Routing Audio & Video by Ted Lee
    Digital Audio: Optical Connection vs. Coax connection by Neil Joseph
    Purposes of 6 channel inputs and outputs on HT equipment by Vince Maskeeper
    DVD setup with 16:9 TVs by William K F
    Amplifiers & Preamplifiers by Cees Alons
    Why You Need So many Speakers by Ted Lee
    Do I really need a subwoofer?? by Cees Alons
    More on the purpose of Subwoofers and how to connect by Neil Joseph
    Dipole Type Speakers by Andy W
    Line conditioners and surge protectors by Bill Kane
    Color and Video Signals by Cees Alons
    So where do I put all this stuff? by MarcVH
    Universal Remote Controls by Ted Lee
    IV. Shopping, Buying, Choosing
    How to decide what to buy (best bang for the buck) by Max Knight
    More advice on picking components by Greg R
    Choosing Speakers by Jeffrey Forner
    Isn't Bose the best? by Jeffrey Forner
    Advice on Auditioning and Shopping by Robert Gaither
    More Auditioning Tips by Jim DiJoseph
    More Auditioning/Shopping Tips by Elbert Lee
    More Shopping Tips by George King
    Budgeting for HT, what you need by Adam S
    Specific Components Suggested by Robert Gaither
    V. Advanced Concepts
    Displays: Color Decoder, Red Push, Grayscale by ThomasL
    Speaker Designs and Methodology by Kerry Hackney
    Amplifier Wattage and how it relates to speaker output by Dustin B
    What's an OHM? by Charles J P
    Crossovers: Basics and Advanced by Dustin B
    Bi-wiring & Bi-Amping Speakers by Vince Maskeeper
  3. warrick

    warrick Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 11, 2002
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    Being a novice myself could you include a section that deals with the setup of a system with test CD/DVD's.

    Seting up the Video and sound, what equipment is needed (SPL meter) and how to use it.

    This would be helpful after building/purchasing a good system only to be disapointed because it was not setup correctly

  4. Joe Hsu

    Joe Hsu Supporting Actor

    Jul 2, 2001
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    Great post! I guess I'm a newbie, since I don't have much history with HTs, but from all my reading on HTF and general knowledge, I understand most of the topics in there, but it'll still be great to have it on hand for reference. Plus, I'm sure I'm wrong a good deal. [​IMG]
    Thanks for compiling this, I'm looking forward to the final version.
  5. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Jan 18, 1999
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    This goes into the archives on May 1st, and I'd still love to see some of these topics covered:
    - good looking DVDs to show off my display device.
    - Composite vs. Svideo vs. Component Video Connections
    - Do receivers have a built in amp for a sub?
    - Speaker cable- what do I need to know?
    - Large or Small setting on receiver- what does this mean (Bass management basics)?
    - Are bookshelf speakers okay for HT?
    - DSP modes, what they do.
    - Glossary of common HT/HTF abbreviations
    Come on, take 10 minutes and give something back to the HTF community that has helped you so many times! Karma boys and girls, karma!
  6. BrendanL

    BrendanL Agent

    Jan 23, 2002
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    I can come up with a short piece on do receivers have built in sub amps. I had those issues years ago when I wanted big sub power but had trouble finding a receiver with preouts even.

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