Need help on basic display questions.

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  1. Vince Maskeeper

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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 HT subject you feel a newcomer should understand. These can be very basic observations and concepts you think a first-timer to the hobby of HT should know-- maybe something you've learned from hanging out on this site.
    Pretend you had to explain an important concept of HT to your mother...
    I ask that some of you PLEASE take a minute and post some knowledge here:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=55635
    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- Pitch in and help author an intro to basic "must have knowledge" for HT newbies.
    Here's some basic topic that have yet to be addressed, if you can't think of your own:
    -good looking DVDs to show off my display device.
    -THX certification (most newbies think its a sound format)
    -Different video and audio connection cables
    -What are laserdiscs, and is there any reason to own them anymore? (how does laser compare to DVD?)
    -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?
    -Are bookshelf speakers okay for HT?
    -How should I point my speakers- should they toe in, where should surrounds be?
    -DVD-A/SACD/HDCD/DTSCD
    -Recommended respected brands for receivers
    -DSP modes, what they do
    -Composite vs. Svideo vs. Component
    -Optical digital Connection/Coax digital connection
    -Bass management basics
    -Why video inputs/outputs on a receiver?
    -Vince
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    Here's the current table of contents for the thread, I'm sure just by looking over the list you can see some large holes that could be covered:
    I. General Concepts
    What is Hometheater anyway?
    Home Theater Means Accuracy & Calibration
    Who Invented DVD?
    HDTV Overview
    DVD vs. CD, they look the same
    DVD vs. VHS, why we need DVD
    Why DVDs are letterboxed
    Why Some DVDs aren't letterboxed
    Common Film Aspect Ratios
    Music Listening as Part of Your Home Theater
    II. Software Concepts & Specifics
    Anamorphic DVD
    Dolby Digital Audio Format
    DTS Audio Format
    Dolby Prologic and Prologic II
    Understanding older Surround formats and modern 5.1 (and 6.1) formats
    A 7.1 format
    Layer Change Pause, Dual/Single Layered DVDs
    HD-DVD: High Definition DVD
    The Criterion Collection, and its purpose
    Twin Peaks on DVD, and proper viewing order
    Evil Dead on DVD buyer guide {!GREAT INFO!}
    Great sounding DVDs to show off my system
    Easter Eggs on DVD?
    Why are DVDs released on Tuesdays?
    What is a DAD disc?
    III. Hardware Concepts & Specifics
    Understanding of Basic Hardware
    General Hookup Tips
    DVD setup with 16:9 TVs.
    Amplifiers & Preamplifiers
    Why You Need So many Speakers
    Do I really need a subwoofer??
    More on the purpose of Subwoofers and how to connect
    Dipole Type Speakers
    Line conditioners and surge protectors
    Color and Video Signals
    So where do I put all this stuff?
    IV. Shopping, Buying, Choosing
    How to decide what to buy (best bang for the buck)
    More advice on picking components
    Choosing Speakers
    Isn't Bose the best?
    Advice on Auditioning and Shopping
    More Auditioning Tips
    More Auditioning/Shopping Tips
    More Shopping Tips
    Budgeting for HT, what you need
    Specific Components Suggested
    V. Advanced Concepts
    Speaker Designs and Methodology
    Amplifier Wattage and how it realted to actual speaker output
    What's an OHM?
    Crossovers
    Bi-wiring & Bi-Amping Speakers
    -V
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    Come on guys!
    Someone please... I would love to see one of the display lurkers post what newbies should know about video (even if it's just a list of good video DVDs or an explaination on the hierarchy of video connections (rf coax, composite, svideo, component, rgb).
    Anything. Give back to the community that gives to you.
    Seriously guys, take just a minute or two out of your day and help add to the knowledge base of this forum!
    -Vince
     
  4. Neil Joseph

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    I think I covered the optical/coaxial question. Also, I took a crack at why video connections on a receiver.
     
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    Vince, I added an introductory post on grayscale, red-push and color decoding. It's not much but hopefully it is a start and can be expanded on by the real experts. I know Guy has a recent excellent post for DIYers who want to tweak their grayscale or try and fix red-push via the service menu. It would be nice if that could be added under the advanced section.

    cheers,

    --tom
     
  6. Neil Joseph

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    Vince, what is still needed at this point?
     
  7. Vince Maskeeper

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    Neil,

    -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

    Anything else anyone can think of.

    Act fast guys, I'm going to try to archive this bad boy in the near future!

    -Vince
     
  8. Vince Maskeeper

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    LAST CALL GUYS!
    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.
    - Large or Small setting on receiver- what does this mean (Bass management basics)?
    - Are bookshelf speakers okay for HT?
    - DSP modes, what they do
    - What's an SVS?
    - Composite vs. Svideo vs. Component Video Connections
    - Anything else newbies might find helpful
    Come on, take 10 minutes and give something back to the HTF community that has helped you so many times!
    -Vince
     

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