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Optimal Audio and Video Reproduction at Home
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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Audio and Video Basics

2.1 The Audio-Video System

2.1.1 Multichannel Audio

2.1.2 Audio and Video Equipment

2.1.3 Factors that Influence Reproduction Quality

2.2 Moving Images

2.2.1 Luminance and Brightness

2.2.2 Color

2.3 Sound

2.3.1 Frequency, Pitch, and Timbre

2.3.2 Sound Pressure and Loudness

2.3.3 Sound Propagation

2.3.4 Room Acoustics

Chapter 3 Optimal Reproduction

3.1 Film and Video Production

3.2 Image Quality

3.2.1 Tonal Quality

3.2.2 Detail

3.2.3 Spatial Quality

3.3 Sound Production

3.3.1 Recording and Mixing

3.3.2 Sound Reproduction

3.4 Sound Quality

3.4.1 Spectral Balance

3.4.2 Clarity

3.4.3 Dynamics

3.4.4 Localization

3.4.5 Immersion

3.5 Listening Tests

Chapter 4 Room Design

4.1 The Need for Subwoofers

4.2 Floor Plan

4.2.1 Placement Options

4.2.2 Position of the Video Display

4.2.3 Positions of the Front Loudspeakers

4.2.4 Positions of the Surround Loudspeakers

4.2.5 Distance between Loudspeakers and Nearby Walls

4.2.6 Positions of the Subwoofers

4.3 Room Requirements

4.3.1 Ambient Light

4.3.2 Background Noise

4.4 Installing a Front-Projection System

Chapter 5 Digital Sources

5.1 Video Coding

5.1.1 Aspect Ratio

5.1.2 Resolution

5.1.3 Progressive and Interlaced Scanning

5.1.4 Perceptual Coding

5.2 Audio Coding

5.2.1 Sampling Rate

5.2.2 Bit Depth

5.2.3 Direct Stream Digital (DSD)

5.2.4 Lossless Audio Compression

5.2.5 Perceptual Coding

5.3 Digital Media

5.3.1 Digital Television

5.3.2 Internet Streaming

5.3.3 Media Files

5.3.4 Computer Audio

5.3.5 Digital Audio Extraction

5.3.6 Optical Discs

5.4 Digital Connections

5.4.1 HDMI

5.4.2 S/PDIF

5.4.3 USB Audio

Chapter 6 Video Equipment

6.1 Video Displays

6.1.1 Performance

6.1.2 Flat-Panel Displays

6.1.3 Front Projectors

6.1.4 Projection Screens

6.2 Display Calibration

6.2.1 White Point

6.2.2 Black and White Level

6.2.3 Luminance Output

6.2.4 Color and Tint

6.2.5 Grayscale Tracking

6.2.6 Color Gamut

6.3 Video Processing

6.3.1 Scaling

6.3.2 Sharpness

6.3.3 Output Color Space

6.3.4 Deinterlacing

6.3.5 Motion Resolution

6.3.6 Image Enhancement

Chapter 7 Audio Equipment

7.1 Loudspeakers

7.1.1 Drivers

7.1.2 Crossovers

7.1.3 Enclosures

7.1.4 Performance

7.1.5 Front Loudspeakers

7.1.6 Surround Loudspeakers

7.1.7 Loudspeaker Stands

7.2 Power Amplifiers

7.2.1 Power Requirements

7.2.2 Amplifier Types

7.2.3 Performance

7.3 Subwoofers

7.3.1 Lowest Frequency

7.3.2 Maximum Sound Level

7.4 Cables for Analog Audio Signals

7.4.1 Loudspeaker Cables

7.4.2 Interconnects

7.5 Audio Processing

7.5.1 Surround Decoding and Processing

7.5.2 Bass Management

7.5.3 Delay Settings

7.5.4 Level Settings

7.5.5 Dynamic Range Control

7.5.6 Room Correction and Equalization

Chapter 8 Room Acoustics

8.1 Reproducing Low Frequencies in Rooms

8.1.1 Room Resonance Modes

8.1.2 Bass Absorbers

8.1.3 Subwoofer Calibration

8.2 Reproducing High and Mid Frequencies in Rooms

8.2.1 Controlling Early Reflections

8.2.2 Porous Absorbers

8.2.3 Diffusers

Chapter 9 Summary

9.1 Buying Equipment

9.2 Designing the Room

9.3 Placing Loudspeakers

9.4 Installing Equipment

9.5 Setting Up the System

9.6 Playing Content

Appendix A Test Tones and Patterns

Appendix B Software

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Vincent Verdult is currently Senior Information Security Consultant at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, The Hague, the Netherlands. He was born in 1974 in the Netherlands. From 2001 to 2005, he was an assistant professor in systems and control engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He has always had a keen interest in audio and video engineering. In his spare time, he has used his engineering knowledge to design and build his own subwoofers, create and install his own acoustical devices, and optimize his audio-video setup in six different rooms over the last 20 years.

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