I have held off getting involved in the Home Theater (HT) scene for some time, waiting for prices and standards to settle down - and good thing I did! Yesterday's 'standards' are obsolete, and there are several generations of orphan A/V equipment out there that now don't talk to each other well (or at all). However, things are now starting to settle down, and I'm getting interested. Since I'm a computer geek, I'm also interested in doing HT with a PC (HTPC). So I bought this book, but I'm not very impressed. It might be good for a complete computer newbie, but I know what a sound card is. I know what a video card is. I didn't need this level of hand-holding. In fact, there is nothing in this book that I didn't already know. If you know what "Linux" is; if you have ever formatted a hard drive; if you know what the different flavors of recordable DVD are, you don't need this book and it will just offend you. I've never written an Amazon review before, despite being a long-time customer; but this book stinks on ice.