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Dvd Player Fundamentals [Paperback]

John Ross
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Sept. 1 2000
DVD Player Fundamentals covers every aspect of the Digital Versatile Disc starting with features, specifications, hookup, operation, user error, and more. For the professional, specific technical information will include: DVD track structure and disc construction, optical head and lens features and specifications, video signal processing, MPEG-2 technology, audio signal processing, decoding, audio path and reference signals, switch-mode power supply, disc motor servo, focus servo, tracking servo, transverse servo, system control circuits, alignment procedures and level adjustments, and many other related topics.

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Digital video discs appeared in stores four years ago, and they will soon dominate the market, replacing audio CDs, videotapes, laser discs, and CD-ROMs as the standard for home entertainment and desktop computing. Want to know how DVD technologies work? Then you've found the right book.

DVD Player Fundamentals provides a most pleasant path to enlightenment, covering nearly every aspect of this exciting new technology. While carefully considering the theory and characteristics of optical disc technologies, this in-depth reference volume also takes a close look at the assemblies and circuits that allow DVD players to function.

Brimming with facts, illustrations, and schematic diagrams, DVD Player Fundamentals covers disc construction, information encoding processes, and Dolby AC-3 audio and MPEG-2 video programming. This solid, tutorial professional reference also considers digital signal processors, optical pickup units, microcontrollers, audio-video decoders, and much more. Author John Ross takes a top-down approach and provides essential theoretical background at every step, thereby ensuring a good grasp of basic electronics.

Whether you're a hobbyist or professional technician, you'll find DVD Player Fundamentals to be an essential addition to your consumer electronics library that you'll turn to again and again.

John Ross has written several articles for Electronic Servicing and Technology magazine and has authored three books on communications technologies, including Guide to Satellite TV Technology from Prompt(r). As a staff member at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, Ross has served in numerous capacities, including manager of microcomputer services.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Far too inaccurate April 6 2001
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I'm sorry having to say so, but I cannot recommend this book. For most paragraphs, the reader is left to guess what the writer is really trying to say. Additionally, the book has numeral errors, even in the most fundamental data and calculations. A few examples:
'The original compact disc [has a] 100-kilobit-per-second data-ransfer rate' (sic, p. 42). In fact, the read data rate of a normal CD is more than ten times as much (16 bits times 44.1 kHz times two is already 1.41 Mbit/s, and that excludes al error and medium coding that has to be added). Presumably, the writer is confusing kilobit per second and kilobyte per second, but many subsequent calculations of data rates, storage sizes and so on won't stand up either.
'During operating, DVD-Audio can store 192-kHz, 24-bit, two-channel sound for 74 minutes on single-sided, single-layer discs. By using standard linear pcm coding, single-sided, single-layer discs can store 74 minutes of 192-kHz, 24-bit, two-channel sound. The DVD Forum Working Group 4 also introduced a lossless coding method that allows the transmission of limited-transfer-rate, high-frequency audio signals without any loss of the original musical information. With this method, DVD-Audio enables the storage of 74 minutes of sound.' (sic, p. 65)The firsdt two lines seem identical to me, and it is unclear what the fird one adds.
'. [...] The NTSC standard provides an aspect ration [...] of 4:3. Introduction of the HDTV standard establishes a larger aspect ratio of 16:9 [..] Because of this, the viewer gains the capability to receive almost six times more information.' (p. 62)
A good book on this interesting subject would be very welcome, but I'm afraid that this book will not meet the expectations you can reasonably have of a book.
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