Glossary of Home Theater Terminology
Glossary of Audio, Video and Home Theater Terms
There is a very large vocabulary of technical and descriptive terms that go with home theater. We've included the terms that you are most likely to encounter. If you are very technically involved you may find some of the more technical terms omitted from our list.
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F-Connector - A screw-on
connector type used with coaxial cable.
Fiber-Optic Cable - A cable containing a glass
fiber for the transmission of light impulses. The light impulses
carry a signal which is nearly impervious to interference and
resistant to signal loss.
FireWire - aka IEEE 1384. A high speed connection
technology associated with computing and with digital video cameras.
Some high-end components are beginning to come to market with
a FireWire jack.
Fixed-Pixel Display - Digital
televisions that have a set number of pixels. Any non-CRT based
display is a fix pixel display, including LCD, DLP, LCoS & plasma.
Using LCD as an example most LCD flat panels have a pixel array
of 1280 x 768.
Flat-Panel TV - Video display with a thin profile, around 4 inches;
typically a plasma or LCD display.
Tube - A
direct view CRT television screen that is free of the prominent
curvature common in older TVs.
FM - Frequency Modulation. The method of encoding
a signal into a carrier wave by modulating the frequency of the
FPS - Frames per second. The number of individual
still pictures (frames) that are viewed or processed in one second.
Film runs at 24fps, while video, runs at 30fps.
Front Projection - A television
projector that projects the image onto a separate screen or
wall. Front projectors may use CRT, LCD or DLP technology.
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