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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.

Click on a letter to jump to that section of our glossary.
# - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M
N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Jack - A female connector, as opposed to a plug which is a male connector.

Jerky - A dried meat product made from thin dried (or cured) strips of meat. It can be eaten while watching your home theater. Sorry, we were short on "J" words.

Jog/Shuttle Dial - A feature found on some VCRs that allows to the viewer to use a rotary dial to scan forward and backward to more easily find a particular passage.

Jump - An error that results in a DVD player skipping ahead.

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