FCC: Federal Communications Commission. The controlling regulatory authority for broadcasters, cable companies, and telephone companies in the United States.

FireWire: A digital video connection used for some devices in a home theater (originating from the computer industry). Now becoming more common for audio home theater connections.

frequency range: A specification for a receiver that is measured in Hertz (Hz). The lower frequency ranges (for bass sounds) require more amplifier power than the higher frequency ranges.

Front Row: A media center application developed by Apple, for the Macintosh. Includes the Front Row software (built into the operating system) and a remote control. This application enables you to use a Mac with your home theater.

front-projection system: A type of projection system in a home theater that includes two parts: a front projector unit and a separate screen. The light is projected from the projector unit onto the screen.