Feed your hungry eyes and ears on an attractively entertaining meal of lean on-wall speakers and tender, choice electronics.
Whether by nature or nurture, I'm a speaker guy. I'm more captivated by speakers than any of the associated electronics in a home theater system. As a result of this singular infatuation, I've always believed, as a general rule of thumb, that you should allocate at least half of the total cost of the audio portion of your system to the speakers. I don't know why the math seems to work out that way, but, in my mind, it just does. So what am I to make of a system in which the Primare electronics cost twice as much as the Sequence/REL speaker package?
There are cool products, and then there are cool products. While not quite living up to Bang & Olufsen's uber-cool status, some of the new "StyleFi" gadgets from Oregon Scientific certainly fall under the pretty-darn-cool category.
Panasonic, the self-proclaimed leader in plasma TV, doesn't like the way the company's plasma TVs look. It's not that they don't like the picture quality - ask Panasonic people and they'll give you umpteen reasons why they think images on their plasma TVs look stunning - but, flat as plasma TVs are (I believe the old phrase "flat as a pancake" will soon be replaced by "flat as a plasma TV"), Panasonic knows some folks just can't be satisfied. (They won't be happy until we have wall-paper televisions.)
The war of the words over who will reap the lucrative licensing fees from the next-generation high-resolution disc format (i.e., HD DVD vs. Blu-ray) continues to inflict heavy collateral damage on consumer interest and confidence in the potential of a high-definition spinning disc format.
If you're one of the three people in the world - and that includes me - who don't yet have an iPod, here's yet another reason to go out and get one. Griffen Technology, Inc., a company that makes all sorts of very cool computer-related accessories, has announced that they're now shipping the SmartDeck Intelligent Cassette Adapter for iPod.
Hard-core movie watchers may never get up off the couch (or comfy recliner) now that D-BOX Technologies, Inc. has introduced the Quest X3ME. (D-BOX says you're supposed to pronounce "X3ME" as "extreme". To me it looks more like "ex cubed me", which sounds like what someone with a bad cold says after they sneeze on you, but it's their product so we'll let them say it any way they want.)
The last day of the CEDIA EXPO is in many ways the best. Not so much from the fact that you know you'll be going home soon - although that's certainly part of it - but more from the lack of any scheduled press conferences and formal meetings. Sure, some diehards set up meeting times until the bitter end, but I prefer to leave the final day for browsing, wandering, and stopping by the booths I missed during the previous two days.
After sitting on your butt for an entire day, it's good to be able to walk around the CEDIA EXPO 2005 floor…at least that's what you tell yourself the first two or three miles. But then you start running across the really cool stuff, and all that walking doesn't seem so bad after all.
I hate it when members of my family blame me when anything goes wrong with our home theater system. As if I'm some sort of geeky gear guy, they heap abuse upon me if the DVD player hiccups because of the greasy, fingerprint-smeared disc they carelessly slid in it. No sound from the satellite receiver? No picture on the TV? The remote control isn't working? They call me. (And why does it always seem to inconveniently happen when I'm resting regally on my porcelain throne?)