"Using the Lutron Grafik Eye, I was able to wire four separate lighting zones and store four different scenes. All of which are programmed into the remote control to change depending on which device is selected."
"Believe it or not, once a quarter I rip out every single wire and start over. Practice makes perfect. Actually, even though you can't tell by these images, I cannot stand seeing a messy installation. It has always been a pet peeve of mine. Unfortunately, we change things so often that I always end up with wires that were left over from previous setups."
"This room not only stores the AV components, but also our Apple X-SERVE and a seven terabyte Raid server. On this server we store all of our home videos, music, and pictures, which can be viewed from any screen in the house."
"Ah yes, the sound. Some may say that video is the most important aspect of a home theater, while others say sound. I personally think sound is more important, which is why we spent at least three times as much for our speakers. We muddled through four sets of speakers until we finally found the Martin Logan Ascent i Electrostatics. These speakers dispense sound throughout the room without a single sweet spot."
"The RSQ karaoke machine with wireless mics is a fantastic device. The only issue is that it shares the same IR codes as my Grafik Eye, so it gets a little funky with lighting when you hit the play button. However, by the time people gather up enough 'courage' to sing, they've already had a few drinks, so lighting really doesn't play a major role at that moment in time."
"You can spend a ton of money on video, but I personally don't think it's worth it. In my opinion, the Mitsubishi XD450 is the best bang for the buck for entry-level home theater projectors. At less than $2,500, you can have a system that projects a 1,280x1,024 computer image, and displays high-definition signals from a TiVo Series 3 box like nothing you have seen before."
"I'm going to make this short and sweet. Universal Remote Control MX-850: buy it! I've tried no less than five other remotes ranging in price from $300 to $1,500. They all failed! This remote does it all--macros, lots of hard buttons, backlighting, RF and IR, and easy to program."
"I have tried countless software packages in order to come up with the perfect "grandma-safe" jukebox to interface with my Planar Touch Screen for parties. I was not able to find a single package that worked. That is, until I found Sonos. Of all the gadgets in our house (and there are many), I have to say the Sonos zone player is my favorite."