In this week's installment of Show Us Yours, we take a look at Curt Cozad's home theater. As a Packers fan living on the West Coast, Curt had to get DirecTV with Sunday Ticket to watch his favorite team. His thinking behind the 123-inch screen was that he wanted more than just a TV room--and the fact that all his friends want to have their birthday parties at his place tells us he succeeded. Click through to see all the photos including his own slot machine, a Ms. Pacman arcade system, and a popcorn maker.
"We already have a more standard TV room downstairs, with a 50-inch Panasonic plasma, Oppo DVD player, Onkyo TX-674 Receiver, DirecTV H-20 HD satellite receiver, and Omni Nanosat speakers. I wanted what my wife calls a 'man's room' and it's truly my dream room. I went from a 60-inch Sony LCD TV to the 123-inch screen because I love to entertain our family and we enjoy watching movies--but we don't necessarily want to go the the theater. It is the focal point whenever we have have people over or host family parties. Now everyone wants to have their birthday parties at our house."
"I chose the Stewart Filmscreen screen because of the reputation and build quality. One of the drawbacks on my system is that the console where the components are stored is too small. I am going to have a 100-inch credenza built so I can install the center channel speaker into it and make it look more balanced."
"I chose the B&W speakers because I was blown away at a high-end audio store demonstration. I used to own a Bose Lifestyle system, but once I listened to the B&W speakers, I knew what surround sound was truly supposed to sound like."
"The slot machine is fully functional. We like to call it our grandchildren's college-fund generator. We love the donations and fortunately we haven't had to pay out too much. If the players wins, then they get to keep their winnings."
"If I could do it again, I probably would have purchased leather theater seating instead of microfiber, but we have been happy with the seats. They have the motorized recline, but I opted to exclude the 'buttkickers' at my wife's request."
"I chose the Optima H79 projector after doing research for about six months. I found that it had a good review from the folks at CNET, great resolution, and good black levels, plus it's white and blends in well."
"We've had the DirecTV HR-20 since it first came out. It was having the typical bugs of any first-generation product, but we stuck with it. We have had TiVo before and really liked that, but DirecTV came out with the HR-20 because of the MPEG-4 capabilities. I heard all of the complaints about it, but you can configure it to do many things (30-second skip, etc.), so I'm good with that. It can only get better with future software updates. I have heard that DirecTV was phasing out the TiVo models, so I guess that means more improvements to the HR-20."
"I chose the Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD player because I honestly thought at the time that HD DVD was going to be the prevalent player. I now have both HD DVD and Blu-ray (PS3), so I can have the best of both worlds. I can honestly say that I watch Blu-ray more because of the faster boot-up times to watch a movie."