AVR #187: The Next Level
Welcome to an AVRant episode that’s a bit like one other. With Dina away for the summer and Tom fighting sharks off the coast of Australia, podcast fans, Leif Hurst and Rob H. do their best to fill our awesome regular hosts’ seats!
We get to know Leif before diving in to his very impressive DIY home theater. Leif discusses some do’s and don’ts of turning an existing room into a dedicated theater and describes some of the problems he faced in his own room. If you want to see an equipment rack and wiring done right, you will definitely want to check out Leif’s photos posted at his blog: stuffthatplugsin.com!
So what does it mean to take home theater to “the next level”? We say it’s all about the user experience. And there is no better demonstration than Leif’s description of progressing from a regular remote to a Harmony to a Crestron system!
Do manufacturers rush products to market? Requiring mandatory updates makes us say, “yes”. But could that mean the alternative is product delays? Rob weighs in on why delays are so common.
Is the new Mac Mini really a HTPC? And are Leif and Rob just anal retentive, or do we just have the proper level of respect for movies? You decide! E3 took place last week and Leif and Rob weigh in on the biggest news from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
Thanks so much once again to Tom, Dina and Clint for letting the inmates run the asylum for another week!