A/V Solutions for Small Spaces
Five tips for anyone struggling to integrate A/V equipment into an apartment, condo or tight space.
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July 15, 2008 by Natalie Hope McDonald

Consider Hidden Potential
In the same way that flat-screen televisions can take advantage of wall space, so can speaker systems. Rather than investing in bulky black boxes that take up space in your living or family room, make better use of in-wall speakers that require simple installation. Not only will you save space, but you’ll also create a better sound system without all of the unnecessary hardware.

Phase Technology’s dARTS IW-Series in-wall speakers are ultimately a very high-end approach to audio. The sophisticated in-wall speaker system connects with most major receivers and audio players, as well as home theater systems. The compact speakers can be easily installed into a wall discreetly, leaving plenty of space for additional components.

Other in-wall speakers for smaller budgets include Insignia’s pair of 6.5-inch in-ceiling speakers, JBL’s two-way in-walls and MartinLogan Passage, Helos and Fresco speakers, most of which can be installed on a wall surface to save on additional construction costs. Smaller, less expensive flat-panel and on-wall speakers also work for renters who don’t have the option of making major cosmetic changes to their properties.

Table Your Options
iPod not only introduced the world to digital music on the go, it also spurred a whole new market of sexy table-top audio players, like the Chestnut Hill Sound George iPod player (www.chillsound.com). The ultra-modern table-top player not only streams digital music from your iPod, but it features an AM/FM player.

If you want to tap into more than just the music on your iPod, then Meridian-Ferrari’s F80 is a table-top system that doubles as a music server. It stores and plays music conveniently (no custom installation is required). It also operates with most products from speaker manufacturers if you want to take advantage of even bigger sound in style.

Suggested Reading:
Home Theaters for Condos and Apartments
Home Theater for Small Rooms
The Perfect TV for Your Room
Tabletop Radios - Not Dead Yet
The Book on Bookshelf Speakers
How to Wire Tricky Rooms

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Natalie Hope McDonald - Contributing Writer
McDonald is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers including Real Simple, Essence, New Jersey Monthly, Boston Home, Philadelphia Style and many others. Check her out at www.nataliehopemcdonald.com.

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