February 08, 2010
| by Stephen Hopkins
Your projector is ceiling mounted in a exterior-ventilated hush box. Your 2.35:1 curved screen is back-lit with mood-appropriate LED lighting. Your electric-recline theater seats have both heat AND massage. Your popcorn machine uses the finest extra-virgin oil and you clean it twice a day.
So why in the world are you killing your home cinema suspension-of-disbelief with all of your A/V components in plain sight? Oh, IR, that’s why ...
How about an IR repeater system? Not a whole lot of money left in the budget? Good thing Buy.com has the Cables To Go Remote Control Repeater Kit for a $31.99 and free shipping, 64% below MSRP.
This kit includes includes the repeater control box, single IR receiver/target, two dual-eye emitters, and power adapter. The kit is easily expandable to control 12 or more devices and compatible with wired-IR input/output found on many higher-end A/V components.
Now you can hide those A/V components out of sight so you can really enjoy the crisply popped kernels that only a squeaky clean popper can pop.
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.