November 21, 2008
| by Richard M. Sherwin
Because the alleged goal of the FlatWire system is to hide bulging wires and cables (it comes in the form of speaker wire, RCA and component cables and soon HDMI), we could see this product used in apartments or condos with limited access to the floors and ceilings. However, I want to reiterate, if the layout allows for snaking wires through walls, it will likely be less work. (For some helpful tips, check out “How to Run A/V Wires through Your Home.”)
So now knowing what we know, we would not use this product unless Chip was willing to hold our hand the entire way or do it himself. We are sure it is not cheap. The sconce kit runs about $249 and a 5.1 surround sound install system goes for $399. Regular electrical wire is not that expensive. Like I said, cool idea, but much too much work to get the same results doing it the old fashioned way.
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Richard Sherwin is a former syndicated technology columnist and TV/Radio analyst, who has also been a marketing executive with IBM, Philips, NBC and a chief advisor to several manufacturers and service providers.