September 12, 2007
| by EH Staff
So you’ve got your 50-inch plasma, surround-sound system, top-of-the-line A/V components and a nice comfy sofa to sink yourself into and enjoy your kickin’ entertainment system. Think you’ve got it all? Think again – and here are some Products of the Year to help you out.
First, make sure your system is optimized for the best video and sound, and able to actually experience what high-definition has to offer. From a connection standpoint, there’s HDMI 1.3, the latest version of the high-def multimedia interface that gives you the latest video technology such as Blu-ray and HD DVD for true 1080p, as well as the accompanying audio like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats. For help with setup and optimizing quality, check out Silicon Optix’s HQV Benchmark disc.
For a sweet theater experience, and a tiny bit of spaciness that’ll give guests one of those “wow” moments when the movie begins to fire up, Lutron’s Sivoia shading system will ensure proper darkness to make your screen images pop, while iSky’s fiber-optic panel can let you see stars on the ceiling as well as in the movie itself.
After the movie, when the carnage of popcorn, candy, spilled soda and whatever else might be on your floor the easiest cleanup might be from your central vac system – M.D. Manufacturing’s AirForce Central Vacuum will come in handy here.
Especially after you’ve had a marathon viewing session; our suggestion is both educational and awesome in the true sense of the word, as the HD DVD or Blu-ray version of the BBC/Discovery Channel collaboration “Planet Earth” is a visual feast that will keep you stuck in your seat for hours. Warning: your everyday life may seem really mundane after watching how the rest of the animal kingdom lives.
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