November 22, 2007
| by Arlen Schweiger
Mary Stovall grew up on classic rock. Zeppelin, Hendrix, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, AC/DC—stuff that’s meant to be played loud enough to shake books off shelves. Listening to it on the same components and speakers for 15 years can get a bit stale, though, so when Mary won Electronic House’s Ultimate Home Theater Sweepstakes, it was like she won a ticket to a concert featuring all of her favorite bands. “It’s a big difference,” she says. “If we ever had a block party, we’d be providing the music. The louder it gets, the better it sounds.”
Now Mary and husband Ronnie Overstreet can blare the music from a Paradigm Cinema series system connected to a Yamaha A/V receiver. But music is just where the fun begins, the Hampton, VA, homeowners are discovering.
Their winning package also included a 42-inch Vidikron plasma TV, DVDO iScan video processor, Omnimount articulating wall mount, Universal Remote Control MX-3000 remote, Monster power conditioner, Ethereal wire and cable, and Salamander Designs Synergy System cabinet. While the tunes have a renewed vigor on their system, watching TV and movies has left Mary feeling a little like Dorothy when she steps from black-and-white Kansas into the Technicolor world of Oz.
“The picture is just fantastic,” Mary says of the wall-mounted plasma, which replaced an old Samsung rear-projection DLP set. “It’s more lifelike and not blurry like the big screen I had before. I love that you can tilt it and turn it left to right. It’s not hard on my eyes.”
The wizard that helped make everything happen in this case was systems design and installation company Savant Living of Virginia Beach, VA. Coordinated by the company’s director of operations, Tom Wilson, Savant’s team of Cary Morris, Justin Sgambelluri, Charles Watrous and Torrance Zeiler wired, mounted, hooked up and programmed the system in one day.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.