Thursday, 01 April 2004
theater systems are increasingly complex. In the old days of
audiophilia, you likely had a tape deck, stereo preamp, power amplifier
and two speakers. Maybe you even had a television in the same room.
Well, those days are long gone and systems today likely include a
digital cable box, digital video recorder (TiVo), audio/video preamp
processor, DVD and/or CD player, VCR and television. Throw in a
high-resolution disc player (SACD or DVD-Audio), music server (Apple
iPod or ReQuest) or video processor (Faroudja), and if you can
successfully make it all work seamlessly, you deserve an honorary
engineering degree from Radio Shack. If you are anything like me, you
yearn for a simple, one-stop solution to control it all and rid your
living area of those unsightly remotes.
There can be little debate that modern technology has spurred a
revolution in quality and functionality of home theater gear. This
revolution has been driven by consumer ...