Saturday Apr 26, 2008

XM Radio in da house

Well this weekends adventure was to hook up a home receiver for XM Radio. I live in a major metropolitan area but we have seen a change in music offered by the local stations. A few weeks ago the local Jazz station woke up as a Oldies station. Now the music was ok but a big change from smooth Jazz. The absence left a hole in the Washington area. Nearest replacement was in Baltimore. Baltimore is not much further away but they do not have as powerful a transmitter to reach my home.

So I decided to buy music from XM. When I upgraded my home theater my Yamaha receiver had a jack for XM services. More accurate the jack is label XM Ready. You remember those Cable Ready days. If not never mind. But back in the day cable ready was anything but ready. Cable Ready was like Vista capable. But not as capable.

So I ordered dock from Amazon because it was cost effective. I had to go back to XM to get the card that goes in the dock. I hooked up the dock to the receiver and dropped the card in the slot. I then went to the website and activated the card. Wala. I now have XM Radio and a lot of choice. Music, Sports, News and Talk are now available to my home. Interesting enough, the LCD provides interference when powered on. Well XM is audio only so no worries.

Technology that works. Got to love it.

Monday Dec 10, 2007

So I made the big HD step...

Thanks to the folks who responded to my survey. I finally made the choice to go High Def. You know there are a lot of parameters in chosing an HDTV. So went shopping and narrowed my choices to three. One Plasma, one LCD and one LED.

They were the Pioneer Kuro(Plasma), Sony XBR 5(LCD) and Samsung 81 series (LED). Luckily the Best Buy in my neighborhood set up one of their demo rooms with all three in them. Ohhh the bliss of that room. I want that room. But my budget so pick and get out soon.

So the ultimate winner was the Pioneer Kuro based on level of blackness but it was eliminated due the fact the is you want 1080P you must go for the 50 incher. My viewing space is not big enough to support something that large. Bye Bye Kuro. I really wanted to take you home.

Next up was the Samsung 81 series. Better black color reproduction by a hair. Not near the Kuro. But the price difference was astronomical.

The winner well the Sony XBR5. It was cheaper with a great picture but I was able to get one 400 bucks cheaper than Best Buy. Oh baby.

Next up the actual delivery and install experience.

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