Hi Definition 2.0 (Going 3D)

I decided its time for me to upgrade my HDTV.  The center of my home theatre setup.  And have placed an order for the new Panasonic VT30.

It’s been 7 years since I purchased the Panasonic 60″ LC14 HDTV that is there now.

And everyone who hears I’m getting a new TV, asks ‘Why?’

Well, I’ll tell you why…
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HD 1.2 (Antenna)

Installed an off-air antenna to get uncompressed video for locals just in case we hosted a Super Bowl Party this year.

I got a Terk Antenna that was well reviewed on Amazon, and didn’t look too huge and attention grabbing.

The installation was pretty easy, since we already had some coax going from the house to the DirecTV satellite, so I just used those coax and hooked into the Terk.

Mounted it up securely and aimed it with my iPhone compass, then we were good to go. One of the few tasks we took on that really was as simple as it seemed.

Hi Definition 1.0 (7.1 Speaker Installation)

I’m an electrical engineer, so it goes without saying that I’m a electronics freak.

One area I’m particularly passionate about is home theater, and I aim to have a powerful home setup that can provide the feel of being in a theater.

One place I was lacking was in audio.  So I secured a Onkyo SR606 receiver and some KEF speakers from various online outlets including eBay.

Since the KEF speakers are small, I wanted to mount them on the ceiling so they don’t interfere with the openness of the home and to get rid of all unsightly wires (both issues with my old samsung HTIB setup).

Installing speakers in the ceiling is not the easiest endeavor (especially for our low roofline house), so if you plan on taking this on be armed with plenty of patience and a partner with just as much (thanks Christy!).

First order of business was making openings for the speaker wires to route to.  This wouldn’t be so bad, but we were blessed with having hardwood panels framing the entire living room 🙁  Starting a hole, and then sawing to precisely fit a new speaker panel was no easy task…

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