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Home Theater Equipment

The Martha Stewart Show, September 2006

The following equipment was featured in today's "Desperate Housewires" segment:

Optoma EP910 Projector
What It Is
This high-definition front projector displays a 100-inch-wide format image on a screen just 10 feet away.
How It Works
The projector's bright lamp produces enough light to make regular daylight viewing a real option. The projector has double the usual number of base colors (red, green and blue), adding cyan, magenta, and yellow for an unusually large color palette.

For more information: optoma.com

Panaview Grey Wolf II motorized retractable screen
What It Is
This 92-inch screen mounts flush against the wall and retracts back into its housing with the touch of a button.
How It Works
The gray screen enhances the natural contrast (difference between the whitest whites and blackest blacks) produced by the projector, making it a good choice for rooms with a lot of ambient light. When the screen is retracted into the housing, its low profile makes it melt into the background.

Sony LocationFree TV Box
What It Is
This wireless transmitter sends audio and video from your cable box, DVD player, or any other source to any television.
How It Works
Simply connect any component to the LocationFree TV Box via A/V cables, and it sends the audio and video wirelessly to a receiver that you connect to your television, also via A/V cables.

For more information: sony.com

Sony Digital Living System VGX-XL2 media center PC
What It Is
A PC with audio/video-component styling that runs the Media Center Edition of Windows XP.
How It Works
The Media Center Edition of the Windows operating system enables you to navigate to your music, photos, and videos with a remote control from up to 10 feet away.

For more information: sony.com

Harman Kardon AVR 340 receiver
What It Is
This 7.1-channel audio/video receiver "listens" to how your speakers sound in the room and adjusts the output for optimal performance.
How It Works
The receiver sends a tone to each speaker and a microphone picks up the tones. The receiver then adjusts the volume level for each.

For more information: harmankardon.com

Infinity TSS 3-in-1 speaker bar
What It Is
Three speakers are conveniently mounted in one housing for right-, center-, and left-channel sound.
How It Works
Some speaker bars trick your ears into thinking you're hearing sound from different locations. This bar has three separate speakers so you actually experience three discreet channels of sound.

For more information: infinitysystems.com

Audiocast wireless audio transmitter
What It Is
This transmitter wirelessly sends audio from your receiver to your speakers.
How It Works
Simply connect audio cables from your receiver to the Audiocast, and it sends the audio to a receiver that's connected via audio cables to your speakers.

For more information: soundcastsystems.com

Tivoli Model Two
What It Is
A tabletop mini stereo system with AM/FM radio and three auxiliary inputs.
How It Works
This high-quality sound system has two speakers. Via its auxiliary inputs, it can receive two channels of sound for stereo music playback, or rear right- and left-channel sound for a home theater setup.

For more information: tivoliaudio.com

Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote
What It Is
Control all your devices with only one remote without a direct line of sight to the components.
How It Works
Logitech's Harmony 890 remote control uses both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) wireless signals to deliver powerful complete control of your home-entertainment system that may be hidden behind cabinets. With a wireless range of up to 100 feet, the Harmony 890 remote sends RF commands to a wireless receiver, which then blasts infrared signals to the components. It can hold up to 15 components.