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March 10, 2007

Back in the Good Graces of Surround Sound

For the past 9 years we've been watching movies on a 25" tube TV, with sound from the small speaker on the TV. Actually, life has been pretty crazy lately and we haven't really watched movies for the past year (cancelled Netflix membership 6 months ago).

Back in the mid-90s we had an early surround sound system (center speaker, two rear, no subwoofer) but with college life, moving around a bit, and living in small or odd shaped apartments, surround sound just never worked out.

Last weekend Heidi was in California with our youngest and it was just me and the two older kids. I decided to rent a few movies that had been on my list for awhile. The first night I watched Inside Man and had Mission Impossible III queued up for night two.

It dawned on me that the experience would be much better with decent sound, so on the morning of day two I dug around online and went to the store and picked up a fairly inexpensive all-in-one Phillips home entertainment system with DTS, Dolby Digital & Pro Logic II surround sound.

It has definitely improved the experience. It is hard to believe we've lived without this for so long.

Next I've got to figure out how to weasel my way into a decent sized flat-screen plasma or LCD TV.

Posted by mike at March 10, 2007 10:22 AM