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Planning your home’s media center  

Boy, do things change quickly in the realm of electronic media devices. Just five years ago I purchased a new TV to watch the Patriots play the Panthers in the Super Bowl. TV’s have evolved through several generations since then, and when confronting the decision to make an upgrade prior to this season’s Super Bowl game. HD TV, Internet enabled TV, HDMI ports, USB port, DVG, DVD, Blue Ray, LCD, LED, Plasma... my mind boggled at the cCopy of Custom Wood Entertainment Center.JPGhoices in options and features.

Okay, so after hours on the Internet, and then several more hours of trudging through retail stores, chatting up the Best Buy Geek Squad and several Sears electronics sales people, we finally made a product choice—a 42” LCD, LG, HDTV, and an LG Blue Ray player that is internet ready to stream internet content onto my TV.

 Wow! Twelve short years ago I had a TV the weight and size of an anchor streaming the airway with a pair of rabbit ears.

 What a new world HDTV is! The new box—or should I say wafer—was super easy to set up as was the Blue Ray player.

 Only one problem. Who has an Ethernet connection next to their TV?  Well, I’m sure there’s lots of really tech-savvy folks out there who have planned for just this very thing, and a whole lot more. The rest of us have lots of catching up to do.  But now, after you read these tips on setting up your home’s entertainment center, you’ll be one of the smart guys too.

 What kind of pre-wiring do you need to do?  Internet connections, sound systems, Tivo. Here is a list of items you should consider accommodating in your home's media cabinet

 The wiring basics

  1. Coaxial cable
  2. Ethernet ports
  3. Router
  4. Speaker wiring
  5. Satellite radio
  6. Cable box

 Components and devicesTV

  1. DVD or Blue Ray player
  2. Radio
  3. I pod docking
  4. Stereo Components
  5. Hard drive
  6. Wireless mouse and keyboard
  7. wireless speaker system

 Wire Management

 Specs for placement

  1. Sizing your TV
  2. Mounting options
  3. Viewing height
  4. Viewing distance
  5. Lighting
  6. Window treatment