Home Tech Tour: Ryan and Joy's Livingroom

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Name: Joy and Ryan
Location: Burnaby Canada
Favorites: The big window….and the big screen.

Ryan says: It's funny where your priorities lie when you are renovating. After barely finishing the kitchen and bathroom (we don't even have mirrors hung yet) what's the next logical step in the process? Decorating the master bedroom? Actually hanging a mirror so that fixing your hair in the morning isn't done by feel? Turns out that setting up a media system in the main living space is the correct answer.

After searching for months for a bigger place, we came across a 50's rancher in a great neighbourhood that needed a little help. We were pleasantly surprised to find a nice open floor plan with a huge window at the front of the house and the original oak flooring in amazing shape underneath the dirty carpet . After completely redoing the kitchen and 2 bathrooms (one of which was a new ensuite) there was finally enough time to start putting the media room together.

With such an open space the last thing we wanted was a mess of wires and speakers, yet we still wanted a reasonably large TV with surround sound (my wife was actually the one pushing for the bigger screen believe it or not). What we ended up with was a combination of carefully selected components and Ikea hackery. A Yamaha single speaker surround satisfied the surround sound without wires everywhere problem, while a horizontally wall mounted Ikea Lack shelf hid the rest of the unsightly wires and components which include a Roku Soundbridge, LG Up converting DVD player, and Motorola PVR high definition box…all while leaving a space for either the upcoming Apple TV or Sling Media Slingcatcher so that I can stream my videos and pictures to my TV. A Logitech Harmony remote ties it all together and mitigates the multiple remote issue.

Renovations continue to move along slowly, we might even get a rug and drapes some day.

- Ryan

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