Tech Tour: Andy & Heather’s Geek Chic Living Room
Name: Andy & Heather
Location: Rental Loft, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Years Lived In: over 3 years
What’s your philosophy on how to integrate your technology into your living space?: Transparently and passively.
Geek chic. Andy and Heather carefully constructed their Brooklyn living space, thinking not only about what media they used, but how they used it. They carefully designed a system and chose their products with care and consideration for their needs. You won’t find any television watching here, but you will find a media room that would make any movie buff or audiophile smile.
The display connects to the Mac mini, and is mounted flush to wall, sitting just a few inches out and secured to the brick wall. The mini is also connected to the receiver via a mini TOSLINK (a high-quality optical audio connection.) The quiet external hard drives offer space for all of their music and media, and the ever important file backup.
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Every purchase was carefully considered, and they often turned to friends and family for assistance. We bought the display and mounting hardware at J&R, weaseling out of sales tax by shipping it to Andy’s folks’ place in Jerz, then driving it back into the city. We bought the mini online with Heather’s educational discount. Andy bought one drive from Other World Computing and built the other in an identical NewerTech enclosure (also from OWC) with a spare drive he had laying around. The PowerMate was a small payday gift to ourselves. Andy bought the iSight off his brother’s roommate after they had been discontinued, and traded his bike to his best friend for the turntable. The receiver, speakers and subwoofer were all hand-me-downs from Heather’s generous, stereophile father.