Tech Tour: Kevin's Buildout

Tech Tour: Kevin's Buildout

Oct 24, 2007

Name: Kevin
Location: Bloomington, MN, home of the infamous Mall of America

There's no place like home for this world-traveler. Despite being gone for weeks and sometimes months at a time for work, Kevin knows what he wants when he returns home--and his friends appreciate it too because they benefit from his investment of time and money into this home theater.

Kevin built out the space for all of the components out of closet space that was conveniently on the other side of the wall to the right of the TV.

We had the pleasure of experiencing Kevin's set up for ourselves--our camera doesn't do the clarity of the LCD HDTV justice.

Considering the sound comes from the two small speakers on either side of the TV and the subwoofer, it's impressive sound. Bose's proprietary Gemstone speaker array and TrueSpace surround digital processing "bounce" the sound off the walls in the room to give a sound nearly as complete as a 5-speaker set up.

TV: 42" LCD HDTV Samsung LN-S4692D
Tuner/DVD: Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II DVD home entertainment system
Remote Control: Logitech Harmony 550
Computer: Dell XPS400
Computer Screen: Dell 24"
Other: Star Tech - USB Extender

The shelves in the build out are from an Ikea piece he found in the return area and cut to fit; lights under the shelves are also from Ikea. Though it wasn't part of the original plan, the clock has its own stand that Kevin also built that weighs it down and holds it in place, fitting the space like it was intended to be there all along.

Re-edited from a post originally published 03.09.07

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