The MR gets excited about technology, and sound, flat screens, plasma, and all that stuff. Since I am not a connoisseur of these things, I just let him go to town, and do what he sees fit.
For the last few years, we’ve had our TV where the built-in, drop-down screen of the previous owners used to be. It’s in the same spot; you’d think the sound would be OK–not so much. The MR replaced the crackly back speakers ages ago, and he swapped out the yellowed and ugly side speakers with new sleaker models. So we’re golden, right? No.
The side speakers where set into the pillars twenty feet to either side of the screen. Now the great room is big, but it’s not that big. All those little background noises that are supposed to add to the excitement of the movie would have me up checking to see what the dog was doing in the kitchen.
The problem was, we have only 13.5 inches between each window. So the MR has been searching long and hard to find new speakers that are nice and skinny. A few weeks ago, they arrived, and he was able to install them with little fuss–I only had to stick my hand in the wall a few times, and the phone calls between the crawl space and the main room all remained friendly.
If you look carefully at the picture on the right, you can see where the new speaker is going in a mere four feet from the television and the placement of the old speaker under the sconce about 20 feet from the TV.
The new speakers from KEF are just five inches wide. The MR had them installed and all the patching and painting done in a jiffy. He is quite handy. And here they are in all their glory.
I know you can barely see them, but they’re not there to be decorative. It’s all about the sound my friends. And guess what? Even me with my undiscerning ears can tell a difference. These babies are nice. Suddenly, we can understand all those actors with crazy accents on our favorite shows.
Chalk one up for the MR–well done. Patience and preseverance paid off.
Making any upgrades at your house?
Just for old times sake, I dug out this photo from the past. Remember the coffin-like coffee table and the pop-up projector that triggered the screen? It sure was something.
I also found this picture of Little Buddy. Bogart sure had a way of getting into the photos. He was a good dog.