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Tech Me Up

by - Thursday, June 26, 2008

As we wait for the kitchen cabinets to arrive (2.5 more weeks, people), we are focused on the last minute touches. Granite countertop, backsplash tile, and electronics are still left on our shopping list. Now, I must admit that I know very little about technology these days. I have a cellphone, an iPod, a laptop and occassionally rock out to a game of Guitar Hero but that's about it. All tech questions I send out to the Help Desk i.e. my baby brother. (Is it wrong to call him 'baby' when he's 27? I digress...)

Anyhoo, the prospect of selecting a new TV and iPod docking station for the kitchen is a little bit daunting. All I know is the TV needs to be small enough to sit on the wall and the dock needs to portable. After a bit of research, here's what I've found:

Sony’s KDL19M4000S 19” BRAVIA:
At 19", this one is the perfect size to fit on the workstation wall under the upper cabinet. Baby Bro says get a TV with HDMI (whatever that is) and this one has it. Its also got a sleek design and looks pretty in white and silver to go with my white and silver kitchen. There's a PC port too, so I guess if I bring the laptop into the kitchen to look up a recipe, I can flash it up on the 'big' screen and swivel it around so its visible from all parts of the kitchen. Kewl.

Sanus SF208 Wall Mount:
This little doodad will do the job just right. It can tilt up and down and the 5” arm will allow the TV to be seen from all parts of the room. ‘Coz you know, we have such a huuuuuge kitchen ;)

Now the iPod station is a bit more troublesome. HandyMan and I are not big audiophiles – we play CD’s off our DVD player and use the TV speakers as our sound system, if that tells you anything. So we’re looking for portable speakers. I want to be able to carry the dock into the kitchen when I’m cooking, out to the dining room when we’re having dinner, and bring it out to the deck when we’re enjoying long, languorous summer nights. Here’s a few things that seem to fit the bill:
Bose SoundDock Portable:
It's a Bose so I'm thinking its pretty good quality. Again, its pretty to look at and will fit in the open shelf at the workstation. It doesn't play CD's though I figure if I really want to listen to those cool free CD's we scored from the hotel on our honeymoon, we can kick it old-school and hook up the Discman, lol.

Griffin Evolve:
These speakers are portable and wireless. No nasty cables to see hanging out. This one is a party pleaser... you could have a speaker in the living room and one out on the deck so the guests milling about your house could enjoy the Coldplay tunes whereever they are. Sweet!

Okay, so it sounds like I know what I'm talking about, but I really have no clue. Any of you have experience with these gadgets? Any others you'd recommend?

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  1. Anonymous6:43 PM

    That white TV is really cool! I dream of having something like that in our kitchen. HDMI is basically the universal high definition connection used for connecting to basically everything. It's like the USB has become for computers.

    As far as the docking station. Bose is supposed to have very high quality sound but honestly unless you're in a completely quite surrounding you'll never be able to notice the difference. My old roommate had that same system and had a lot of issues with it connecting to her iPod correctly (but they have probably come out with a newer version since then). I personally would go with the Griffin. Portable speakers would be really handy to have. Oh, and the Bose system my roommate had was surprisingly heavy for it's size so it wasn't fun dragging it from room to room.

    Can't wait to see how everything turns out!

  2. I am only commenting because you said you were going to use your new toys to listen to Coldplay *swoon*

    I prefer the look of the bose (but I bet it comes with a hefty price tag!)

    I just went to Costco and surprisingly enough they had about 5 different types of ipod/speaker docks. I bought a small "hifi" (whatever the heck that means) system made by TEAC.

    Since you're not working with a huge space, and doesn't sound like you're planning on blasting the music to 10 000 dB... Any one you go with will be fine, I'd think. You really only need a really powerful system if you're trying to fill a huge room like 15x30 with 20 ft ceilings or something like that!

    Good luck techno-shopping!

  3. Thanks for the tips threeacres! You know, I've seen the Bose in person, but I've never actually lifted it up. I'll have to look closer and see if it is easily portable.

    Katherine, you're right. The iPod dock is probably the area I could save a bit of money on. I'll have to go check out costco and see if they have the portable kind.

  4. Cool TV. I was very against the TV in the kitchen until I started to use one and now Im hooked.

    We need to get a new one (the one we have is on loan from my baby brother) and this one seems pretty perfect. We just might have to steal the idea from you :)

  5. I don't know much about the bravia, but I love our white Samsung.

    Once thing to make sure you think of when buying a swivel mount, is how much room it will take up and if when swivling your TV will still fit the space. You mentioned mounting the TV below cabinets - would a swivel down TV work better for the space?

  6. Must. Proofread. Comments. :-)

  7. Thanks Corey. The swivel arm is 5" and the tv is 19", fitting in a 27" wide space so there should be enough room. But definitely, I'll have to consider where to mount the arm so that it all fits flush when not in use :)


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