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Oct 10

Bond Girl: Ivanna Spendalot

My job is dangerous. You might not think working at an appliance and electronics retailer could be a hazard, but believe me, my credit card is constantly using “Escape and Evade” tactics to avoid being overswiped. When I started working here four and a half years ago, I didn’t think it would be a problem. I’m not hugely into electronics, and the appliances in my house worked just fine. But that was before I learned how many fun gadgets were out there. My wish list keeps growing. So I’m going to share it with you. In installments.

This week, we’re going to discuss what I, an avid indoorswoman and mother of two under the age of four, wants to see in her entertainment center.

1. Sony 46″ backlit LED LCD


The Sony HX909 with simulated 3D

I really, really like the fully backlit LED LCD. The blacks are crisp, the colors are pretty, and it doesn’t pump out heat like my current plasma. It’s 3D ready, but more importantly, it’s got Wi-Fi. Hello, streaming Netflix. You’re my new best friend.

2. The Logitech Revue

For when I really want to go crazy with the internet on my TV, I’d choose the Logitech Revue, a little box I add to my home theater setup that integrates Google TV and that I control with a keyboard-like remote. I can get anywhere on the web using the Google Chrome web browser. So while I’m watching a show about what I shouldn’t be wearing, I can also be shopping for the things I should.

3. Nintendo Wii

Wii console with remote

Nintendo Wii console with remote

Please, Nintendo, give me a reason to allow video games in my house. By forcing players up off the couch (yes, I know you can cheat, but I’d better not catch you doing so) and into physical activity, you have convinced me. And if someone wanted to throw in the Wii Fit, I would be an extra-happy camper.

4. Boston Acoustics Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

Boston TVee Model 20 soundbar

Boston TVee Model 20 soundbar and wireless subwoofer

I want better sound than what comes from the TV speakers, but I don’t want five, or heaven forbid, seven extra boxes cluttering up my living room and adding to the number of things that require dusting. This soundbar pumps up the volume with two channels and a wireless subwoofer. And, as an added bonus, it doesn’t require a separate remote. Boston Acoustics, you complete my sound setup.

5. TiVo Premier 45-hour DVR


TiVo Premier 45hr HD DVR

We don’t have cable or satellite TV, so technically this DVR wouldn’t do us much good. BUT. This is my wish list, so I’m adding it in, because if I got all of these things, I’d also get more channels to watch. And use the TiVo to store the shows that I like so I could watch them when I have 40 minutes of uninterrupted time and sole power over the remote. So, pretty much…never. But it’s a nice fantasy.

This is not a complete list as far as home theater components, but it’s the top five. For now. Until one of these companies unveils a subwoofer that also sonically departiclizes dust. Then that’s shooting right to the top of the list.

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