The apartment that Mrs. Geek and I share is far from being a man cave. There is a comforter with a duvet cover on the bed. That duvet cover matches the bed skirt. We have a real (though used) coffee table and matching end tables. Dirty socks and wet towels are decidedly absent from the living room floor. Art adorns the walls. Family pictures adorn the fireplace mantle and the tops of various bookcases. Lava lamps, neon beer signs, beanbag chairs, and wooden cable spool furniture are nowhere in sight. Heck, sometimes we even have fresh flowers in a vase on the dinner table.
This is not to say that our apartment is completely lacking in geek charm. We have our own LAN and a cable modem. We also have a pretty hefty home entertainment system. That system is the subject of my entry today.
I've been lusting after a home theater system for years, ever since I got a DVD player shortly after finishing grad school. I got closer to that goal almost 2 years ago when I inherited a 20 year old Hitachi stereo from Mrs. Geek's Dad. Then I used some money from my tax refund earlier this year to get a new TV and home reciever/home theater decoder. About the only thing I still needed was new speakers.
I was finally able to fix part of that last week. As I mentioned sometime back, I recently got my first raise. It turned out that the raise was retroactive back to the beginning September and all the money was paid to me in my last paycheck. So, I found myself with an impromptu bonus this month.
After some discussion with Mrs. Geek, we decided together that I could finally get the speakers I've been wanting. I got two floorstanding speakers and a center channel speaker from Polk Audio. I'll pick up a matching subwoofer later this month. They're all pretty basic stuff (think more Honda Civic than Porsche when it comes to audio equipment), but, they're a big step up what we were using before.
I think out of all the movies I've tried with the new speakers, I think that Gladiator sounds the best. I think its the soundtrack, swordplay, and explosions in the thick of battle. Yeah, the explosions. That's it. Maybe there's still a touch of the man cave to the apartment after all.
on 2004-10-26 at 1:50 p.m.
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