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Family Room: Media Center

Our version of "Digital Joy" (www.digitaljoy.com). Powered in large part by Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The Media Center is connected via DVI, the Xbox and Motorola HD Set-top box are connected via component-in. The Denon receiver manages AV switching, and audio control as well as Dolby Digital/DTS processing.


A single remote control manages the devices: a Logitech Harmony 688 with smart-state technology so it knows the on/off state of all the devices. A Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse offer flawless control when used in PC-mode.


Not seen in this picture is the 100Mbit Ethernet connection going back to a wiring closet and 802.11 A/B/G home network. The Media Center stores all of our music for playback around the home.


Parents will note we have kid-proof straps on each of the bookshelves for our toddler son- these are easy to find online. While I wasn't able to find a protective screen for the Samsung TV, our son is good about not touching the TV with regular reminders ;)

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Taken on December 31, 2004