• Energy Take 5.2 Speaker
  • Samsung HLM-507W DLP HDTV
    with HLN-507W mainboard upgrade
  • Gateway FMC-901X
    (aftermarket upgrade to MCE05)
  • Xbox and
    Motorola 6412 STB
  • Energy Take 5.2 Powered Subwoofer
  • APC UPS. Everyone should have one
  • Legos. Somewhat painful when stepped on.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine wooden train set. Also known in our home as, "Choo Choo".
  • Our DVD collection. Note the kid-proof straps on the top of the doors.
  • Lights from Ikea. Backlights are a great and cheap way to improve your viewing experience.
  • Denon AVR-3803 Home Theater Receiver
  • Basket of unused remotes ;)
  • Energy Take 5.2 Speaker
  • The Center Channel Speaker fits neatly into the Ikea TV stand.
  • candles :P - Harumi Ueda
  • Visit my blog at blog.seanalexander.com for more ;)

Family Room: Media Center

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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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  1. wirjo [deleted] ages ago | reply

    Ooo, nice living room :)

  2. m elliott ages ago | reply

    Ahhh The numer 1 blue useful engine. I have stepped on a many of those including James and Percy. ouch!
    Nice set up.

  3. Kalutty 113 months ago | reply

    Mmm, can i go to see a movie some weekend??

  4. mwosh 109 months ago | reply

    Sexy... Curious as to how much it cost. Also, I'm not all that familiar with Windows Media Center, I'm assuming it lets you access programs, but are you forced to, for instance, use WMP to play music/movies rather than iTunes? Just curious. Nice job either way.. I'll doing it some day long after I graduate!

  5. justsetups.com 108 months ago | reply

    sweet setup sean_alexander !!!! Congrats!!

  6. Harumi Ueda 107 months ago | reply

    Cool!! I will have one of this things soon when I start to work and make some money :D but I think this kind of technology isn't available in Mexico unless you're millionaire :S I haven't seen this equipment in a computer shop but there's a tv commercial of Hewlett Packard.

  7. youragain 106 months ago | reply

    at first glance, i thought that apples front row playing itunes was on the screen.

  8. hero3279 98 months ago | reply

    My dream room

  9. jaxx.org 98 months ago | reply

    "Sorry, Your movie has to be stopped as the system is shutting down","If this happens again, please report the error to Mi Mi Mi Mi....." beeeeep

  10. SerialCoder 93 months ago | reply

    This image has been added to the Flickr Museum for making explore's top 25. Kudos!You can check it out here...

  11. Kredit Boy 90 months ago | reply

    Ooh, nice living Room an fat TV.

  12. captcreate 70 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called What's on your shelves?, and we'd love to have this added to the group! Join the group and add other shelf photos! :)

  13. sean_alexander 66 months ago | reply

    go ahead BeJerry

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