(1) Soundmatters MainStage HD HiFi Theatre Console
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People, let me clue you in. You don't need a big, fancy multi-speaker high-definition console to fill your media room with sound.
Oh, suuure, that's what the online deal-a-day gadget-mongers will tell you. They'll try to push a system like the SoundMatters MainStage on you, touting its built-in amplifiers and digital processing capabilities. And--OK, yes, I concede that the MainStage's digital amp and top-mounted, four-inch woofer will pump out a nice, big earful of cinematic sound. And, OK, I have to admit it's a lot easier to set up than some audiomaniac's six-speaker dream system, with cables running all over, uglyin' up the joint.
But folks, the easy way to get room-filling sound is to do it the way I did: Get a really, really small media room.
Mine's a converted linen closet, which I lined with acoustic tiles. Small? Shoot! I had to start doing yoga just to squeeze in there. When I'm watching DVDs, I feel like I'm both of those fat minibike twins from the Guinness Book, sharing a New York City half-bath. There's barely enough room in there for me and my tiny, fifteen-inch TV (with built-in DVD player).
But believe you me, when I cram myself in there to watch Big Caleb Thunder, Wolfman Ninja of Harlem, all several cubic feet of that clos--excuse me, media room--fairly pulsate with the sounds of funky '70s soul and feral, savage snarls.
Now, would the SoundMatters Mainstage console let me enjoy big sound in a room-sized room while simultaneously stretching my legs on a couch? I grant you, yes. And is its Zoran Virtual Multichannel Digital algorithm a cool, math-y way to create a 180-degree sound field? Yeah, I guess.
But look at it this way: My system ensures no one ever wants to come over to watch TV at my place, so I never have to do any annoying "housekeeping." I feel sorry for my pal Dean on that score. He owns the SoundMatters MainStage system, and people always want to hang out at his house! He could never get away with letting his place get half as filthy as mine!
Ah, the poor sap.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to do my pre-movie-watching stretches.
A revolutionary multi-speaker console with built-in amplifiers and digital processing
Powered by a 20-watt digital amplifier, and a top-mounted 4-inch woofer that can project high-definition sound that fills almost any room
Adaptable audio inputs, Optical (TosLink), Coaxial, RCA, or 3.5mm mini stereo can be integrated easily into your current home theater or PC Media Center set up
Space saving low profile design, and hassle free set up (Audiophiles need not apply)
Perfect for any small to medium-size room where running wires to 6 speakers just isn't practical
Zoran VMD (Virtual Multichannel Digital) algorithm analyzes the position of sound sources present in two channel audio signals and recreates the sound field existing at the time of the original recording. A single digital speaker powered by Zoran's VMD technology will produce a high precision, space filling 180 degree sound field when connected to any two channel source
Subwoofer and rear channel outputs for surround sound option
Controls: System Volume (IR and front panel), Subwoofer level (IR only), Dialog+ EQ (IR only), Source select, mute (IR and front panel), Surround/stereo (IR only), Source 1 input sensitivity (back panel knob)
It's funny that should come up, because as recently as last week, I believe, I was just talking about that, about the classic interplay between curve and live, with my good friend, Georgia O'Keefe. "Georgia", I said, "How do you feel about that classic interplay of curve and line?" No, wait, it wasn't Georgia O'Keefe, it was Richard Serra. My mistake!
Anyway, Richard and I, we were talking about the classic interplay of curve and line, and just then, and I couldn't believe it either, right across the street, getting out of a taxi, there was the ghost of Francis Bacon. And so I called out, I said "Francis! What is your opinion on the classic interplay of curve and line?" Sadly, I couldn't hear the answer, because across the street, on the other side, Laurie Anderson was asking Lou Reed to buy her some grapes and a popsicle. But I still feel as though, on that day, I learned a great deal about the classic interplay of curve and line.
Wear this shirt: when you want to get stuf- oh ho ho ho ho, Rikki B, aren't you a clever one!
Don't wear this shirt: and expect people to look past your shortcomings as a person simply because of how well you're dressed.
This shirt tells the world: "I've got an idea for the best roller coaster in the galaxy."
We call this color: What In God's Name Was That Asphalt Copywriter Thinking? That Stuff Up There Makes No Sense At All!
Design Placement: Centered
3X - S: 14.03" x 19"
WXL - WS: 10.52" x 14.25"
K12 - K4: 9" x 12.18"
Let's face it: you can never really repay your Mom. From squeezing you out at birth, to cheering you up when you cried, to tucking you in at night, the debt is simply too great. Mother's Day isn't so much about trying to even out the balance sheet as it is about acknowledging that it can never be evened out. And what better way to say it than with an estate-grown, limited-edition Chardonnay?
In our experience, almost all moms like Chardonnay. We wonder if it's a hormonal thing that kicks in along with the milk production. And this isn't just any limited-edition, estate-grown Chardonnay. This is the St. Francis 2006 Reserve Chardonnay, Behler Vineyard, Sonoma County. Let's unpack that long, unwieldy name so we know exactly what Mom's getting this year, shall we?
St. Francis Winery is celebrating its 30th year of turning hand-picked Sonoma County grapes into coveted premium wines. 2006, of course, is the year these grapes were grown and harvested. Reserve tells you this wine was only produced in limited quantities and is only available directly from St. Francis. Behler Vineyard is the original St. Francis estate vineyard, first planted in 1971, in storied Sonoma County. And that leaves...
Chardonnay. And oh, what a Chardonnay. This one starts with Behler's volcanic soils and hand-picked grapes, and ends with fragrances of tropical and exotic fruits and a palate of concentrated fruit flavors. A rich, buttery texture and concentrated mouthfeel are almost enough to convince your Mom to forgive you for not calling often enough. Almost.
Like we said above, Mother's Day is all about the gesture that says "I can't thank you enough." But the best gestures are more than gestures. This St. Francis 2006 Reserve Chardonnay three-pack proves that when you give a thoughtful gift, it's more than the thought that counts.