23 Feb 2009
I finally bought a new TV

Wheee! That’s my new Sharp AQUOS LC-37D64U wide-screen LCD TV, which replaces an ancient analog set in my living room — which was going bad and I almost never watched anyway. So far the Sharp has performed excellently, even with broadcast and analog inputs. It’s about time I moved into the modern world with that there cable thing — lotsa channels and even Internet! All that’s left is to get or update a few accessories, such as a DVI-to-HDMI adapter for my laptop.

Let me pause for a brief rant. While browsing around for cables and such, I was reminded of the utterly outrageous prices Monster Cable charges. Folks, this is digital signaling. A $10 or $20 cable will do just fine — the extra $100’s that you pay Monster is for the pseudo-scientific babbling they do. As far as “future-proofing” — do the math: you could buy a new replacement cable every year for 10 years and you’d still spend less money.

Then there’s the “Denon AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable” — $500 for a 59-inch piece of cat-5/6 ethernet cable. You really should search for it on Amazon and read the reviews, such as goodies like “A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the ‘directional markings’ on the cables, your music will play backwards.” I had to check the Denon site and was amazed to find that the description does indeed say “Additionally, signal directional markings are provided for optimum signal transfer.”

I just remembered the Ultra Tweeters that someone pointed out to me a couple years ago. Usually I wouldn’t give a live link to a site like that, but you must read the descriptions for the UT’s (and other items). For only $600/pair, you too can have “remarkable speakers … connected to the output terminals of existing speakers with speaker cables … They don’t generate sound in the audio band … but function in the Gigahertz frequency band … organize and improve the energy flow in signal conductors as well as the internal wirings of speaker drivers … the audio system produces a wider frequency bandwidth … are compatible with any speakers and, because they operate at such extremely high frequencies, one does not have to worry about beaming, time alignment of drivers or matching the acoustic output of the existing speakers … placed in any other convenient location since they do not behave like conventional super-tweeters – i.e., they do not operate in the audio band”.

I hate to tell you this, but I think they’re just chunks of wood: see this for the pics and a better explanation of their theory of operation.

At first I thought Golden Sound was a parody site. It’s a good thing I’m basically honest, otherwise I’d be selling stuff to audiophiles.

Well, I’ve done it again: gone off on a tangent, didn’t finish what I’d started out to write, and ran out of time. Oh well, see ya later.

image: Sharp Electronics

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