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Thursday - December 9, 2004

Merry Christmas to us

For Christmas Lara and I decided to buy a TV for our bedroom, and forgo our normal gifts to each other. We bought the Westinghouse 20" HD-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV from Best Buy's Black Friday sale. The TV has great picture quality and is very bright even in direct sunlight.

So then the problem came up, how do we want to plug the TV up to DirecTV? We could just add another receiver for $5/month, but we would miss using the TiVo on it. We didn't really want a TiVo in the bedroom though as the fan/hard drive does produce some noise which may be annoying when sleeping. So I decided to pick up the RF Link AVS-5811 5.8 GHz Audio & Video Transmission System from buy.com. This way, I could share the video from the TiVo upstairs directly into our bedroom. Also this saves the need for the extra receiver and saves the $5/month. After two years, I'll break even. :-)

The AVS-5811 arrived yesterday and I plugged it up. The setup is pretty easy, but does require you to 'aim' the sender to the receiver. This wasn't as hard as I anticipated. The video/audio feed is great. I can't really even tell that it's using wireless. Also, the remote commands from downstairs are sent wirelessly to the TiVo which also seems to work really well. The only problem I've run into is getting my universal remote (URC 6131) to control the new TV's power and volume. I have a support case open with OFA to fix it though.

All in all, I give both the LCD TV and the Wireless A/V system Thumbs upThumbs up

UPDATE: I have since had to RMA the device. See here for more detail.

Posted by jcraven at December 9, 2004 12:02 PM