Death by 1000 Gizmos.

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Monday, October 22, 2012

My wife and I recently moved to a rather small house, and made a commitment to simplicity. With the philosophy of “when in doubt, leave it out,” we decided to try living without a TV set (home theater heresy!). Instead we have a 27” computer monitor that also doubles as our home entertainment system.  Simple, right?
Well, maybe not. The number of little tiny gizmos necessary to make this work is mind-boggling…and extremely messy. To get cable TV and internet required FOUR gizmos! (Cable box, modem, wireless router, wireless router range extender.) Then there’s the little Roku streamer – elegant and cool, but another box with another set of wires. A mini Bluray player from Sony. A Western Digital portable hard drive. And – because the Samsung monitor has only one HDMI input – a 3-position HDMI switchbox. The stack of mini gizmos on my desk is just silly. But the pile of wires in back of it is ridiculous. I had to buy a reed screen to cover them all up!
I’m a big believer in the component-style approach to equipment, because it allows you to update one element of your system without having to replace everything. But this has gone a bit too far. Samsung – please put more HDMI inputs in your computer monitors.  Comcast – how about ONE gizmo that contains cable box, modem and wireless router (and give it enough range so I don’t need the wireless range extender)?
Unrepentant sales pitch: the ZVOX surround sound system in this setup has one box and one connecting wire vs. an industry standard of of six connecting wires.

Limited Edition ZVOX 555 Benefits Breast Cancer Research

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Thursday, October 18, 2012

We are pleased to announce the ZVOX 555 Linda Latham Limited Edition TV sound system. For every system purchased we will donate $150 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation www.bcrfcure.com.
The system – with cool pink ZVOX logo and special rear panel label – is dedicated to our friend and advisor Linda Latham, who died of breast cancer in 2011. Linda was a pioneer in the EPA’s Energy Star program and helped many companies (including ours) to create more energy efficient products. Because of her gentle and persuasive arguments, we designed our ZVOX 555 and 580 sound systems to exacting standards – with highly efficient digital amplifiers and a revolutionary turn-on system that allows them to use ridiculously small amounts of power (about 0.1 watts) when in standby mode.
If you want a great sound system and if you want to help a great cause, buy the coolest (and most energy efficient) home theater system ever…Click here to see the Latham Limited Edition ZVOX 555

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