September 12, 2007
Dear CNET members,
One of part of my job that I love most is reading your contributions to our site. Long or short, positive or negative, motivational or thought-provoking, let me just say that it's never a dull moment here reading your comments, and I'm sure many of our readers would agree. So please continue to share with us all.
With that said, I'd like to bring your awareness to one of my favorite parts of our community-driven sites. It takes our member contributions one notch above comments--our Show Us Yours feature. The Show Us Yours area showcases, not my (unless you want to see my kids' mess everywhere), or our editors' home theater setups, but yours. But wait, it doesn't just end at home theaters; it also features members' submissions of their sweet home offices, cool converted basements to theaters, squeezing in technology in bedrooms/dorm rooms, and even technology-tricked-out cars. And the greatest thing about this feature is it all about you--no smoke and mirrors, just our community members strutting their latest electronics and computing technology in their living rooms, kitchens, home offices, and cars! And I would have to say these showcases from our members are awesome and give me many ideas for my home. So if you are interested in sharing your home setup with us all--whether it's your home theater, home office, or even car, send it to our CNET editors. Here are the submission guidelines of what they need. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your accomplishments around your home or car on the Show Us Yours pages. Check out some of the showcases from our members below.
This week's hot topic:
Show us yours!
Plasma TVs, surround-sound speakers, techie cars...we live and breathe this stuff. But there's a difference between testing gear in the lab and using it in the real world. With that in mind, we asked real people, our members, to show us how they use the latest electronics and computing technology in their living rooms, kitchens, home offices, and cars. Here are a few of many to start. Check them all out!
"The main media wall, which includes a 72-inch Samsung DLP HDTV, two 32-inch Samsung LCDs, an Onkyo receiver, a CD player, and a DVD player. All three TVs are on separate satellite receivers so we can..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: Jess of Golden, ColoradoThe miniplex
"Due to my layout and budget, I had to trick some things out. Initially, I had to choose a smaller projection HDTV because of my fireplace, but now my 50-inch Pioneer Pro-FHD1 plasma fits fine. I get it to look bigger..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: Tom Smith of San Francisco, CaliforniaWho's the boss?
"As there is another room in the home used for two-channel music listening, the M&K THX select system, consisting of five M&K LCR750's and one VX-1250 SFX, was chosen to provide the best possible sound for movies..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: Britton Yoder of Phoenix, ArizonaFather & Son, part II
"We found that the front speakers had to be the same to provide a transparent front sound stage. I got six Yamaha NS-6490 speakers and stacked two on each side of the screen for left and right, then put two side-by-side for..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: Geary and Aaron Mertz of Lehighton, PennsylvaniaOld meets new
"I bought my equipment based on reviews, then listening tests. I wanted a system that looked cohesive, which is why the speakers and subs are glossy black. While I like my Toshiba 50HDX82, I'm looking to replace..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: Bob McClenahan of Napa Valley, CaliforniaSubmit away!
Do you have a sweet home theater setup? Or what about a basement converted into a cool home office/theater? Maybe you've converted your car to be the ultimate technology road warrior? Small or big, we'd like to see it. If you'd like to show us your setups and have the chance to be showcased on CNET's Show Us Your feature, here are the guidelines to get you going. We look forward to receiving your submission!
Submit a showcase
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