Hiding a little audio embarrassment...

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by GeorgeHReme, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. GeorgeHReme

    GeorgeHReme Level 2 Tivo Fairy

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    Fellow high-definition TiVo enthusiasts! I am excited that today I will FINALLY be joining your ranks, as my Series 3 makes it way via UPS truck to our homestead--as I type these very words!

    Yes, yes, I know. What better time than the eve of arrival to celebrate something that I fought so hard to get? And yet, I am muted...for you see:

    I have a little secret...it is kind of embarrassing, so...[hesitating]...try not to laugh too hard. [heaving a big sigh]

    I am saddled with a Bose sound system

    Mind you, it was purchased many years ago before I knew any better. Really, I just haven't gotten around to replacing it, so avert your judgmental gaze! [pleading] Just recently my big-screen Sony tube-television died after over a decade of faithful service, which took three able-bodied men and four horses to extricate from my home, (tubes were never meant to be made so big, I have now concluded). After procuring a nice new (and FLAT! Whoo hoo!) replacement, then this whole HD business started up, and well, I've only recently resolved that issue! So, stop your sniggering and quiet quips. I know you audiophiles lurk among these pages, and are wont to castigate those who bought the ill-begotten Bose marketing! I ask for your pity, not your advice! I know, oh how I know, what you already think of my speaker-system!

    *AHEM* Okay, well, now that I've prefaced with that, I need some help. Many months ago I asked for the best remote to use for an IR-controlled TiVo and an RF-controlled Bose. You gave me all sorts of great suggestions, most of them involving touch-screens, which I tried and didn't like. Ultimately, I went back to the Tivo peanut, treating myself to a Glo remote for all the effort I had expended. Much to my delight, I was able to program the glossy peanut to control the Bose (once I got the special IR-blaster). Positioning both the Bose box and TiVo on the same shelf, I could both change channels AND turn up or down the sound (OOOOHHHH)!

    There were some drawbacks, of course. The only button I could really program to turn on the sound system, for example, was (ironically) the mute button. Plus, there was just no way I could possibly use the peanut to watch DVDs on the Bose...ah well. Life goes on.

    TIMES HAVE CHANGED, though. I want to permanently hide my Bose within a wooden cabinet beneath the TiVo. So, here are my questions:

    1) does the Series 3 TiVo come with an IR-blaster output?

    2) has anyone ever rigged their Tivo IR-blaster output to control just the sound on a Bose system?

    3) does anyone else have a better solution so that I can have the Bose a/v receiver concealed?

    Thanks for any and all advice! Much obliged.

    George
     
  2. Saturn

    Saturn Lord of the Rings

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    1) No.
    2) No. See #1
    3) Use those little pyramid IR extenders. Radio Shack carries them, or used to anyway.
     
  3. EVizzle

    EVizzle ^^MacGvyer^^

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    One of the most entertaining posts in a while... I really don't have anything to add, but I will say I thought about a Bose setup, but went another route. Was it the price point or the sound quality that irritated you?
     
  4. GeorgeHReme

    GeorgeHReme Level 2 Tivo Fairy

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    Dear Evizzle,

    I think if it was much less expensive, (i.e. nearer the actual quality most people seem to afford Bose home theater systems) that would be better. As it was so long ago, though, I don't really know what I spent on mine anyway...except that it was a lot. That being said, I'm more than satisfied to hear Jon Stewart, Bill Moyers, and the squawking of geese over the Bose "surround sound" speakers I currently have set up. *KAWK KAWK* Plus the occasional gruesome storyline...mmm...Grindhouse...

    Regarding your response Saturn, I was wondering if you had the more technical term for the item you speak of, since a quick and sloppy search for the "pyramid" thing you spoke of over the Internet didn't immediately turn anything up. Thanks.

    -George
     
  5. EVizzle

    EVizzle ^^MacGvyer^^

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    haha, that little pyramid thing is tough to describe, but I know I saw one at Magnolia Home Theater in Best Buy. Couldn't find it exactly, but this link will take you to a similar, lower profile IR Receiver.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=6635929&st=IR+receiver&type=product&id=1151657714262
     
  6. dougfetter

    dougfetter New Member

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