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Radio Covers HD Entertainment Center Install

Listeners got to "see" it all on the radio

If radio is the “theater of the mind” as its millions of proponents suggest, then picture this: building a custom-made home entertainment center with HD video and audio as its focal points and no wires to be found anywhere — and doing it all on the radio.

The “In the House” radio show, a decade-old program aired on WFLA-AM in Orlando, Fla., first got some potential listeners’ attention by demolishing an existing two bedroom cottage and vowing to build a replacement house in its place. And a big part of the project was a “mandate” that the new main entertainment center was to be located in the living room, hard-wired for 5.1 surround sound, with an eye-level, wall-mounted, large flat-panel HD panel — using no visible wiring or cabling for power, audio and video.

Also, the garage was to be hard-wired for a wall-mounted TV to allow dual-viewing of HD in both the living room and garage, according to Gefen, which makes HD cables and splitters and made these and others its HD-centric products available to the show.

Following installation of a new audio/video system during the radio coverage, a main goal was to avoid post-installation drilling or cutting into the finished drywall to run cables. So the radio co-hosts synchronized the garage’s A/V system to the living room in order to keep costs down — thus allowing the option of viewing the same HD content in the garage and living room without using two cable boxes. This shared viewing was enabled (not surprisingly) by a Gefen 1:2 Splitter for HDMI v1.3. (Two long Gefen HDMI cables were hard-wired into the walls for HD connectivity.)

After the in-wall wiring was complete, the drywall was mounted and the audio/video installation was completed. And listeners got to “see” it all on the radio.