I’ve progressed in my thinking since the posting on March 21st, when I grudgingly accepted the idea of a television larger than the 22″ one I had in Brooklyn.

Instead of agreeing to the very expensive proposal by the contractor’s audio-visual consultant, I decided to spend some time at a Best Buy store on Broadway and West 62nd Street.  In addition to looking at different sized TV’s, I also asked about a service they call their “Magnolia Home Theater”.  For $99, you get a consultation in your residence by someone from their Geek Squad, who discusses with you what you want and how you might get there with wiring and products.

It was a well-spent $99 investment, which, by the way, goes toward any products I subsequently purchase at Best Buy.

The consultation was arranged for last Friday and Mike, from the Geek Squad,  spent a good hour and a half, looking at the floor plans, walking around the rooms, and asking me what it was I wanted in the way of audio-visiual equipment.

It was exciting to me to learn that with the help of just one long speaker, which could be positioned under the television, I would have excellent sound both for the TV and for something called a Sonos audio system in the living room.  This same Sonos system works wirelessly so I could have music in the living room, the dining room (if I wanted it) , and even in the kitchen, which I do like to have when I cook big dinners.  Mike also assured me that it would be easy to get the hundreds of CD’s I now have into my ipod library.  I’m not positive but I think I can then control the music I play with my iphone.  Did I mention that the equipment is pretty invisible?   The main Sonos box is about the size of a boutique tissue box.

I already knew I would be set up with wi-fi, which should work much more dependably in this (horizontal) apartment than in my 4-story house, even if the walls in both residences are masonry.  On Mike’s advice, the contractor is also putting in CAT5 cable for the day when television is streamed through the internet.

The day after this Geek Squad consultation,  I happened to hear an interview with Reid Hoffman, who is a founder of LinkedIn.  His message was simply to extol the virtue of always being “a work in progress” or, as he called it, “a permanent beta”. (Apparently, technology companies keep the “beta” label on software after an official launch to emphasize that the product is not yet finished.)

I think it’s excellent advice.

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