Ray Ingles <sorceror@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> On 2006-05-17, Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Ray Ingles <sorceror@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> On 2006-05-17, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>| I believe that the "device model" is only winning because no
>>>>| "component model" or genuinely open devices have been offered yet.
>>> Well, actually, they are in some areas and are doing well. Look at all
>>> the devices that use standard USB class drivers...
>> Not really the point, though, is it? The component model is great for
>> integrators producing business logic solutions, or perhaps even complex
>> domestic systems, but for an average user, a simple device will almost
>> invetibly be less complex and expensive.
> There are people who buy "home theater in a box" systems, but those (so
> far as I've seen) contain a DVD player, an amplifier, and speakers. They
> don't contain a TV. And it appears to me that many, many more people buy
> individual components separately.
That's not been my own experience. I think most people are inclined to
get as much in one box as they can. Probably false economy, but there
> I think a component model can (and does) work for most things...
I agree that it can work, but it can take a certain degree of expertise
to make it functional. My parents-in-law bought a new flat-screen, dvd
recorder, video from a store last year, and were promised a full
install for a small-ish fee. I had to go around /afterwards/ to make it
all work - even the "expert" from the store hadn't a clue how to tune
the TV, Video, DVD recorder, cross-connect the base-band signals between
each, label the inputs (electronically), plug up to the existing RF
antenna system and cable system, and route outputs to the other rooms,
as well as plug up the audio-out in-room.
It wasn't that hard, /but/, if you don't know what you're doing, it can
be a challenge...
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