At the risk of letting the whole world know I'm an utter Luddite cheapskate, I will open the kimono on the state of my digital home.
On the video front, whatever TV I buy won't accommodate the two copper wires coming out of the nice Panasonic speakers from my ancient stereo system. That interface has gone the way of the dinosaur.
This reminds me of the folks who are working on digital archiving. Everything we are saving now requires iOS or Android or Windows if you want to read or play it. Do we really expect these operating and file systems to be around in 100 years?
I digress. I love the fact nearly every CD/DVD player out now supports WiFi to access Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Look out Comcast, Rick is about to cut the chord! But could one of them please have an FM tuner and those little slots for my two-wire speakers?
Fugidaboutit. That would be too convenient. I seem to need to upgrade to HDMI and optical cables because... somebody explain to me why?
By the time I actually buy a TV and CD/DVD player with HDMI, will HDMI be on its way out? Is there a move afoot to shift from HDMI to DisplayPort?
This leads to another question: In this modern age of ultra miniaturized, integrated wireless everything, does anyone make a set of portable but powerful speakers that I could use for my PC, kitchen/bathroom radio, and living room TV/stereo/home theater?
This seems like a great and completely under-served opportunity as far as I can tell.
OK, so I think you get the basics of my predicament. When you are through laughing, please advise me what to do. I am especially curious for someone to explain what happened to FM tuners and speakers with copper wires.
Extra gold stars if you can explain why a 720-progressive pixel flat panel is not enough for my next TV. Frankly, I canít tell the difference between 720p and 1080p panels on display at my local retailer. But it could be a problem with the retailer who is also showing 4K sets that make flesh tones look like muddy clay. Ah, progress!