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9/10

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It's fair to say, then, that the feature count of the Lewis system is off the scale compared to what you'd find with, say, a mere TV or Blu-ray player. But it would also be fair to say that getting the best from the system in configuration with your display devices is a touch trickier than it would be with a simple Blu-ray player. For instance, you have to marry up the desktop settings with the Windows Vista settings so that they both best suit your screen's settings!

A Lewis Multiroom unit


Let's be realistic here, though; if you buy a Lewis MSB system, you'll be buying it as part of a full professional installation done by experts; it's not something you're likely to be taking on yourself! And the occasional bit of faffing around behind the Windows Vista scenes is hardly going to trouble the sort of whizz-kids who know how to distribute AV around a big house.

As we set about seeing just how successfully the Lewis MSB system goes about its business, we immediately come across a slight problem: HD Audio. Many Blu-ray and HD DVD discs these days feature one of the new so-called HD high-resolution, 7.1-channel audio formats: Dolby TrueHD, DTS Master Audio or raw PCM. Yet since the multi-room receiver boxes only carry HDMI 1.2 jacks rather than HDMI 1.3 jacks, there's currently no way to enjoy these sound formats in every room.


However, before anyone gets too deflated by this, it's unlikely that even the most preposterously wealthy buyer is going to have fully fledged 7.1-channel audio systems in every room of their house. And it is possible to integrate into the system one of Lewis's 3 Terabyte MS3000HDB 7.1 Audio Media Center units, complete with analogue 7.1 channel line outs, so that at least the main home cinema room in the house can enjoy the full HD audio experience. Plus Lewis intends to upgrade all of its Multi-room boxes with HDMI 1.3 connections that could carry HD audio information as soon as it can get them coming through the system.

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