In recent years, “old school” televisions have largely gone out of style. Essentially, this means that more and more people are purchasing flat screen TVs, to the point that electronics stores are now offering almost exclusively flat screens in their television departments. At the same time, as people begin to enjoy clearer and sharper picture quality on their televisions, many are turning to options like directtv dish programming in order to enjoy a wider variety of shows, and increase the overall quality of their television viewing. Indeed, satellite programming such as that offered by direct tv has a lot to offer when it comes to channel packages, premium programming, and extra perks.
The most noticeable benefit of satellite television is that it provides you with extremely extensive selections of channels. Of course, when you watch tv on your basic cable package, you will probably have most of the shows that you want. However, if you are looking for new shows, or extra sports programming, etc., you will likely find something to enjoy about a more extensive channel package. Companies like Direct TV have various packages to offer, some of which can actually provide you with hundreds of extra channels, in addition to your local programs.
Even more important for a lot of fans of television and movies, a satellite programming package can also provide special channels. For example, programs and features such as Netflix, HBO, Cinemax, and others like these contain television series and newly released films that you will not find in a basic cable package. For many, these sorts of premium networks are the main perks involved with switching to Direct TV.
Additionally, you can invest in other “perks” that do not specifically have to do with bringing you more shows, so much as better ways to enjoy shows. For example, you can always invest in HD streaming to enhance the quality of your viewing (which will look even better on one of the new flat screen TVs mentioned previously!). You may also want to look into a DVR, which can be included in a Direct TV package, and which allows you to record your favorite programs to watch any time.
These are just a few of the things to be aware of when considering a switch to satellite programming. For specific information on different packages and pricing options, simply visit a website for a relevant satellite TV company. As far as your decision goes, however, it is becoming difficult for many companies to compete with the special offerings and expansive programming selections offered by Direct TV.
When it comes to Home Theater discussion, the Plasma vs LCD debate is no doubt a hot topic. In stores such as Best Buy the sales rep will tell you which is better depending on which TV they want off of the shelf at that moment.
Both are very sleek and clean in design and can be mounted with a tv wall mount, both can produce outstanding picture quality, and both technologies have improved significantly in the past couple of years. Each their strengths depending on the types of viewing situations. I will discuss the pros and cons of both and you will know which one is best suited for your needs.
Plasma vs LCD
The ongoing debate between proponents of LCD and plasma results in some myths being said by both sides.
You might hear some people say that plasma TVs has only enough lifespan to carry the TV out the door. While this was once true with early versions of plasma TV technology, it is no longer an issue. Newer plasma TVs have a rated lifespan of about 60,000 Hours! That can be between up to 15 to 55 years depending on how you use it. The average daily television viewing is 5 hours a day. That equates to about a 27 year lifespan on average for new plasma TVs which is about the same as LCD TVs.
While newer anti-burn technology has contributed to a significant improvement with plasma TVs for leading manufacturers, I would still avoid leaving static images on the screen for more than 10 minutes just to be safe. So if you are a gamer or watch a lot of news, an LCD TV might be the better option for you since burn-in is not an issue with LCD TVs.
Picture Quality and Value
If you are looking to buy a flat panel TV over 50″, plasma has the better value. Plasma TVs over 50″ can be found for about 30% less than LCD TVs over 50″. In addition, many videophiles will tell you Plasma has a better PQ with its high contrast ratio and deeper blacks.
LCD TVs are known to be brighter than Plasma TVs. This makes LCD TVs the better choice in rooms with lots of light. Plasma TVs are known to have darker blacks which makes it the better choice in low light settings.
The Bottom Line
Plasma has slightly better black levels, slightly better contrast ratio, and wider viewing angles making it a great choice for home theaters. On the other hand, LCD has the edge for every day TV viewing, use as a computer monitor, video games, and it will look better in lighted rooms.
Choose Plasma If:
You like warm colors with deep black levels.
You don’t play video games or watch shows with static images on the screen.
You are viewing in a low light setting or dark room
Choose LCD If:
You are going to be connecting a computer to the TV as a monitor or playing video games.
Are going to be watching TV in rooms with lots of light.
If slightly lower power consumption is valuable to you.
If you think long HDMI Cables are too thick to run through the wall or you want a longer In wall run from your HDMI source to your TV, these HDMI over Cat5 / Cat 6 Wall Plates will work great for you. Not to mention you will save a lot of money.
These wall plates are sold by the pair since you will need one side to go to the source and the other side to go to the TV. These sleek and compact wall plates will require two cat5e or Cat 6 cables and two HDMI Cables to deliver pure and rich HD audio and video. The installation could not be simpler.
Support: HDMI 1.3, DVI 1.0, HDCP 1.1
Video Format Supported: 1080p/1080i/720p/720i/480p/576i/480i
Transmission Distance: (results can vary from one set up to another)
Solid Cat6 STP 23AWG - 28m @ 1080p
Solid Cat6 UTP 23AWG - 27m @ 1080p
Solid Cat5e STP 23AWG - 21m @ 1080p
Solid Cat5e UTP 23AWG - 21m @ 1080p
Size: 114.5mm x 70mm x 29.5mm
Power Consumption: 10W (max
Operating Temperature: 0 to 70 degrees Celsius.
Operating Humidity: 10% to 85% RH
Storage Temperature: 0 to 80 degrees Celsius.
Storage Humidity: 5% to 95% RH
FCC and CE Approved
Our new ultra slim wall mounts are a perfect solution to achieving that sleek, flush look when mounting your HDTV. When finished, there is a less than 2 inch gap between the wall and the back of the display! You have the choice between 2 types of Ultra-Slim Wall Mount systems:
Ultra Slim Low-Profile Wall Mount Bracket for LCD/Plasma
For 23~37″ displays
For 37~63″ displays
The Ultra Slim Low Profile wall mount only leaves only a 19mm (less than 3/4″) gap between the wall and the TV
Need to connect 2 or 4 display’s to just 1 HDMI device? You need to check out our pro series HDMI Splitters. These support Full 1080P High Definition video and DTS-HD audio or Dolby True HD 7.1 channel audio. These splitters also feature a built in equalizer to ensure a good signal strength for longer cable runs.
You may have recently discovered that many newer televisions have an LED (Light Emitting Diode) display. LED TVs are the latest generation of LCD flat panel displays and offer noticeable improvements in picture quality over the traditional fluorescent bulb backlit panel.
LED TVs are technically a member of the LCD family because both ordinary LCD TVs and LED TVs have the same liquid crystal display. The difference between the two is in the way they are backlit. LED TVs offer much improved backlighting techniques which changes the picture quality drastically.
You may have also noticed that the LED TV is much slimmer. LED TVs have the capability to by manufacture in much slimmer sizes than traditional LCD televisions.
The slim design of the LED TVs is not the only advantage over the traditional LCD TV. The backlighting on the LED televisions is much more accurate in terms of black levels, and color. There is a much wider range of viewable colors on LED TVs. This results in much more realistic colors when compared to the technology of traditional LCD TVs.
Ordinary LCD displays handle black levels much differently than LED displays. The main difference is that traditional LCD TVs always have the backlight on and have to twist the crystals into a closed position to create black areas. This often results in a loss of detail and a lower contrast ratio. Some LED TVs use local dimming to handle black levels. This technology offers a much improved way of handling black levels. Backlighting can be controlled in dark areas of the picture, resulting in better detail and darker blacks in dark scenes. In some dark scenes, LED TVs have the capability of completely switching of the light in areas where a pure black is intended.
Another thing to note is that LED TVs do a much better job over traditional LCD TVs in terms of the viewing angle. Traditional LCDs lose contrast when viewing from an angle. LED technology has improved that significantly.
As of today, many of you probably own or are looking at buying a 1080p TV. A 1080p picture can be astounding in some situations. But others, not so much. Many of you are sitting too far from your TV. I’ve seen many people who have a nice 32″ 1080p television, but it’s 20′ from where they’re sitting! This is undesirable because the human eye can only see the enhanced details offered by 1080p from certain distances.
So how far away from your TV should you be sitting? Well, that all depends on the size of the TV. Below are the recommended lengths you should be sitting from your 1080i/p TV depending on screen size.
Optimal Viewing Distances
28″ set: 3.7 ft
32″ set: 4.3 ft
37″ set: 4.7 ft
40″ set: 5.3 ft
42″ set: 5.6 ft
46″ set: 6.0 ft
50″ set: 6.5 ft
52″ set: 6.8 ft
60″ set: 7.8 ft
63″ set: 8.0 ft
70″ set: 9.0 ft
Those of you that own 720p TV’s are most likely viewing your TV’s from the correct distances. 720p TV’s can be viewed farther away and may be a much cheaper solution depending on the size of the room.
If you are looking to by an HDTV, buy a large enough screen according to your viewing distance if you want to see the full detail of the picture.
Today we are going to talk about everything you will need to know about USB cables.
Before USB, computers were connected using serial ports or parallel ports. It was always a nightmare trying to figure out which type of connection each device required just to plug it into the computer! Now all you need to do is plug the device into any USB port without needing a degree in plugging stuff into the computer.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) is the standard for connecting serial bus devices to a computer. The purpose of the USB design was to allow many devices to be connected using a single cable to improve plug and play capabilities and to allow devices to be connected and disconnected without restarting the computer. USB is also used to provide power to low power devices.
USB technology continues to improve. USB 2.0 was introduced in April 2000 and it allows a much faster transfer rate of up to 480 Mbit/s which was a big improvement over the previous 12 Mbit/s.
The USB 3.0 specification was released on Nov. 2008 and it has a transfer rate of up to 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 (5.0 Gbit/s) version and has been dubbed the SuperSpeed USB. As soon as the USB 3.0 cable is released you can be sure they will be available on our site.
Adapters can be used to change the type of USB connection to suit your needs. We carry all types of USB adapters including couplers that can extend the length of your USB connection. However USB has a maximum length of 15 feet without using a repeater.
The feature that is getting HDMI 1.4 the most attention is the HDMI Ethernet Channel. The Ethernet Channel allows data transfers up to 100 Mbps. Many new TVs have HDMI ports that are HEC-Enabled. These sets are capable of using a broadband connection to enable users to share with other HEC-enabled devices such as DVRs or game consoles. Think of it as a network of HDMI devices within your LAN.
Another spec of HDMI 1.4 is the Audio Return Channel (ARC). The ARC allows for easy streaming of audio between the TV and A/V receiver over the HDMI cable. This will eliminate the need for that extra audio cable.
The 1.4 HDMI will also feature Automatic Content Enhancement (ACE) that will support the future of HDTVs, 3D visuals. This feature supports higher resolutions (up to 4,096 x 2,160px at up to 30Hz). A cool aspect of this feature is the content recognition that will automatically optimize the TV’s picture settings based on content type.
HDMI 1.4 products could possibly arrive as soon as next year.
HDMI Licensing, LLC Announces Features of the Upcoming HDMI Specification Version 1.4
Enhancements Include Networking, Audio Return Channel, 3D Capability, Improved Performance and New Connectors
SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI®) specification, today announced the features that will be incorporated in the upcoming HDMI 1.4 specification. This latest version of the HDMI specification will, among other advancements, offer networking capabilities with Ethernet connectivity and will add an Audio Return Channel to enable upstream audio connections via the HDMI cable. The HDMI specification 1.4 will be available for download on the HDMI LLC website no later than June 30, 2009.
The HDMI 1.4 specification will offer the following enhanced functionalities:
HDMI Ethernet Channel
The HDMI 1.4 specification will add a data channel to the HDMI cable and will enable high-speed bi-directional communication. Connected devices that include this feature will be able to send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet, making them instantly ready for any IP-based application.
The HDMI Ethernet Channel will allow an Internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without the need for a separate Ethernet cable. The new feature will also provide the connection platform to allow HDMI-enabled devices to share content between devices.
Audio Return Channel
The new specification will add an Audio Return Channel that will reduce the number of cables required to deliver audio upstream for processing and playback. In cases where HDTVs are directly receiving audio and video content, this new Audio Return Channel allows the HDTV to send the audio stream to the A/V receiver over the HDMI cable, eliminating the need for an extra cable.
3D Over HDMI
The 1.4 version of the specification will define common 3D formats and resolutions for HDMI-enabled devices. The specification will standardize the input/output portion of the home 3D system and will specify up to dual-stream 1080p resolution.
4K x 2K Resolution Support
The new specification will enable HDMI devices to support high-definition (HD) resolutions four times beyond the resolution of 1080p. Support for 4K x 2K will allow the HDMI interface to transmit content at the same resolution as many digital theaters. Formats supported include:
+ 3840×2160 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz
+ 4096×2160 24Hz
Expanded Support For Color Spaces
HDMI technology now supports color spaces designed specifically for digital still cameras. By supporting sYCC601, Adobe RGB and AdobeYCC601, HDMI-enabled display devices will be capable of reproducing more accurate life-like colors when connected to a digital still camera.
Micro HDMI Connector
The Micro HDMI Connector is a significantly smaller 19-pin connector that supports up to 1080p resolutions for portable devices. This new connector is approximately 50% smaller than the size of the existing HDMI Mini Connector.
Automotive Connection System
The Automotive Connection System is a cabling specification designed to be used as the basis for in-vehicle HD content distribution. The HDMI 1.4 specification will provide a solution designed to meet the rigors and environmental issues commonly found in automobiles, such as heat, vibration and noise. Using the Automotive Connection System, automobile manufactures will now have a viable solution for distributing HD content within the car.
“The HDMI specification continues to add functionality as the consumer electronics and PC industries build products that enhance the consumer’s HD experience,” said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. “The 1.4 specification will support some of the most exciting and powerful near-term innovations such as Ethernet connectivity and 3D formats. Additionally we are going to broaden our solution by providing a smaller connector for portable devices and a connection system specified for automobiles, as we see both more and different devices adopting the HDMI technology.”
Consumers will also see new HDMI cables introduced to the market. In order to take advantage of the HDMI Ethernet Channel, consumers will need to purchase either a Standard HDMI cable with Ethernet, or a High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet. Consumers connecting an external device to an in-vehicle HDMI-enabled HD system will need the new Automotive HDMI cable. Consumers can expect to see new HDMI 1.4 cables introduced to the market when new HDMI 1.4 devices are available.
Consumers will have a choice of the following HDMI cables:
o Standard HDMI Cable – supports data rates up to 1080i/60;
o High Speed HDMI Cable – supports data rates beyond 1080p, including Deep Color and all 3D formats of the new 1.4 specification;
o Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet – includes Ethernet connectivity;
o High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet – includes Ethernet connectivity;
o Automotive HDMI Cable – allows the connection of external HDMI-enabled devices to an in-vehicle HDMI device.
The HDMI standard continues to grow in the marketplace with now over 850 adopters worldwide. The growing adoption of the HDMI specification by both consumer electronics and PC manufacturers further strengthens its position as the worldwide standard for high-definition digital connectivity. According to market research firm In-Stat, over 394 million HDMI-enabled devices are expected to ship in 2009, with an installed base of 1 billion devices. By the end of 2009 100% of digital televisions are expected to have at least one HDMI input.
The HDMI specification 1.4 will be available for download at http://www.hdmi.org no later than June 30, 2009.
About HDMI Licensing, LLC
HDMI Licensing, LLC is the agent responsible for licensing the HDMI specification, promoting the HDMI standard and providing education on the benefits of the HDMI specification to adopters, retailers and consumers. The HDMI specification was developed by Hitachi, Panasonic Corporation, Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson and Toshiba as the all-digital interface standard for the consumer electronics and personal computer markets. The HDMI specification combines uncompressed high-definition video and multi-channel audio in a single digital interface to provide crystal-clear digital quality over a single cable. HDMI Licensing, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. For more information about the HDMI specification, please visit www.hdmi.org.
Where you choose to install your television on the wall is completely up to you. However, this article will help you decide which mount is the right choice for you. Will it fit best in the center of the space where it can face straight forwards? On top of the fireplace where the television will have to face downwards? Will you need the ability to rotate and turn the television to face different areas of the room?
Low Profile Wall Mount
Much like hanging a picture, the low profile wall mount is great for getting the TV as close to the wall as possible. Looks great from either side of the TV since it only extends about 1 inch from the wall.
Tilt Wall Mount
This is a great mount for elevated installations. If you are planning to mount the television high and angle it down, this would be the ideal choice. However, it only turns up and down, not side to side.
Tilting and Swiveling Wall Mount
These are the most flexible mounts available. They can tilt up, down, to the side. As well as turn and swivel to the left and right.
Next, you are going to need to decide where to place the cable or satellite box, DVD player, Xbox, playsation 3, blu ray player, HTPC, etc. You can put them in a cabinet, ontop of a shelf, in the closet, or some people go as far as putting all components in a different room for that extra sleek design.
*Note: Mounting a TV is definitely going to require more than one person! Also make sure you stay away from areas where there is electrical or plumbing.
Will my TV Fit the Wall Mount Bracket?
Our mounts are all VESA compliant. VESA is an industry standard hole pattern that most TV manufacturers have agreed to follow. Refer to your Television manual for information on mounting patterns.
Max weight supported
Be sure that you choose a mount that will support the weight of your television!
Of course after all of this planning you are not going to want to get sloppy. Hide those wires! The best way to do this is to route them thought the wall. You are going to need to find where the wall is hollow between the studs and route the cables from the TV to your components. An alternative would be to use external tubing to run the cables down.You can also use external tubing to run the cables down if you choose the lazy way!
There are wall plates (HDMI, Component VIdeo, RCA) and hole covers available for you as required.
Again, this guide was meant to help in the preparation process of purchasing a Flat Panel TV Wall Mount, where to install it, and ways for a professional and sleek install. There are some risks involved and you may want to hire a professional to do the job.