One of the more interesting photos in the CEDIA.net blog article 24 Behind-the-Scene Photos of CES shows an arrangement of 4 extremely high resolution displays which create a virtual window. Toshiba's virtual window, as goofy as this may sound, we have seen and used this application in a few scenarios:Interior rooms that have no natural light or windowsA medical facility or examination room where different scenes evoke feelings of comfortProviding a custom view and mood in one's own home. We recently did an installation like this for our clients who want to display photos of [...]
HDMI (High Definition Multi-Media Interface) is the newest method for hooking up your audio video systems. When properly implemented, you can get the best possible connectivity between your new Blu-Ray player and 1080P TV. It is also the cause of a great deal of confusion, misunderstanding and unfortunately, problems. What is HDMI? It is a protocol for transporting pure digital audio/video signals between devices in a manner that optimizes quality and resolution while also keeping it copyright proof (thanks Hollywood). In the “old” analog days, you would hook up your equipment with RCA jacks. If the connection was good, [...]
By far, this is biggest question we get. Unfortunately, there is no right or wrong answer as each of the technologies offers differences that benefit certain applications. Plasma still provides the best picture assuming you do not have high ambient light or reflectivity. In contrast, LCD is great for those high ambient light rooms. And "new" LED technology is simply a twist on LCD that enables TV's to become ridiculously thin.
On any given Sunday there will be a flyer showing the latest sale prices on a TV. This past weekend I saw a 42” plasma on sale from Best Circuit for $475. Wow. Just five years ago a 42” plasma was nearly $5,000! Now it would seem that the installation shouldn’t be much more right? I mean after all, it’s just a TV. No, not really. Even a “simple” installation requires thought, planning and good supporting products. Let’s start with the TV. The one on sale is probably not all that great. It is there to catch [...]
The capabilities of audio and video source gear have exploded in just the past year. Someone with a sweet home A/V system used to have a VCR, DVD player, cable or satellite receiver (or both), Tivo, reel-to-reel, CD changer, cassette player, and phonograph. This took up a lot of space, had a mess of wires, and required extreme dexterity to operate all the remotes, or one really well programmed universal remote. Today, the consumer can get a Blu-Ray player with Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, Pandora, weather information, and access to local computer files. TV’s are available with similar [...]