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Toshiba’s Virtual Window

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 [...]

2016-12-26T22:21:49+00:00February 16th, 2013|

Too Many Remote Controls

Every consumer audio/video product has a remote control and once you have 3 or 4 devices attached to your TV, you have a coffee table full of remotes. Do you have too many remote controls in your home? Each device will claim how easy it is to use but when combined with the other devices, it is a disaster. Input 1 for this. HDMI 2 for that. Volume control on everything yet none actually controls the volume. And with the advent of apps for our mobile devices, we are promised even better ease of use with each [...]

2016-12-26T22:17:52+00:00February 13th, 2013|

Fuoriserie Debuts at CES

Sim2, an industry leader in Projector design and manufacturing, is earning a lot of attention for the launch of their newest statement projector, Fuoriserie. Andrew Robinson, writer, director and managing editor of Home Theater Review. says it best in his blog post titled Flashes of Brilliance: "Without belaboring the point the Fuoriserie is expensive and represents SIM2′s most ambitious flagship effort to date. The Fuoriserie is an entirely hand built, top performing HD projector made from the best parts the front projection community and Texas Instruments have to offer. From the outside it looks like a classic [...]

2015-10-15T15:06:25+00:00February 9th, 2013|

3D Update

3D TV capabilities are growing and changing with each passing day

2012-01-19T13:42:24+00:00December 5th, 2010|

Electronics and Aesthetics Coexist

Please enjoy this guest blog from our favorite interior designer, Randy Trainor.  Visit her at http://www.crtinteriors.com/  She provides so much wonderful information through her website, blog and newsletter.  Be sure to sign up, shes worth the click! Many of my clients are making the switch from their old TV’s to the new flat screen televisions.  From an interior designer’s point of view this is wonderful because it means they can get rid of the bulky entertainment cabinet.  Or can they? Once we determine where the flat screen is going and whether or not it will be hung [...]

2012-01-10T03:29:57+00:00December 2nd, 2010|

3D in the comfort of your home

3D is here, not only in theaters but available for in home enjoyment as well.  In the coming months you will see a sharp rise in the deployment of 3D technology to in consumers.  The major TV manufacturers have all released High Definition 3D television in Plasma, LED and LCD models.  The pricing is comparable to similar 2D models.  Don’t worry; you are not relegated to a life of watching your video display with silly glasses strapped to your face.  You can still watch your movies and favorite TV shows in 2D on these new displays.  But [...]

2012-01-10T03:32:39+00:00August 3rd, 2010|

Why HDMI?

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, [...]

2012-01-10T03:41:23+00:00May 18th, 2010|

LCD, LED, Plasma and Why Do I Care?

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.

2012-01-04T15:35:59+00:00May 5th, 2010|

Why is it so expensive to install a TV?

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 [...]

2012-01-04T15:36:36+00:00March 29th, 2010|