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Friday, September 14, 2012

image The latest television mount from Sanus is the company's new VMT35 tilting mount. Sanus says the mount is engineered to accommodate HDTVs ranging from 26 inches to 40 inches in screen size and weighing up to 80 pounds.

From the installer perspective, some of the mount's key features include the VMT35's ability to mount into a single or dual stud wall environment, and the company's ProSet Technology which enables installers to adjust the mount's height and level once it is hung on a wall.

The popular mount company adds that homeowners will appreciate the mount's ability to let them laterally slide their mounted TV left or right to improve their viewing angles, as well as its ability to easily tilt their TVs through the its inclusion of the company's Virtual Axis technology.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

image Back during the days of CRT televisions, size was always an issue with homeowners. CRT-based TVs were big, heavy and simply not attractive, and these facts along with the reality of television being just one activity that people took part in at home meant that people weren't concerned with the size of their TV screens.

Since the late 1990s when the flat-panel TV market first launched, and the subsequent roll out of HD video, screen sizes have become increasingly bigger. Sharp's latest television the new AQUOS LED LC-90LE745U HDTV takes the screen size topic to a whole new level. The HDTV offers homeowners a 90-inch diagonal screen size at a depth of less than five inches. Sharp says the 141-pound TV stands nearly 4-feet tall and it spans more than 6.5-feet in width. The 1080p AQUOS LED LC-90LE745U HDTV incorporates technologies such as active 3D and the company's proprietary AquoMotion 240Hz motion processing technology to help the TV produce a smooth and vivid image in 2D and 3D.

Sharp also includes its AQUOS Advantage LIVE service which it provides to consumers that purchase any of its Wi-Fi-enabled products. Sharp says this service automatically connects to customer service representatives to help them with any question or issue they have with the product.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

image Those authorized Seura dealers will want to forget the old Reo Speedwagon song and instead think about the Mark Wahlberg movie from the early 1990s "The Perfect Storm" when evaluating the company's latest product release.

The Wisconsin-based company's new Storm line of outdoor LCD HDTVs is engineered to provide installers with the ability to put up more points than Seura's home town Aaron Rogers' led offense. The line offers a choice of three products: a 42 inch, a 47 inch and a 55 inch model, and each of these HDTVs are designed to withstand temperatures as cold as -30 degrees and temperatures as hot as 140 degrees. The weatherproof televisions employ waterproofing techniques based on concepts developed in the automotive industry and the products are said to produce brightness ratings as high as 700cd/m2, which Seura says is more than enough to view a television in a bright environment.

Seura says the televisions have a full array of connectivity options and they also incorporate the company's exclusive Activ cooling technologies, as well as its LuminOptics anti screen glare technologies that minimize screen glare in bright environments.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

image Panasonic is one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the entire world, and in the world of home video, it is also one of the most aggressive companies.

Showing its leadership in the home video category and more specifically the television category, the company recently announced some of its 2012 new products. Augmenting its ST50, UT50 and XT50 plasma television lines, as well as its E50, ET5, E5 and X5 LED television series, the company says the LED models will feature two new screen sizes: 47 inches and 55 inches, and both the plasma and LED products will feature enhancements to Panasonic's Connect1 Internet platform. Highlighting some of the improvements its made to its plasma products, Panasonic says its Viera HDTVs will feature improved black levels, faster image processing response times, more 3D options and more intuitive Internet apps.

The new LED products will incorporate Panasonic's IPS LED panel technology, wider viewing angles, improved image processing, including a focus on reduced crosstalk and higher contrast ratios. All of the TVs offer a choice of connections and screen sizes to accommodate a variety of home spaces and budget considerations.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

image As flat-panel TVs have become more affordable, the public has become more intoxicated with larger screen sizes. simultaneously while all this was happening the manufacturing community increased the performance of its products to provide consumers with an array of high-value product choices.

Sharp's newly announced 6-Series of LED televisions is a good example of the great screen size/value proposition that currently exists in the market as it provides consumers with a choice of three screen sizes and convenient entertainment options. The line includes the 52-inch LC-52LE640U, the 60-inch LC-60LE640U, and the 70-inch LC-70LE640U television. Internally the televisions incorporate Sharp's high-performance AQUOS LCD panel, edge lit LED backlighting, the company's 120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced image processing and its new narrow bezel industrial design.

In addition, the televisions also offer, multiple HDMI inputs, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and access to the company's SmartCentral user interface, which includes some of Sharp's most popular apps.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

image It may be cold in most parts of the country right now, but that doesn't mean that American homeowners aren't thinking about the spring, summer and fall seasons.

For homeowners thinking of remodeling their homes with the addition of electronics, one of the most enticing options is an outdoor A/V system. SunBrite's new Signature Line of outdoor HDTVs facilitate these homeowner dreams without tapping out their respective bank accounts. The newly announced line features a choice of three screen sizes: the 32-inch SB-3260HD, the 46-inch SB-4660HD and the 55-inch SB-5560HD models.

SunBrite says the TVs are engineered to withstand the environmental conditions of outdoor placement with features that include anti-glare screens and ASA outdoor-rated resin enclosures that are designed to protect the TVs' internal components from moisture, rain, dust, snow, insects and temperatures that range from 10 below zero, all the way up to 122 degrees. Other features built into the products include water-tight cable-entry channels, multi-fan airflow systems and a choice of black or silver finishes.

Friday, November 04, 2011

image The Schiller Park, Ill.-based company Crimson is new to the custom electronics market and it is making its best effort to provide custom installers with the products they need to be successful.

Crimson's new VersaFit is an in-wall A/V mounting system that is says solves many of the problems electronics professionals encounter in the field when they are mounting a flat-panel television. The company says the product is designed to blend into a home's existing decor, and it hides a video system's cabling and other associated hardware. The VersaFit system includes a recessed in-wall box that mounts between studs behind a flat-panel TV, and a compatible backbox completes the solution to neaten the appearance of an installed wall mount.

The VersaFit works with more than 20 of Crimson's wall mounts, including nine of its articulating arm products, and it comes with built-in guides for installation in half-inch and five-eighth inch drywall to support toolless leveling.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

image Most people's idea of power protection are those $10 plastic power strips that are sold throughout mass-market box-box stores across the country. Very few realize that those inexpensive power strips provide a limited shelf life of protection and once that protection goes their plugged in electronics are susceptible to the dangers of power surges.

Eaton Corporation's 3S line of battery backup products offer small office and home office (SOHO) users, as well as standard homeowners a choice of either a 550VA or 750VA products that are designed to protect their electronics, while also providing battery backup insurances.

The 750VA battery backup unit incorporate the company's EcoControl power outlets, which Eaton says help users to cut as much as 30 percent of their energy consumption, and both units feature Eaton's Power Protector software, which is engineered to protect plugged in devices from any power disturbances. In the event of a power failure the battery backups provide as much as 45 minutes of backup power to allow users to safely power down their computers, NAS drives, DVRs and projectors.

Friday, September 16, 2011

image One of the major complaints about the 3D format is that there's not enough content out there to drive consumer adoption.

The Brea, California-based company KanexPro recently introduced its CubeUp 4x1 HDMI Switcher with built-in 2D to 3D converter, and it is designed to be an all-in-one solution that switches multiple HDMI sources that also converts 2D content into 3D images. KanexPro says the unit can handle source content from devices like Blu-ray disc players, cable and satellite boxes, gaming consoles and computers and it can send it to a 3D TV, projectors and computer monitors. The unit is said to work with 3D formats such as side-by-side, top-and-bottom, 3D fame packing and 3D page flip with companion lossless multichannel audio.

KanexPro adds the unit with its four HDMI 1.4a inputs and single output is HDCP and EDID compliant, and it ships with a 5-volt power supply.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

image Sony is one of the most recognizable brands in the entire world and over the years its built a loyal base of consumers that want nothing but Sony television products.

This past April the company introduced its 2011 line of Bravia HDTVs. The line features 37 new televisions, including 32 that offer Internet capabilities and another 23 of the TVs that feature built-in 3D capabilities. Internally, the TVs incorporate the company's X-Reality and X-Reality processing engines, MotionFlow motion processing, and some of the HDTVs utilize the company's Intelligent Peak local LED dimming technology. Externally, some of the TVs include Sony's Monolithic Design Concept that is said to blend better with a home's interior design when the TVs are not in use.

Highlighting some of the line's Internet capabilities, the TVs offer connected features such as Netflix, Crackle, Yahoo Connected TV Store, Moshcam, Billabong and Hulu Plus.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

image The term retrofit continues to be one of the biggest buzzwords in the entire custom electronics market and it's products like Amped Wirelesses' new AV3000 Home WiFi Network Bridge that are helping to grow this segment of the custom channel.

The AV3000 is a reasonably priced device that installers can use to connect Internet-enabled devices such as gaming consoles, smart HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players to a home's wireless network. Amped says the device is designed for streaming devices and it provides 802.11n 300Mbps streams to support wireless audio and video streaming.

Amped incorporates five input ports and it also works with both PCs and Apple computer products. Other features offered in the product include the ability to setup AV3000 up vertically as a standup unit or it can be laid down in a horizontal position, and it can also be used in a home to boost the range of a home's existing wireless networking signal.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

image Despite the slight growths in the economy consumers are still approaching many purchasing decisions cautiously. One consumer product category that consumers seem to be less frugal with however is the purchase of a new television.

The latest television launched into the market to entice consumers to open their pocketbooks is the new Sharp LC-70LE32U LED LCD TV. The company's new TV is a 70-inch HDTV that is said to offer viewers a screen size that's 62 percent more spacious than a 55-inch TV. The 1080p television incorporates features such as LED backlighting, the company's Quattron Quad Pixel Technology, four HDMI inputs, IP control capabilities and Energy Star certification.

Some of the other features built into the TV include a full array of Web-enabled features like built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and Web apps such as Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow, Facebook, Pandora, Twitter and Flickr.

Friday, April 15, 2011

image There aren't too many people left in today's work force or at home for that matter that can say they aren't constantly multitasking. IOGEAR, a Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based manufacturer of media connectivity products is well aware of the pace of today's world and its latest product addresses multitasking on a computing level.

The company's new USB to HD Adapter (GUC2025H) is designed to connect additional HD displays to a computer via USB 2.0 cabling to provide computer users with the ability to feed as many as three displays HD video content. IOGEAR says the connectivity solution utilizes the bandwidth capabilities of the HDMI and DisplayLink formats, and the company says the USB to HD Adapter is as easy to install as a computer mouse or any other computer peripheral.

IOGEAR adds the external connecting adapter is also not subject to memory loss or any collateral damage from installation, and it also supports resolutions such as 1600x1200 and 1920x1080.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

image In today's economy the mount category can be a difference maker for installers looking to survive and to grow financially. Mounts like Chief's new Automated Swing Arm Wall Mount (PXRU) provides installers opportunities to accessorize the sales of flat-panel televisions with a device that adds convenience and fun to the purchase of a video system for homeowners.

Chief says the mount offers homeowners 27 inches of extension, 90 degrees of swivel and up to 12 degrees of tilt. Chief says that installers can use the mount with televisions weighing up to 150 pounds and 65 inches in screen size.

Some of the installer features engineered into the PXRU mount include covers to conceal outlets and mounting points on the wall, as well as the company's proprietary CableTrac system, which Chief says provides installers with an easy access point and means of concealing cabling runs. Other features designed into the mount include universal compatibility mounting provisions and an industrial design that features a 4.5-inch profile.

In addition, Chief supports the PXRU with its optional PAC502 accessory package that is said to cut the depth of the device down to 1 inch.

Monday, December 06, 2010

image Over the past several years experts such as Joe Kane, Joel Silver and THX have taught dealers, installers and consumers the benefits of having and installing a properly calibrated video display.

Disney's recent introduction of its Worlds of Wonder calibration disc reinforces Kane, Silver and THX's position that a properly calibrated video system is a major component of a quality home theater and LG's new PX950 series of plasma television helps to fulfill this need.

The introduction of the THX certified LG PX950 plasma television takes calibration to the masses by enabling viewers to watch THX certified 2D and 3D images on TVs that measure just 2.1-inches thick. The line of products is available in a choice of either 50 inch (MSRP: $2,000) or 60 inch (MSRP: $3,000) screen sizes and the televisions had to pass more than 400 tests before achieving THX certification.

LG says the PX950 line of products are the first televisions on the market to receive THX certification for both 2D and 3D and through the touch of a button users can select the TV's THX 2D and 3D Cinema Modes to enable the TVs to produce images that match post-production standards. The TVs also include 600Hz Max Sub-Field Driving image processing, TruBlack Filters that LG says blocks external reflections of light while maximizing the TVs' internal ability to produce deeper blacks.

Other features included in the PX950 line include DLNA and NetCast networking connectivity and streaming options from content providers like Netflix, VUDU, Yahoo, Youtube and Picasa.

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