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The ever evolving world of displays can be confusing, here are a few definitions and questions that will make sure you’re up to date.

What is 720p? 1080p? 1080i? How do I know what I need?

Standard high definition signals come in two different resolutions, 720 and 1080. The letter at the end refers to whether or not the resolution is interlaced. You may sometimes see 720i, but this is not a recognized broadcast format so we will ignore it for the purposes of this article. The number 720 (or 1080) refers to the number of vertical lines in the picture so a TV that is “720p” will have 720 horizontal lines across the screen at which to display picture (implying of course that 1080p has 1080 horizontal scan lines.) When we use the 16:9 ratio that is the standard for televisions, we can calculate that a 720p display is capable of a little less than 1 megapixel resolution, while a 1080p display resolves at slightly over 2 megapixels. This leads many to believe that 720p displays are somehow inferior. In the case of very large screens this is true. The rule of thumb is that the difference is barely noticeable in televisions below 50” at ten feet moves in 10”/2’ increments (thus if you sit 12’ from the display the difference becomes noticeable at 60” screen sizes, at 8’ the difference is noticeable on a 40” screen.)

I thought plasma was the best, what is LED?

While resolution is important, it is not the only factor in a good display. LED televisions used to suffer from pixel lag. If you watch a baseball match on an old LED television, you will notice a trail of white following the pitch. This is because of the slow response time of the old televisions. Today’s LED displays have a response time faster than the frame rate detectable by the human eye (about 15 frames per second for fluid motion – movies have traditionally been filmed at 24 fps.) Sensitivity to light makes baseball the problem because the ball is bright white. All this is to say that since LED is so much less costly than plasma, and the big advantage of plasma (motion fluidity) has all but disappeared, the average consumer is happier buying an LED television.

What kinds of video inputs are available on modern displays what do I need?

If you have a home theatre receiver with signal up-conversion (this means that the receiver will change non HDMI signals to output on the HDMI cable) you could get away with a display with one HDMI input and nothing else. Displays however often have multiple HDMI inputs (a cable which transmits data, video, and audio over a single connection – the best connection available), component video inputs (where video signals are separated into red blue and green and transmitted over separate cables, RF connections for an antenna or cable wire connection. Some televisions still have a composite video connection (the yellow plug that carries all the video signal), and others have a VGA cable for connecting to a PC or laptop.

What is a “smart-TV”?

Smart TV is a new concept where the television gains some of the functionality of a computer such as the ability to run applications like weather, Netflix, schedules, Hulu and many more. Devices such as Roku and Apple TV are able to make any TV into a smart tv without having to buy a new display, but the functionality is not as smooth as a smart TV from the manufacturer.

Should I get a projector or a television for my display?

This question is very situation dependent. Many people with dedicated home theatres opt for projectors since they allow much larger screen sizes. Projectors are obviously inappropriate anywhere where people will be walking in between the projector and the screen, and can be a poor choice for areas where there is a lot of light facing the screen. There can also be difficulties mounting a projector in some cases since it requires running wires to and from through the ceiling.

 

 

Display technology is advancing at a frantic pace. TVs are getting larger and larger every year, and projector capabilities are increasing steadily. We only sell those displays that we feel offer the best viewing experience.

Our Brands - TV

LG - From South Korea, LG is a conglomerate making telecoms devices, electronics, and chemicals. The TV division is the result of their purchase of Zenith. They continue to make displays that impress.

Panasonic - Our most popular TV line, Panasonic deliver both form and function at an attractive price.

Samsung - The world’s best selling television line. Come in and see why.

Our Brands – Projectors

JVC/Kenwood – Formed as the Japan-Victor Company (yes it stands for something) in 1927 as a record player manufacture, JVC has expanded into every arena of electronics thanks to their recent merger with Kenwood company.

Panasonic – The people first electronics company formed in 1918 still thrives today making electronics for consumer and industrial use.

With all the devices that come with a home theatre setup come a bevy of remotes leaving the new user confused and even the experienced user exasperated with having to use multiple remotes. Additionally, some find the look of all that equipment detracts from the pleasant atmosphere of the room and want to hide it out of sight. Enter the universal remote and remote repeaters. With a universal remote, you can control all your devices from one remote and program pre-recorded series of commands to turn on/off all your devices and switching to the desired source by pressing only one button. Remote repeaters offer a low cost way to place all your devices out of sight and operate them using the original remotes. Universal remotes make operating your equipment a lot simpler, and can make the TV watching experience the relaxing experience it was meant to be.

Setting Up Your URC

URC PromotionSetting up a universal remote can be taxing and making operation painless can take hours. Let our team of trained installers make the process simple. Our universal remote packages come with everything you need to ditch the remote clutter and start at $650, programmed.

We have several brands of universal remote to suit a variety of needs and budgets.

URC

URCURC has delivered rock-solid, reliable control products to millions for over twenty years. These brilliant, intuitive interface products drive the experience and delight consumers worldwide every day.

For some, home theater is a family living room with a flat screen TV, a cable box and an AV receiver — fairly basic but very effective. For others, it's a dedicated room with comfy chairs, a projector, motorized screen and adjustable lights. Regardless, most homes today have many components for watching movies, TV, cable, streaming media, playing games and more. With this, you realize how important it is to control the experience of home entertainment with a single, easy-to-use device.

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URC knows a lot about controlling home theaters. They pioneered the category and we virtually invented the Universal Remote Control. Over the past ten years alone, URC's sold more than 100 million remotes into the home theater, consumer, cable TV and special markets. We've worked hard to earn a place in your family room and you can count on us to take control of all your components from our remotes, keypads, touchscreens, smart phones and tablets.

Today, music comes from a variety of places and in many formats including music players, iPods, radio, your PC and online music services such as Rhapsody or Pandora. With URC, you can select any of these from anywhere in the house or outdoors and listen to them instantly. Easily control volume, create playlists, see album cover art and even push a button to play perfectly synchronized music throughout the home for your party! With our market-leading remotes and touch screens or your own iPad, access all your tunes like never before. Enhance the home audio experience with URC, and everyone in the family can enjoy what they want — where they want it.

Logitech

LogitechThe Harmony line from Logitech offers users an entry level universal remote and distribution system sure to make your life easier.

Projectors & TVs

The display is the center of attention in any home theatre and with television providers increasing the capabilities of their services there has never been a better or easier time to have TV anywhere in your house.

Televisions have come a long way since the GE company made the first model in 1928. The fastest change has happened in the last ten years as LED TV has replaced plasma as quality improvements and lower cost make it the most effective option. New 4K televisions are paving the way for a future beyond 1080p. The advent of 3-D televisions makes movie watching a more immersive experience. By the time you finished reading this one of the manufacturers has come out with a new feature already. Come in for the latest know-how and gear from top manufacturers

Projectors are fairly new to home systems (well except for the home models of the 1920s). The latest high end projectors are 3-D ready and boast screen capabilities up to 140’ diagonal at 1080p. There has also been a great deal of improvement in the smaller projectors if you aren’t looking for a truly giant screen size.

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Nothing is worse than spending a lot of money on a component only to have it become obsolete a short while later. Read more to learn about the latest things going on with blu-ray players to make sure that your purchase will continue to serve you for years to come.

Most blu-ray players we sell are on the cutting edge of technology. If you are looking for a blu ray player, make sure it has the following features to keep you satisfied with your purchase for years to come.

Network capability – Make sure that the player you buy is able to connect to your home network. If the system is in a location where you cannot run a wired internet connection, ensure that it is able to use wi-fi. This will allow you to access the online features of your blu-ray discs, important firmware updates, and the internet applications that are becoming standard fare in new players.

Netflix & Cinemanow capability – One of the best parts of the digital age is that everything can be accessed without physical media in your home. Netflix and Cinemanow are streaming services that use your internet connection to stream movies (or in the case of Netflix, TV shows as well). As these services begin to license and provide more and more content you may find yourself tempted to subscribe if you don’t already. Having a blu-ray player that is capable of supporting these services will save you money down the road.

3-D capable – Even if you don’t like 3-D video others in your family (especially young children) might. Having a 3-D capable player will ensure that as you upgrade other components of your system, your newer equipment doesn’t leave the blu-ray player you bought in the dust.

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