Archive for January, 2011

Is 3D TV For You?

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

One of the newest, and at the same time oldest, technologies on the market is 3D TV. 3D is starting to become more and more popular, so I will tell you a little more about it.

The first thing to know about 3D TV is that you do NOT always have to wear the glasses to watch TV. The only time you have to wear glasses is when you are watching a 3D program.  If you are not watching a 3D program then you do not have to wear glasses.

The next thing to know about this technology is that it is broadcast in many different forms. The most popular form is called checkerboard. This will not matter a whole lot when looking for a 3D TV, but if you see that term being used you will know what it means. Also, the glasses you will need for these TV’s are not cheap. They cost about $150 a piece. This is because they are battery operated and they electronically switch each lens on and off to give you a 3D image. This 3D technology is much better than the red and blue filtered glasses that most people are familiar with.

One major concern about 3D TV is the amount of content that is actually in 3D. There are under 20 movies and only a couple of channels in 3D. However, by the end of the year there will be much more content available. The cost of a 3D TV will range from about $1500 in a 46” to $3000 in a 55”.

I hope this information helps. Leave a comment to request more information.

Television Processing Speeds

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

In today’s market, televisions have different processing speeds such as 60hz, 120hz, 240hz, 480hz, and 600hz. It can get very confusing to the consumer when dealing with so many different speeds. That is why I will go over the major differences between all of them.

The first thing to know about these processing speeds is that they can very between the type of TV. For instance, all plasma televisions now have a 600hz processing speed, where as most LCD and LED televisions only go up to 240hz. The main benefit to a TV with a faster processor is that it will give you a sharper picture when there is a lot of motion on the screen. An example of this is say you are watching football, when the ball is thrown, on a 60hz TV you may see one big blur or a jitter effect. With a TV with a faster processor, that football will look very sharp and clean. So if you’re a big sports fan, go with the fastest processor you can get.

So now we know that all plasma TV’s come with a 600hz processor, what do LCD and LED TV’s come with? Typically you will have a choice between 60, 120, 240, or even 480hz with these technologies, but only plasma will give you the 600hz. I would recommend going with at least the 120hz technology even if you do not watch a lot of programming that contains a lot of motion. This will give you a much better picture than a 60hz will and you will not have to pay that much to upgrade. If you are a huge sports fan go with at least a 240hz if not a 480hz. However, you will start to see the price go up when you get to these speeds.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if there is anything you would like me to expand on in the comment box.

 

Do Cables Make a Difference?

Posted: January 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

I believe that this is one of the most important topics when dealing with a new HDTV. Most people think it’s as easy as walking into the store, picking a TV and walking out. Unfortunately, your going to come up short on your picture quality if you do this. The cables that hook up to your TV need to be upgraded at the same time you buy the new TV.This may sound simple until you find out how much the best cables cost. You can spend upwards of $150 for a single cable. That price is for an HDMI cable that has a very fast transfer rate. There are also other cables such as component and composite cables that you need to know about.

This first type of cable is the composite cable, or red, white and yellow cable. Most people are familiar with this type of cable. This cable will NOT give you HD. It only has one video connection (the yellow) and two audio connections (red and white). Avoid this cable at all cost if you want to get a good picture.

The next type of cable is component cable. This cable looks very similar to the composite cable but it is five cables instead of three. The colors for this cable are: red, blue, green, red, and white. This is a confusing cable because you have two red connections instead of just one. I break this cable down into two sets, a set of three (red, blue and green) and a set of two (red and white). The reason for this is that the first set (red, blue and green) are for the video and the second set (red and white) are for the audio. So if you compare this cable to the composite cable you have three video connections instead on one, and the same two audio connections. This cable will give you HD, but it will not be the best quality HD.

The last type of cable I will go over is the most important cable when dealing with HD. It is the HDMI cable. (High Definition Multimedia Interface). This is the best type of cable that has a total of 15 video connections, five times more than component cable. It is also much more simple than component cable because it is a single cable that does video and audio. Much easier to use but it will cost you between $40-$150. The price difference depends on the speed of the cable, the higher the speed the better the picture (to a certain point). I recommend going with an $80 HDMI cable which will give you the best picture quality possible without overkill on the speed. This cable is needed if you want to get the best picture out of your HDTV.

Thanks for reading! Any suggestions on future posts are welcome in my comment section.

The New Wave of DVD Players

Posted: January 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

There are currently three types of DVD players on the market today. Regular DVD, up converting DVD, and blu ray DVD. There are some basic differences between each player, so let me tell you a little more about them.

Most people are familiar with the regular DVD player. This player will play regular movies and also some simple audio CDS. However, if you have a new high definition television, I would not recommend using this type of player. You will not get the HD resolution you want from this type of player. What’s the point of buying an HD TV if you are not going to watch things in HD? To get HD out of movies you have two options listed below.

Up Converting DVD players are DVD players that still only play regular movies but they up convert the quality to HD quality. This would be the most inexpensive way to get close to the HD quality your looking for. These players start around $30-$40. However, these players will NOT play the blu ray discs that are becoming more and more popular. This player will give you 720P resolution, where blu ray will give you 1080P resolution.

Blu ray disc players came to the market with a hefty price of $1200. Now you can pick up one of these DVD players for around $100. In my opinion, if you watch movies and you own an HD TV, go with a blu ray disc player. This is the ultimate quality. You get the highest resolution at 1080P and it makes a huge difference in picture quality. One major advantage to this player is that it will also play regular movies and up converts them to HD! So that means if you already have a collection of hundreds of DVD movies, you can still play them in the blu ray disc player. It is well worth it if you’re a movie fan.

I hope this post helps with DVD players, please let me know if there is anything you want to know more by leaving a comment down below.

1. Do your research! If you are planning on buying any type of electronic always take some time to do a little research. Thanks to the internet, doing research has never been so easy. Search for the product you want online and find out how as much as you can about it before you go to buy it.

2. Shop online. There are hundreds of different websites that sell the same product online. Even if you do not wish to purchase the product online, find out the cheapest price you can get it for. It is important to go by the manufactures model number if you are going to do this, that way you know you are comparing apple to apples. Once you know the cheapest price, then you can go into the store with some ammo. Now many stores will not be willing to match online prices, but most of them will lower their prices to get closer to the online price.

3. Work with a knowledgeable associate. It is sad, but in today’s world it is becoming harder and harder to find people that actually know what they are selling. I go into stores all the time knowing more about the product then the person selling it does. This is very important, if you think you are being lied to or that the sells person does not know their product, WALK AWAY.

4. Treat sales associates with respect. This will go much further than anyone could ever imagine. If you do not treat your sales person with respect, you may not get the right product or even the best price. I’m not saying you will be overcharged, however, there have been many cases where I have dealt with very nice and respectful customers and have given them free delivery or an additional discount when it was not necessary or even asked for.

5. Buy when you find a good deal! There are always going to be sales, don’t let anyone tell you differently. However, if you go into a store to look at something and find a good deal, buy it. If you have followed these steps then you will know what is and is not a good deal. There are many times when customers may not be completely ready to buy and let a great deal slip through their fingers. So if you find a good deal BUY IT!

I hope these tips are helpful, please let me know if you have any questions or like to know more about any aspect of these tips.

 

The one thing about these new $2000-$3000 televisions is that they do not produce nearly enough audio. You would expect to get decent sound for that kind of money right? Wrong! The two little speakers they put into most TVs now a days does not even come close to the quality most consumers desire. Why is that? The answer is most manufactures expect the consumer to use their own speakers for the TV.

Many of the TV’s you see on today are only about 1.5-3 inches deep. This means the speakers they put into the TV’s are only 1-2 inches deep, not leaving much room for decent speakers. On top of that, they are only running 10-15 watts to each speaker. So it does not surprise me when customers have called me after they get their $3000 TV home and ask why the audio is so bad.

So what can you do? I recommend to everyone I know who is interested in a TV to add audio into their budget. Audio is half of the experience of any TV. You can get decent entry level audio systems for around $200-$400 to complete your home theater. With that being said, what audio system is right for you?

To answer this questions there are a couple different things you need to consider. Do you want surround sound, or just speakers that are going to be better than the TV speakers? Surround sound systems are composed of five speakers and a subwoofer. Here, three speakers go in the front (left center and right) and two in the back (back left and back right). The subwoofer usually sits next to the TV. The other option is to get a 2.1 system. This is a system that has two front speakers (left and right) and a subwoofer. If you do not want to run speaker wire all around your living room than this is the system for you.

Whichever system you decide to go with you can’t lose. I highly recommend adding audio to your TV purchase because it will make a world of difference.

The latest and what some people think is the greatest TV is the LED/LCD TV. There are many misconceptions about this technology and hopefully I can clear some of that up for you today. Some people think the LED TV’s are its own technology, however, that is not the case. In fact, LED is just another LCD TV with some upgraded features.

LED stands for light emitting diode. The way I like to explain this technology to my customers is very simple. I relate the LED technology to flashlights. Have you ever seen an LED flashlight or keychain? If you have (which most people have) you will know it is quite a bit brighter than your normal flashlight or keychain. This is the same for TVs. LED televisions are LCD televisions. I know this may sound confusing but this is how it works. Both technologies use an LCD panel (LCD guts) the only difference between the two is that the LED TV uses LED lights to light the image instead of a florescent light which regular LCD televisions use. The benefit of the LED lights is that it will give you a brighter picture, better black levels, and will last longer. The TV itself will also be thinner than a regular LCD TV.

To summarize, LED televisions are in fact LCD televisions with a different lighting source. It is very confusing how manufactures will advertise this technology. When a TV is referred to as an LED TV all that means is the lights are LED lights instead of fluorescent lights. You will however get a better picture with the LED technology and they should last longer than your regular LCD technology.