Sony’s 65″ HX729 LED TV boasts amazing picture quality in Full HD 1080p. Sony has consistently been one of the highest performing TV’s available for quite some time and now is your chance to snag one at a great price. On sale now for $2999 you’ll save over $1000 on this TV, there might not be a better time to buy. The TV is on display in our conference room and the picture quality is outstanding, as it’s come to be expected with Sony. Come by and check it out, it might not be here long.
Don’t forget to come out and show your support for Audio Video in the Best of the Brazos Valley 2012 competition! You can click here and follow the simple instructions to cast your vote for Audio Video and all your other favorite local businesses. Voting ends July 6, so come out and cast your votes, thanks for your support!
JL Audio has long been known for their prowess in the mobile audio sub woofer market, but it has not been until the past several years that they have emerged onto the home audio scene. Even at that, not very many people outside of home audio enthusiasts have even heard of JL, which is truly a shame, because these guys work wonders. We have the privilege to have the JL F113, their 13″ woofer, on display in the store. It doesn’t take long before you turn up the volume enough to rattle the entire store. Yet, it is not the immense power being produced by this sub woofer that is it’s most impressive feature, it is the brilliance and clarity with which it reproduces low frequency audio that will win you over. This relatively compact sub competes and often outperforms sub woofer systems that are several times its size. In order to achieve the audio brilliance the sub was designed to create, JL has implemented several features and placed the controls on the front of the sub woofer to ensure that your subwoofer is optimized to its specific location in order to achieve maximum performance. The JL Fathom is the clear choice for those looking to get the most out of their home theater systems, just be careful of how loud you turn your system up, you might disturb the neighbors.
The 55′ LG OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diode, display took Best of Show at CES 2012. The TV is as thin as 3 credit cards in it’s most narrow point and weighs a mere 16.5 pounds. These dimensions, coupled with the amazing picture clarity from it’s 4 color OLED technology allowed this TV to rise to the top. It has been 15 years since flat screen TVs have emerged on the scene and since then the TV has remained relatively unchanged. Yes, picture quality has increased greatly even as TVs have become more affordable, but the game hasn’t been turned on it’s head since then. With the relative uneventful appearance of 3D TVs, LG is hoping their OLED display will shake things up. Since this is new technology, being the first to get your hands on the the cutting edge TV will cost you. Predicted to be around $8000 to $9,000, it appears as if the OLED technology will take time before it becomes affordable and is truly able to take off. However, OLED displays are not limited to TVs alone. Many people see practical uses in the technology’s future thanks to it’s ruggedness, flexibility, light weight, and energy efficiency.
Research and development in the field of OLEDs is proceeding rapidly and may lead to future applications in heads-up displays, automotive dashboards, billboard-type displays, home and office lighting and flexible displays. Because OLEDs refresh faster than LCDs — almost 1,000 times faster — a device with an OLED display could change information almost in real time. Video images could be much more realistic and constantly updated. The newspaper of the future might be an OLED display that refreshes with breaking news (think “Minority Report”) — and like a regular newspaper, you could fold it up when you’re done reading it and stick it in your backpack or briefcase. So keep an eye out for OLED, it looks as though it will be around for quite some time.
MX121 is the control hub of the finest home theater systems. All current and legacy audio and video sources may be controlled, processed and operated through MX121. An extensive and flexible feature set, allow MX121 based systems to be configured to match the exact needs of the users. Home network ethernet communication is supported so you can stream audio and photos directly from your computer and the internet.The MX121 has the ability to automatically switch power On/Off to McIntosh Power Amplifiers via the Power Control/Trigger connections. Apple AirPlay allows wireless streaming from the iTunes library on any device as well as a rear panel USB input for digital iPod®, iPad®, or iPhone® connection.
The long awaited new Apple TV is now available for pre-order. Although this announcement is largely overshadowed by the unveiling of the new iPad, this is a long overdue upgrade of the Apple TV.
For those of you that don’t know, the previous 2 or 3 versions of the Apple TV were only able to output 720 lines of horizontal resolution. The new version will output at a full 1080 lines to give you all of that resolution you have been missing out on. Chances are that you currently own a flat panel that is 1080p or have a high-quality home theater with a 1080p LED or DLP projector , Now you can enjoy the easy to use Apple TV and also take advantage of the new icon based interface (see above). The previous menu system used a bunch more text and this new menu looks a whole lot more like an iPad or iPhone.
Keep in mind that this version, like the last incarnation, requires your TV to have an HDMI input. So don’t pre-order unless you are connecting this up to a projector or flat panel that has been built in the past 4 years or so.
Features of the new Apple TV:
- 1080p movies and TV shows downloadable from the iTunes Store
- New and improved 1080p user interface
- Ability to re-download purchased movies through iCloud
- “Genius” recommendations for movies
- Photo resolution bumped up to 1080p
- Single-core A5 chip
- 1080p output
In a nutshell, 4K refers to approximately 4 times the maximum resolution of current high-definition (HD) displays. Today’s hi-def displays top out at 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution, often referred to as “1080P”. At this time, there’s no agreed upon standardized definition of 4K (therefore the “approximately” 4x resolution). The HDMI organization (the people who set the specs for the popular HDMI audio/video cable in use today) recently added two of the 4K formats to its latest specification: “Quad HD” (3840 x 2160 pixels) and 4K/2K, also called 4K x 2K (4096 x 2160 pixels). Quad HD matches the 16:9 ratio (screen shape) of modern television screens.
The graphic here shows proportionally the amount of picture information in various formats. You can quickly see how much more picture information there is with the “4K” formats. Four times the resolution sounds amazing, and it does provide the clearest details we’ve ever seen, but for most people this doesn’t really become noticeable unless you’re either sitting very close to the screen or if your screen is very large (more than 80″).
That’s 4k in a nutshell.
Are you waiting for the iPad 3, the iPad2S or whatever they decide to call it? The iPad 2 was a big improvement over the original and I for one, am glad I decided to wait.
Now with Steve Jobs birthday coming up, February 24th, the rumors are flying about the surly soon to be released iPad update. Here’s what I have been able to find out so far.
Twice the Resolution and Four Times the Pixels
The current resolution of the iPad 2 is 1024 x 768 with a rather low pixel density of 132 ppi (pixels per inch). The pixel density of an iPhone Retina display is 326 ppi. The iPad 3 display is expected to be somewhere around 2048 x 1536 with a resulting 264 ppi, not quite a Retina display but you’ll see a very noticeable improvement. Rumor has it Apple has beefed up the backlight for the new, improved display which may make the iPad 3 slightly thicker.
2. Improved Camera
The iPad 3 is rumored to include a Sony-sourced, 8MP camera along with a higher resolution front facing camera which should make FaceTime video calls more special. We hear there’s still no flash for the camera but we wonder how many photos are shot with an iPad altogether.
3. Improved Battery Life
The currently run rate for a fully charged iPad 2 is around 10 hours. That could improve with a rumored 14,000 mAh battery supposedly coming from Simplo Technology and Dynapack Internation. This would represent a significant increase over the iPad 2’s 6500 mAh battery. The extra battery capacity could come in handy if Apple decides to include the power hungry 4G LTE networking.
4. Quad Core Processor
The iPad 2 runs on the same A5 dual-core processor as the iPhone 4S. Rumor has it the iPad 3 may run on an A6 quad-core processor.
5. It May Use the Faster 4G LTE Mobile Network
When the iPhone 4S launched without 4G LTE service which is widely available from Verizon and less so from AT&T, there was some grumbling from those looking for the latest high speed wireless standard. If rumor proves true we could see 4G LTE implemented in the iPad 3. It makes sense for a number of reasons. One we might see carriers subsidize the iPad in return for a contract and two it would give Apple a chance to “shake out” LTE for performance and battery drain issues before they release it on the iPhone 5 later this year.
So our emergency service department fielded a lot of service requests over the weekend to rescue many Grammy Parties due to DirecTV turning on the Energy Saver mode on many of the HD Satellite Receivers that are deployed in millions of households.
What does this mean?
It means that your satellite box will go into standby to save some energy when not in use. This will cause the loss of picture and sound until you turn it back on or press one of the following buttons:
- CHANNEL UP
- CHANNEL DOWN
Fortunately, there are a lot of buttons that wake up the receiver so it is an easy fix.
A big THANKS to our stellar Audio Video emergency service technicians who rescued lots of people sitting in really high-end home theaters staring at blank screens instead of watching Springsteen kick off the Grammys.
If you’ve experienced this black screen with your DirecTV HD receiver, now you know why and now you know the fix. This energy saver setting may be bypassed in the settings menu if it drives you crazy. Please leave it on, we all need to save energy!
How to fix: