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Great deals in Audio Video clearance section

Check out our clearance section for some great deals!

http://audiovideobcs.com/clearance.php

Not on the site yet…Sony BluRay for $59.99!

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Great Deal on Sony

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.

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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!

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The practical emergence of OLED

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.

The new 1080HD Apple TV

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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

So, What is 4K TV resolution anyway?

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.4K video resolution comparison

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.

iPad 3 Rumors

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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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.

Did your Directv receiver go Black before the Grammys?

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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:

  • GUIDE
  • LIST
  • MENU
  • INFO
  • 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:

http://support.directv.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3775/~/can-i-turn-off-the-power-saving-feature-on-my-receiver-hd-dvr,-hd,-and-dvr

Are you ready for Thinner TVs?

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The LG 55″ OLED Television just premiered at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. This flat panel is the thinnest in existence at 4mm thick (about 3 credit cards thick). The bezel that surrounds the image is only 1mm thick.

Both Samsung and LG released their 55″ OLED sets this year, but LG took home the “Best of CES Award”.

Although OLED (organic light emitting diode) is a rather new technology in a TV this large, we expect that this format will produce wider viewing angles, higher contrast, and better picture quality than the current offering of LED, LCD, and Plasma sets. Before you want to trash your current set, keep in mind that this will take a few generations to start eclipsing the current sets on the market. The current focus with OLED is thin, thin, thin…not the best picture quality. This will come in time.

I also expect it to take some time before this technology is available in the new jumbo flat panel sizes (70″ – 85″). Perhaps we will see these sometime in late 2013.

There will be a premium price for this set but will eventually be price competitive with LED sets by 2016, according to LG. Preliminary expected pricing is $7,999 for both the LG and Samsung models.

The perfect “extra touch” for your home

At first thought, you might not think the Audio Video Guys would have any influence on interior design, but that notion has changed a lot in the last few years, as our architect and interior design friends well know. After all, improperly placed equipment, TV’s and speakers are an eyesore. And, why not hide all of the electronics when not in use, anyway? We like to hide technology.

Today’s topic deals with something you might not have given any consideration to, and that is wall shadows. What are they and how can they be eliminated?

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Well, any device on a wall, such as a light switch, an electrical outlet, a home automation touchscreen, etc. has a trim plate or bezel that surrounds it. Though usually not very deep, these devices do stick out past the wall surface and may cast shadows on the wall depending on the room’s lighting. This draws more attention to them than we’d care for. Either way, anything that isn’t artwork protruding off your wall usually isn’t a pretty thing to look at. Again, we probably haven’t given this much thought as it’s seemed to be just the way things are. But not anymore…there is a clever solution for flush-mounting common wall accessories by a company called TRUFIG. The end result is spectacular; one of those “why didn’t someone think of this before?” moments as the pictures in this post show. The clean aesthetic complements both contemporary and traditional interiors.

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Really…when was the last time an ugly plastic thing sticking off the surface of a wall complemented any interior??

TRUFIG’s flush-mount system has made the following wall-mounted devices nearly invisible: light switches, electrical outlets, volume controls, data jacks, and popular integration products such as Lutron lighting keypads and AMX home automation touchscreens.

Early collaboration is needed between us, your architect and interior designer to deploy TRUFIG in the most effective way. flush mount HVAC register by TRUFIG In a perfect world we should be consulted at least 2-3 months prior to the completion of construction documents. TRUFIG device placement is very flexible and opens up possibilities for exact, repeatable wall device placement. Plus, we can help consolidate the amount of devices on the wall in the first place by consolidating them in key areas with in-wall touchscreens (such as completely removing security keypads and thermostats from the walls of the public areas of your home).

If you are building or remodeling a custom home you owe it to yourself to at least see what TRUFIG offers – either come by our office or we can make a presentation at your office or home.