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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.

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.

Are you ready for Thinner TVs?


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.

TV’s for a “Super” Super Bowl Party

Panasonic 152 inch TV

For the most immersive Super Bowl / Home Theater experience, a front projection system (separate video projector and large screen) remains the ultimate video display technology, especially for private Home Theaters where you can control the lighting environment. But, what about more casual spaces, such as your Family or Great Room that doubles as a Media Room where you want to watch the TV in a brighter environment? It is in these situations that a large flat panel TV is a great choice, and maybe the fairly standard 65″ size isn’t cutting it. Well, we have some solutions for you…

To kill the suspense, I’ll tell you right now the largest flat panel TV on the market is the 152″ plasma TV offered by Panasonic (which is mighty huge!). Here is the rundown on large flat panel TV options available today.

First, the incredible Panasonic TH-152UX1 plasma TV. This 152″ diagonal screen size TV weighs nearly 1300 pounds and has the surface area of about nine 50″ flat panel TV’s (hint, you will want to brace your walls to handle the weight). It boasts more than 4 times the pixels of conventional high-definition displays with its 4096 x 2160 resolution. It is 3D capable and has a slightly wider aspect ratio of 17:9 which complies with the DCI standard for digital cinema. The picture height is nearly 6′. A TV this large doesn’t come cheap, it is $499,995.

Largest TVThe previous screen size champ until the 152″ came along is the 103″ plasmas available from Panasonic. It has a slightly larger picture than four 50″ displays. Like the 152″ TV above, you can get 3D at this screen size, and trust us, 3D looks much better on larger screens. 3D is meant to be viewed on larger screen sizes…the 3D effect really loses its punch when viewed on smaller TV sizes unless you sit very close to the TV. Panasonic also manufactures an 85″ plasma TV, also available in a 3D version. To give some perspective, this TV is roughly the same size as four 42-inch displays. This TV weighs around 260 pounds and is about 3.9″ thick. Like most TVs these days, this one is made with glass that minimizes glare on the screen surface. Prices range from approximately $25K to nearly $40K for the top-end 3D ready model. Like all Panasonic plasma TV’s, the picture is excellent.

In September of 2011, Sharp released their Largest flat panel TV yet at 80″. This TV has surpassed its recent predecessor, which was a 70″ TV. The Sharp flat panel 80″ TV features LED backlighting and has built in WiFi. This allows users to access Netflix through the TV.

Mitsubishi tops out at 92″. Smaller versions are available in 73″ and 82″ screens, and all are 3D ready. The only “catch” with the Mitsubishi’s is that they are rear-projection technology (think of the “big screens” that existed before the plasma TV boom). They are deeper (18″ – 25″ deep) and the picture is great. They are cost-effective for a large picture, though.

There’s still have time to order and install your BIG TV choice by the Super Bowl Sunday. Call Brett our HDTV expert to discuss the perfect solution for your room @ 979.268.6010


Are you Listening…your Room is talking

What most people don’t know is that over 50% of your sound quality has to do with the room it’s being played in.  The goal is for the listener to hear the speaker, without a lot of echoes and reflections on top of it. You can take a phenomenal audio system, put it in a room with poor acoustics and the audio will suffer.
For optimal acoustics we need to have a balance of absorption and deflection in the room, managing decay time.  Decay time is the amount of time the sound stays in the air, or persistence of sound once the original sound has been removed. So, if you were to loudly clap your hands together and listen to the length of time you can hear the sound, that’s decay time.  Minimizing this helps the sound stay natural.

Absorption can be influenced with home decor such as carpeting, drapes and soft furniture. Too much absorption will make a room sound eerie or dead, but not enough and your audio will be echo-e and unintelligible.  Deflection sprays sound around in many directions, redistributing the sound around in a way that keeps the sound alive and energetic. Combined with absorption, deflection makes a space sound natural and comfortable.

Room acoustics are vital for optimal performance.  Audio Video can work with your designer to offer tips on best acoustical practices or, if you want to go all out and get a full acoustical treatment (which is what we recommend for rooms where performance is the 1st priority) we can make your favorite room sound amazing.

See your TV, Now you don’t

Not all of our clients want electronics to distract from their home decor.  In my opinion, it makes a huge difference to have the option to hide your TV with just the touch of a button.  Fortunately there are some extremely cool options for making your TV vanish.

Motorized Lift at Foot of Bed

Installing a motorized lift or mount is one.  This gives your TV the ability to move.  It can pivot, tilt pan and disappear entirely into the ceiling, wall or cabinetry.  We can work with your builder, interior designer or cabinet maker to set this up pretty much anywhere;  The cabinet at the foot of your bed,  for example, or we can set the TV up to come out of the wall or ceiling.  Even your outside TV can ascend from somewhere near the pool, hot tub or BBQ.  Anywhere you want, we can make it happen

Motorized Lift at Foor of Bed

Fall HD Living Magazine

Fall HD Living Magazine

HD Living Fall 2011

10 The Art of Listening – From Tin Ear to Golden Ear By David Berman
“Whether it is watching a TV show or a movie, or listening to music, the sound will determine the overall experience”

Of course, enjoy the articles on jewelry (p34), travel (p40), hot cars (p64), cool wines (70) and music (p76). Click to view the online HD Living fall issue!

World’s Largest Outdoor TV

World’s Largest Outdoor TV, just what you need in the Backyard. An absolutely amazing outdoor television that literally unfolds out of the ground. The 201″ diagonal TV is designed by Porsche Design Studio and is made by C SEED Entertainment Systems in Austria.

Weighing in at 5 tons, the TV and elevator lift mechanism represents a new frontier in television size and engineering. We expect that our wildly successful clientele will begin to pony up to be the first kids on the block to own this design masterpiece. this is the ticket. Having such a large TV appear out of seemingly nowhere and unfold in front of your eyes is the ultimate in “WOW” factor!

The C SEED TV is able to rise out of the ground to various heights (up to 15′ to top of screen) and rotate up to 135 degrees to the right/left (270 degrees total). The entire rise and unfold process takes only 40 seconds. The TV is bright enough for daylight use, and still produces a bright picture even with direct sunshine beaming on it. There are 725,760 LED pixels that produce the picture, and they are small enough (only .26″) that they shouldn’t be noticeable when viewing from 20′ away or more. The TV also allows a wide viewing angle, great for large parties.

C SEED Unfolding TV features:

  • wind and temperature sensors prevent adverse weather from damaging the TV (self-protecting)
  • built-in laser sensors (yes, lasers!) will not deploy TV if someone is too close to the TV’s ground opening
  • 3600 watt built-in audio system includes three subwoofers and features a carbon-fiber housing
  • multi-source media server is included that connects to the screen with a fiberoptic cable
  • remote control features fingerprint security lockout to prevent unauthorized access

worlds largest outdoor television

Says Roland Heiler, CEO of Porsche Design Studio: “Our goal was to develop a design concept that turned the unfolding process into a special effect. We wanted to make sure that the C SEED 201 conveyed a sophisticated aesthetic in every phase of its movement. It starts as an obelisk rising from the ground, then opens up with a butterfly-like motion. The realization of this idea was a true challenge for the engineers.”

Sonance Sub/Sat

Incredible Concert Sound at Home

A beautifully landscaped yard is a relaxing space to be, and is great space for entertaining. Having your favorite music playing while entertaining outdoors is great for the ambiance.

Outdoor speaker technology has advanced a lot in the past few years; the latest models sound amazing. Speakers that look like rock or even hidden inside specialized planters are nothing new, but the latest in high-performance outdoor speakers look more like Malibu landscape lights.

Sonance Satellite Speaker

Legendary speaker manufacturer Sonance now makes speakers in this new form factor, and they sound absolutely stunning. Instead of using larger speakers placed in just a few locations around the landscaping, Sonance is advocating placing this new style of speaker in multiple ‘satellite’ locations and they are easily camouflaged with the landscaping. Depending on the models chosen, you get a complete outdoor speaker system that includes 6 or 8 of these satellite speakers and a watertight sub-woofer that is buried within the landscaping (the bass sound comes through a ‘mushroom’ style vent just above ground level). The satellite speakers come in camouflage colors brown, green, black and beige. The weatherproof speakers can be mounted in trees, hidden in ground-cover, or mounted under eaves.


  • smaller satellite speakers are easier to hide
  • multiple smaller speakers give more even sound coverage over a much wider area
  • buried sub-woofer provides deeper bass than larger conventional outdoor speakers
  • easy to maintain consistent volume level throughout a large area
  • lower overall volume level (due to evenly spaced and carefully aimed speakers) minimizes noise disturbance to neighbors