CES 2016 "The Future is NOW!"

on Tuesday, 12 January 2016. Posted in Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Automation

 

CES 2016 Brings the Future of Technology Innovation to Market

With more than four decades of success, the Consumer Electronics Show ® reaches across global markets, connects the "who's who" of the industry and enables consumer technology (CT) innovations to grow and thrive. Let's take a look at some of the Top products of #CES2016 that we offer to our customers! We pride ourselves on offering the Best of the Best to you! See why here:

Four Best of CES Products We Offer:

 

1. The LG OLED TV

One year later and we're right back here: LG's flagship OLED TV is the Best of CES again. Why is it still ahead of the pack? A stunning package of technology provides the best picture we've seen this week, and it's the one we really want to take home -- even without knowing exactly what the price will be. 

 

2. Luxul XWS-2510 Wireless Controller Kit

The #CES2016 Mark of Excellence Awards winner for Wireless Product of the Year! The Luxul XWS-2510 comes with one XWC-1000, two XAP-1510 AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless APs and PoE Injectors.The XWC-1000 Wireless Controller uses Luxul’s exclusive Roam Assist™ technology to ensure seamless roaming of mobile client devices within wireless networks that utilize more than one Wireless Access Point (AP), while providing simple, centralized deployment of up to 16 Luxul APs through an easy-to-use setup wizard. With seamless roaming, installation simplicity and sensible pricing, the XWC-1000 is purpose-built to meet the needs of the residential and light commercial custom installation professional.

 

3. Control4 Smart Home App for the Connect Car 

The Control4 proof-of-concept smart home app for the connected car demonstrates one-touch smart home integration using an Android phone and a Toyota vehicle head display unit. The Control4 app syncs with the vehicle’s head display unit to enable Control4 users to access and control their smart home devices, such as thermostats, lights, locks and garage doors, right from the driver’s seat.The app can initiate automation scenes in the home right from the dashboard. Touch “Away” and, in addition to closing the garage door, the lights will turn off, security system will arm, doors will lock and the temperature will set to energy-saving mode. Touch “Arrive” before you turn into the driveway and your smart home will automatically turn on the lights, queue up the music and get the heat going to welcome you home. This is just one example of why we continue to use Control4 as our favorite go to for most automation products. Their impressive forward thinking and technology leading mentality is key!

 

4. GoldenEar Triton 2+, 3+ and the Supersub XXL

GoldenEar burst into the audio category back in 2010, and now six years later the company is introducing its second-generation Triton Two+ and Triton Three+ floorstanding loudspeakers and the Supersub XXL, the company's new flagship subwoofer! 

GoldenEar's Triton Two+ and Triton Three+ have been upgraded to adopt the same lively sonic signature as the Triton One. Improvements to the fabric-covered wedges include balanced crossovers, new mid-bass drivers, and better bass tuning for the built-in powered five- by nine-inch quadratic bass drivers. GoldenEar also showed the SuperSub X whose opposed eight-inch woofers are driven by a 1400-watt amp with 56-bit DSP. Demoed with video game material, it woofed way beyond anything its size would suggest.

 

Call Today to learn more about any of these great products and many more CES worthy products we offer!

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The Evolution of the Flat Screen TV

on Wednesday, 06 January 2016. Posted in Knoxville Flat Screen TVs

How did it all start? & Boy have we come so far!

 

History of Flat Screen TV

 

Believe it or not, the history of flat screen TV started way back in 1964 by scientists at the University of Illinois. They were the first ones to discover plasma technology. They wanted a different flat screen monitor that had a better picture quality. Monitors at that time were just television sets with a picture that was not very good. Just think about the huge innovations that have occurred in the flat screen tv since that time!

 

A flat screen TV has many great factors that give it a supreme edge over the bulkier cathode ray televisions of the past. Besides a sharper image and better sound quality, there is also the fact that they are very slim and in some cases much lighter. If you compare prices from today’s plasma and LCD televisions, then you will find that the prices are very affordable considering the technology you are receiving.

 

Television has come so far from its humble beginnings. It was a novelty to possess something that could transmit a program from the other side of the country. Sure the image was grainy and in black and white, but it was still an item that only the wealthy possessed. Eventually it became more affordable. The television evolved into color and bigger screen sizes. Then it became much larger; as tall as the average woman. Too bad the image was distorted and lost its vibrant colors. LCD and plasma solved those dilemmas by changing from a cathode-ray to the use of plasma.

 

Plasma VS LED

 

Considering a flat-panel TV? The latest LED-LCD and plasma TVs deliver outstanding picture quality, and both display technologies get a little better every year. Each type has a different set of strengths that make it more suitable for certain viewing situations.

If you poke around the Internet you'll find a ton of information (and some misinformation) about today's flat-panel TVs. The chart below provides a quick comparison of plasma and LED LCD.

Display
Type
Screen
Size
Viewing
Angle
Picture
Contrast
Video
Motion
Color
Gamut
Power
Consumption
Plasma 42"-65" Excellent Very Good to Excellent Excellent Excellent Good
LED-LCD 19"-84" Good to Very Good Very Good to Excellent Good to Excellent Excellent Excellent


Plasma

  • Pros: excellent contrast and black levels; effortless motion; uniform illumination over the entire screen area, good picture depth; often priced lower than LED-LCD models with similar screen size and features
  • Cons: limited screen sizes: 42"-65"; some models not as bright as most LED-LCD TVs; not as energy-efficient as LED-LCDs and typically generate more heat; a plasma panel is usually a bit heavier and thicker than an LED-LCD panel

LED-LCD

  • Pros: models with advanced local dimming backlights can have black levels rivaling plasma; LED-LCD panels are thin and lightweight — especially models with edge-lit backlights; this is the most energy-efficient display technology
  • Cons: picture may look a bit flat and less "filmlike" than plasmas; when viewed off-axis the picture may lose some contrast and color

Picture contrast

Picture contrast is the difference between the brightest whites and the deepest blacks a TV can produce. It's an important performance spec — many experts consider it to be the most important. But because TV makers don't all measure contrast the same way, it can be difficult for shoppers to make meaningful comparisons between different TV brands. Contrast ratio specs have become so inflated in recent years that they're mostly meaningless, so we no longer list them.

A plasma TV might be for you if:

  • You like rich, warm colors and deep black levels.
  • You do most of your viewing with low or modest room lighting.
  • You or others will be sitting off-axis when watching TV or movies.
  • You want the smoothest, most natural motion with fast on-screen action, like sports or video games.

An LED-LCD TV might be for you if:

  • You want an ultra-thin TV — LCD TVs, especially LED-backlit models, tend to be thinner than plasmas.
  • You do a lot of daytime viewing in a room with windows lacking blinds, curtains or drapes. An LED-LCD's bright picture will still look crisp and colorful in bright light; some LCD screens also resist glare.
  • Low power consumption is a priority — LCD TVs are more energy efficient than plasma models with the same screen size.

CALL TODAY TO LEARN MORE OR TO HAVE US HELP YOU PICK & INSTALL THE RIGHT TV FOR YOU!

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Benefits of Commercial Access Control

on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Access Controls Systems are Practical, Reliable, Secure & Convenient

 

4 Benefits of Commerical Access Control:

You may think access controls in commercial buildings are just for high-tech research labs or top-secret facilities. But that’s not the case. Access control systems help business owners and managers regulate the comings and goings of both employees and visitors and can be used as safety and security measures. Some employers are even integrating electronic access control as part of their time and attendance systems.

(1) Automate every event. Swiping a card automatically opens a door for an employee, but access control systems can also signal the building automation system to change lighting conditions, or focus a CCTV camera.

(2) Allow temporary access. When your business employs temporary workers or contractors, or has a high volume of daily visitors, it can be difficult to monitor access. But with access control systems, it’s easy to allow access for a day or even an hour.

(3) Reduce costs and decrease liability. With traditional keyed locks, you incur costs each time a new employee comes on board. And it can be difficult to offer different levels of access to different people. Access control gives the building manager the ability to quickly upgrade or downgrade access, reducing concerns about the wrong person accessing sensitive parts of the building.

(4) Access Control Protects Employees. Protecting employees from unwanted intrusions is a relief to employer and employee. If an employee works late this system can be an amazing instrument of relief and comfort. Safety is of paramount importance for the stability of your business. 

You’ve got more important things to worry about each day. With access control, regulating the entry of workers and visitors isn’t one of them.

Call Us Today to get started with your Access Control System & Have peace of mind for your buisness!

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Tech the Halls with our Top 5 Gifts!

on Wednesday, 16 December 2015.

We've made a list, Now check it twice!

 

Whether you're buying a high-tech token of affection for that special someone or a birthday gift for Mom, most everyone loves gadgets & technology. Finding the right gift, however, can be challenge with so many compelling products competing for your attention. Fortunately, we've picked out some of our best products to get you started! Have a look:

  1.  BOSE Soundlink Mini II: Enjoy your music on the go, everywhere you go. The SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speaker II delivers full, natural sound with dramatically deeper bass than you'd expect from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. It connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or otherBluetooth device, so you can listen to your music, videos or games anytime, anywhere. And the built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud, too.
    1. Big sound—with deep bass—for a full-range listening experience
    2. Wireless and ultra-compact so you can take Bose® sound anywhere
    3. Built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud
    4. Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, so it's super easy
    5. Rechargeable battery plays up to 10 hours
  2. PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB Projector: Bring the movie theater experience home with the Home Cinema 5030UB. Experience incredible cinematic adventures with 2D and 3D, Full HD 1080p performance. Movies, sporting events and video games virtually jump off the screen with 2400 lumens of color brightness1 and 2400 lumens of white brightness1. Get deep black levels with a contrast ratio up to 600,000:1. Horizontal and vertical lens shift and a 2.1x zoom ratio ensure setup flexibility in difficult installation environments. And, THX display certification, the performance benchmark recognized by consumers and professionals, ensures natural textures, and a film-like movie experience. Plus, two pairs of RF 3D glasses are included, so you’re always ready for exciting 3D experiences.

    1.      NEST Thermostat:
    2.     The brighter way to save energy.

          The new Nest Learning Thermostat

         A thinner, sleeker design. A bigger, sharper display. The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is more beautiful than ever. With Farsight, it lights up when it sees you coming and shows you the time or temperature from across the room. And the Nest Thermostat is proven to save energy. That’s the most beautiful part.

  3.    Samsung Curved UHDTV: Experience a breakthrough in the home theater experience with the Samsung 4K SUHD TV. Get drawn into the action with an immersive curved screen that reveals up to 64X greater color expression than conventional HD/UHD TVs.* Access and play your favorite content seamlessly with Smart TV. Learn more. Plus, this 4K SUHD TV complies with the Consumer Electronics Association specification guideline requirements that includes full RGB color resolution. 
  4.    Screen Innovations Slate .8 Projections Screen: Slate .8 is the world's first massive ambient-light rejecting screen that is black in color. Because of this, the end goal of bringing two-piece projections to any environment is now closer than ever allowing super large displays in brightly lit places! 

Be sure to give us a call to order any of these products in time for Christmas! Be the best gift giver to the tech lovers that you love! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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