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Find the perfect Blu-Ray Accessories

Mar 25, 2013

HDMI CablesSo you’ve got a great HDTV and a brand new Blu-Ray player and you’re ready for high quality entertainment. Before you get everything connected, here are a few accessories that could make your life simpler, or your entertainment experience even better.

Cables

In order to get the best picture and sound quality from your Blu-Ray player you’ll need to use a quality HDMI cable to connect the player to your high definition TV. These cables come in a variety of lengths to accommodate various installation applications.

Switches

If your high definition TV only has one or two HDMI inputs and you have multiple HDMI devices to connect, don’t resort to using lower quality inputs to connect your devices. With an HDMI switch you can connect multiple HDMI devices into a single switchbox that will only use one of your televisions HDMI inputs. Once your devices are all connected through the HDMI switcher you can easily choose which device you want to watch by changing input channels on the switch box.

Amplifiers

If you need to send your HDMI signal a long way you will need to amplify it so the signal does not degrade. You can send your digital audio and video signals through cat6 network cables or over wifi to devices in other parts of your home or business. Check out our selection of HDMI amplifiers and extenders to find the right solution for you.

Port savers

When connecting an HDMI cable to a wall mounted television that has rear mounted ports, it can be difficult to get plugs in and out. Kinking cables at a 90 degree angle also damages plug ends by putting stress on the cable and the ports. That’s why we carry port savers adapters to alleviate this stress. By turning your inputs 90 degrees cables and easily plug without creating any undue stress

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About HDMI Cables

Mar 19, 2013

HDMI LogoHDMI cables are becoming the most common audio visual cables on the market today, but what makes them so special? This blog takes a look at some of the features of HDMI cables and what makes them so popular with today’s electronics.

HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. These cables are a relatively new addition to the world of audio video cables. They were originally designed in December 2002 and have been available since late 2003. Recently the cable celebrated its 10th anniversary, with over 3 billion devices using it as the standard connection.

What makes the HDMI cable unique is that it can carry uncompressed video and audio data between devices. In the past separate cables were needed to carry video and audio signals. This cable not only allows the transfer of both, but it does so without needing to compress or convert the signal. This means that the best picture and sound quality can be maintained between devices.

HDMI cables are also backward-compatible with DVI connections. The older DVI standard was also used to carry digital video signal. HDMI cables can interface with DVI ports through the use of a connector, but the video feed does not require any signal conversion. Images can easily be transferred without loss of quality.

Spring Cleaning your Electronics

Mar 11, 2013

Spring Cleaning electronicsIf you’re like many people out there, you may never think twice about your electronic devices until they stop working properly. It can be incredibly frustrating when a television, DVD player, or home theater system unexpectedly quits. That’s why we recommend periodically examining and cleaning your electronics. This preventative maintenance ensures that broken or damaged parts are identified before they result in a product’s failure.

Spring is a great time of year to clean and spot check electronics. This can easily be handled during your home’s spring cleaning, by taking a little time out to dust and clean electronics while tackling the rest of your spring cleaning chores. With a little know how anyone can learn to spot trouble signs and prolong the life of their electronics.

It’s important to check the AC power cables on your electronics for signs of wear. A frayed or broken power cord could pose a risk to your home as well as your electronic device. When cleaning an electronic device, pay close attention to any type of vent areas. If vent areas are clogged with dust or hair they can cause a device to overheat or prematurely break down.

When it comes to choosing a cleaning product many manufacturers make electronic cleaning sprays that are safe for electronic devices. You can also make your own by mixing equal parts isopropyl rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Always spray cleaners onto a soft cloth and not directly onto the device.

Do you have electronics cleaning tips of your own? Comment and share them with us!

Choosing an HDTV and Cables for a Porch Installation

Mar 4, 2013

outdoor patio areaWith warmer weather on its way, this is the time of year when people begin tidying up and prepping yards and porches for outdoor fun. For some people getting a back porch ready for the spring and summer seasons involves cleaning, setting up furniture, or even putting screens into porch windows. The new trend over the last year or two has been installing flat panel HDTVs on porches or covered outdoor seating areas.

Not every HDTV is designed for outdoor use. It’s important to consider some key factors when choosing the right TV for the job. Older LCD televisions can be negatively affected by temperature changes or exposure to moisture. Newer LED LCD televisions tend to be more resilient when it comes to porch use. It should be noted that these HDTVs are still susceptible to moisture damage, so installation should be limited to four season porches that offer full coverage from the elements.

Special water resistant HDTVs are also available on the market for installations where serious humidity would otherwise damage a TV. These televisions can be installed on open porches where they are shielded from direct rain but still exposed to ambient outdoor humidity. When paired with a durable HDMI cable an HDMI port saver can help angle your cable for clean wall mounting. This can also keep the cable from breaking down over time due to strain on the plug end.

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