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Posts Tagged ‘HDMI’

What length of HDMI cable should you get?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

One of the most common questions we get here at Abt is, “what length HDMI cable should I get?”  That questions doesn’t really have a specific answer.  To properly answer that, it’s all about preference.  As with any cable, it’s generally best to use the shortest HDMI cable possible for each connection you make.  This is important to keep the signal’s integrity strong as well as helping eliminate clutter.  both to ensure optimal signal integrity and to minimize clutter in your setup.

Below is a basic guideline for some of the most common installations with HDMI.

  • TV on tilt/flat bracket with equipment below: 3M is standard
  • TV on articulating arm with equipment below: 5M is standard
  • TV over fireplace  tilt/flat bracket with equipment just to the side: 5M is standard
  • TV over fireplace articulating arm with equipment just to the side: 8M is standard

Have You Ever Seen a Laptop Float?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Has Dell been practicing witchcraft lately?  It sure seems that way if you have seen our floating Dell Ultrabook in our Atrium this week.  The new Ultrabook by Dell is so light, there’s no need for magic to keep it afloat.  Only a couple strong magnets will do the trick.

Weighing in at just over 3 1/2 lbs, the Dell Ultrabook is packed with incredible features.  A 13-inch screen is powered by an HD graphics card making all your favorite movies and computer games come to life.  With the built-in hard drive of 500GB of memory and expandable RAM slots.  Top it all off with HDMI connectivity and you have a portable powerhouse of entertainment.

So stop by our atrium and see the Dell floating Ultrabook.  Be careful when you see it to not bump into it too hard or you might break the spell..er, magnetic field.

Introducing The Playbook

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

RIM PlaybookImage courtesy of RIM.com

Research In Motion (RIM) the company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry cellular phones, recently announced their newest product: The PlayBook. Attempting to tackle the iPad in tablet sales, the PlayBook will use an operating system called BlackBerry Tablet OS. This system will offer full world wide web surfing and other features used with BlackBerry phones such as Push technology, and BBMTM. While the screen size is about 2 inches smaller than that of an iPad, the PlayBook has more RAM, weighs less and even supports Adobe Flash 10.1.

Sporting a 7’’ LCD display, the PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video and comes equipped with an HDMI port. A camera lens built in both the front and the back of the unit lets users take photos, videos and even live video conferencing.

The release date is set for early 2011. For full information as well as detailed specs and other features, visit RIM’s site.

FULL SPECS
• 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
• BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
• 1 GHz dual-core processor
• 1 GB RAM
• Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
• Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
• Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
• HDMI video output
• Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
• Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
• Ultra thin and portable:
• Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
• Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
• RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

-Nick E.

The New Apple TV

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Hi, today I want to talk about the newest version of the Apple TV.

I have an old 40GB version and it has been very enjoyable over the years. The biggest news with the new one is that it has no storage and is streaming only. No worries about the hard drive crashing. The other plus is the Netflix capability.  If you are a Netflix subscriber, you will now be able to stream from the Apple TV to your TV, with just a simple HDMI connection.  The new product still gives you the ability to stream music and movies from your iTunes library, as well as photos, if you use iPhoto. You can also control Apple TV with an iPhone or iPod Touch and the Remote app which turns your Touch into a powerful, and reasonably priced, way to do multi-room audio.  Apple will also be coming out with an update that will allow you to stream whatever is on your phone or Ipod touch to the Apple TV.

We are now taking pre-orders for this product. I, for one, am on that list.

-Blake B.

Will 3D Be the Death of Standard HDTV?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Everywhere you turn, there is something in the news, on line, in a blog, on TV, really everywhere, about 3D TV. It is fairly pricey right now, as so are the accessories—or rather necessities, like 3D glasses, Blu-ray, and HDMI cables.
But, if you remember the early days of the VCR, DVD, and Blu-ray player, they too were expensive when they first came to the market.
Check out this article on 3D technology. Do you think 3D TVs are going to be the death of standard HDTVs? Let me know what you think!

-Kelly Brummett

Watch the Masters in 3D

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Watch the Masters Tournament in 3D at Abt! We have two dedicated Samsung 3D TVs available for you to see the latest 3D technology in action. Abt has everything you need to watch this year’s Masters in a way that you have never seen it before. The 2010 Masters will be broadcast April 7-11th on ESPN and CBS.

Speak with an Abt sales specialist for help creating a 3D experience for your home. It’s easier than you might think; all you need is a 3D TV, 3D glasses, an HD cable box, and the appropriate HDMI cable.

For more information on 3D technology, check out the 3D information page on Abt.com

-Kelly B.

Abe Explains 3D TV on NBC

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Tune in to NBC tonight at 5pm. Abe A., custom audio and video specialist will be answering all your 3D TV questions. This is the first year that TV programming and movies are available in your home, so there are a lot of unanswered questions about the new technology.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about 3D TV:

Q: If I buy a 3D TV today, can I watch 3D movies tonight?
A: You will need to have a 3D Blu-ray player, a 3D-ready HDMI cable, and 3D glasses to watch a 3D movie.

Q: How much will 3D TVs cost?
A: They will be in the same price range as other HD LCD TVs, HD LED, and HD plasma TVs.

Q: Can I watch TV in 3D?
A: ESPN is the first network to offer 3D programming; it will be available sometime in 2010.

Q: Will all the movies that I want to watch be in 3D?
A: There are 10-15 movies slated to be released in 3D Blu-ray by the end of 2010.

Q: What sizes are 3D TVs?
A: Currently, they are available in sizes ranging from 40”-65”.

Q: Does everyone have to wear the 3D glasses?
A: Yes. Without the glasses the movie will look blurry. You will not be able to view the movie or programming.

Q: Do the glasses come with the TV?
A: Not necessarily. Some manufacturers offer bundle deals. But they are normally sold separately.

Q: How much do the glasses cost?
A: The glasses range in price from $179-$249 each.

Q: Are all the glasses the same?
A: No. There are two types of 3D glasses, active and passive. The active glasses will connect to your TV via Bluetooth and require batteries while the passive glasses will be similar to the 3D glasses with one red lens and one blue or cyan lens.

Q: Can I use the HDMI cable that I have now for a new 3D TV?
A: There is a 50/50 chance that you can. If you have a high-quality HDMI 1.3 cable then you might be able to use it. 3D TVs and Blu-ray players require HDMI 1.4 cables. Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to test the cable by plugging it in.

Abt has a Samsung 46” 3D TV on display in the showroom. For more information on 3D technology speak with an audio visual specialist at Abt today. Also check out the 3D TV buying guide on Abt.com.

-Kelly B.