Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for your trust in our company to keep your home connected and ensure it stays a place full of warm memories for the future. May your home be filled with joy, kindness, and laughter this Thanksgiving... read more

4K Over the Air Update

Check out this article: Today’s 4K/Ultra HD sets look so amazing with the current broadcast signals imagine what actual 4K broadcasts will look like. http://www.tvtechnology.com/broadcast-engineering/0029/a-look-inside-the-cleveland-futurecasts-atsc-30-transmission-test/276567 ATSC3.0 looks very cool, and looks like it will be not too big a deal for broadcasters to adopt. Note that a single transmitter sends 3 simultaneous feeds at one time, 4K, 720P, and 480! Why three? Much easier for mobile broadcast of lower res- setting the stage for in-vehicle... read more

The Little Guys Agree

“Bluesound is the best sounding, most enjoyable wireless music system that I’ve reviewed” – John Sciacca The Little Guys Agree. Read the entire review here… http://www.residentialsystems.com/product-reviews/0013/bluesound-generation-2-streaming-music-system-review/87752  ... read more

Bluesound – Generation 2 is here! Really Improves Music Streaming Options

Too often, Generation 2 of a product is a cosmetic change of something that has enjoyed some success. In the case of music streaming with Bluesound, there is so much more. It’s not surprising that the Bluesound product engineers and designers have created a Generation 2 that really makes a difference. Not only is there an exceptional cosmetic change (after all, the first generation looked pretty good…). But the real change comes in the form of added features and improved performance. So now, get exceptional performance regardless of the source: stream music via the internet, play your own music files from your network, or play your music files from any blue tooth device. And, to top it all off, get great performance at an extremely fair price. Combining the new changes with what was already the best product in the marketplace keeps Bluesound at the head of the class.  Come to the store to check out all of the amazing Bluesound – Generation 2 products! Here is a list of the the changes in Generation 2: TWO completely new speakers added to the family Totally new compact industrial design Analog INPUT Addition Optical INPUT Addition Built-In Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX IR Control “TV Connect” IR Learning Ability Front Panel Headphone output Dedicated high performance headphone amplifier Added Digital Coaxial output (Node 2 and Vault 2) Gigabit Ethernet Advanced Wi-Fi design with improved... read more
Blown Away By Dolby Atmos

Blown Away By Dolby Atmos

OK, so I admit that after many years in the industry I am somewhat jaded and when there is a new best ever I am skeptical. I have seen some amazing technologies and some pretty sub-par ones as well. I was sitting in the new Dolby Atmos theater room (equipment listed at the end) and I was seriously blown away. I listened to music videos by artists I would never pay attention to normally and watched movie clips from a variety of films. Every example was over the top amazing, not just real good, but truly amazing. If you care at all about good sound, or even if you don’t, you need to visit The Little Guys store, 191st and LaGrange Rd in Mokena, and experience Dolby Atmos for yourself. We will let you sit back and relax and truly enjoy the demo. Equipment List Integra Processor DHC80.6 JBL Synthisis power amps GoldenEar Triton Two L/R speakers GolsenEar Super Center Xl Golden Ear in wall and in ceiling speakers for the side, rear and overhead Atmos channels. JL Audio Powered Subwoofers Furman Surge Protection and Line Conditioning Savant Control AudioQuest High Performance interconnects and Power Cords Stewart Filmscreen Projection Screen Runco... read more

4k Blu Ray Confirmed Coming In Late 2015

I was just sitting here watching a 4K HDTV from Sony (we also have Samsung and LG versions) and thinking about how amazing the picture is. The detail, the color and the depth is over the top. And I was just watching a cable broadcast. I loaded up a Blu Ray disc and it was even more outstanding. I was trying to imagine just how cool it would be if we had actual 4K blue ray discs, they would be even better. And then a regular customer of ours forwarded me this information from blu-ray.com…   4K Blu-ray Confirmed, Coming in Late 2015 Posted September 5, 2014 11:34 AM by Webmaster 4K Blu-ray is officially on the way. According to Victor Matsuda, Chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee, the BDA expects the specs for 4K Blu-ray to be finalized in the first half of 2015, paving the way for commercial availability by the end of the year. This means we can expect to see actual 4K Blu-ray movies and players available in stores by Christmas next year. Apart from the jump to 4K resolution (3840 × 2160p) we can also expect 4K Blu-ray to support higher frame rates (up to 60fps), an expanded color gamut along with high dynamic range (HDR), as well as HEVC/H.265 encoding to compress 4K movies more efficiently and allow for higher bit rates. The group is currently exploring the possibility of increasing the disc capacity to 66GB or 100GB. The news was confirmed by representatives on the show floor at IFA 2014 in Berlin, which opened its doors to visitors... read more

Power Cords Really Do Matter

We get a lot of positive emails and thank you notes at The Little Guys, but this might be one of the best ever. As our regular customers know, we constantly talk about the importance of premium interconnect cables both analog and digital. We also stress how upgrading the removable power cords can make a significant difference in the quality of the picture and a significant improvement in the sound as well. Whether it is on a source component like a cable box, satellite receiver, CD player, Blu-ray unit or on a main component like a TV, Receiver , amplifier or Pre-amp, we have seen significant upgrades in performance just form changing the power cord.  Read below and see just how big a difference a power cord change can be. “I am the director of a large cardiology department in a regional hospital. I most always listened to your program and it really paid off for the patients I care for. I have a number of very high tech 3D ultrasound systems that are critical for diagnosing cardiac conditions. They are also very expensive at about 300k each . They are well maintained by the manufacturer at a premium cost. The reason I am saying this is because when one suddenly stopped transmitting data to the reading physicians through our network I made a service call to GE/Philips. They sent a field service man out who tested every circuit of the system and couldn’t discover why everything about the system worked except the network. In desperation he changed a 40k cpu and it still refused to transmit. We were... read more

4K Is Amazing

Let’s Be Perfectly Clear… 4K or Ultra HD televisions are up-converting the incoming signal to 4K resolution. They are taking 1080P, 720P, 1080i or whatever signal you are sending to them and letting you watch a 4K image. Just like your old 1080P set took whatever resolution you sent it and up-converted it to 1080P. OK, so right now there is very little 4K content available but you still get to watch 4K. Netflix, Amazon and others will begin streaming 4K content this year. Sony has a server that you can purchase and download movies (pay per movie) in actual 4K right now. But even if you are just using an antenna for over the air broadcasts, you will be viewing it in 4K on your new 4K/Ultra HD television or projector. If you see a 4K set next to a 1080P set and there is not a big difference, then the 4K unit is not set up correctly. There is a difference and it is... read more

I WONDER WHY THIS WIRE WAS SO CHEAP!!

I have said many times, how do you know what you are getting when it comes to generic wires and cables. The companies have no integrity or standards to live up to.  Here is an example of one of the bigger ones getting caught. Falsely labeled Cat6…… I wonder how these cheaters can sell wire for a little less? UL warns of potentially hazardous communications cable (Release 12PN-65) NORTHBROOK, IL – January 31, 2013 – The following is a notification from UL to consumers, retailers, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) that the communications cable identified below bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States and may pose a hazard.  The communications cable has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety for the United States, and is not authorized to bear the UL Mark or any reference to UL. Name of Product:  Communications Cable, Type CMR Hazard: This communications cable is missing required flame retardant elements.  This may cause an increased risk of fire. Identification:  On the cable: The surface of the cable jacket displays the following description: MONOPRICE TYPE CM 23AWG 4PR UTP CMR FT4 C(UL)US VERIFIED (UL) CATEGORY6E TIA/EIA-568-B-2.1 550 MHZ CABLE MASTER Identification:  On the box:       Photos of Product: ... read more

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