Blown Away By Dolby Atmos

Blown Away By Dolby Atmos

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 over the years, and some pretty sub-par ones as well. Well I think Dolby Atmos is the single best advancement in Home Theater sound ever. It is truly an experience to behold. Instead of sound coming from the left or the right it comes from specific spots all over the room, just as the director intended. Let us show you how it can be integrated into your existing system or created from the beginning with some simple speaker placement and the right components. While we love the dedicated theater room experience, Atmos can fit right into your existing living spaces. You decide where… the family room, basement, bedroom and the media area… all Atmos... 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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