As we start out this new year, be on the watch for falling HDTV prices. Over the next several weeks, expect to see big discounts in both 1080p and 4K models. Why is this happening you ask? Well, the two main contributing factors are: #1 – retailers must clear out their current inventory for the new 2015 models soon to be hitting store shelves. #2 – but to a lesser degree, are consumers looking to purchase a new HDTV for the upcoming Super Bowl.
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The heart of a home theater surround sound or 2 channel/multichannel music system is an A/V receiver (or preamp process in a separates component set-up). These devices act as the control hub for your entire A/V system. There are many brands on the market to choose from that will give you top-notch performance, along with all the latest bells and whistles that make up a variety of features in today’s current A/V receiver line-ups.
HDTV’s are one of the best selling consumer electronic products on the market. And with the recent introduction of 4K Ultra HD displays, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Panasonic’s highly anticipated premium series of 4K displays will be introduced to the U.S. market in November 2014.
Earlier this year at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Sharp Electronics introduced its new Aquos HDTV’s with Quattron Plus Technology. Sharp offers this new technology as a less-expensive alternative between standard 1080p and 4K Ultra HD TVs, and is available as the Aquos Q+ 15U and 17U series. The 17U adds a few more features.
HDTV’s have become the norm for most U.S. households. And according to research done by the Leichtman Research Group, 75% of U.S. homes have at least one HDTV.
The majority of these televisions are likely to be of the flat panel variety. This design leaves very little space for audio speakers that are able to produce full bodied high quality sound. In fact, most flat panel HDTV’s produce mediocre or poor sound quality.
However, you do not have to live with this inferior sound reproduction. Two options for better sound include sound bars and pre-matched surround sound systems, also known as Home Theaters in a Box (HTiB).
First it was Panasonic, who announced late last year they would no longer manufacturer plasma TV’s and eventually stopped production in March of 2014. Now, according to multiple reports, Samsung announced on July 1 the company is ceasing production of PDP TV’s due to falling demand. Samsung will end production on November 30, 2014. So expect huge discounts and a rapid sell-out of Samsung plasma’s this Christmas.
The safety and well-being of our children is a top priority in our lives. One area we desire to make safe and secure for our children is in our homes. This becomes extremely important when we have infants and toddlers to keep safe. As parents and guardians we strive to keep all hazardous chemicals and other items that can be a danger and safety hazard, kept secure and out of reach of their curious little hands.
One area many of us may not think of, or over-look as being a safety hazard to our children is our furniture and TVs.
How do you enjoy watching movies and your favorite TV shows while in the comfort of your own home? Is it via video streaming, cable, satellite, video-on-demand services, over-the-air broadcast or blu-ray disc? Many consumers including myself, use a combination of these video avenues for our home viewing. But which of these will give you the best viewing experience (picture quality)? If you chose blu-ray, then you are (in my opinion) enjoying the best possible picture quality available to you in your home.
However, with the exception of 4K video which is superior to any 1080p produced blu-ray disc and thats only if the 4K content you’re watching has been produced with excellent video quality and doesn’t suffer from video compression artifacts. But when 4K blu-ray disc does arrive in the near future, the blu-ray disc once again should be the king of picture quality in your home.
Last month Netflix started streaming 4K content. However, at this time their offerings are very limited. Available now is the original series House of Cards: Season 2 and a few nature films. They will be adding more of their shows later this year. And eventually all of their original shows will be in 4K.