Enter to Win! Dads & Grads Sweepstakes thru July 20

Enter to win an OmniMount Elite OE120IW Recessed In-Wall TV Mount, the ultimate tool in lifting any 42” to 80” TV onto the wall. Perfect for the man cave or the family room, we’ll even throw in the install support for the classic, wire-free look every cave should sport. You have four chances to win. Enter today! 

 

Open Rack System Offers Heavy Duty Flexibility

We’re rounding out our offering of professional grade Rack Systems for managing components. It is easier than ever to give an organized and polished look to every A/V installation. Here are two new options to consider for your next projects.

 

REO14U
14 Space Open Rack System

Available early July

 

The REO14U Open Rack System for networking, automation, hi-fi and home theater, offers residential and commercial customers a flexible rack system for floor positioning or wall mounting when floor space is at a minimum. The 14-space skeleton rack unit supports 500 lbs floor loaded or 150 lbs when wall mounted.

“We recognize that customers are looking for a unit that allows them to adjust it to the project at hand when multiple components are required,” said Bill Ennis, general manager at OmniMount. “With the Open Rack System, they can customize the interior with standard shelf accessories, use front or rear rack mounted components, and the caster base provides easy placement wherever designated.”


RE12W
14 Space Open Rack System

Available now

 

Another option to consider is the RE12W, a wall mounted rack system that lets you secure, protect and manage components for networking, automation, hi-fi and home theater. The rugged design is secure enough for commercial installations and compact enough for residential use. The RE12W won a Mark of Excellence Award last year at CES, for best in custom integration and installed technologies.

“Consumers are having to get creative when dealing with small spaces like closets or crowded media room to organize their components,” said Ennis. “They appreciate the features like the lockable tempered-glass left- or right-hinged door which secure the system from tampering. We’re happy to see this solid product being recognized by the CEA community.”

4K TVs: Mind-Blowing or Meh?


4K televisions have dropped greatly in price since their arrival on the market. However, many consumers who’ve been tempted by the good deal have been disappointed to discover that the higher resolution isn’t significantly better than the 1080P TV they just replaced. What gives?

Short answer: home theater enthusiasts are learning what early adopter digital photographers learned last decade: more pixels do not automatically equal a better image.

Remember when camera ads screamed “8 megapixels,” “12 megapixels,” et cetera? Most people shared photos via email, or printed out pics on 4×8 or 5×7 photo paper, and didn’t see any difference in quality; but they sure paid for those extra pixels. The same concept applies to television screens.

The truth is that from a distance of 10 feet away from a screen of 50” or under, the human eye can’t ascertain much—if any—difference between 1080 lines of visual data and 2160 lines of visual data. You have to go to a 90” screen size (or walk up to around 4’ away from a 50” screen) before you’d see a difference in resolution. But even then, the perceived improvement may not match the price you’d pay for the new display.

So why are some 4K sets astoundingly superior to HDTV, while others are just meh? The difference is HDR: High Dynamic Range technology.

HDR is truly revolutionary! It allows an almost unbelievable amount of fine color gradation, much closer to what the human eye perceives. How does HDR achieve this? Hang on, we’re about to get technical.

The reason you can tell the difference between certain shades of red (for example) while watching a sunset on your TV is how much—or how little—light is coming along for the ride on that color wavelength from the TV to your eye. The difference is known as “contrast.”

Contrast is measured by comparing the difference between the whitest whites your TV can display to its blackest blacks. It’s measured in candelas per meter squared (cd/m2). Commonly, the results of this measurement are called “nits.” (Don’t ask me why; just go with it.)

So, back to 4K TV: that bargain 4k TV doorbuster special on Black Friday may have higher resolution, but it still might only produce between 0 and maybe 300 nits. So the color rendition isn’t any better than most 1080p HDTVs. In fact, it could even be worse! Some high-end OLED HDTVs already top out at 500 nits.

But 4K TVs with HDR can display up to 4,000 nits! That means every red pixel (back to our sunset scene) can have up to 4,000 levels of brightness at 12-bit color depth. So can every yellow pixel. And every orange one. You get the idea.

Of course, with any new and emerging technology, there are different (and competing) standards. HDR is no different. So it pays to read the fine print on the box before you plunk down that credit card. Dolby’s HDR standard is the tops (4,000 nits at 12-bit depth), but not every TV supports it. There’s also an industry coalition standard that maxes out at 1,000 nits at 10-bit color depth. While not as theoretically capable as Dolby’s tech, it still delivers an obviously superior picture compared to 1080p HDTV, regardless of screen size. It’s commensurately cheaper than the Dolby standard, too.

There’s a great rundown of all the technical details here.

Whew; that was a lot of info! But hopefully, you now have the information needed to make a smart purchasing decision. But we’re not done! While your TV is the centerpiece, a home theater has many pieces. We have several upcoming blog posts intended to help you select the perfect components for your ultimate home theater. Stay tuned for our next installment: cables!

In the meantime, mount that beautiful new set, and see what it can do!

Adam Best is a digital marketing professional with over 20 years in the industry, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. A self-professed geek, he enjoys taking complex technical concepts and breaking them down to easily understood applications.

Watching March Madness on a Curved TV?

There’s nothing like March Madness to make you appreciate watching every exciting game on your big-screen curved TV!

Question is: Do you have the right mount for it? Finding the right mount for your curved TV is easy!

Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re limited on mounting options just because your TV isn’t flat. OmniMount’s full motion and interactive wall mounts will work with a majority of the curved TVs on the market and keep the streamlined design that you desire.

Use our interactive OmniMount Finder tool to find the perfect mount for your curved TV, or any other TVs you may own. While you’re at it, wall mount your soundbar and other components for a clean, professional look.

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Did your TV let you down this month, and fail to capture the drama of each dunk during these must-watch games? Advances in electronics have improved the sports viewing experience so now is a good time to consider upgrading to a new TV.

Stay tuned for our upcoming technical guide that will help you find an excellent model that meets your sports viewing needs.

Happy Heart-healthy Valentine’s Day!

At OmniMount, we’ll be celebrating this holiday with loved ones and a heart-healthy gift or date. The American Heart Association has some tips about how to indulge your sweetheart on February 14th.

Consider … a handmade paper Valentine or poem … quality time gathered around a fire … raisins, grapes, or pretzels at school or day care parties … a romantic candlelight dinner at home … a volunteer date at a local organization … a beautiful fresh fruit gift basket … show Fido some love with a game of catch … got a box of chocolates? Enjoy a piece, freeze the rest … take a long romantic stroll with your sweetie …

Or, do what we do, and merge the team-building and social aspects of office hours with the benefits of regular exercise. Invite co-workers to a “Healthy Hour.” 

By supporting the American Heart Association, OmniMount hopes to play a part in the prevention, treatment and ultimate defeat of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Read more about the ways OmniMount gives back.

 

 

OmniMount 2016 Holiday Gift Guide


 
To make it easy for you to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, we’ve assembled this guide of popular OmniMount products and related gear! And as always, if you need help, please contact us – we have phone support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

TV Wall Mount

Getting a bigger TV for the holidays? Choose the OE150FM (shown above) for family fun. Ensure everyone in the room can see the screen with this tilt, pan and swivel (TPS) full motion wall mount. Supports 47″ to 80” TVs.

AV Wall Shelves 

Organizing made sleek! A decorator favorite, thanks to a streamlined 3-shelf floating design for stacking AV components and cables. Choose this Tria for those who could use more functionality in a small space.

Speaker Mount 

Delight the audiophile in your life with a pair of height-adjustable Speaker Stands – mount your speakers in sleek style! Or if floor space is at a premium, ceiling/wall Speaker Mounts are the ideal solution.

Soundbar Mount

If you’re thinking about streaming films or music on a soundbar, the OCSBA is the no-hassle way to set up your system. This highly-adaptable soundbar mount attaches to an existing TV wall mount.

ErgotronHome™ Lift24

Perfect for the college student in a cramped dorm room, or a busy professional on the go, the Lift24  portable desk is a space-saving way to sit or stand while using a laptop or other device.

Elliptical Trainer

With an ultra-popular elliptical trainer, your loved ones can work out while they work or watch TV, which means less time at the gym and more time to spend with you!

Entertainment Sets

And because we all know the holidays can be a stressful time, check out these movie, TV, and video game collections for keeping your own stress down, and your happiness high.

Top picks: The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection on Blu-ray; Downton Abbey: the Complete Limited Edition Collector’s Set on DVD; and NES Classic Edition from Nintendo, which includes 3 Super Mario titles.

Happy holidays!

How to accessorize your TV today

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Want to polish your entertainment system so it looks sharp, messy cables are untangled or hidden, and components are close at hand? Omnimount has always underscored the importance of safely – and stylishly – integrating technology into the home. Take a look at our colorful e-book, How to Accessorize Your New TV, for ideas. Explore a variety of rooms with mounted TV solutions and see how the right accessories make any space more functional and fashion-forward.

Mounting your TV on the wall is a great way to prevent a potentially dangerous situation, especially if your TV will be used in a high-traffic area or in a household with kids and pets. Choose between fixed, tilt, full motion, or interactive mounts. To get the most out of your media room, be sure to pick a spot to mount your TV that’s near electrical outlets.

After your TV is mounted, here are four steps to adding style to your space:

  1. Make sure you’re not putting stress on cables – stretching, sharply bending, or setting heavy objects on them can damage the wires, causing signal failures that affect sound and picture quality. If insulation is frayed or worn, replace the cable.
  2. Add an AV wall shelf to hold components: A sleek wall shelf is a great solution to hold a soundbar, satellite/cable box or gaming console near the TV.
  3. Manage loose cables: Cable management is an important final step. Not only will it create a pro-quality finished look, but it’ll also secure cables that could otherwise be pulled out or tripped on.
  4. Speaking of cables, label them so it’s easy to identify what goes to the TV, speakers, and components. (A bread bag ring and indelible marker is fine, but so is a fancy label maker.)

Have questions? OmniMount has you covered! Call our 24/7 customer care team at 1.800.MOUNT.IT.

Play40 selected as rAVe Publications Awards Best New Mount

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The 2016 Best of CEDIA Awards recognize products determined by the rAVe staff as the most innovative products on the show floor. The OmniMount Play40 Interactive TV Arm received a “Best New Mount” award. The Play40 allows users to interact with a flat screen display when watching movies, gaming or exercising. The arm is equipped with patented Constant Force™ technology, providing fluid, light-touch adjustments for effortless arm movement. Here’s a clip of OmniMount’s Bill Ennis describing the arm to the rAVe crew

Outdoor home theater = healthy summer fun

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Do you want to take your entertainment with you while soaking up the sun on your deck, patio or poolside? Want to give your backyard some Fixer Upper love? OmniMount has a wide array of fixed, tilt, full motion and interactive TV mounts to support all-weather televisions. They’re a great option, offering the ultimate in both style and performance.

Many of us have been glued to our television screens this summer, watching exciting sports events, such as Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. Not to mention binge-watching the new seasons of on-demand series! Outdoor TVs allow us to enjoy shows and movies in the fresh air and sunlight whenever we can.

For those concerned about the dangers of too much sitting, there’s a bonus opportunity here: while the weather is warm and the days are still long, boost your family’s fitness with these outdoor activities and watch the calorie burn start to add up:

Dance party = cut the rug for 11 minutes to burn up 56 calories.

De-stress with yoga = lightly stretching for 17 minutes burns 50 calories.

Play catch with the kids = toss the ball for 18 minutes and burn 54 calories.

Mow the lawn = give the grass a trim for 8 minutes and torch 52 calories.

Beautify the garden = weed flowerbeds (or planters) for 10 minutes to burn 59 calories. (Beautiful blooms are a bonus.)

Play with your pet = Fido loves fetch, plus 15 minutes can burn 50 calories for you.

Pretend you’re Bobby Flay = fire up the grill (indoors or out) for 25 minutes and use up 57 calories.

The most important thing is to find a calorie-burning activity that you enjoy. The more you enjoy it, the easier it will be to fit it into your busy lifestyle, and keep up with your favorite shows.

Have you figured out some great ways to move more at home? We want to hear about them! Share in the comments below or reach out on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

A ray of home for the work-from-home woes

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Barring the perks of working from home in your PJs, how comfortable are you doing long stints on your computer at your kitchen table, on the couch or at a desk? Odds are, discomfort is your frequent companion.

There might be a remedy for you. A new resource on Juststand.org/toolkit helps you to educate your employer on the personal and organizational benefits of adopting a sit-stand workstation, wherever your work issay the living room, dining room, or porch.

Hey boss!

A downloadable “Ask Your Boss” email template gives you all the information you need to convince your employer, including talking points to support your request.

Activating your home life goes beyond the home office. Check out some of the other OmniMount products that bring a new level of interactivity to traditional home entertainment activities.