Spring Cleaning for Your Home Entertainment

Shot of a carefree and attractive young woman enjoying time in the outdoorsSpring is the perfect time to open the windows, grab an array of mops, brooms and buckets and invest time in a deep clean of your home. While scrubbing, dusting and vacuuming are great spring-cleaning to-do’s, the change in season is also a chance to take a fresh look at your home entertainment technology. Just like your linens and décor, TVs and accessories need regular attention to keep them working the best in your home.

Here’s how you can include home entertainment technology in your upcoming spring cleaning session:

Mount your TV

Take your TV viewing to the next level by mounting your TV screen. With tilt, fixed, full motion and interactive options available, OmniMount TV mounts help make the most of the views throughout your home while reducing glare. Easy installation ensures a safe and secure placement, which keeps your screen out of the way to prevent tipping from kids or pets.

Try this: OS120FM

Enhance TV safety

Mounting a TV into your living room space is a key part of your home entertainment spring cleaning, and safety needs to be top of mind. In addition to the safety aspects integrated in the design of all OmniMount products, you can provide extra security with a steel cable anti-tip device. This helps avoid injuries to kids and damage to your flat panel when it’s placed up high or in high-traffic areas.

Try this: OESK TV Safety Kit

Organize your accessories

The best entertainment systems include multiple audio and video components. But multiple accessories can leave your living room looking messy and cluttered. During your spring cleaning, explore OmniMount’s professional grade rack systems. From wall mounts to cabinets to shelves, these systems give an organized, polished look to any A/V installation.

Try this: OWS60 AV Wall Shelf

Hide your cables

Sleek TVs and accessories can enhance your home, but messy cables can quickly detract from the look you’re trying to achieve. Cable management tubing, channel systems and in-wall cable routing organize and help conceal all types of cords, including computer, power and AV cables. Cables are a reality for home entertainment technology, but with these products, you can downplay their appearance and avoid an unnecessary trip hazard.

Try this: OCM (On-wall cable management cover)

With these tips, you’re well on your way to a full-home spring cleaning. Ready, set, clean!

[Video] Install the OE120IW Recessed In-Wall TV Mount Like a Pro

Think beyond low profile to no profile with OmniMount’s OE120IW recessed in-wall TV mount. It offers the flexibility of full motion while being discreetly nested in your wall. You can easily attach your flat screen TV between two wall studs for a nearly flush finish. The pre-assembled box and mount duo make an otherwise intimidating installation easy for the confident DIYer. Check out the full install video below for helpful tips on adding the OE120IW to your home.

Integrate New Technology in Your Home for the New Year

Tech gifts topped holiday wish lists in 2017, so you likely found a new smart device, TV or computer under the tree. Now with the holiday decorations tucked away until next year, it’s time to get your tech gifts tidied up and ready for daily use in the new year. A few key accessories can help you seamlessly blend your current technology into each area of your home, adding safety, style and convenience.

New Year Family RoomThe Family Room

As the hub of a home, the family room is almost always a multi-functional space. Make sure your TV complements the room’s character and adds much-needed versatility. An in-wall TV mount is a discreet way to hang your TV nearly flush to the wall while still having the ability to pull it forward and pan it left or right. You will always have the best picture – no matter how many times you rearrange the furniture.

The Game Room

Less time sitting and more time playing is a great way to entertain kids and crowds. Whether you have a dedicated game room or not, encourage healthy TV fitness and play with a mount designed for movement. Lower the screen for floor activities and raise it up for interactive standing games.

New Year BedroomThe Bedroom

Your bedroom is a sanctuary. Make sure your technology adds to the oasis and isn’t an eyesore! Give your dresser a break and mount your TV on the wall. A simple fixed or tilt mount is a great solution when you only watch TV from one location. Add a floating wall shelf below to display decorations and to hold remotes and small components. If you’re guilty of the ugly cable nest, clean it up with on-wall covers.

WorkFit-Z MiniThe Office

Chances are you spend a significant portion of your day in front of the computer. Make sure your tech is working for you and give your setup a much-needed lift – literally! A sit-stand solution can improve your mood, stress level, comfort and even productivity. Plus, standing burns extra calories to support your New Year’s healthy lifestyle goals.

The Hobby Room

Having a dedicated space to be creative and crafty is a joy. Regardless of your hobby of choice, you know the importance of having a comfortable working space. With a height-adjustable desk you can sit or stand on demand. Just think, you can change the desk to the appropriate height for the task at hand and craft longer while avoiding stiff muscles.

Cheers to a new year and keeping your holiday technology safe, secure, fashion-forward and functional!

Happy Holidays From OmniMount

Holiday OmniMount

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and great New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2018 to support the technology that brings your home to life.

It’s Time To Make Your Holiday Wish List

Holiday Gift Guide

Santa is not the only one making a list and checking it twice. With the holidays just around the corner, consumers are putting together their own wish lists and chances are, technology will make the cut.

According to the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) “Annual Consumer Technology Holiday Purchase Patterns Study,” tech spending will reach a record $96.8 billion during the 2017 holiday season (October-December). What will top lists? CTA says that TVs rank the highest.

Make sure your gift recipient has the mount, arm or other accessory ready to showcase their new TV or other tech gift. Whether big or small, look to these gift ideas from OmniMount:

Stocking Stuffers
OPK2OECMS
OPK2: In-Wall Power & Cable Management System
No one likes clutter around their TV, Blu-ray player or other technology. Give the gift of organization with this power and cable management system for wall mount TVs that safely runs cables in-wall from the TV to the AC outlet.
OECMS: Cable Management Sleeve
This home or office essential keeps all types of cords organized and out of the way. The flexible piece of tubing stretches and flexes, adapting to any number cords and cable widths.
OE120IWPLAY40
OE120IW: Recessed In-Wall TV Mount
This ultra-low profile mount keeps flat screen TVs nearly flush against the wall for a flexible, full motion mount without the bulk. Recipients will have this installed long before the New Year thanks to the preassembled box and mount duo.
Play40: Interactive TV Arm
For the movie buff or gamer in your life, look no further than the Play40. This TV arm offers effortless horizontal and vertical adjustment so they can interact directly with the display when watching movies, gaming or even exercising.
RE18
RE18: AV Rack System Cabinet
Don’t overlook the accessories! The RE18 helps users organize multiple audio and video components in an AV rack that’s temperature regulated by an integrated cooling system. It arrives fully assembled, so it can be easily placed inside a closet or against the wall.

With only a few weeks left to get those gifts underneath the tree (or in stockings), make sure to buy today! Not sure which product will work best for your space? Contact us, and we’ll make sure your gift recipient opens the perfect item for their home. Happy holidays from OmniMount!

Juststand.org Shows Why Movement Matters at Home

Healthy living starts at home, and it’s not just in what’s served at the dinner table. New technology and devices have us hooked, increasing screen time – and sitting time – for both parents and kids. It only takes 20 minutes in any fixed position to inhibit our metabolism, sending us down an unhealthy path. How do we break up all this sedentary time?

The newly refreshed JustStand.org website shares tips on how to make your home life more active. Whether taking regular breaks from your TV or home office computer, or investing in some sit-stand furniture and tools, you can absolutely begin to counteract the negative impact of prolonged sitting. Learn more yourself and share the positive changes with your family–everyone benefits from moving more.

JustStand
On the site you’ll find popular tools like the calorie-burn calculator to help you track how many extra calories you are burning by standing more. Or you can assess your risks from sitting too much with the sitting time calculator. Other new features like the health benefit snippets in the Facts section, or the useful videos and tools in the Resources section, help you share the news with the networks you care about most. The site also includes a broad base of current scientific findings at research.juststand.org, and offers insights on current trends in the MoveMore blog.

It’s easy to get connect to and join the mission. Or subscribe to the latest news from the JustStand® Wellness Movement. A healthy mindset and lifestyle starts with awareness. You take it from there.

Visit OmniMount at the CEDIA Expo

Heading to the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo next week? Be sure to stop by OmniMount booth 4829, shared with Core Brands, to experience our newest TV and speaker mounts, wall shelves and more that support the technology that brings homes to life. You’ll also be able to see firsthand OmniMount’s Play25X, named one of the best buys in TV mounts and stands by Consumers Digest.Don’t miss our in-booth promotions and exciting giveaways!

The event runs September 5-9 at the San Diego Convention Center. Not able to attend? Follow OmniMount via social media using #CEDIA17. Learn more here.

About CEDIA: CEDIA represents 3,700 member companies worldwide and serves more than 30,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services for the connected home.

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.