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[Video] Catching Up with Bill Ennis

OmniMount General Manager Bill Ennis built his first pair of speakers at age 14, sparking a life-long passion that spearheaded a successful career. From selling car audio to cell phones to portable DVD players, he’s now at the helm of OmniMount, a global product innovator that supports the technology that brings your home to life.

Learn more about Bill’s 35-year career and his perspective on the market in this short video. Then stay tuned in the months ahead for more of his perspectives on why OmniMount is the best choice for TV mounts and AV accessories and what industry trends he anticipates will shape this business.

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.

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!

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.

Let the Games Begin

Guest post by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own Wings

They call it March Madness for a reason folks! The college basketball tournament that takes place each March/April is chaotic and can easily overrun your house if you have an avid sports fan living under your roof. Luckily there are ways to incorporate the fun of the tournament without making it the sole focus of your living space.

Utilize a Swivel TV Mount

OmniMount OC80FM

Being able to turn the TV to one area of the room (and maybe even put it on mute!) can allow other conversations to take place in other areas. Consider rearranging your furniture to create two distinct living spaces. You can always move it back when the madness dies down.

Create a Man Cave

While you may not want a permanent man cave in your house (or maybe you do!), you can create an awesome temporary viewing space for friends during the excitement of March Madness. It doesn’t need to be fancy, we recommend moving a TV into the garage and setting up lawn chairs and a cooler for drinks of course! The room pictured here has two TV’s which would be perfect for watching multiple games at the same time.

Take it Outside

At Modernize we are obsessed with outdoor entertainment spaces and the ruckus that comes along with March Madness can certainly be better accommodated outdoors. While this may require a little more planning and probably more money, you can create a space that you will enjoy many months of the year, not just during sports season!

Hopefully these ideas have given you the inspiration necessary to take the plunge and plan a party around all of the craziness this Spring. And whether you’re an avid basketball fan or not, be sure to check out OmniMount’s #BeattheBrackets promotion for your chance to win the OC80FM mount pictured above! Let the games begin!

How to Keep Technology From Taking Over Your Space

Guest post by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own WingsTips to hide your TVThese days most families have a TV in their living room but many parents are also becoming more and more conscientious of how much screen time their children are getting. A great compromise is to incorporate a television in a way that doesn’t make it the center of attention.

Ditch the Entertainment Center

Entertainment Centers are bulky, unnecessary and have a tendency to make the television the center of attention in a living space. So ditch that oversized cabinet and replace it with a wall mounted solution. Create a gallery wall by adding your personal touches around the TV to keep the eye from focusing on a television that is powered off.

Hide the TV

There are so many clever ways to hide your television these days. Options range from hidden compartments in the wall, mirrors, paintings or even mock shutters.

One of many clever ideas to conceal your TV

One clever idea to conceal your TV, via Trumark Homes

 

Rearrange the Space

When deciding where to put your furniture feel free to step outside of the box and create a setup that doesn’t center around the television. A great way to accommodate this type of set-up is to mount your TV on a swivel mount so the television can adjust to the furniture rather than the furniture accommodating the TV.

via OmniMount

OC80FM, via OmniMount

For more home ideas and inspiration please visit Modernize.com.

How do you integrate technology in the home? Have a creative solution? We want to hear it!

You have a new TV. Now what?

Dress up your displayChances are you have a friend, or maybe it’s you yourself, that purchased a new TV and tried to make it fit into an old setup. There are a lot of reasons to consider accessories when bringing a new TV home. Not only can a product like a TV mount improve the safety of your home theater, it can also help you achieve lifestyle objectives, like improving the versatility of the TV and the overall design of the room. If you or your friends are guilty of placing a brand new TV on an old piece of media furniture, know that there is another way! OmniMount is here to help with the new eBook: How to Accessorize Your New TV.

The Best Ways to Incorporate Technology Safely Into Your Home

Guest blog by Bryn Huntpalmer, editor for Modernize and Her Own Wings

When you first have a baby you are overwhelmed with all of the baby-proofing products on the market and likely you are still reeling from months of sleep deprivation and just want a quick fix. You go out and buy some outlet protectors and cabinet door locks and call it a day, right? Unfortunately, many of us overlook the potential danger of top heavy furniture or electronics falling on our little ones and when we hear the terrible tragedies of babies being crushed under a bookcase, we think “that would never happen to MY baby because I never let him out of my sight.” But, as your own mother always told you, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

“I urge parents to anchor their TVs, furniture and appliances and protect their children,” say Inez Tenebaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “It takes just a few minutes to do and it can save lives.”

Mount your TV

Install a product like the OE120IW, an in-wall television mount, for a discrete way to suspend a flat-screen TV on the wall and protect it against accidental bumps and tips. When not in use, the television can display a painting image or YouTube hearth fire video. When in use, the TV can swivel, extend and tilt, making the mount ideal for interactive games or for homemakers who habitually rearrange the furniture.

As long as you are making some tech upgrades in your home, consider some home automation options that take home security to the next level! Consider the Nest Protect, which senses smoke, detects carbon dioxide, monitors its own batteries, and sends text notifications. VuPoint sells a temperature-sensitive faucet light that glows blue when the water is cold, red when warm. Glass breakage sensors, infrared security cameras, “smart” power strips, LED multi-colored light bulbs that play music, digital kitchen splashes – all of these are actual products that you can install in your home.

Mount your iPad

iPad_Case_and_Stand_LS_5But not everyone has the deep pockets for a digital kitchen backsplash. Why not read recipes, play music or video chat during dinner preparation using your iPad or Android tablet? Place it on a 3-in-1 stand or wall mount to isolate it from countertop spills and curious children.

Mount your computer

Do you experience back and neck pain from sitting at a computer by day and bouncing a baby on your hip by night? Thankfully, the solution is as simple as a sit-stand computer mount. Recommended by the American Medical Association, sit-stand desks and computer mounts move up and down, allowing you to sit for an hour, stand for the next, and never lose a minute’s productivity. These are also really handy for when your baby starts to walk (and climb!) so that you can raise the computer safely out of their reach.

Integrating technology into the home should not require the sacrifice of space, safety or control. On the contrary, a TV, iPad or computer mount will provide you, the homeowner, with more authority and security. Plus as you pull yourself out of the trenches of toddlerhood and your chubby-cheeked kid turns into a gangly teenager you will surely be the coolest parent on the block with your high-tech home!

To learn more, visit Modernize.com