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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!

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.

OmniMount Mount Finder

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.

 

 

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.

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. 

 

Curved TV’s: why they’re a viewer favorite

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Thinking of embracing the newest “concept entry” in the world of home theater electronics? Sales of curved TV’s are exploding among mainstream consumers, not just tech aficionados eager to buy the latest and greatest. While some still call curved TV’s a gimmick, it does look like they’re here to stay.

The top reasons many viewers have fallen for the curve:

  1. The rounded nature of the TV contours draws you in for an immersive viewing experience.
  2. Depth is deeper, so perception is enhanced, similar to watching a 3D movie.
  3. Width is wider, so the image seems to stretch even further, and is accurate from side views.
  4. Better contrast and sharpness, especially at the edges, makes for a richer picture.
  5. From an interior design perspective, curved TV’s look cool!

Some viewers think the experience rivals that of going to the movies, in fact, many commercial cinemas use curved screens. One consumer electronics reporter sums up his experiment, a month after adding a curved 65-inch TV to his home theater:

“For my efforts, I’ve gained almost 6 pounds, thanks to roughly 32 bags of microwave popcorn washed down with several gallons of Mr. Pibb – and developed a suspicious numbness in my left leg. It was totally worth it…” We’ve got tips for you on staying fit and burning calories while enjoying your TV at home.

The one drawback that we hear often from people considering a curved TV purchase? They’re afraid the shape will make a wall-mount difficult or awkward. Who wants to be limited to a desktop or floor stand display? That defeats the whole home theater look and feel that has made flat screens so popular. No fear. OmniMount’s open architecture product design ensures our wall mounts are compatible with most of the new curved TV’s. They’re also future-proof, so as technology advances, you can keep up — without having to replace your mount.

More questions about choosing a mount for your curved TV? Ask your retailer for assistance or give us a call at 1-800-MOUNT-IT (800-668-6848). Phone support is available 24 hours a day, a 7 days per week.