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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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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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!

CEDIA Announces Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards Finalists – OmniMount Makes the Short List

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CEDIA has just announced the list of finalists for the 2014 CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards and the OmniMount PJT40 made the Best New Product list!! We’re thrilled to be one of only 30 products to be honored with this distinction and we’re excited for the official announcement at CEDIA in September. If you’re attending the show, visit us at booth 450!

Read the complete announcement via CE Pro.

Custom Install Talk: OmniMount’s PJT40

Installer John Sciacca, principle of Custom Theater and Home Audio in Murrells Inlet, SC, used the OmniMount PJT40 projector mount for a recent project and says:

“Let’s face it; mounts are rarely sexy or cool, but at $179.95 MSRP, the PJT40 comes about as close as possible. It also does its job extremely well and could be the one mount you use/stock for your sub- 40 pound projector installs.”

Read everything John has to say about the product features and install in his full review for Residential Systems.