Flat Screen TV
You don’t have to take my word for it because the Wirecutter declared the LG C8 the best OLED TV for 2018 in July after testing Sony & LG models.
Chris Heinonen says “After spending 30 hours testing OLED TVs, we think the LG C8 is the best TV for people who want top video performance, especially with new HDR content. Although pricey compared with a good LCD TV, the LG C8 delivers a better picture than any LCD we’ve tested, and it performs as well as more expensive OLED TVs. It’s a great option for the videophile who values image quality above all else”.
LG C8 OLED
The best OLED TV
He goes on to say “The LG C8 produces the best HDR image quality we’ve seen, performs as well as higher-end OLED TVs for a significantly lower price, and is easy to set up and use.
The LG C8 offers superb image quality, supports the leading HDR standards, and has an extremely thin and attractive design. Its WebOS smart TV platform is easy to use and supports all the major video and audio streaming services. Videophiles will like that the C8 gives them more control over the image than competing Sony OLED TVs. Paying more for one of LG’s higher-end OLED models doesn’t get you better image quality at all, which makes the C8 an excellent value”.
So if you are ready to see the best OLED TV of 2018, give Howie Foreman a call on 972-524-6225 – he will help you make your best choice.
Thinking of a video wall for your business?
What is a video wall? A video wall is an array of high quality commercial or professional grade monitor screens placed together to create a larger screen. Video walls come in many different sizes, applications, configurations and varieties including LCD, LED, blended projection screens, rear projection screens (DLP), mosaic tiles and direct view LED panels just to name a few.
Video walls are usually made from large size screens with narrow or ultra-thin bezels. The smaller the bezel, the more the video wall will portray a seamless image. Video walls are typically constructed of commercial grade materials, meaning they can be operated in work environments up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have longer life spans than traditional consumer displays.
Video walls may appear to be as simple as an oversized TV but there are many factors that play into the overall cost of a video wall. Monitor size, type, weight, screen resolution, dot pitch, and information to be processed and displayed all play a key role in the cost of a video wall. Knowing your budget before you begin your research will aid you in quickly defining what type of video wall is right for you, how much sophistication and complexity you can afford and what functions and features are most important to you.
Where to place your video wall
Now that you’ve determined how much money you have to spend on your video wall you will need a place to put it. The Installation of your video wall is an important consideration for numerous reasons. As they say in commercial real estate, “location, location, location”. The same applies for the installation of video walls. It’s important to maximize visual impact and ROI on your video wall and that means placing it in a “high traffic” area, or for interactive walls, at the right height for your customers. This location may be your lobby, an informational kiosk, a retail outlet, conference room or command and control center. How large does the wall need to be, how far off the floor does it need to stand, from how far away do you need people to be able see and read it? These are important questions that help determine what type of wall is right for you and where to install it.
Video Wall Content
Content is your message.
Your message is your purpose.
Your purpose is what you want your video wall to convey.
Is your purpose to assist and inform the public using mapping or way-finding? Is your purpose to entice or motivate shoppers such as taking advantage of a current sale? Is your purpose to influence and create emotion with content such as moving art, photography or imagery? Identifying your purpose up front will help you define your message which will aid you in determining your content, how it is to be conveyed, and how to go about creating it.
If you are thinking of adding a video wall to your business we can help you get to the right solution for your project. Call me Howie Foreman, owner of Connections Plus Custom Audio Video. 972-524-6225.
The world’s largest electronics trade show, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES gathered monster tech companies in Las Vegas in January to show off their newest products. Sony was there, of course, with their amazing televisions for 2018.
Sony TVs in general are a safe bet with great picture quality and loads of polish. Even Sony’s TV “build quality” in their budget models hold their own in the line, but their high-end and especially their mid-range TVs are industry winners.
Sony’s “Bravia” branded models (XBR model name) are definitely contenders for the Best TV’s available in 2018 according to CES.
BEST SONY 4K TV
Reviews site the Sony A1E 4k OLED TV as having the best picture quality ever seen due to its use of OLED technology. Because each pixel can be turned completely off, the TV reproduces perfectly deep and uniform blacks, giving it an infinite contrast ratio. It’s amazing to see.
In addition to its striking design and great picture quality, the A1E is a very versatile TV overall. Thanks to its great handling of motion, great viewing angles and great handling of reflections, this Sony TV is hard to beat. Its ability to reproduce a wide gamut of colors also makes it a top performer for HDR.
The experts at CES thought the A1E to be the best Sony TV currently available.
BEST MID-RANGE SONY 4K TV
The Sony X900E packs a punch and makes a great mid-range TV. In its price range, it’s very difficult to beat.
This Sony LED TV offers most of the performance of the more expensive X930E, but for about 60% less money. Contrast is about the same and both feature a nice local dimming feature that enhances it even more. The X930E edges it on that aspect a little bit and gets significantly brighter, but that still makes for a fairly small difference.
The Sony X900E will please the vast majority of television looking for great TV at a mid-range price.
BEST BUDGET SONY 4K TV
If you’re looking to get an entry-level Sony 4k HDR TV, the X800E is the best Sony in that range reviewed this year. It has a wider than average viewing angle, so it’s well suited for a living room where you’ll often be watching it from the side.
It doesn’t have as good a picture quality as the pricier TVs above, but it will still provides a great watching experience, especially if you don’t plan on watching your TV in a dark room all the time. It’s great for watching sports and playing video games thanks to its low input lag and low motion blur. Games feel snappy and fast moving element aren’t blurry or followed by long and distracting trails. It has some HDR capabilities too, thanks to its wide color gamut and 10-bit color support.
Call me and let me compare and contrast for you my three preferred television manufacturers, LG, Samsung and Sony. Making the right choice of all the TV’s currently available can be mind boggling. Let me help you make the choice uniquely right for you. Howie Foreman, owner of Connections Plus Custom Audio Video. 972-524-6225.
From time to time, I’m asked why it is that I so enthusiastically endorse LG TVs, so I thought this would be a good time to lay out some of the reasons I do that.
I think it’s important that the company that makes your TV can demonstrate a solid track record of longevity in business. You need the reassurance that there’s a high likelihood they’ll continue to be in business for a long time. After all, your television’s warranty is only as good as the company behind it. No one wants to invest the latest, greatest and biggest TV without the confidence that the manufacturer will be around to take care of any problems they may have in the future.
LG is a strong company with a long, distinguished past that started way back in 1958 as Goldstar. Notably the company now employs 82,000 people in a 119 subsidiaries worldwide and, in 2014, LG global sales were $55.91 Billion. This is a strong company with many n0table achievements involved in pretty much all areas of home electronics and appliances. By the way, if you are wondering if LG manufactures in the USA I have good news there. Rapid growth by globalization saw the company establish its US production facility in 1982. In 1984, the company adopted the name LG Electronics and, in 1985, acquired the US television manufacturer, Zenith.
LG has many accolades in the TV arena, one of which is developing the first 60″ plasma TV in 1998. It’s my belief that LG provides excellent products in all throughout it’s television line up.
Deliver smoother, cleaner pictures in a streamlined, slim design. These energy efficient TV uses LED back lighting to deliver a brighter and more vivid picture.
Designed to give lifelike color and richer imagery, discover a display that can be viewed clearly from virtually any angle.
OLED 4K TV
Offers incredible detail with LG’s ultra-high definition resolution, double that of full HD TVs. You will feel immersed in the action with an OLED 4K TV from LG.
LG’s line of smart TVs let you do it all. From movies and music to games, videos and so much more, LG smart TVs feature everything you want, all in one place.
LG’s 2D-to-3D conversion feature lets you turn virtually any TV show, movie or sporting event into a total 3D experience.
I know that making the choice of the best TV for your particular needs can be a bewildering process. Call me and let me help you. I can compare and contrast my three preferred television manufacturers, LG, Samsung and Sony for you. I’ll be happy to help you make the choice uniquely right for you. Howie Foreman, owner of Connections Plus 972-524-6225
Placing a television in a formal living room is an interior decorator’s worst nightmare. That big, black rectangle overshadows any motif and screams “look at me” to your guests, but not in a good way.
Want an elegant room where you can practice the ancient art of conversation? Then hide the TV. Connections Plus has been making their client’s TVs virtually disappear for years. Samsung just made that task a whole lot easier with a television that vanishes when you’re not using it!
Samsung’s “The Frame: The most beautiful TV you’ve never seen.”
Designed in a collaboration with industrial designer Yves Behar, The Frame disguises itself against your wall as a picture frame so well that it just received the CES 2017 Best of Innovations Award.
Forbes magazine calls Samsung’s The Frame “The Clever New Near-Invisible TV.” Forbes contributor, David Phelan is quoted as saying “It really is convincing. In fact, the only way I knew whether I was looking at a picture or “The Frame ” was that the regular pictures showed up reflections of the lights falling on them and the Frame didn’t!”
Currently, The Frame comes with about a hundred works of art, but also allows you to add your own photos through the USB port or Samsung’s Smart View app. Samsung is working with museums and curators to add to even more pieces to their “art collection.” Eventually, there will be more than 300 additional works for you to display in your home when you’re not actually watching TV on your Frame.
Watch the 30 second introduction video of The Frame:
The Frame television can also turn off and go into Art Mode on its own by way of a built-in motion sensor that lets the TV know when people enter and leave the room. The Frame also comes equipped with an ambient-light sensor that changes the picture’s color temperature and brightness automatically.
Connections Plus guru, Howie Foreman has been a driving force in the AV industry for twenty years, so when he’s this excited about a new product, it must be outstanding. Let’s just say, Howie’s over the moon about The Frame and he’d love to tell you the details! 972-524-6225
Howie Foreman’s 8th AV Gift of Christmas is a SunBrite All Weather, Outdoor TV.
January 1st is the time we look into the future and plan for the New Year. What better time to buy the one you love a great new television that will make their 2018 Spring, Summer and Fall backyard entertaining much more fun?
All SunBriteTV televisions share the features that make them the right choice for outside use like brightness many times brighter than indoor televisions and all are water proof with weatherproof cable connections and valid warranty for outdoor use.
The model you select depends on where you plan to your outdoor television. There’s the Veranda Series that are made for use in full shade like covered patios, porches and sun rooms. Then there’s the Signature Series, designed for partial sun or areas with high ambient light like pergolas or partially covered deck. Finally, there’s the Pro Series. These SunBriteTV models thrive in full sun and active areas such as poolside and full-sun, outdoor seating areas. They also have anti-glare, heat-resistant screens with a protective tempered glass shield.
Call Howie Foreman at Connections Plus Custom Audio Video will be happy to discuss your outdoor television plans with you to help you choose the best outdoor TV for the best price possible.
A treat for the eyes is how Sony describe its Bravia OLED TV. Others use even more superlatives such as “This could be the best OLED TV money can buy” By Jon L. Jacobi, Freelance contributor, TechHive. Another says “the Sony XBR-A1E outperforms every other TV we’ve tested. It delivers perfect black levels, wide viewing angles, accurate color and a great bright-room picture. Its unique standless design is almost all picture when seen from the front.” and the praise goes on.
What are they talking about?
Well first of all it’s OLED, organic light-emitting diode. Everyone who sees OLED TVs will tell you that they produce the best picture quality you there is. It’s all because the black on this screen is absolutely black because there is no back light at all. Consequently, all the colors seem so much brighter compared to other TV screens where the black is not really black, but some kind of really dark gray. Couple that with Sony’s electronics wizardry and they have produced a marvel. OLED TV’s once got a bad rap for being challenged when rendering fine details, but not so with the A1E.
The Sony XBR-A1E is a very thin TV and Sony have pulled out all the stops to come up with a pretty unique way of supporting the screen in its viewing position. This TV has a hidden kickstand that houses all the electronics and connection ports, power supply, sub-woofer etc. This is definitely not the usual little legs or kickstand shipped with other TV’s. In fact, I’ve heard it described as a big-ass kickstand! A locking hinge joins the kickstand to the panel and a weight inside its base keeps the television from falling over. It’s radical, beautiful and practical.
State of the Art
The A1E features four HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 ports, one USB port on the side and two in back USB ports, an Ethernet port, an ATSC tuner, and integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 adapters. It’s state-of-the-art all the way!
Sony runs Google’s smart TV system which is their secret weapon as it beats everyone else in the most important area; app coverage.
Now to Blow your Mind
As if all this wasn’t cutting-edge enough, Sony added little transducers onto the back of the panel and turned the screen itself into the speakers! This is a freaking first for any television anywhere. Sony calls this technology Accoustic Surface and coupled with the sub-woofer in the stand, the sound quality even blows Howie Foreman’s mind and he’s been THE speaker guru for decades! He swears you can’t see the sound vibrations at all. This is so cool!
The manufacture says to “make sure you have a friend there when you unpack the XBR-A1E.” Why don’t you just call Howie at Connections Plus AV before you even buy the Sony XBR-A1E. He’ll make sure you get the best deal possible on the TV AND he’ll bring his own tech friend to help unpack it 😉