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Outdoor Autumn Oasis

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September is no time to abandon your backyard! It’s been a brutal Summer here in Texas, so Take it Outside now that temperatures are beginning to drop.

We’ve got the perfect Sunbrite television for your Outdoor Autumn Oasis. Call Howie Foreman at Connections Plus on 972-524-6225. He’ll hook you up… literally. 

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ONKYO SHIPS NEW ‘TX-NR787 9.2-CHANNEL NETWORK A/V RECEIVER’

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When you first see this you might think you are dreaming! A THX certified select 9.2 receiver with all the latest 4K video technology, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X for under $1,000. Pinch yourself the new TX-NR787 is on sale for under $700?

A 100 W/Ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 channels driven, FTC) or 220 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10%, 1-channel driven) A/V receiver, the TX-NR787 is engineered for enthusiasts seeking seamless top-to-bottom, front-to-back, and side-to-side coverage through 5.2.4 or 7.2.2-channel speaker layouts for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtrack immersion, or for music fans wanting a 5.2 or 7.2-channel home theater with app-controllable powered digital*1 and analog audio distribution to stereo speakers located in up to two additional zones.

Dynamic Audio Amplification featuring discrete non-phase-shift amps is proven by THX Certified Select for theater-reference volume within strict THX sound-quality parameters. Certification comes after thousands of independent bench-tests covering every aspect of product design.

As well as decoding DTS:X® and Dolby Atmos® formats, the receiver features Dolby Surround and DTS® Neural:X™ up-mixing technologies. Both cross-compatible solutions work with legacy Dolby® and DTS® soundtracks, enabling 3D reproduction through any speaker layout, including those with height channels, from sources such as DVD, Blu-ray Disc™, and selected video streaming services.

The TX-NR787 has universal pass-through support for 4K HDR video formats, including HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), HDR10, and Dolby Vision™, as well as BT.2020 color space, 4:4:4 color sub-sampling, 24-bit video, 4K/60p video, and HDCP 2.2 via six rear HDMI® inputs, Main Out, and Sub Out. A front HDMI terminal*2 is intended for temporary device connections, and the Sub Out*3 for a projector. Enjoy state-of-the-art movie formats on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and selected video streaming services from external media players with truly spectacular sound and vision.

With the unit, Onkyo’s introduces AccuEQ Advance, a new premium multi-point room-acoustic calibration system that eliminates standing waves (dead areas where sound-wave peaks don’t move spatially, and compromise reproduction quality when sounds of the same frequency interact). Users can place the setup mic in three positions to assure optimal imaging across an expansive soundstage following an easy automated calibration process. AccuEQ Advance is enhanced by AccuReflex™ technology, which aligns the phase of directional and non-directional sounds for cohesive, comfortable, and well-organized object-based audio reproduction through Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker systems.

As well as analog audio distribution, powered ZONE 2 and powered ZONE 3 speaker outputs are serviced by dedicated DACs to share all digital input sources*1 for simultaneous playback of single or unique sources in any or all rooms. Zone 2 line-output can share the multitude of content*1 available to the receiver to a hi-fi system featuring a line-level input.

With 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® connectivity and support for a variety of network audio distribution platforms, the TX-NR787 can fit in with compatible network speakers and audio systems of almost any brand, allowing users to structure an intuitive multi-room music ecosystem to suit their needs.

These platforms include DTS Play-Fi® technology, which distributes audio to grouped speakers via Onkyo Music Control App*4; FlareConnect™*5 for analog/digital source distribution, including phono; and Chromecast built-in, an easy-to-use casting technology for supported unique or grouped audio systems from Chromecast-enabled apps for iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Mac®, Windows PC, and Chromebook™. Chromecast built-in works with the Google Assistant, and users can cue and control streaming audio by voice.

AirPlay® is included, while Bluetooth® wireless technology expands easy steaming capabilities from a broad range of phones, tablets, and personal computers. Amazon Music, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer, Pandora®, and Spotify are built into the receiver*6 for easy selection via the Onkyo Controller*4 or Onkyo Music Control*4 App.

Wow, Call Howie on 972-524-6225 while the introductory special is still available.

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The Best Outdoor TV You Can Buy

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Summer is almost here and our thoughts are filled with living around the pool or leisurely dinners in the cool evening air on the patio. Why not bring along an outdoor TV and make a movie night of it, or for the Dad’s, keep up with the game or PGA golf while keeping an eye on the kids?

If you want to install a TV on a covered patio or in a similar outdoor setting, you have two options. First, you can try using a regular TV, only to have the set damaged by temperature fluctuations, moisture from rain and condensation, and exposure to bugs and the elements. The better option is to get a TV built for outdoor use. The SunBriteTV Veranda is a 55-inch 4K TV that offers protection against the elements and 4K picture in one set. You’ll pay extra for the weatherproofing and optimizations for outdoor viewing, but it’s a better deal than burning through a standard 4K TV in a matter of weeks.

Design and Durability
The SunBriteTV Veranda is built for a very specific set of circumstances. The outdoor television is designed to bring 4K display quality to full-shade outdoor environments. Think covered patios, uninsulated garages, poolside cabanas and screened gazebos. As such, the construction of the set is heavy-duty, with a sealed aluminum shell serving as weather-sealed armor against rain, snow and extreme temperatures. The Veranda can operate in temperatures ranging from minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees and can be safely stored in temperatures of up to 140 degrees.

The metal exterior looks sharp, thanks to a black powder-coat paint job, but the real impressive stuff is the weatherproofing. The chassis is sealed against moisture, including a protective closure around the AV inputs in back.

The locking door cinches shut with two thumbscrews and is ringed with a thick foam-rubber gasket that allows cables to snake in and out of the compartment, but seals around the cables to protect the actual ports from moisture. Built into the bottom bezel is a sealed IR sensor for the remote control.

The TV measures 50 x 29 x 3.86 inches and weighs 51 pounds, which is heavy for a TV of this size, but not surprising when you take the metal exterior into account. The TV is compatible with 400-millimeter VESA wall-mounting hardware, or you can opt for SunBrite’s own all-weather stand. The optional stand is also made of heavy-gauge, powder-coated aluminum and provides a rock-solid base for the 55-inch Veranda TV.

For improved visibility in indirect sunlight – the TV is meant to be used in shaded outdoor installations – the brightness has been ramped up considerably.

Open up the weather-sealed compartment in back and you’ll find four HDMI connections, two USB ports, an RF connector for over-the-air broadcasts and both component and composite video inputs. A digital optical port gives you output for surround sound.

The SunBriteTV Veranda has no internet connectivity built in, and doesn’t include any smart TV functions. If you want to stream online content, Howie at ConnectionsPlus can easily set that up for you. Call Howie on 972-524-6225. 

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Top Home Theater Trends for 2018

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Online Streaming
New technological advancements are changing the way that people consume media and creating a shift in the entertainment industry. With a reported 49 million plus Wi-Fi-connected homes in the U.S. streaming content from a subscriber service such as Netflix, consumers’ love for binge-watching will only continue to increase in the foreseeable future.

Streaming services continue to generate millions of new subscribers annually, and this will continue the rising trend of home-theaters. In fact adoption of premium home-theater equipment is expected to rise astronomically. Everyone expects an uptick in consumer demand as well as the need for manufacturers to further differentiate themselves to maintain a competitive advantage.

Voice Control Integration
Tech giants continue to unveil new technologies across the wide spectrum of products and services that define the home entertainment space. One innovation gaining widespread acceptance is the integration of voice-control systems. Voice control will continue to be embraced as 50 percent of all searches are expected to be via voice by 2020, allowing home theater to play an integral role in the adoption of more smart-home technology.

Wireless Surround-Sound Home Theater
The home-theater industry has been witnessing a steady rise in technological advancements, which is transforming how music and movies are enjoyed. This massive growth in innovation will continue to increase the demand for home-theater audio systems in North America and revolutionize the marketplace — especially due to the growth in wireless audio solutions.

Many key factors are contributing to the quickly growing needs of consumers who are demandinmg more convenient, high-performance home theater without the wires. Because the existing manufacturers will naturally move to meet the increased demand and additional manufacturers and brands will capitalize on this trend by introducing more new wireless audio products into the marketplace.

Wearable Home Theater & Virtual Reality
Until recently, the ability to enter into a virtual reality only occurred in science fiction. Today, experiencing virtual reality through wearable technology is finding its way into our homes and transforming our movie-watching experiences. As the integration of home audio systems with wearable devices continues, manufacturers will feel compelled to develop smart and networked home-theater speakers that support VR, especially since the industry is projected to be worth $215 billion by 2021.

Social Networking
Today many, many people consider seamless connectivity to be necessary, sports fans and TV junkies alike desire the opportunity to join real-time conversations across various media platforms.

For instance, people want to chat alongside others when a new episode of Game of Thrones is airing, which is one of the most tweeted-about shows in the entertainment industry. In fact, 72 percent of TV “superfans” reported that social media plays an integral role in their regular TV viewing.

Home theater viewers will soon have the privilege to tweet, comment, and share reviews while watching favorite programs on home-theater screens as TV manufacturers continue to unleash new social media features in their Smart TVs.

Product Value
No one can argue that the price of high-quality premium home-theater products has dropped significantly at the same time that features and performance continue to grow dramatically. With a wide range of product offerings in the marketplace at various price points, home theater owners can maximize their entertainment experiences at a fraction of the recent costs. Products that also rank high in simplicity and ease-of-use — such as wireless home-theater audio systems — eliminate the need for expensive installation costs encouraging the adoption of a wider variety of home-theater products.

 

Connections Plus founder, Howie Foreman has been a driving force in the AV industry for over twenty years, so his experience and knowledge is outstanding. A conversation with Howie can save you loads of time and avoid potentially costly mistakes if you are in the market to upgrade or purchase your Home-theater syatems. Call Howie on 972-524-6225. 

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