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The Next Era of Televisions: Ultra HD

The Next Generation

It seems like every year there’s always something new that people buzz about.  In regards to televisions, new technologies are always on the rise.  Just look at the past decade: We’ve gone from tube TV’s to the emergence of projector TV’s and then finally flat screen TV’s such as Plasma, LCD, and the newer LED.  Not to mention the now-standard HDMI which has drastically increased picture quality.  It was just a matter of time before the next big thing hit the market and it’s going to make television displays all the better.

Samsung-ultra-HDTVCEA (Consumer Electronics Association) has announced the next generation of home displays.  Naming them Ultra HD (also known as 4k resolution), these new displays will have more than eight million pixels of resolution which is more than 4 times the amount in current HDTVs.  What does this mean for the consumer? It means that you’re going to look at your television screen and mistake it for an actual window.  That’s how fantastic these things are going to look and that’s how revolutionary this new technology is going to be. CEA has designated these displays to have an aspect ratio of at least 16×9 and a digital input cable of handling 4k video instead of up-converting.

The first companies to unveil these spectacular displays are LG and Sony which will both release an 84-inch set this fall.  However, as with every new technological gadget, it’s going to have a pretty steep price tag of $20,000 for the LG 84LM9600 and $25,000 for the Sony XBR-84X900.  If you can afford it by all means, go for it you won’t be disappointed.  For the rest of us, we might have to wait a few years until the price will drop and become more common on the market place.  CEA has guaranteed that the Ultra HD technology will be a highlight of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas January 8-11.


TV Wall Mounts

LCD Wall Mount

By Samantha R. – Product Specialist

When the LCD flat panel television set was introduced, it caused an incredible amount of hype around making your home more spacious, sleek, and open with these flat panel designs. After the purchase of the TV, came the decision to choose a wall mount from a large selection of different styles. Aside from just planting your flat screen on a television stand, you can choose between three different styles of wall mounts: full-motion, tilting, and fixed. Each mounting option comes with its pros and cons, but at least one always has that deal-breaking feature that is perfect for your home.

Full-Motion Wall Mount
Full-Motion Wall Mount
These types of wall mounts allow the television to tilt up and down, as well as pan left and right. They can either be extended away from the wall or pushed closer to the wall. Full-motion, also known as articulating wall mounts, allow the perfect viewing angle in any room. Typically, full-motion wall mounts are most expensive out of the three types because of complex design and convenient features. Due to the moving pieces a full-motion wall mount contains, installation becomes a tad more difficult and may require more than just one person.  Because of the full-motion flexibility, glare is not an option when it comes to watching the game, a movie, or some television. A perfect example of an articulating full-motion wall mount is the Monster FSM-ART-L-EFS. Being able to adjust the flat panel further away from the wall allows more swivel motions on its horizontal axis as well as tilting the screen up or down adjusting to your viewing height.  If flexibility is the feature you’re looking for, be confident that the full-motion wall mounts will provide the ultimate viewing experience.

Tilting TV Wall MountTilting Wall Mount
Comparing the three designs of wall mounts, the tilting mount isn’t as sophisticated as the full-motion or not as simple as the fixed wall mount. Sunlight peeking through that blind-less window gets a little irritating if you have a television that you cannot adjust the angles on. Having a tilting wall mount makes things a lot easier when it comes to glare or unwanted reflections because it can easily be adjusted. With tilting wall mounts such as the Sanus Systems LT25, these mounts continue to have easy installation but are not as simple as the fixed wall mounts. All in all, the ease of having the tilting feature allows vertical adjustments to avoid the unwanted sunlight quickly and effortlessly.

Fixed Wall Mount
Searching for ways to get some extra floor space and mount your television at new heights, the fixed wall mount is the easiest of them all. Being the lowest in cost and simplest to install, fixed wall mounts such as the Planet 3 55264 provide a standard mounting option with a built-in “floating” appearance. Going with the least expensive option isn’t always the best. Apart from easy installation, these mounts don’t tilt, move or rotate the televisions position, adding a little more complication. When it comes to sitting lower towards the floor, viewing becomes difficult seeing as how you cannot adjust the televisions angle. Therefore, whether you’re on a tight budget or you just don’t want the extra features, the simple fixed wall mount could be a great addition to your entertainment center.


Samsung UN55B8500 55” LED TV


By Chelsey P – Sonic Electronix Writer

Introducing the UN55B8500, Samsung’s brand new ultra-thin 55″ LED Television. This LED Television is equipped with 1080p and anti-blur technology. Images seem to come to life with amazing contrast, color and clarity. One thing that will be noticeably different is the 7,000,000:1 Mega contrast that provides an incredible range of brightness from the blackest blacks to the whitest whites. This TV also features Advanced Color Processing enabling a wider range of natural colors and provides a greater depth for a more appealing picture. And with the Auto Motion Plus technology to eliminate motion blur, the result is an unbelievable picture.

Just like the UN55B8000, this television has a slim design at only 1.6” deep. This razor thin screen can be mounted on any wall, just like a picture frame, making it convenient for tight spaces.  And with the gray “Touch of Color”, it looks more like a work of art than a television.

The Samsung 8 Series televisions have easy to use widgets that let you watch TV, view photos on Flickr and even check the stocks on Yahoo. Access your videos, music and photos from your PC wirelessly to enjoy them on your television or use the USB 2.0 input to upload your pictures straight to the LED TV. If you don’t feel like watching television, visit the Content Library Flash feature where you can play a game of chess or find cooking recipes. There are hours of built-in entertainment features that you can personalize to suit your needs.

The UN55B8500 is an innovative flat-panel television that has an incredible picture and can be enjoyed by the whole family.