In the quest to improve the picture quality, LED TV manufacturers have introduced several new technologies to help achieve the sharpness and black levels we’re used to seeing with plasma-based flat-screen TVs. One such improvement comes in the way that LED TVs are illuminated. In this post we discuss the various benefits of the four different backlight methods incorporated in LED TVs. We also explain the differences between “full-array” and “edge-lit” backlighting and also discuss how local dimming can make a difference in picture quality. Continue reading
When it comes to digital cables, HDMI cables are the most advanced cables you can get today. HDMI cables transmit both uncompressed audio and digital video signals from one device (such as a Blu-ray player) to your flat-panel TV. This ability to carry both audio and digital video signals is great because it eliminates the need for separate audio and video cables, thus reducing clutter. What’s more, you get the highest quality signal possible because HDMI cables support all high definition TV (HDTV) resolutions (including 720p, 1080i and 1080p) as well as EDTV (480p) and standard definition signals. As for audio, while even more improvements are in the works, HDMI cables currently support up to 8 channels of 24-bit audio. This is the best you can get today. Continue reading
Let’s say you are set up with an entertainment center that features the whole shebang. HDTV with an integrated ATSC tuner. An antenna capable of picking up HD signals over the air. And you have all kinds of sweet peripherals ready to feed your TV an amazing high definition picture. Sounds awesome! But are you sure you’re really getting a high def image on your HDTV? Continue reading
Did you know that you can get a high definition signal on your HDTV, right over the airwaves? Provided you live in an area capable of receiving over-the-air (OTA) broadcast signals, your local stations are broadcasting the appropriate digital signals, and if you have an HDTV with a built-in digital tuner or an HD-ready TV with an external HD receiver, you are set up to receive free high definition signals. Continue reading
In 2009, people across the US were scrambling to keep pace with the digital TV transition. This digital switchover, which is just part of a larger move toward digital conversion going on across the globe, required every full-power TV station in the country to broadcast only in the digital format. For many people, the transition to digital ATSC signals had little impact on their TV viewing experience because cable and satellite set top boxes made it possible to view the new signal format on older analog televisions. But in the long term, cable boxes and satellite boxes (not to mention digital-to-analog converter boxes and analog sets running through gaming consoles, VCRs, and DVD players) are an inelegant solution and inferior to the new digital TVs that can make use of the full spectrum of benefits of the ATSC signals. Continue reading
Shopping for and comparing HDTVs is fun, but it can also be confusing. Take, for example, TV contrast ratios. It’s an important specification to understand but it’s also one of the more misleading features on televisions today. That’s because even though TV contrast ratios can help you make a smart decision when it comes to buying an HDTV, it’s also a spec that doesn’t have an industry-wide standard of measurement. Continue reading
In this post we are presenting the benefits of a 12-volt dc cord accessory, which has become a very popular portable charging option among our customers who are shopping for a 12-volt AC/DC TV. These cords are great for times when you are traveling and want to use your TV on the road. For example, many RV or boat owners use a DC cord to power their TVs. You simply plug the DC cord into your TV and you’ll be able to power your TV using a cigarette lighter socket. Due to the overwhelming demand for this DC cord, we have produced a video that presents this product in detail.
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While most of the 12-volt AC/DC TVs that we sell come equipped with a DC cord inside the box, many customers choose to purchase an additional DC cord just for back-up purposes. Continue reading
Summertime is finally here in our corner of the country and a lot of RV enthusiasts and boat owners are getting ready to head out on the road or on the water. Of course, today’s adventurous person doesn’t just want to feel the wind in their hair – they want to take the comforts of home with them on their summertime excursions. That’s where 12 Volt AC/DC TVs come in. These petite entertainment powerhouses are giving RV fans and boaters a chance to watch their favorite shows and movies anywhere, and RV and boat owners are singing their praises. Continue reading
The HDMI standard has been improved with new capabilities that are designed to give the user a much better HD experience. Some of the major enhancements introduced in Versions 1.4 and 1.4a are listed below. The new Version 1.4 specifications were introduced in June of 2009 while the 1.4a specifications were introduced in March of 2010. Here is a rundown of some of the major enhancements introduced with this new HDMI specification. Continue reading
When you’re in the market for a new TV, screen size is often a common criteria used to determine the type of TV to buy. Televisions come in all sizes, ranging from the ultra-portable TVs starting at 3.5 inches to the huge ones that are now going beyond even 70 inches. As technology advances, so will the ability for TVs to get even smaller or much bigger. Keep in mind that TV screen size is not measured from side-to-side. TV screen size is measured diagonally. Continue reading