Best HDTV For Sports And Video Games

HDTVToday, we’re going to learn about the top features to look for in an HDTV if you’re a sports enthusiast. A new HDTV is going to bring you closer to the sidelines, court side seats, or edges of a half pipe than you could ever imagine– well, with the exception of front row tickets.

First thing to consider – size. The ideal size for your TV depends on the size of your TV room. How far you sit on the TV, or the recommended viewing distance, is about 1.5 to 2 times the size of the screen. So for example, if you have a 42-inch screen, you should position your couch a minimum of  feet away. If you enjoy having family and friends over to watch big games, you should definitely consider a 42-inch TV or larger if you’ve got the space for it.

Second important feature– refresh rate. Refresh rate affects the motion’s smoothness. All LCD TVs come basically in three different refresh rates–  240 Hertz,  120 Hertz, and  60 Hertz. This number indicates how frequently a new image is displayed on the screen. Bigger number means more images per second, which results in a smoother picture with less motion blur.  240 Hertz is the fastest refresh rate possible on an LCD panel.

Now, you’re probably thinking, I know that I have seen higher refresh rates advertised. Those higher numbers you’re seeing are for something that refers to motion compensation technology. And every brand has their own technology for this. Don’t get all caught up in the numbers game. Just make sure you take a look for yourself before you buy. Ask your retailer to demonstrate the different motion settings for you. You want every run, pass, and tackle to look real and natural, as if you were right there on the field. And make sure that the motion compensation feature doesn’t compromise brightness.

Third feature is color accuracy. From lush green football and soccer fields to blue skies and deep red or blue jerseys, you want a TV that is capable of producing colors as real to life as possible. And remember, brighter does not necessarily mean better.

A lot of stores will boost the brightness of the TV screen, since people are naturally attracted to bright lights. The downside is you get side effects that impact picture quality. An overly bright set can distort colors tremendously, particularly greens.

Fourth feature – contrast. Now, this is a much debated and misunderstood term, but here’s what’s important to know. Within the same scene, you want your whites to be bright and you want your darks to be dark black. Inky blacks add context and atmosphere to your games, movies, and TV programming, especially in shadows, night time, and other dark scenes.

Now, blacks are driven by the TVs picture engine, not by the panel. The picture engine in this TV delivers dark, rich blacks and true to life color and detail in all scenes. The color accuracy and amazing contrast can really make it feel like you are looking through a glass window at the game.

Fifth feature – apps. As an avid sports fan, it’s important to have the ability to stay current, look up player stats, game scores, and news clips while watching a game. And it’s also fun to engage in some good old trash talk on Facebook and Twitter while the game is live. To do that, you’ll want a smart TV that has made-for-TV apps and the ability to connect to the internet.

Sixth feature – 3D. Watching sports in 3D is the most immersive, at-the-game experience you can get from home. 3D broadcasting is beginning to catch on, and more and more sporting events are being offered in 3D. ESPN has a 24/7 3D channel, and Sony, IMAX, and Discovery have also teamed up for an always on, 3D broadcast channel called 3net. Watching sports in 3D is ideal for those special occasion sporting events that are broadcast in 3D.

OK, there you have it – the top six things to look for in an HDTV for your man cave or your in-home sports bar.

Let’s recap – 42-inch or larger screen size, high refresh rate for smooth motion, color accuracy and contrast for optimal picture quality, made-for-TV internet apps, and 3D capabilities.

It’s Simplistik – Go Blu or Go Home

blurayWith so many choices today, whether it be what kind of milk to buy or whether to buy pure bred dogs or go to a rescue shelter, it’s nice to know that some choices are super easy.  For instance, if you’re looking to get a new “player” for your home theater, there’s no question that you should spend the tiny bit more money to go with BluRay player.  It used to be a tough choice for some, but not any more.  Here are a few reasons that should help the non-converted.

Today, we’re going to talk about why you may want to step up to a Blu-ray disc player. There are many advantages going for the Blu-ray disc player and its media– better image quality, better audio quality, and tons of special features.

Blu-ray discs deliver hi-definition 1080p image quality which is the best way to get the most out of your HDTV, while a DVD is limited to standard definition. Blu-ray also offers sharper images, more contrast, and richer colors. If you like the way HD looks, you’ll be blown away, because content delivered via the Blu-ray disc player is the highest quality 1080p available.

And what about audio? Same goes for audio – more capacity on the disc means less compressed audio and a higher quality sound. By adding an HD home theater system, you’ll be hearing things exactly as the sound engineers intended, and you’ll be amazed.

As for special features, a lot of the new Blu-ray disc players connect to the internet, so you can instantly stream online entertainment, including movies from Netflix, YouTube videos, TV shows, and music from a long list of providers. All of this without even having to hook your TV up to a computer. That gives you access to millions of entertainment options.

Also, some Blu-ray disc players are now 3D capable, so you can watch movies in 3D right at home. Remember, if you want 3D, you need a 3D capable HDTV, a 3D source, 3D content, and 3D active glasses.

Now that I’ve convinced you to run out and buy a Blu-ray disc player, be sure to hold on to your standard DVDs because you can still play them on your Blu-ray disc player. Another reason to upgrade to Blu-ray – your current DVD library is not obsolete, and a Blu-ray disc player will upscale those DVDs so they will look even better than before.

Wireless Home Theatre – The Simplistik Way

technologySo technology is here to make our lives easier, right? We all know that.  Then why is it always so complicated to get things to work the way they’re supposed to?  I mean trying to simply set up a home theatre recently with a friend was a total nightmare, what with all the various connections, devices, and cool new tech gadgets.  Fortunately I found some technology that DID make things easier… Thank you YouTube!

It’s amazing the help you can find on YouTube these days, isn’t it?  Well, with a few minutes of searching I was able to convince my friend it was time to upgrade to a new wireless home entertainment system.  It was surprisingly affordable, and was she ever thrilled with the outcome!  Movie night at her place!

Here’s the information I found that was so helpful. Hopefully it’ll be helpful to you, or someone you know, just like it was for us.

Today I’m going to show you how to go wireless with your Blu-ray disc home theater system. And whey would you want to do that? Well, for many reasons. But for starters, just look at this ugly, horrible cable mess. Say goodbye.

Wireless internet connectivity allows you to conveniently access and stream online entertainment directly form the internet. Movies, videos, TV episodes, music and more from a huge list of providers like Netflix, Youtube, and Pandora just to name a few. All of this without needing a dedicated ethernet connection. Plus, you can easily set up your home theater system wherever you’d like. You don’t need to near an ethernet port to be able to connect to the internet.

First thing’s first… You’ll need an existing home network with a router. If your router is not already wireless, you’ll need to upgrade to a wireless router. The wireless router is hardwired to your broadband connection then the router gives off wireless signal, which connects with your your wifi-enabled devices.

Next, you’ll want to ensure your products have built-in wifi, like this HDTV and Blu-ray disc home theater system. If they don’t have built-in Wi-Fi, but are Wi-Fi enabled, that’s fine, too. Just make sure you buy the appropriate Wi-Fi adapter.

Okay, now that you’ve got a wireless connection and Wi-Fi enabled products, you can connect your products to Wi-Fi network wherever your products are set up. Depending on your router and network configuration, you may need to take additional steps to finish your Wi-Fi set up. Typically, your onscreen display will help guide you through the set-up process.

Place your HDTV and Blu-ray home theater system wherever you like. Next, set up the speakers. This system has wireless rear speakers so you won’t have to run wires from the front of the room to the back. This unit sends a signal to the transmitter box in the back of the room. It needs to be plugged into an outlet so it can send a wireless signal to the rear speakers.

Now place your speakers and sub-woofer around the room, two speakers on either side of the TV and two in the back of the room angled toward where you’ll sit and one speaker centered slightly below your HDTV. The sub-woofer can be on the left or the right of the TV.

Now power up your system and start streaming online entertainment directly from the internet. With millions of choices, you’ll never run out of things to watch.