The Newest Generation of HDTV’s are Impressive Indeed

wall mounted hdtvIn the 14 years since it has hit the mainstream HD television has come a long way.  And the TV’s that display this footage have come just as far or farther.  But the current versions of HDTV’s are truly impressive both in their size and their performance capabilities.

In the Beginning

When HDTV was in it’s infancy there were very few models that could actually display the new technology.  Most of these consisted of huge rear projection models that dominated whatever room they were located in.  These TV’s were truly behemoths.  In many cases they were over 5 feet tall and up to 20 inches deep.

While the quality of the picture was beyond anything to date, including DVDs, the images lacked the clarity that is now common amongst current HD models.  One thing these models did have was excellent contrast.  Since they were based on 3 gun technology, the colors were very accurate.  Even today some of the best TV’s struggle to display blacks with the same quality of analog TVs.

Current Model High Definition TV’s

The most notable difference between the models of yesteryear and today is the size.  Most high definition TV’s can now be mounted on a wall.  They are often less than 1 inch thick.  And they can range in size all the way up to 80 inches across.

The technology behind these TV’s is truly breathtaking.  They are able to display full 1080p resolution.  That’s 1,080 lines of horizontal resolution.  Newer models such as Sony’s 4K models are able to display even twice as many lines of resolution.  And while there is little to no source media out there with this high of resolution, it will surely be right around the corner.

In the meantime these TV’s upscale the existing HD formats with the higher resolution.  This makes for a dramatically lifelike picture that makes TV and movies truly seem as though you are in the action.

The black levels, contrast, and motion of digital TV’s has increased greatly in the last few years as well.  Some units are so good that they now make movie and TV sets look unrealistic.  This is something that producers and directors are having to adjust for.

The last 10 years have seen a pretty remarkable changes in the world of HD capabilities.  Even radio controlled quadcopters are now equipped with HD cameras capable of filming in full 1080p.  You can see some examples here.

It will be exciting to see what the next 10 years bring to the world of home entertainment as companies keep introducing more and more exciting equipment.

A Home Theater Installation that is a Step Above

home theater seatingWhen it comes to home theaters and home automation systems people can go pretty over the top.  From theaters that cost well over one million dollars, to smart homes that allow you to control and monitor every aspect of your residence there are no limits to what you can do with today’s technology.

All of this is well and good.  But when it comes to anything technology related, service is the key.  And for those that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on these types of systems they expect nothing but the best.

This is why selecting the right contractor to handle your installation is crucial.  It’s not just about getting the latest and greatest equipment or the biggest screen that can fit into a room.

More than anything it’s about getting exactly the right system, installed in a way that makes it both enjoyable, easy to use and reliable.

Enjoying Your Investment

Getting enjoyment from your investment is crucial to ensuring you feel you got your money’s worth.  If you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for a system that has lots of bugs and issues you will very quickly begin to feel your money was not well spent.  This is obviously the worst case scenario.

A good way to avoid this situation is to seek out references from each of the potential home theater contractors from whom you are requesting bids.

Specific questions to ask would be:

Is the system easy to use?  Is the system reliable?  Does it perform all of the functions on which you were originally sold?  How are service or maintenance issues handled?  Is the company timely with service requests?

Getting good responses on all of these is crucial to understanding the philosophy of the business you are about to hire.

Easy Peasy

While it might sound completely logical that a home control system should be easy to use, oftentimes they are anything but.  We are accustomed to devices such as iPhones and iPads that have very intuitive user interfaces.

Make sure you are allowed to touch and use the same interface or controller that will be used in your home before you make your purchase.  This is key to getting everything you’ve paid for out of your system.  There’s nothing worse than having to explain to your wife why you spent thousands of dollars on a remote that doesn’t work.

Reliability Is Key

A reliable system is one that works day in and day out with very little maintenance.  But let’s not confuse little with none.

These are electronics and often times they fail.  But an installation company should have a line of products with which they are intimately familiar and that offers consistent performance.

When installed and configured properly under the right conditions these products should last for years and years.

Having the latest and greatest bleeding edge technology is often not all it’s cracked up to be.  You want something that has a proven track record that is going to operate the way you expect it to every time.

A solid installation company should help you design a great system that gives you years of enjoyment.  One such company in Florida is Innovative Sight & Sound.  They have of a Tampa and Destin office.  Innovative Sight & Sound – Panama City Beach services all points between Panama City Beach and Destin Florida.  They offer both Destin and Tampa home automation services as well.