Thursday, October 21, 2010

VideoWave HDTV: The Newest Technology from Bose

bose videowave
Bose is a company that has been providing high-end audio equipment and accessories since 1964. They provide anything from home theater sound systems to headphones for customers that are willing to pay dearly for their excellent quality. Well, Bose has finally expanded into the television and home theater field. On Thursday, October 14th Bose released their latest technology which they have been developing for the past ten years, the new VideoWave Entertainment System.

The entertainment system consists of four different pieces – a 46-inch LCD TV, a separate console connected by a Bose cable, an iPod dock, and an amazing remote control. All of these pieces are new and completely unique to Bose. When combined together, I believe that these pieces create one of the most incredible home theater experiences that I have ever witnessed. So what makes this system worth the $5,349 price tag? Well, here are just a few of the reasons.

The TV
The 46-inch screen offers a 1080p image, which isn’t the greatest I’ve ever seen on a TV before, but it definitely isn’t bad. When I saw the screen in Bose, I thought that the picture was crisp, clean, and vibrant. It was definitely something that I was impressed by. The picture is not the main attraction with this TV though. The sound on the VideoWave is what absolutely blew me away. When you purchase the LCD TV from Bose, you will not need to install one single extra speaker. The set provides incredible surround sound from within the TV itself.

Inside the TV there are 16 speakers, six subwoofers, and some breathtaking new technology that sends flawless sound from the TV into every single corner of the room. Therefore, the sound is coming from the TV set but can be heard everywhere around you. Bose calls this technology PhaseGuide, and it is absolutely amazing.

The Remote
bose videowave remoteThe remote for the LCD TV is different than any other remote that I have ever seen. It is extremely simple, as it only has buttons for power, input, channel, volume, mute, and back. They decided that they only wanted to put the buttons that you would universally need. In the center of the remote there is a directional pad that is surrounded by a touch pad. The touch pad allows you to access all of the other buttons not featured on the actual remote. When you touch the touch pad, the picture on the screen will shrink and become surrounded by a rectangular menu that shows all of the other controls you may want to use.

The remote can take a little getting used to, but once you discover where the other buttons are located on the screen, it becomes quite simple to utilize. The remote really seems ingenius. It makes so much sense to simplify the remote and eliminate the unnecessary buttons from the physical remote.

The Console and Dock
The console is the connection hub for all of your extra devices like your Blu-ray player, DVD player, gaming consoles, etc. You can connect up to five devices to VideoWave at one time. There is also an iPod dock that is included. It’s a pretty standard iPod dock, but it does display your iPod’s menu on the TV screen which is incredibly convenient. You can control everything via the remote, which is also great. Another great feature included on the VideoWave is called Video Mute. This feature allows you to turn off the screen and video, leaving only the audio playing. This makes the VideoWave a great audio player as well as a fantastic TV.

The VideoWave is an absolutely fantastic home theater system. Unfortunately, since the system is $5,349, this set is not for everyone. You definitely have to pay for the excellent quality that Bose is providing. If you’re ready to make the leap with this new technology from Bose, then you most definitely won’t be disappointed. For the price Bose will also install the system in your home. If you’re interested in the VideoWave Entertainment System from Bose, then you will have to find a Bose store in your area to see the home theater system in action. Bose is only selling these new LCD TVs in their stores. For more information talk to your local Bose representatives.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Two Is Better Than One

It is becoming a common sight today to see computers being run with more than one monitor. For casual computer users this may seem distracting and unnecessary. In reality having multiple screens can have many perks that most people might not even realize until they hook up the second screen. Dual monitors are great for everything from pictures, to web surfing, and especially gaming.

Digital pictures have almost completely replaced film, and with dual screens amateur digital photographers can organize their hobby more quickly and easily. One screen can be used to browse thumbnails while the other is being used to edit the photo and bring it into focus. While editing multiple photos, it is much easier to have two screens and be able to scroll through the pictures while not blocking the view of the picture currently being edited.

For people who need to keep email or social networking sites open while working, dual monitors are ideal. While internet tabs can keep multiple windows open, they do not let the user know when an email or message is received, and with dual monitors both windows can be kept in plain sight at all times.

Dual monitors are most useful for computer gamers. The two screens can be set to act as one large screen, doubling the picture for the gamer. With this extra screen space it is possible to keep an eye on everything going on in the game world without unnecessary scrolling. If the second monitor isn't being used for a larger view, it can be used to keep open a weapon or tool screen so the player can avoid wasting time clicking to open such screens.

Almost any computer can double up on monitors. Plasma or LCD flat screen monitors take up very little room and can offer major screen real estate. For the price conscious, CRT monitors can still be used for dual monitors. Even laptops can have a second desktop screen attached. The possibilities for a second monitor are endless and something to consider for serious computer users.
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Energy Efficient Monitors

While probably not the first thing that consumers look for in a monitor or television, energy consumption can be a game changer for more green-minded customers. Energy efficiency also can save on electric bills, and who doesn't like saving money? Here are the newest monitors that are highest up on the energy efficiency list while looking brilliant at the same time.

Dell LED G2210

The Dell G2210 is a backlit LED monitor that comes at a low price with a few special energy saving settings. The G2210 isn't anything spectacular, since it lacks full HD and an HDMI port, but makes up for it in offering a few features that are specifically designed for saving energy. The computer display uses 20.56 watts when fully lit and costs less than $7.00 a year to run. It also features Dell's popular OSD features. The G2210 has three settings, Standard, Energy Smart, and Energy Smart Plus. Standard lets the user set the brightness, Energy Smart caps screen brightness at 66% and uses ambient lighting to adjust brightness to the room, and Energy Smart Plus is the same as Energy Smart with the added feature of dynamic dimming, which lowers the brightness on overly bright images. Below are the specs.

Resolution: 1,680x1,050 pixels
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Connectivity: VGA, DVI-D
HDCP compliant? Yes
Backlight: LED
Dimensions (W x D x H): 20.15" x 6.18" x 16.03"
Weight: 7.54 lbs


Samsung SyncMaster 305T LCD Monitor

As big as it gets for energy efficient monitors, the SyncMaster has 30 inches of vivid screen. Unlike the previous monitor, the Samsung SyncMaster also has impressive viewing angles. The monitor can extend in height three inches, rotate back 30 degrees, and back and forth 60 degrees. For its impressive size and brilliant display this SyncMaster does have a few downfalls in that it only has one calibration feature for brightness and one DVI port. The SyncMaster uses 128.22 watts, which is a little more than the aforementioned monitor but is also the best that someone can expect from a 30-inch monitor. Below are the specs.

Screen Size: 30 inches
Resolution: 2,650x1,600
Pixel-response rate: 6ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Connectivity: DVI, USB
HDCP compliant? Yes
Backlight: LED
Dimensions (W x D x H): 27.1" x 19.8"x 11"
Weight: 26.46 lbs.


Lenovo ThinkVison 1940p

The Lenovo ThinkVision is the most energy efficient monitor on this list but also the smallest at 19 inches. It is an LCD monitor that has wonderful ergonomic features with the ability to pivot 90 degrees vertically, 50 degrees left and right and can raise 4.5 inches. One downside to the ThinkVision is its low resolution at 1,440 x 900 running at 75Hz, but it makes up for it in energy efficiency. When fully lit, the monitor uses 17.96 watts and costs around $5.64 to run for a year. Even better, when in energy saving mode the ThinkVision uses only 10 watts. Below are the specs.

Resolution: 1,440x900
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Connectivity: VGA
DVI HDCP compliant? Yes
Backlight: LED
Weight: 12.8 pounds

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