4 Feb 2012 11:08:56
When you begin browsing online for new HDMI cables for your home entertainment system, you will soon see that there are many different types to choose from. One of the main differences between HDMI cables is in connector types, of which there are five main options.
The different HDMI cable connectors available are:
• Type A, the standard nineteen pin connector
• Type B, a type with 29 pins that can carry twice the video bandwidth of Type A
• Type C, a mini-connector used with portable devices
• Type D, a micro-connector which looks like a Type A but smaller, resembling a micro USB connector
3 Feb 2012 11:10:00
If you are planning to set up an HD projector, either to screen films and images in your own home, or to put on a public screening or presentation, you will need to know how to set up your system properly. Fail to do this, and you could face rather embarrassing technical hitches right in the middle of your presentation or slideshow.
The first thing to do is to choose your projector, and whilst doing so you should look at factors such as contrast ratio, screen size, brightness and picture quality. You should also look for an HD projector which has a port for a HDMI cable.
Next, you need to...Read More
29 Jan 2012 21:01:26
If you have a home entertainment system that is set up for 3D, and you have also signed up to a Sky package which includes the Sky 3D channel, then 2012 is likely to be a very exciting year in your household.
The head of Sky 3D, John Cassy, has recently revealed that the channel has very ambitious plans for 2012. Speaking to 3D Focus, he said:
“We’ve learnt so much over the past 12 months. We’ve raised the bar and the technology is catching up with the scale of our ambition. Some of the shows we have planned for 2012 will blow viewers away. And with strong 3D TV sales forecast in...Read More
29 Jan 2012 20:58:43
Anyone who has ever been to see a 3D film at the cinema will tell you that the experience is truly amazing, but what’s even more incredible is that you can now enjoy the same experience in your very own home.
If you plan to build up your very own 3D home entertainment centre in your living room, you will need to get a few pieces of equipment first. Here’s what you will need:
• A 3D-enabled HD TV, preferably widescreen for the full cinema experience
• A pair of 3D glasses, if they aren’t included with your 3D TV purchase
• 3D sources, such as a 3D-ready Blu-ray player and discs, a PS3 or Xbo...
29 Jan 2012 20:55:52
In the first part of this guide, we looked at one of the features offered by HDMI cables – support for advanced colour spaces. We also took a brief look at what colour spaces, but let’s now move onto the specific colour spaces HDMI cables can offer support for.
Deep Color, support for which is offered by HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4 cables, allows HDTVs and other high definition displays use billions rather than millions of colours. This creates displays that are as vivid and accurate as it is possible to get. Viewers with Deep Color support can also enjoy increased contrast ratio, al...
26 Jan 2012 14:44:51
If you look down the list of features and functions offered by your HDMI cables, it is likely that you will not understand all of them unless you are something of an electronics buff. However, by finding out a little bit more about the cables which connect up your home entertainment system, you can unlock the potential of all your devices and get the best from your setup.
One thing that many people ask about when looking at HDMI features is colour spaces, advanced support for which is offered by HDMI cable versions 1.3 and beyond. So, what are colour spaces, how do they affect your home...
25 Jan 2012 11:45:11
3D is a hugely exciting innovation in the world of cinema, and the technology is now breaking into the home entertainment market in a very big way. Consumers can now have the opportunity to watch 3D TV and films, play 3D games and explore the limitations of the technology in their very own homes, a prospect that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago.
If you have recently spent your hard-earned cash on a 3D-enabled TV, it is very important that you get all the essential accessories to allow you to get the best from your investment. You may not be aware of this, but your stand...
25 Jan 2012 11:39:44
Shopping for HDMI cables isn’t as easy as you may think. Even if you know which version and what length you need, you are still likely to encounter a number of different options to choose from.
You should know that there are five main types of HDMI cable. These are:
• The standard HDMI cable. This is designed to be able to cope with most home entertainment tasks, and can transmit the HDMI resolutions most often used in cable and satellite TV
• The standard HDMI cable with Ethernet. This cable offers the same performance as the previous type, but with the useful addition of an Ethernet chann...
25 Jan 2012 11:37:08
The consumer electronics giant Toshiba has launched a brand new 3D product onto the market, in the form of its first ever full HD 3D camcorder.
The Toshiba Camileo Z100 offers a dazzling array of features, including a dual lens system and 8x digital zoom, as well as full HD 2D capture (1920 x 1080 at 30fps). What’s more, the camcorder can take pictures up to 16MP thanks to its two CMOS, 5MP quality image sensors, which also have back side illumination.
Although the camcorder has a 7.1cm glasses-free touchscreen, users are best viewing their home videos and directorial efforts on their wi...
25 Jan 2012 11:35:23
It would be nice if every piece of technology you use in your everyday life would work as it is supposed to, without you having to troubleshoot problems. However, it is not always so straightforward, especially when connecting up devices in your home entertainment system.
As with any new technology, you will need to make a few adjustments to your setup if you plan to enjoy 3D in your home.
The following are a couple of the most common problems relating to HDMI cables and 3D TV, and how to fix them.
1. When trying to play 3D films, my TV screen just goes blank
The most likely cause for this is ...