Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Panamax - Power and In-Wall Cable Solutions

Panamax not only offers High End Power conditioners for your Home Theater and top quality Surge supressing Power Strips, but their "Max In Wall" series of Wall plates offer In wall power and AV cabling solutions with power filtering for a "Complete" solution to your In wall AV cable and power problems.

Panamax - Power and In-Wall Cable Solutions

Panamax power and av in wall solution Put your Power and AV cabling in the wall! Panamax has true code compliant solutions with built in power filtering. Hide the wall plate behind your Wall mounted Plasma or LCD Display, for that "no cables" look. Various versions available with modular AV connection blocks. Whether you need an In-wall power extension solution, Power and AV, or just the perfect Power Conditioning for your Home Theater or Computer - Panamax has a great solution for you.

The Pros use Panamax - so should you!
Panamax Products

Monday, November 17, 2008

Blu Ray beats Downloads!

Blu-ray earns high marks from consumers

Study finds that users prefer discs to streaming 10-to-1

Maybe propaganda, but then, I like physical disks, don't you?
I don't understand why everyone thinks downloads are the way to go. I watch plenty of Netflix instant movies, and I can't wait for them to go "HD", but would I buy drm encrypted data over a physical disk? Hah, not likely!!! Give me a disk, every time!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Disconnected - TV Antenna users Life in Hell

Whether you are an early adopter HDTV OTA (over the air) user or a regular old TV from antenna user you have some work to do if you want to watch TV at all, or all the TV you can get.
The Digital TV changeover is coming soon on February 17, 2009! That's hard enough for regular antenna users who have to get conversion boxes, but there's a fly in the ointment for early adopters who thought they were all ready to go.

Regular old TV Antenna types should see:
AntennaWeb's walk through guide to choosing an Antenna
Antenna Web's Resources (Information sites)

Early Adopters should recheck their final channel assignments taking place at the transition. Many of us switched to UHF only Antennas due to what looked like all our local stations were going to be UHF. At the changeover, some TV stations are now going to switch their HDTV signals to use high and low VHF bands which we won't get. This means changing Antennas as well as possiblty antenna amps and preamps. Quite a pita. Who knows what ATSC, OTA Digital tuner Set top boxes, HDTV cards in computers - Media Center, Mac or HTPC will be affected? Maybe not likely, but who's been testing with low and mid VHF? There's not a lot of "real world" data, yet.
Here's some good info:
HDTVexpert - Info on new VHF and UHF channel assignments
HDTV expert - Test of five antennas

I have enough problems pulling in the stations I should, just using different tuners with the same antenna setup. Where's this possibly going when I throw in VHF frequency bands? Am I the only one who thinks this might be a problem? I doubt it. More "fun" for "us", I guess.