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    The Truth: LED TVs explained.

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    If you’ve been watching TV lately, you might have seen some new commercials from manufacturers like Samsung, hyping their new “LED” televisions as a whole new breed that’s “changing how we watch TV.”

    Technically, these new “LED” TV’s are just LCD televisions with a display lit by LEDs on the outer edge of the TV, as opposed to being lit from behind. Most LCD TVs use fluorescent backlighting.

    So, this LED designation refers to the backlighting system thats employed on the newer LCD TVs, not the chip itself that’s produce the image. You might say that the only true LED TV is the one you see at a stadium or ballpark. The new home models should actually be called LCD / LED TVs.

    But, an LED TV can claim:

    – Lower power consumption.
    – No Mercury.
    – Thinner profile (because no flourescent-based backlighting).
    – Balanced color saturation.

    The good news is that LED backlighting is representing a new advance in technology, giving LCD TVs a performance level similar to plasmas in terms of black levels, while also allowing for even thinner, sleeker LCD TV designs. At Grand Home Automation, we’re all about advancement.

    Trust us to keep you posted on new developments and new product offerings when it comes to enhancing the home theater experience.

    GHA Launches Home Theater Website

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    Grand Home Automation is proud to announce the launch of this website dedicated to assiting people with Home theater and media room installation related issues. As the primary contributor to this blog, I hope to cover topics that are of concern to those who are contemplating the building of a new home theater, or wish to improve upon the one they already have. Harmonizing with Grand Home’s general philosophy, a strong emphasis will be placed on planning, design, and engineering. With so many factors to consider, it’s just too risky to buy a bunch of gear, wire it up, and hope everything works out alright.

    As a CEDIA certified home theater design specialist, I will be stressing the importance of getting the room design right. Extremely expensive equipment will perform quite poorly in an uncontrolled environment, while even modest electronics can perform wonderfully under the right conditions with proper calibration. Some of the primary considerations for any home theater space that will be discussed here are:

    • Acoustic treatment – sound control inside the room
    • Acoustic isolation – keeping theater sounds in, and house sounds out
    • Audio processing and amplification
    • Video technologies
    • Visual formats and layout
    • Lighting control and effects
    • Climate control and ventillation
    • Interior furnishings and decor
    • Control systems – doesn’t matter how great it performs if you can’t turn it on

    I’m looking forward to exploring and sharing my favorite topic – Home Theater!
    Sean Hotchkiss