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So you get yourself ready to make the jump into a new TV, but you ask yourself "What do I get?" There are so many different options out there when it comes to HDTV's. There are a multitude of different aspects that you should look into before going to the store. That way, you really do know exactly what you want and what will suit you. In today's blog we will be going over a very big question for most people, LED or Plasma?
To most people, image quality is one of the top aspects that helps them decide what TV is right for them. Each kind of TV comes with its own pros and cons. Whether it be contrast or lighting, or pixel ratio; it's all to each it's own.
LED - First off, to avoid any confusion. Yes, LED screens are LCD screens. Any TV you find of any brand called "LED" is an LCD TV. The main cause of the name change was the decision to change the way the LCD panels were going to be lit.
Older models of LCD TV's had fluorescent tubes, such as you would find in lighting fixtures, but on a reduced scale. These tended to cause higher electricity bills, and in turn, caused people to steer away from LCD TV's. Companies began using the more energy-efficient LED lights to light their panels, and began calling their TV's "LED". LED TV's can produce a very wide range of colors. Higher end brands have implemented different techniques enriching their picture, creating life-like imagery and vivid, vibrant hues.
Some problems with LED-LCD screens are the likelihood of uneven brightness throughout the entire screen, the trouble with producing deep blacks, and the narrow viewing angles. Despite what you may have heard, there is no real way for the panel to have local dimming the same way that a direct-lit screen may. This causes trouble when trying to produce the deep and rich colors and textures of certain shots. The other issue is that when viewing some LED TV's off-center, the shot loses clarity and saturation; or may change color or invert completely.
- Pros: Models that feature advanced local dimming can have black levels that compete with Plasma screens; LED panels are much lighter than plasma panels; this is the most energy-efficient display technology
- Cons: Picture has less color dynamic than Plasma screens; when viewed off-axis, picture can lose clarity
Plasma - The reason this kind of TV is called "Plasma" is because actually the way the TV's are lit. Plasma screen TV's have a three individually-lit plasma chambers for every pixel (one for red, green, and blue). When power is supplied to the chamber, the gases inside heat up creating a plasma, and begin to glow; lighting the screen.
Plasma screens are actually the older technology to it's successor, therefore have been ramped down in production. Many manufacturers have said that they have wanted to completely pull from the making of Plasma screens, but such brands as Panasonic, LG, and Samsung to name a few still produce the plasma television.
While Plasma screens have better visuals in some cases, there are also some rough points as is with anything. Plasma screens normally can't produce as bright of white as LED's may. Although the shadows are deeper and richer, more open scenes tend to fall flat. High power consumption is another concern when it comes to Plasma screens. Although newer models are much more efficient than preview, it's still much more costly than LED's. You may also worry about image retention and Plasma flicker. Say you may play video games or watch certain networks where it has a static image on screen at all times. If left for a period of time, the image may "burn-in" and ruin the panel. This holds true especially with newer panels.
- Pros: Excellent contrast and black levels; motion is depicted very well; even distribution of color and clarity throughout the entirety of the screen, good picture depth; often priced lower than LED models with similar screen size and features
- Cons: Small choice when it comes to screen size: 42"-65"; tends to not be as bright as LED; not as energy-efficient as LEDs and typically generate more heat; plasma panels tend to be thicker than most LED TV's
We all have a budget when it comes to anything in life, so finding the best - most reasonably priced product is ideal.
LED Televisions are usually the most cost efficient. But as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Of course, Plasma screens are higher quality usually, and may provide a better enjoyment out of your home theater. But it all comes down to what you feel comfortable paying for and what you would like out of your home theater system.What is the best: LED or Plasma?Making a decision between the two is honestly, opinion based, because there is no way to choose a clear winner between the two.If you want the best image quality you can get, in both 3D and 2D and can afford the extra mile; Go with Plasma. It's a good choice for wide viewing angles and bigger audiences (but really, how big will the audience in your house be?). If the cost of electricity, brightness, and affordability are your concerns; I recommend going with an LED display.Now you can going browsing through our selection of both Plasma and LED TV's here, and be confident in the choice you make!From everyone here at Audio Jam,Thank you for reading.Aaron Hartnett - Developmentaaron@audiojamonline.com
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Ever notice when you turn the volume up in your car and you begin to hear distortion? That's caused by either the head unit's sub-par built-in amplifier, or choosing the wrong amplifier to power your system.
In today's blog, we will be going over all the different aspects that you should know to buy the right amplifier for your car - the first time.
The three main things you should be paying close attention to are the following...
- System Compatibility
Picking a great amp can be crucial to giving your system that extra fine tuning it may need to really solidify the sound of your car.
How many channels do I need?
Amplifiers are available in many different channel configurations. The correct amount of channels depends on how many speakers you have in your car.
Normal rule of thumb, it's boils down to a channel per speaker that you're amplifying. For example, say you're just adding a subwoofer to the existing system in your car. A single channel amplifier will suit your needs. There are specifically designed "Class D" rated amplifiers that are built specially for subwoofers. They control the heat and power output better for amplifying your subs.
But we all know, adding a subwoofer won't be the only thing you'll want to do. You'll notice little things about certain speakers that you may not like, and you'll want to either upgrade, or modify. That will require more channels. The higher up you go, the more versatile you can be. Just keep that in mind when you start looking.
Component systems will tend to be more complicated, but that's a bridge you can pass when need be.
A 5-Channel Amplifier (Rear)
How much power will I need?
The best sound comes from properly powered speakers. Even your stock system has an ideal power supply that's necessary.
If you are upgrading your system, then it is best to go ahead and choose your speakers that you want to go with first. This allows you to know how much power you are going to need. There is peak, and RMS values to each speaker.
RMS (Root Mean Squared) Power Rating determines the alternating current (AC) of a direct current (DC) contact. In lame terms, the RMS Rating is the measure of continuous power that either A.) An amp can output. Or B.) A speaker can handle.
Peak Power is as simple as that, the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output without damage. Most of the time, these peaks hit from big bass hits, or very loud notes in a song.
If you follow RMS, you should be able to determine the amount of power that you need. Paying attention to the Peak power can be important as well, but the RMS Value is what most amplifiers base their ratings off of. Peak power is there so people know generally how high their output can go. We recommend sticking with RMS though, and playing it safe.
Stick to the general ratio of picking an amplifier(s) that can support up to 150% of your necessary power consumption. It is better to overpower your speaker than to underpower your speaker; in any case.
Will this amplifier work with my system?
The big question. Finding out whether or not the amplifier you're looking to buy will match with your system. You need to focus on the Ohm's, RMS Output, and Channels for the amplifier.
Matching these things will make sure that you get the most out of your system that you possible. As stated previously, subs tend to work better with monoblock amplifiers. While multiple car speakers require multi channel amplifiers. Combining the two and bridging and linking can create a good power supply needed for the job.
Stick to these guidelines, and with the help of your local audio provider, you'll be making your system great in no time.
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One of our development team will get back to you!
Thank you for reading.
Aaron Hartnett - Development
Although GPS Systems have been around for years now, many people have thrown them aside because their phones or cars are equipped with GPS Navigation. This makes the idea of purchasing a standalone GPS ludicrous. "Why spend money on something that I already have in the palm of my hand?"
Yes, GPS systems are built into most of the new smartphones and cellphones, but say your phone dies while you're out on the road and you have no phone charger; What're you going to do then? The standalone GPS System can be a crucial point to anyones long distance commute.
In today's blog we will be going over the different aspects that make the different kinds of GPS Systems unique and what would work best for you and your needs.
What's the point of having a standalone GPS?
I'm glad you asked this question to yourself. As mentioned before, most phones and tablets have a GPS System built-in, or at least have an app that you can download to use. But anyone who's had some kind of experience with the GPS on their phone, knows it's not always the best. There's plenty of places within the US that service just drops. Or say you're one of those people who checks their phone at inconvienent times such as going to the bathroom, or using the sink. You're at a rest stop somewhere in Arizone, 1,000 miles away from home, and you drop your phone right in the water. Your phone is basically a modern-day paper map. It has all the convinience you could need, but some simple mistake could result in it going out the window or being ruined by water.
A standalone GPS is something that you can just stash in your glovebox, and not have to worry about it leaving the safety of your car. We're not saying you need to have the highest end GPS System possible, but having an affordable and small GPS in the glovebox could be the difference between getting stranded and finding your way home.
Choosing the right GPS
A few things come into play when trying to find the right GPS for you...
1) Screen Size
Having the right screen size is a must for anyone who is going to have a standalone GPS. Have too small of a screen, and you're going to squinting and constantly looking at your GPS rather than where you really should be. Too big of a screen, and it becomes a barrier between you and your windshield and viewing area. Keep this in mind when choosing your GPS.
2) Traffic and Speed Date
These things aren't necessary, as they won't completely ruin a GPS for you, but finding a GPS that has both traffic and speed data can be a very helpful feature. You need to get to work because you're running late; You can check the traffic data and find out where to avoid and where is clear. The speed data could help you in that position as well, so you can avoid getting pulled over for speeding and cause yourself to be even more late.
It becomes a no-brainer when you look at it in the certain situations you could find yourself in one day.
3) Lifetime Map Updates
When finding a GPS, this could possibly be the most important thing to be looking for. Cities and streets are constantly changing, whether it be a business closing or a new street or addition being added on. With this, your GPS system must update as well. Paying for these over time can really add up to be a chunk of change, but spending that in the beginning can save you from having to worry about that anymore.
It'll be the difference between finding a dead-end road because your map isn't updated, and finding your way to wherever you have to go in a jiffy.
We here at Audio Jam hope that this guide will help you realize the importance of standalone GPS Systems and give you a little bit of insight into why you should make the purchase.
Thank you for reading,
Aaron Hartnett - Development
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Relaxing and enjoying a nice day on your boat can be nice. But you always feel like there's something missing. It's far too quiet.
When considering to purchase a new marine audio system, there are some things you should look at. All the different elements that come with nature can cause a big mess on your hands when it comes to your audio equipment. It's important to choose the right gear for your boat's system from the gate. The water, salt, wind, snow, sun, and everything in between are all factors to think about before swiping your card.
There are some different terms that may pop-up in any description for marine audio gear. Some people may not know exactly what they mean.
- Waterproof - Supported for full submerssion. Depths and pressure loads vary by brand and manufacturer
- Water-resistant - Can tolerate mild water exposure, such as drizzle, or splashes. But if submerged, will be damaged. Resistance set by brand and manufacturer
- Anti-corrosion - Designed to resist rusting and the corrosive effects of water and salt water.
- UV-resistant - Ability to handle sun rays and damage.
Marine Audio Components
There are several componenets to a marine audio system, that are very much alike to car audio components. The special traits that they carry let them excel in the harsh conditions while still giving you best possible sound you can get while out on the water. It sure beats carrying your old boombox out and risk losing it in the vast ocean, never to play "Ice Ice Baby" again.
- Speakers - When looking for marine speakers, you are trying to pay attention to their resiliency to the weather. Plastic cones and rubber surrounds provide the best protection to these things. Also be sure that your speakers are powerful enough to power over the sounds out on the water.
- Subwoofers - Practically the same thing as when it comes to speakers. Plastic cones and rubber surrounds will provide the best protection to the weater. Mounting subs can be a challenge on a boat, so be away of that when making the decision of getting either a solo subwoofer, or an enclosed box. How much room do you have? Are you going to be getting an external amplifier? If not, make sure to look for a powered enclosed subwoofer.
- Receivers - The best marine head units out there feature a coated circuit board, resistant faceplates, and can last throughout the harsh terrain. You'll want to make sure that you have enough lines and outputs to power both your speakers, and amplifiers (if applicable)
- Speaker wire and cables - Wires should be tinne; bare copper may erode quickly in long time periods of exposure to salt water.
- Amplifiers - Just make sure that there is plenty of power, and that they also feature coated circuit boards for safety.
Fitting your Marine Audio System
The one bad thing when it comes to getting a good marine audio system together is finding a place for everything that is reasonable and works. Unlike it's landbound counterpart, not every boat is going to have an ideal place for every component of your system. Every installation presents new challenges and bridges you have to cross. But if you're going to go for it, you might as well go all the way.
If you're only going to be replacing your boat's previous speakers and receivers; using the same mounting areas and slots will probably be an option. If not, you're going to need to modify your existing set-up.
When coming to your final decision about what you're going to be putting into your system, just remember that there are some things you're going to need to consider. The materials that your speakers and components are made from. Make sure that you get the best specs within your price range because we all know, better specs = better sound. Be mindful of the power you have because when it comes to marine audio, power is your friend. Also, look into what options you have for audio, whether it be CD, USB, or Bluetooth. These different options will make for your boat trip to transform into something much more than that.
Thank you for reading.
Aaron Hartnett - Development
We know that most of the time when you are out shopping for a new TV, you are trying to upgrade your home. Both in look, and quality.
One of the reasons why flat-panels televisions are appealing is their space, depth, and reasonably light weight, which gives them the leisure of wall mounting. Wall mounting is one of the easiest ways to bring a whole new look to a living room or bedroom. It takes out all the hassle of finding the right entertainment stand by giving you the freedom of mounting it practically wherever you would like. It brings the whole room together with a very clean look.
You'll notice that most TV's do not come with their own mounting gear. You'll have to go out and buy it seperately.
In today's blog, we'll be going over the differences between the various types of mounts available. We'll also be going over what type would be best for different installations.
There's many different options you have when it comes to mounts. Fixed mounts to full-motion mounts, there's something out there for everyone. It comes down to a couple different questions. Do you want to be able to adjust your TV to get a better view at different angles? Do you want the bracket to be able to pull away from the wall? These are a few things to consider while purchasing your wall-mount.
Flat mount - The most affordable of the different wall-mounts. It places the TV closer to the wall than other wall mounts. There is no adjusting with a flat mount. The screens position is fixed and parallel to the wall. This wall mount is recommended when working with Plasma TV's. Plasma screens usually come with the widest horizontal and vertical viewing area.
Tilt mount - With a tilt mount, you can use this for a television you wish to be able to fix the vertical angle of the TV. The tilting mechanism causes the screen to be pushed a bit further from the wall than a flat mount in order to compensate for the room needed for the tilting. These kind of mounts are used most in bedrooms with higher cielings, or over certain mantles or fireplaces. These kind of mounts can also help counteract glare and reflections.
Tilt/Swivel mount - This kind of mount is essentially a tilt mount with the added feature of side-to-side swiveling. These mounts are great additions to rooms that provide different viewing angles, and have more than one viewing spot.Full-Motion mount - The most advanced and versatible type of mount in the market. It features the best tilt/swivel movement and flexibility. You can move this mount to and from the wall, which allows the ability to pull it from the wall but still have the TV close to the wall when not in use. Also because this type of mount can pull further from the wall, there is a greater range for side-to-side manuevering.
In this day and age, our generations are growing up with different capabilities when it comes to music than ever. We have not only CD's, but iPods, iPhones, MP3 Players, etc. This brings in a whole new world when it comes to car audio.
Many new aftermarket head units will have iPod / iPhone controls built in. This means just plug and go. But there are many head units that require an adapter to access the more advanced features of your iPod. There is also a few vehicles that may require an adapter to use your iPod at all.
There are several benefits when using an iPod adapter in your car. You get a better sound out of your system. You have more controls when it comes to using your iPod. Some cars feature song search and access to your different playlists. There are more, but these are some of the more important ones.
Different types of adapters
USB - Most of the newer head units feature a built-in USB port which you can use your standard iPod cable out of the box for the basic audio controls in your car. This tends to be the most common option since it requires no extra purchases. But even in this case, it can be a good idea to buy another cable to leave in your car.
iPod Adapter Cables - You tend to need to have the iPod adapter cables when using double-din head units. It helps get full iPod intergration, which will feature the more advanced features of your iPod/iPhone such as song titles and song search, or app controls for different music apps like Pandora or iHeart Radio.
External Boxes - In different circumstances, you will need an external control box in order to use your iPod in your system. This often is the case when you want to add iPod audio to your factory radio.
At our stores, we support all different kinds of Apple Integration. Come through one of them today and ask one of our associates what you can do today!
Thank you for reading.
Aaron Hartnett - Development
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Everyone feels a lot more comfortable when they have the control of their car at the click of a button. Being cautious and secure gives everyone ease of mind. These reasons come together for a good reason for anyone to invest in a quality car security systems.
Convinience, safety, and reassurance in the palm of your hands. What's not to get?
How common security systems work
It's pretty simple. You push the button to arm your system; you hear the doors lock and more likely than not you will hear a chirp to go along with it. Some security systems come with an LED flash that alerts potential threats that you have your system armed.
This will bring peace of mind, and confidence in leaving your car somewhere. There's no need to worry anymore! Welcome to the luxary of controlling of what happens to your car.
Different features include:
- Starter kits (Preventing yoru car from being hot-wired)
- Driver's side priority unlock allows you the safety of opening just your door. There's no chance for someone to jump into one of the other doors without your consent.
- You can upgrade your security system capabilities with remote starters or windows controls. There's even systems now just like Viper's VSS3001 SmartStart System that allows you to control your car from your smart phone!
- GPS capability adds the security of being able to track your vehicle's location and receive alerts.
& Many more for you to look into!
We recommend having your security system professionally installed. You can stop by one of our stores in either Bear or New Castle and have a consultation with one our of associates to determine whether or not your vehicle will match one of our security systems. Stop on it today and give yourself that peace of mind that everyone deserves.
Thank you for reading.
Aaron Hartnett - Development
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During the summer time, many people enjoy using their backyards as more of a get together area than a backyard. Many of which will carry on until the later times of the night when it begins to get very dark. Lighting is an important thing to think about when planning out your home, and when considering being the host of the parties you and your friends will be having.
Not only do they accent any of your landscaping that you have, it also provides a better feeling of security if you decide to go with motion activated lighting fixtures. You can tell when unwanted guests are within the boundaries of your home.
Installation is very easy and can be done on your own in most cases; less than an hour.
What kind of lighting is out there?
There are two main kind of lighting fixtures out there; Solar & LED. You can also find a mixture of the two if you want a cost-efficient but powerful light outdoors.
Solar lights bring the functionality of not having wires or electrity. They run solely based on how much exposure to the sun that they receive. This can be a great cost-efficient lighting method for those that have wide open backyards, but don't have the needs to run wires all around their yard.
LED Lights are very similar in appearance to Solar lights, but they are all wired up and running through the electricity of your house. Of course, they cost more. But they can be more reliable, and they can tend to be brighter than solar lights with a poor charge. Many of the LED lights available are Low Voltage, meaning that they won't run your bill through the roof. They'll add a little elegance to the greenery outside of your house, and in your wallet.
The different features of each lighting fixture can be advantages or disadvantages. It all depends on your preference and needs. But all in all, they can be a great addition to your yard and great way to light the scene while adding an extra barrier of security to your home.
Thank you for reading.
Aaron Hartnett - Development
Now maybe its just me or maybe I'm just crazy. When I'm alone in an eatery or browsing by my lonesome in a store, or just standing in an elevator or waiting in a lobby, then out of nowhere, bang: I’m exceptionally irked. (Side-Note: not like Hulk-Smash, more annoying /like when a fork twangs on a tooth and you get that uncomfortable feeling in your mouth, and you rub your cheek till it goes away. (I’m an old lovable lapdog kinda soul.) So naturally,being an introvert who constantly questions his world and his place in it , I start examing things (what’s annoying me? When did I last eat?) when it strikes me, and “it” is the loathsome, stannic, nails-on-a-chalkboard sound all around me – that lobby or elevator music that sounds like it’s coming from a tin can attached to a long rope and then through a busted set of speakers. And I don't care if it’s Gorillaz, Dean Martin, 21 Pilots, or Panic at the Disco or my favorite song of all time, just please, apologize for the powers that be – make it stop.
Ahem. I apologize. Very long night, let me begin again:
Ask any movie or music aficionado: beautiful music or, beautifully reproduced, can take you places. Like Tina Turner once said, “This is what I want in heaven... words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies” and arriving there involves listening to all the instruments, every distinction, from bows on violins and mouths on wooden reeds, to the breath between choruses. (Remember that feeling when the Nazgul came charging out of the fortress of Minas-Morgul?) There is no compare, wonderfully reproduced music can be life-changing and can improve the outlook on your whole day. You could come home feeling like crap, turn on a great song and be right as rain in no time as that stress just melts away.
Well now let's apply that to shopping for speakers. I feel encouraged to inquire what the patrons need is . I was sure I could give them a far better sensory involvement at home, or in their automobile, with the right composition. And if they intoned "Don't worry about it, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference," I had a small ploy: I would inquire “Could you tell me what music you hate to listen too?" I would then play that style (raising the volume) on a exceptional sound system, and just relax and wait. Most of the time, in the face of their finest attempt to not be swayed or influenced, I would look at them as their faces held the expression of just being hit by a thunderbolt right there and then. I saw happiness, goosebumps and even chills when the patron realized just how far we've come in the range of sound. (Side note: not always. Gregorian chanting from the dark ages pretty much sounds the same no matter the system.) And no, you don't have to be a connoisseur of sound to acknowledge and eternally love the emotionally moving nuances of beautifully reproduced music, and no, you need not be wealthy. With today's advancements a great sound system can be yours for less then the cost of a decent toaster oven.
Why do I say all this? Improving the ambience of my patrons lives, sending them off with an often exciting and life affirming epiphany, is what the business of sound is all about, it says it in our Slogan AudioJam " Where Dreams Become Reality". The Bigger you can dream the more we have to work with Were all about sound and making you appreciate and feel it in your every day life. Whether its a pair of earbuds, a new set of speakers for your car and boat, or a earth shattering home theater system that puts you right in the middle of the action. We can personalize a system to fit all your needs.
Stay tuned cause we got alot more coming, from the speakers of the Fast and the Furious to the helmets of Sons of Anarchy. AudioJam's blog is your one stop shop for all the latest and hottest information.