Should I Choose a Floor or Wall Mounted TV Stand?

When it comes to installing a great entertainment system in your home, there are plenty of options to choose from to customize your space into one where you can fully enjoy a superior visual and audio experience. An integral part of this space is a TV stand, a place where you can house several important components of your entertainment system.

There are many different aspects to choosing a good TV stand, including the size, strength, design and structure of the item in question; these all play a role in how well the furniture will do its job and fit into your room.

There are two basic types of TV stand on the market today, each of which has a distinctive design and structure which set sit apart from the other; these are the floor and wall mounted TV stands. The former is the type of stand that we are all familiar with, one that is placed on the floor and supports a standing TV screen and other equipment.

The wall mounted stand is different in that it is attached solely to the wall. This can consist of a shelf-like design which holds a regular standing television monitor, or one where the TV itself is slotted into place and does not “stand” on anything. Both of these have their advantages and flaws, which will be explored below.

Firstly, the wall mounted stand is widely recognized as being one of the most stylish ways to display your TV monitor. Fixed entirely to the wall, this makes for a very contemporary look that is both sleek and minimalist, and therefore perfect for the modern home.

Many of these types of stands are actually deceptively complex however, and will have features such as hidden areas to tidy away cables, as well as plenty of space for equipment such as games consoles, DVD players or Free view boxes. Just remember, if you have a lot of equipment, make sure that your stand has enough room for them.

You should also be aware that this kind of stand must be strong enough to hold the TV and other equipment that you intend to be placing on it. All of the these items will have a weight limit, and you should be careful to stay well within this limit in order to protect you and your family from accidents as well as stop the equipment from being broken.

The alternative option is the floor TV stand, which has its own distinct benefits too. One of these is that they often come in a much wider range of styles than the wall mounted variety. From oak TV stands to glossy black ones, the scope for different shapes and styles is virtually limitless, whereas wall designs generally are limited due to structural restrictions.

Whereas many wall stands are contemporary, floor stands can be either contemporary or traditional, making them suitable for any type of interior space. Mahogany and oak TV stands are two great examples of how traditional materials can be used in a floor stand, whereas they are rarely seen in wall mounted stands.

In addition to this, floor TV stands generally have a larger amount of space to play with, leaving enough room for all of your equipment, including consoles, Freeview or Sky boxes, DVDs, DVD players and much more. They can also hold a great deal more weight than wall mounted stands.

The downside is, of course, that a wall stand will take up far less space than a floor stand. For this reason, the former may be a good choice for those with less room to work with.

With advantages and disadvantages to both, your choice of a floor or a wall television on your unique needs and preferences. Whether you opt for a stylish minimalist wall TV stand or a beautiful oak TV stand, you are sure to find something that suits your tastes perfectly on the market today.

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The 4 Essential Tips to Keep in Mind While Taking Care of an LCD Television

The television that adorns your room is the main source of entertainment for you as well as your family members. Whether young or old, everyone loves to sit glued in front of it and watch their favourite programs during leisure. The television is an appliance that has evolved with time. Initially, it used to be the big fat box with cathode ray tubes and a thick glass screen but not it has turned out to be slimmer with LCD and LED screen that saves up on space and gives a better picture quality. It is lightweight and can easily be hauled up in the wall.

Just as you would take care of any other electronic appliance in your house, the LCD television also requires special attention. Taking good care of the device can let it last long and give you a better experience while watching it. Here are a few tips that can help you take care of your television and keep it functioning the same way for years altogether.

• Keep away from dust and the sun – Whenever you purchase an LCD television, chose a safe place in the room to put the television. Do not place it anywhere near a window where there is the direct entry of sunlight. Keeping it there would attract dust as well as damage the parts due to the constant exposure to heat.

• Place it a few inches away from the wall – if you plan to save space in the room and put up the television on the wall, make sure there is sufficient gap between the television and the wall. This would prevent the heat emitted from the television to get trapped. It would also curb accumulation of moisture from the wall onto the television set.

• Use the right cleaning material – It is always advised that while you plan to clean the appliance, you should firstly clean away the dust on the screen. The next step would be to use a proper cleaning solution meant for LCD screens. Avoid spraying the solution directly on the screen as it tends to absorb moisture and in return damaging the screen permanently. Using a lint free cloth that is non abrasive to perform all such actions helps to prevent the formation of scratches on the screen.

• Handle it with care – LCD televisions are very delicate and require skilful handling. Keep in mind to not handle it in a harsh way. Always remember to switch off electrical connections to the appliance before touching it. As it is delicate, there are chances of you losing grip while cleaning or moving it from one place to the other.

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Buying a Home Theater Projection Screen? 8 Things You Need To Know

8 Tips for buying a home theater projection screen…

1. Start with a White wall.
See how your projected image looks without a screen. Any issues? Could it be brighter? Is the size big enough? Is the location good?

2. How close can you sit to the screen?
For complete movie immersion, you need a 30-degree vision range.

Here is a quote from AVS Forum…

“A 30 degree field of vision would not only excite the central portion of the human visual system, but the peripheral vision as well. That gives a much heightened experience of reality to the viewer.”

To achieve this 30-degree field of vision, you should be 1.87 times the screen width (1.63 times the diagonal length of a 16:9 display).

3. A bigger screen is better!
The bigger the screen, the further away from the screen you need to sit. You can sit closer to a big screen if the display technology you are using to project the image has a dense pixel structure. For example, D-ILA or DLP. If you are using an LCD with ‘800×600′ resolution or less, then you will want to sit further away so that you minimize the LCD pixels structure. This will require a larger room. In addition, if you are watching DVDs on a lower resolution projector, then you will need to compensate for the reduced resolution by sitting further away from the screen.

4. Choose the correct Screen Material for your projector.
Forget the marketing and error on the side of safety. So much of a screens performance is hype. It won’t turn a lifeless picture into life-like film. If the white wall showed an enjoyable and watchable picture, than don’t go too far away from those specs.

5. Gain Control.
Each screen will have a gain spec… Matte white will have a gain of 1 while the High Power screen will have a gain of 2.8. Higher gains do exist, but mostly not for home use. The higher the gain, the brighter the picture will appear. However, too much gain and hot-spots will appear in the image. Some screens have gains less than 1.0 that means it will not reflect back all of the images brightness. This can be useful if your image is very bright and you want to increase the effective contrast and shadow detail.

6. Buy a test screen.
If you are thinking of spending thousands on a screen (which you can easily do when purchasing a Stewart screen or other high-end screens), buy an inexpensive pull down screen from a manufacturer for about $100 first and see how you like that image. Choose a screen that comes close to the screen you will purchase. Same size, same gain, and watch it for a month. Also, some fabric shops sell screen material (usually of the standard matte white variety) which can be used as a very inexpensive method to mount a screen temporarily on the wall. This is all in an effort to know what you like or dislike about the standard image and what needs to be improved. Alternatively, maybe you will even learn that you don’t need to spend thousands.

7. Screen format.
If your projector is 4×3 (square, like a standard television) and not 16×9 (like a movie theater screen – wider than it is tall) then you will need to buy a screen that is 4×3 to match the image.

For a home theater projector (’16×9′ projector), you really only have one (maybe if you are lucky two) choice of screen format: 16×9.

If you are one of the few home theater owners that want to use a fixed height or width 2.35:1 screen with an anamorphic lens, then you should consult a professional installer. This is the latest holy grail of home theater. It requires the use of masking the image when not showing a 2.35:1 image and removing the masking when you are. It also allows for the ’16×9′ projector to use full resolution to display the 2.35:1 image. Without the anamorphic lens and a ‘Scale Adjuster’ to scale the image across the full panel, you would see black bars when displaying a 2.35:1 image.

8. Rear projection screen.
A rear projection screen can look terrific – very custom and finished. This usually requires a mirror to fit the projector into a small space and still allow the focal length to remain the same.

If you are thinking of a very widescreen – 10 feet or more – you may want to consider a curved screen. With a very widescreen, the differences between the distance from the lens to the outer edges of the screen and the distance from the lens to the center creates a difference in picture brightness and can distort the image. By curving the screen, the distance to the outer edges and the distance to the middle of the screen are nearly the same and remove the distortion and differences in brightness.

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