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The Most Popular DSI Audio Video Blog Articles of 2012 - Part 1

 

Another year has flown by and here we are at the end of 2012 already. Many thanks to our clients, referring partners, and many blog readers that have made it a good year. To finish the year we'll share our top 8 most popular blog posts of 2012. Enjoy, and looking forward to a great 2013...

PRIMA Cinema - Movies in YOUR Home Theater During Theatrical Release



This post has caused a lot of interest...it has been the dream of many movie enthusiasts to watch the latest movies in the comfort of their own private home theater instead of waiting in lines at the local Cineplex and dealing with the sticky floors, chattering people, and constant texting going on during the movie. Well, the dream is now a reality with PRIMA Cinema. In a nutshell, you purchase the PRIMA Cinema movie player, have it installed (by us of course!), and you pay-per-view on each movie you watch. Better than Blu-ray picture and sound quality, and most movies are available day and date with their theatrical release.

You can't have a better home entertainment experience than this! Click the bolded blue headline above to read the original blog post.

Why I Love My Lutron RadioRA 2 System

RadioRA 2 lighting systems at DSI Entertainment Los AngelesEarlier this year I installed Lutron's popular retrofittable RadioRA 2 lighting system in my home and added their quiet battery-powered shades to my Master Bedroom. Wow, what a difference this has made to our home in terms of convenience, safety, and energy-savings, too. You can read the two blog posts by clicking the blue title above to see why a lighting control is something you should add to your home...now. I'm happy to report that these two blog posts sparked an article about lighting control systems on Electronic House magazine in the October 2012 issue. I was flattered to be asked to write it. You can download a PDF of the article here > 7 Habits of Highly Effective (and Safe) Lighting Control Systems. By the way, the cover picture you'll see in the article is one of our projects...it featured a multi-color LED backlit onyx fireplace that we can adjust...very cool stuff!

4K Resolution - The New Frontier in Home Theater & Media Rooms

4K Ultra HD resolution comparisonWhat is "4K" resolution? It refers to video resolution that is 4 times the maximum resolution of today's current HD resolution. Intead of today's 1920 x 1080 pixel format, 4K (now also known as "Ultra HD") displays pictures with a pixel array of 3840 x 2160 pixels. You can now purchase high-end video projectors and 84" diagonal flat screen TV's by Sony and LG that display Ultra HD resolution.
The bottom line, more pixels equal a more detailed picture...IF fed by a source with that much resolution. Herein lies the "chicken and the egg" scenario...there are no commonly available sources that will give you that much resolution. In the meantime, Ultra HD projectors and video displays "upscale" your video sources to fit the 3840 x 2160 pixel picture size. But, this doesn't add resolution, you can't create resolution if it doesn't exist in the source. See Eric's related blog post here > 4K TV is here for your Home Theater...but should you care?

Check back on this blog for future news on this topic (or subscribe to it by entering your email in the box in the right-hand column).

Digital Wallpaper - A Great Digital Signage Option



NanoLumens digital signage by DSI AVThis blog post featured several different video displays by NanoLumens, an ingenious manufacturer of lightweight, ultra-thin, and even flexible LED displays. They are available in standard sizes up to 224" diagonal and even can be made even larger. Some of their video displays come in triangular shapes, perfect for eye-catching digital signage that stands out. Their flexible video displays can even wrap around columns! Check out the video link here and click on the blue title above to learn more.

Stay tuned for part 2 of the Best of 2012 coming in a few days...

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Josh Christian - DSI Entertainment Systems Los Angeles office