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Pioneer releases long-awaited Elite KURO Signature Series

By Joanna McDonald

Everyone, from the amateur home-theater enthusiasts to the guys who review the latest and greatest technology for a living, has been blown away by Pioneer Elite KURO Signature Series Monitors. The word kuro means “black” in Japanese, and they aren’t kidding. Hometheatermag.com’s Geoffrey Morrison mistook the monitor for being off the first time he saw it: “One had that subtle and comforting glow that any flat panel has when displaying ‘black.’ The other panel was clearly off. Then an image appeared–on both screens. It was a ruse; the other panel wasn’t off at all. It was on. The black level was that good-CRT good.”

pioneer-elite-kuro-signature-hdtvPioneer has released only two sizes, the 50-inch PRO-101FD and the 60-inch PRO-141FD. They were specifically designed for custom home-theater installations with a cash-rich consumer in mind (not very many of us, these days), and the price tags—$4,500 for the 50-inch and $7,000 for the 60-inch—ensure that they’ll stay true to their Elite name.

The black level in these monitors is .004 ft-L. That’s .002 foot-lamberts lower than the previous record, held by the Sharp LC-52D92U, and that’s an LCD. It’s the deepest, purest black you can buy in a flat-panel right now.

Home-theater gurus will love the multitude of features Pioneer makes available. Five of the seven picture modes can be completely adjusted. There’s a room-lighting sensor that automatically adjusts the picture to look its best for the conditions. Color, noise, brightness, contrast, and detail can all be adjusted. Six high-definition and five standard-definition aspect ratios allow you to fine-tune for just the right picture. The menu setup is a little different; it minimizes the picture to the right side of the screen, but allows you to preview any adjustments you make to the picture. Internet connectivity allows the picture to be adjusted remotely, among other things

The styling of the unit itself is what you’d expect from a high-end flat-panel: glossy, streamlined black frame and non-swivel base, detachable speakers on either side of the display, a simple gold “Elite” embossed on the bottom of the frame like a code—if you know, then you know what it is. As a Pioneer dealer I would recommend you check one of these out!

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January 8, 2009 Posted by | HDTV | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Getting the best picture on your HDTV

Have you purchased a new HDTV only to get it home and be disappointed by the quality of the picture? Is it just not quite as crisp, clear, and vibrant as it was at first sight? Is the surround sound puny compared to the boom you felt at the store? If your electronics salesperson did not explain the importance of HD feed alongside the purchase of an HD television, Advanced Technology Services is here now to repair the damage. HDTV and an HD feed go together like bread and butter. You can’t have one without the other and be satisfied.

These six “need-to-knows” will provide answers your problem:

1. An HDTV set requires an HD feed

You won’t get an HD picture on your new set unless you contact your provider for a set-top box and/or a satellite dish upgrade. Be sure to ask about HD-specific plans and the offering of HD channels. If you use an over-the-air antenna, a high-def tuner box may be a necessary purchase.

2. SD is still common for most programs

Most major broadcast networks display news and a prime-time show in HD, but the majority of other programming is still broadcast in standard-def. The SD signal is not able to be converted to HD signal for an HDTV, so these programs must be watched in their original format. Many programs are broadcast secondarily in HD on a different channel from the original. These channels will be found further down the list in the triple digits.

3. An HDTV will display an SD signal with poor quality

Be prepared: The HDTV screen multiplies the low-quality of the SD signal in the same way a low-megapixel picture distorts when you zoom in on it. The small screen size of your old tv hid these imperfections, but your larger-than-life flat screen is meant for bigger and better things.

4. SD screen size is not wide screen like HD

That short and stout picture you can’t get rid of comes from an SD screen size (4:3) that is being stretched to fit an HDTV with a 16:9 ratio. This can be easily fixed by adding sidebars to the SD channels through the settings menu.

5. Proper configuration is essential for HDTV, cables, and set-top box

Even if you have an HDTV and HD feed, incorrect wiring set-up can prevent the HD signal from being viewed as it should be. One of the following 3 inputs must be used: DVI input, HDMI input, or the component video input (RCA type – which is often red/blue/green). Check your television’s display and output settings as well to insure that 720p, 1080p, or 1080i is selected, whichever is correspondent to your HDTV’s resolution.

6. Standard DVDs are not converted to HD by an upconverting DVD player

Upconverting DVD players do not change SD signal into HD, they simply adjust the screen size to 1080i or 1080p. The quality of the picture will not improve just because it is viewed on an HDTV. If the original source is SD, you will be viewing an SD picture. Blu-ray and HD DVD players are the only DVD players that produce a true HD signal.

If you are still shopping for an HDTV, these manufacturers are all producers of high-end sets that will tickle your fancy:

Samsung Mitsubishi Pioneer Pioneer Elite Toshiba

December 31, 2008 Posted by | HDTV | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Motosat’s Nomad SD

As an authorized  MotoSatdealer , Advanced Technology Services, Inc. is bringing you the latest news on the release of the new Nomad SD. The Nomad SD is a controller that is used with mobile satellite. The previous version of the device, Nomad 3, is expected to be replaced completely by this new generation. Nomad SD has been tested over the last few months and is being publicly released with the purchase of any HD-SL5 DirecTV system. It is also available for purchase separately.

Prime features of the Nomad SD include:

-smaller size: 1.250” height / 5” width / 8.750” length / 1 lb. 2 oz. weight

-SD card compatible for:

software updates

storing a log of system operation for diagnosis

-operational buttons:

Power / Find / Stow

December 31, 2008 Posted by | Industry News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Launch of new website!

Many thanks to those of you who left comments on our website! The communication we receive from our current and future customers is the basis for a good portion of our growth as a company. For those who haven’t had a chance to gaze the website, here is a quick glimpse into what we offer to our customers.
We provide solutions for residential, commercial, and mobile consumers through our products and services. We currently work throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California and are licensed and bonded for our labor as well.

If you’re looking for a new home theater system or if you’re just updating a piece of audio/video equipment, we have the electronics to meet your needs. The combination of our competitive pricing alongside a knowledgeable and experienced staff will give you full confidence in your purchase, knowing that we are a company that is here for you before and after the sale.

Our trained installers specialize in audio/video products, signal distribution, video surveillance, accessories, RV satellite, mobile internet, and more. We understand that not every system nor every customers needs is alike, so we listen, design, and deliver to meet those needs. We will work with you.

For the RV market, we have the answers to meet your needs. We offer satellite TV systems (including in-motion), automatic systems, and even systems that can deliver (HD) Hi Def programming on the road. If you want reliable 2-way broadband internet to keep in touch with family and friends, our Datastorm system is the answer.

We are excited with the launch of our updated site at Advanced Technology Services and we look forward to the opportunity of working with you. We want to keep you expertly informed on the most current and informative technology news, so continue to visit us right here on our blog or subscribe to the RSS feed via our website.

And as always if you have any questions or needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. See our Contact Us section on our website for our phone number and e-mail address.

December 3, 2008 Posted by | About Us | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments