Posts Tagged ‘Connectpro’

A little intro, and some much needed links

Friday, April 1st, 2011

My name is Mike, My partners name is Anthony And we are AUDIO AMIGOS. Taking toronto’s A/V industry by storm!

We Both worked for one of the most reputable companies in toronto, which will remain nameless, as they’re soiling their name plenty fast on their own! When I started there, Anthony was training me, and certain things that ‘went down’ were very questionable! It didn’t take long to realise that This company was taking advantage of ALL of its customers. Making up costs, Exaggerated Labour rates, insane markup from MSRP! This angered me, as I (or any other employee, who was truly commiting the crime) was not benefitting from the monetary gain of the owners…

So I decided that, this wasn’t going to go on, at least not without me behind the wheel! Eventually convincing Anthony, we both jumped ship, and talked, and talked, and argued and talked some more before coming to a conclusion of how we wanted to run this company, or moreso this industry. The way its going now is just embarrassing for ‘installers’ and even more for customers who think theyre getting top notch service, because they’re paying top notch rates.

Its similar to sitting down at Mortons steak house, ordering a NY striploin for 60$. Then the waiter puts the order into the kitchen, the owner grabs the chit, RUNS to the keg, orders the same NY striploin for 25$ and brings it back to your server to deliver to your table! SO here you are with a 25$ steak (that you paid 60$ for), a business owner with a quick extra 35$ in his pocket! And a server and chef, who must keep up the lie and insist its their quality of meat, for fear of their job!

The choice is yours toronto! DONT make the wrong one!

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Mounting a 55″ samsung LED with old hardware

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

A 50″ samsung LED, replacing an old heavy Sony bravia. The bracket is way overkill for this set, but it is more than strong enough! The only downside is the non low profile style of this mount.

Finally! Rogers Releases Cisco 8642HD PVR.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

View the Full article at : http://www.rgbfilter.com/?p=3783

Finally, after a long wait, Rogers announced the availability of their new Cisco 8642HD PVR on their Redboard blog. Strangely even though the post, press release, and website update only went live this week, Rogers has actually been selling the 8642HD since the beginning of March….

….The PVR can be purchased (currently it is not available for rent) from Rogers in 2 flavours, a 160 GB model, that holds up to 20 hours of HD, and the 500 GB model that can hold 62 hours of HD. There is also a 320 GB model, but it is current only available at Costco.

In addition to the larger capacities the 8642HD also has some updates to the interactive programming guide (IPG), such as higher resolution graphics for the guide (now 640×480, but still in 4:3 aspect ratio), and greying out channels you don’t subscribe too. It also has 1080p output, and some small improvements to time control, such as ‘hashmarks’ to jump forward or backward by 15, 30 or 60 minute increments when watching a recording.

($599.99 for the 500 GB model) of a new PVR, and it is the features that the 8642HD has that are NOT available right now that interest me the most. In the press release, on the Redboard blog, and on the Rogers product page here, there is mention of “near-future enhancements including home networking and interactive TV services”, MPEG-4 and DLNA support. On digitalhome.ca here they also detail some of the 8642HD’s other features

View the Full article at : http://www.rgbfilter.com/?p=3783

Static mount with 5.1

Friday, April 16th, 2010

52″ samsung plasma, with a Sony 5.1 surround system, DVD player and a cable box. Pretty simple, with an unfinished basement to help facilitate the hiding of wires. Coax is on the wrong side of the room, and there is no power behind where the tv would like to live.

Broadcom Crystal HD chips. Damn!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Have a read about this amazing New technology designed by broadcom to do all your video decoding, its tiny, its CHEAP, and it will change the way we build media centers!

quoted from Davilla, From XBMC.org – 1080p HD content playback has always been the Holy Grail for any Media Center application but this has traditionally been difficult; playback using software decode alone requires a very hefty CPU and hardware decoding has only been made available recently using the nVidia’s VPDAU technology, available only on Linux. Windows has its own platform specific solutions and poor old OSX has no public APIs available at all. There really is nothing around with a common API that enables hardware accelerated 1080p HD content playback that can also be used under all three major platforms (OSX, Linux, and Windows). Well, that situation is about to change.

crystalhd-pr-shot

The Dark Knight vc1 running at 1080p on an AppleTV

Through hard work and the joint efforts of several TeamXBMC/Redhat developers and the Broadcom Media PC Group, cross-platform hardware decoding of mpeg2, h.264 and VC1 video content up to 1080p will be coming to XBMC on OSX, Linux, and Windows via the Broadcom Crystal HD Hardware Decoder (BCM970012). The Broadcom Crystal HD is available now in a mini-PCIE card with ExpressCard and 1X PCIE form factors to follow. This means that the AppleTV and all those lovely new netbooks, Eee Boxes and older Intel Mac Minis have exciting new potential.

This solution has a common programming API, so many 3rd party developers and applications will be able to leverage hardware accelerated video content playback across OSX, Linux, and Windows platforms with minimal source code changes. Best of all, this is an open source solution with full source code for driver and library available for OSX and Linux under a GPL/LGPL license. Wow, this indeed is the Holy Grail and a major score for the open source community as this means no more tainted Linux kernels! Support has already been added to XBMC under the svn trunk. Our bleeding-edge users can expect to find the feature in the next nightly builds from our community builders, the more patient can wait until the next stable release. Other media projects such as FFmpeg, MythTV and Xine will soon follow as their developers add support.

The Windows driver binary, as well as the Linux source code for the driver and library can be found at the Broadcom web site. For OSX, the binaries and source code for the driver and library will be hosted at google code. Users in the USA can purchase the Crystal HD mini PCIE card from Logic Supply for $69 at the time of this posting, and of course there’s always ebay for those outside the USA.

Damaged hdmi cable

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Damaged hdmi cable repaired! A 25 foot cable fished from a closet in an adjoining room, was damaged at the connector.

The internets claimed repair was impossible!

All soldered And ‘B’ Connected ready to go, Lets test  it!

Absolutely perfect!

Hanging a 54″ panasonic plasma with articulation and floating shelves

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here we are hanging a 54″ panasonic plasma on a double arm articulating bracket, with 3 floating shelves underneath. 2 hours all is said and done with minor remote programming, and a temporary DVD hook up, until a blu-Ray player is purchased.

Hanging a 37″ sharp over a fireplace

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here we are, hanging a 37″ sharp aquous above a fireplace. There was no power or cable above said fireplace, but never a problem if you’re willing to patch and paint! 2 hours to fish the wires, hang the tv, and shelf!