Home Entertainment & Automation Services in Matthews, NC.
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ZVOX Wants to See Your TV Wire Mess

C.I.S.: We Also Specialize In Fixing Other A/V Companies' Mistakes!

C.I.S.: We Also Specialize In Fixing Other A/V Companies' Mistakes!

The company is holding a contest asking ‘How ugly is the back of your TV’ and has a soundbar ready to give the winner.

We hope your TV isn’t ugly, but if it is, ZVOX want to know about it.

More specifically, the manufacturer of the Z-Base 550 home theater system is looking for setups with the biggest mess of wires in the back of the TV.

“TV wire hairballs are a growing problem in our society,” says ZVOX founder Tom Hannaher. “It started out 30 years ago with a simple VCR hookup, but now there are cable boxes, Xboxes, Blu-ray players and multi-speaker surround-sound systems. It’s a real mess.”

Email your entry photographs to info@zvoxaudio.com with “Ugly TV Contest” as the subject line in the email, and you could wind up winning a Z-Base 550. Entries must be received by no later than April 30, 2010.

After you snap a few pictures, use the following tips to beautify your big-screen.
—Cable covers. Hide the cabling inside a plastic tube. A number of companies offer inexpensive plastic enclosures for cabling. Styles in include tubes, channels that attach to the wall and units that resemble baseboards.
—Furniture. Replace your entertainment cabinet or stand with a unit that features an internal cable management system where the wiring can be routed inside the hollow legs of the stand, for example.
—Equipment closet. The more equipment you keep with your TV, the more cabling there is. You can cut down on the cabling in your living room by locating the Blu-ray player, A/V receiver, cable box and other components in closet.

by Lisa Montgomery


Custom Installation Services, LLC – Charlotte and Asheville NC’s Source For Your Custom Home Electronics and Structured Wiring Needs!

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Onkyo Offers THX-Certified, 3D-Ready Receiver

C.I.S.: Charlotte NC's Choice For Home Theater Setup!The company’s new $599 TX-SR608 is a 7.2-channel THX-Select2 Plus certified model featuring HDMI 1.4.

Taking a cue from Pioneer’s recent announcement, Onkyo has just released the specifications of its 2010 entry-level A/V receiver line, all of which include support for HDMI v1.4 (which includes pass-through of 3D video). 

The flagship of the entry-level line and, if past models are an indication, likely to be one of the most popular AVRs on the market is Onkyo’s TSX-SR608 7.2 AVR.  Providing 100 watts per channel through an inverted Darlington output topology, along with Audyssey DSX, Dolby PLIIz, and THX Select2 certification, the SR608 offers several notable steps up over last year’s well received SR607. 

New video enhancements include an upgrade to Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing, overlaid GUI for setup, and six HDMI inputs (including one front HDMI input). 

With an MSRP of $599, the TX-SR608 looks to offer a lot of bang for not a lot of bucks. Look for it on store shelves in April. 

Other models announced include the $299 TX-SR308 and $399 TX-SR508, 5.1 and 7.1 AVRs capable of decoding Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio, along with including Burr Brown DACs, overlaid GUI setup, and HDMI v1.4 video support. The SR308 and SR508 should be available this month. 
by Stephen Hopkins


 Custom Installation Services, LLC – Audio/Video Sales, Service and Installation in North Carolina and South Carolina

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Blu-ray Releases on Dec. 1, 2009

I remember being really scared seeing Gremlins in the theater. Of course, I was only 10, but man, when the evil Gremlin started wielding a chainsaw that was my cue to run out to the concession area.

There were plenty of campy movies to come out of the 80s, but Gremlins was good enough to be scary, entertaining and overall a pretty decent flick. So it should be interesting to see how well it holds up 25 years later, when we can watch it in high-definition as one of this week’s Blu-ray releases.

Tom Hanks and Ben Stiller find their way onto more Blu-rays with The Green Mile and Night at The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, respectively. Or you can catch Brad Pitt and try to figure out what the heck he’s saying through his thick accent in Snatch.

For something completely different, especially on the music side of things, take a look at The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter. It’s far different than your average rock documentary, with a bulk of it focusing on the Stones as they watch footage of the Altamont concert disaster of 1969. It’s engaging throughout, that’s for sure.

Here are all of this week’s Blu-ray releases, courtesy of Blu-ray.com:

Ben 10: Alien Swarm
BluScenes: The Classic Fireplace
BluScenes: Coral Reef Aquarium
BluScenes: Journey Through Space
A Christmas Tale
Death Warrior
An Evening with il Divo: Live in Barcelona
The Green Mile
The Legend of Zorro/The Mask of Zorro
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The Mask of Zorro
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Paper Heart
Ride Around the World
The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
Secondhand Lions
Terminator Salvation
The Wizard of Oz (3-disc Emerald Edition)

By Arlen Schweiger


Custom Installation Services, LLC – Home Entertainment Audio and Video services in North Carolina.

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