3D HDTV Coming Soon to Your Living Room

This year it seems that there are more and more movie titles being offered in 3D. No, this is not the red and blue, plastic glasses 3D of yesteryear but rather a newer generation that uses polarization to separate the right and left eye images. From a slew of CGI animated children’s movies to action and even a horror movie, in 2009 there seemed to be no slowing down our appetite for 3D cinema.

The entertainment industry and consumer electronics are hoping consumers will want to bring 3D movie technology into their homes too and soon (they need the money!).  Last week, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced a finalization and release of “Blu-ray 3D” specification.  Look for the first HD 3D systems from Sony and Panasonic to be released in 2010.

So by now you must be asking: “what will I need to run 3D on my home system?” The first item you’ll need is a 3D capable HDTV (due out next year) Your current Blu-ray player will also need to be upgraded to a 3D capable version. But what about the cables? The good news is that we already offer the right A/V cable for the job. Our new HDMI v1.4 cables are fully 3D capable, in addition to offering 4k x 2k resolution and deep color capability. Since they are backward compatible, they will work with your current and future equipment equally well.

We will have to wait and see if 3D lives up to its hype as the next big thing for TV.  But at least you know you’re good to go from the cable point of view.

Big-box Stores are for Big-Ticket Items, But Not Cables

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, consumers are hard at work searching for the perfect consumer electronic gift for their loved ones. Many shoppers will be looking to purchase a new HDTV or home theater from their local big-box electronic store. I admit, who can truly resist the allure of row after row of high definition video displays, blazing down in unison? While these stores may be the perfect spot to try and buy a larger ticket item such as an LED TV or Blu-ray player, think twice before you plunk down your hard earned cash for the supporting cables.

Take HDMI cable for example. A typical 6-foot HDMI cable at major electronics store will retail for nearly $50 with “premium” versions going far north of $100. Why? These stores bank on consumers only doing their homework for the big-ticket items but not the cables. It vexes me to hear about customers being sold lines such as: “the extra $50 buys higher bandwidth and better performance,” or “what’s $100 for a cable when you are already spending $2,000 for the TV?” Baloney, I claim! Consumers have the right to know that they need not spend a small fortune for dependable and quality audio/video cables. In fact, I’ll pit our 6-foot HDMI cable, which sells for under $5 against any “premium” priced name-brand HDMI cable.

At CableWholesale we are committed to bringing you cable products of the highest quality at prices that will help spread your holiday shopping budget farther. We hope you enjoy a wonderful and informed holiday shopping season.