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Tips for Cooking with a Convection Oven
By The King
2/6/2013 12:55:00 PM  
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After cooking the inaugural meal in your brand-new convection oven, you notice that your food is burned or overcooked. Confused, you check the instructions, but can’t figure out where you went wrong. Take a deep breath, you just need to tweak your recipes a little.

Both regular (conventional) and convection ovens use burners to heat the air inside the oven and transfer the heat to the food. In a regular oven, the air is stationary, which can result in burnt food on the bottom rack (where the heating element is) and overcooked food on the top rack (because heat rises). A convection oven uses a fan to circulate the air throughout the oven. This allows for faster, more even cooking. It also means that your recipe has to be adjusted.Electrolux EW30GS75KS Inside

A good rule of thumb is to remember the number “25.” You either need to reduce the temperature in your convection oven by 25 degrees, or decrease the cooking time by 25 percent.

Here are some other tips for convection cooking:

  1. When baking breads, cakes, cookies, and other desserts, reduce the temperature, not the time. This will give you more control and help prevent burning.
  2. When roasting meat, reduce the time, not the temperature. This has the added bonus of speeding up the process!
  3. Covered dishes prevent the air from circulating around the food, so keep the time and temperature the same.
  4. Cookie sheets without sides allow the air to circulate better. Similarly, pans with low sides will allow air to circulate better.
  5. Parchment paper is light so it needs to be weighted down (pie weights work well for this). A silicone mat is a better option for convection ovens.

What are your tips for cooking with a convection oven?


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Is Your HDTV Ready for the Big Game?
By The King
1/30/2013 4:41:00 PM  

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If you’re hosting a party for the big game this weekend, you’ve probably got the snacks and guest list planned out. But have you given thought to whether your HDTV and home theater system are prepared to show the game to the best of its ability? Here are a few things you can do at little to no cost to improve your TV-viewing experience.

  1. Calibrate Your Screen: Sports events usually happen during the day, and if you’re like most people, you watch most of your TV at night. So even if your TV is perfectly calibrated to suit your daily needs, you need to optimize the picture for the amount of light in the room during the big game.

    Here are a few tips:TV With Color Bars
    1. Don’t use factory settings. They increase contrast and saturation to compensate for bright store lighting.
    2. Unless your HDTV is in a windowless room, lighting will vary depending on the time of day. This means that for the best picture quality, you’ll want to calibrate your TV at the same time of day as the big game or event.
    3. Let your HDTV warm up for about 30 minutes before calibrating. This allows for a warmer picture and a natural image.
    4. Calibrate your devices separately. This includes your cable box, game console, Blu-ray player, etc...
    5. You can use special TV calibration software, but there’s a good chance that you already have something in your DVD or Blu-ray collection that will work. Any DVD or Blu-ray disc with a THX logo comes with built-in calibration software that is designed to work with pretty much any TV. The software is a set of six patterns designed to help you pick key settings. To take full advantage of this, you’ll need to purchase a pair of special blue-filter glasses, but in a pinch, you can just eyeball the settings without the glasses. Examples of discs that include this are the Monster Cable 3DDSUPERDISC and the Monster Cable MMU44152SSH.Monster TV Screen Cleaner
  2. Calibrate Your Speakers: Once you’ve adjusted your screen, you’re going to want to make sure that your audio is calibrated for optimal performance too! Many surround sound systems include automatic calibration systems, which makes this a painless process.
  3. Clean Your TV: What’s the point in having perfect picture quality if dust and fingerprints are preventing you from fully enjoying it? A screen cleaning kit like the Monster Cable FSCLNKIT-LG1 Flatscreen Screen Cleaner or the Monster Cable Screen Cleaner Ultimate Performance TV Cleaning Kit will help ensure that your HDTV is in perfect shape for the game!
  4. Make Sure You’re Getting HD: This might sound obvious, but make sure that you’re actually getting a high definition broadcast! Check that your cable or satellite box is a “high definition” model and that the resolution is set to your HDTV’s native resolution. Also make sure that you’re tuning into the right channel—many stations show a standard-definition and a high-definition version of the same program simultaneously!
What are you doing to get ready for the big game?

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7 Myths and Misconceptions About 3D
By The King
1/10/2013 7:08:00 PM  

3D movies are popular in theaters, but 3D TVs for the home haven’t caught on as fast as they were expected to, in part due to the many rumors and misconceptions surrounding the technology.

Not all of these rumors are true though. Here are some popular myths about HDTV:

  1. It’s a New Technology 3D TV

    3D films have existed in some form since 1915, but they didn’t become prominent until the 1950s. 3D TVs for the home have been around for a few years—Mitsubishi has had 3D-enabled DLP televisions on the market since 2007.

  2. 3D Glasses Need to Worn All of the Time

    This myth is both true and false, depending on how you look at it. 3D glasses only need to be worn when viewing 3D programming or when gaming in 3D. When watching 2D content, glasses are not needed.

  3. Glasses are Not Necessary with New 3D TVs

    At the other end of the spectrum, another myth is that glasses will not be necessary with new 3D TVs. At this point in time, almost every 3D model on the market requires glasses to view 3D content. Although there are a few LCD monitors that make it possible to view content without glasses, they require that you to stand directly in front of the TV with little to no movement. The technology for glasses-free 3D TVs is coming, but it’s still relatively far away for consumers.

  4. There is No 3D Content Available

    This myth is not true. Many of the 3D television models out there are capable of converting 2D content to 3D, which makes programming virtually unlimited. For content that doesn’t rely on 3D conversion, there are 3D Blu-ray films, which provide some of the best 3D content out there, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant, Direct TV, Dish Network, and content available through cable providers like ESPN 3D.

  5. 3D TVs are Expensive

    3D technology is coming down in price. It might seem like 3D TVs are expensive because the feature is included on many high-end TVs, but not on many low-end models. In reality, it’s just another feature, like higher resolution. Compare the LG 55LM6700 to the Samsung UN55EH6000—there is a $200 price difference (but the LG model shown comes with 6 pairs of 3D glasses, which evens it out).3D Glasses

  6. All 3D Glasses Are the Same

    There are several types of 3D glasses, including: anaglyph 3D glasses, linear polarized glasses, and circular polarized glasses. There are also 3D shutter glasses, which require a power source. The type of glasses needed depends on the TV. To know which type of 3D glasses you need, check the TV’s owner manual.

  7. 3D Films Must Be Shot Separately in 2D

    The 3D effect is created by a pair of 2D images spaced to simulate the distance between the right and left eyes. This means that using just one of the two image screens can create a regular 2D print or transfer.


If you're interested in purchasing a 3D TV, check out our 3D LED and 3D Plasma HDTVs.

Are there any rumors or misconceptions holding you back from purchasing a 3D TV?

Sources:

  1. 6 Myths About 3D TVs

  2. 6 Myths About 3D TVs (Popular Science)
     



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Popular Gifts 2012: 9 Ideas for the Last-Minute Shopper
By The King
12/20/2012 2:35:00 PM  

With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, last-minute holiday shoppers are scrambling to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list. Electronics and small appliances make great gifts for everyone in your life. 


For the music lover…

Between smart phones, tablets, and MP3 players, headphones and portable speakers are an essential for pretty much anyone. BiGR Over-the-Ear headphones Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  1. In-ear headphones:  In-ear headphones are an option that is portable and affordable—perfect for the music lover who is always on the go. The House of Marley Smile Jamaica in-ear headphones are an option that comes in a variety of colors.
  2. Over-the-ear headphones: Another great headphone option is over-the-ear headphones. Baseball lovers will support their favorite team in style with BiGR Over-The-Ear headphones.These headphones not only come with a variety of team logos, but they also feature a built-in answer button and microphone, making them perfect for people who can’t put down their smart phone.
  3. Music  system: A slightly different option for music lovers is a portable music system. The Sonos All-in-One Wireless Music System Play 3 or Play 5 allows you to stream your entire music library and radio stations in several rooms at once, streaming through your home wireless network.

For the TV watcher…

Whether someone on your list is addicted to soap operas, sports, or reality TV, a brand-new television or television accessory makes a great gift for a variety of people. Toshiba 32c120 720p LCD TV

  1. Televisions: For a big-ticket item, you can’t go wrong with a quality television. LCD televisions like the Toshiba 32C120 are slightly less expensive, while LED televisions like the Sansui SLED3228 have richer colors, and plasmas like the Panasonic TCP50U50 offer the richest color palette and best viewing angles of all.
  2. Blu-ray players: Maybe the movie lover on your list has the perfect television already, or you’re looking for a more affordable option. Blu-ray players like the LG BP620 or Sharp BDAMS20 are a great gift option. Because Blu-ray discs are capable of storing more information than DVDs, they offer superior image and sound quality, as well as more room for special features.
  3. Accessories: Someone who owns a 3D television will appreciate an extra pair or two of 3D glasses like the Samsung SSG4100GB, while just about anyone on your list would appreciate a universal remote to simplify TV watching.

For the foodie...

If someone in your life loves food, a small kitchen appliance can make a unique and thoughtful gift.

  1. Wine: An electric wine chiller or warmer is a great gift for any wine lover on your list. The WaringWaring Pro SCM100 Snow Cone Maker Pro RPC175WS is an affordable option that chills or warms a bottle of wine to its optimal serving temperature within minutes.
  2. Coffee: Who doesn’t like a fresh cup of coffee to kickstart their morning? A programmable coffee or espresso maker like the Cuisinart DCC-1200 makes a great gift option.
  3. Ice cream makers: Kids and adults alike will love to make something sweet with an ice cream maker like the Cuisinart ICE-21R or a snow cone maker like the Waring Pro SCM100.

Which electronics are on your wish list this holiday season?


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5 Expert Tips for Black Friday Shoppers Buying Televisions This Holiday Season
By The King
11/22/2012 12:16:00 AM  
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  1. Alphabet soup: LED, LCD, or Plasma TV? LEDs have richer color and are more energy efficient. LCDs are slightly less expensive and have a matte finish and will display better in brighter rooms. Plasmas have the richest color palette of all and the best viewing angles.

  2. Numbers: 1080p is the term used mostly when identifying resolution. 1080p is currently the most desirable resolution. The higher the resolution the better the overall picture quality.

  3. Cords and Settings: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connection is the most commonly used connection in the transfer of High Definition from your cable or satellite box.  But would you believe that about half of HDTVs that get hooked up are not setup properly to receive HD?  A Paul's TV setup guarantees that picture quality will be optimized from Day 1!

  4. Installation: If you are considering installing your HDTV professional installation is highly recommended. Not only for safety purposes but what does one do with all of the exposed wires? Professional installation from a licensed and insured professional guarantees a worry free experience.

  5. Save the Box: Hang on to the box and the Styrofoam that your HDTV came in.  This will come in quite handy if moving, or if something goes wrong and the unit needs to be shipped back to the manufacturer.

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New HDTV To-Do List
By The King
8/28/2012 7:10:00 PM  

TV With Color Bars

So you just picked up your first HDTV, what do you do? Continue reading to for a “to-do list” for your new HDTV.

We get many phone calls regarding issues with brand new televisions, right out of the box. We highly recommend taking these few steps to get the most out of your TV once you power it on for the first time.

  1. Inspect: Whether you picked your TV up from a local store or if you had it delivered, check your TV for any physical damage. TVs are very fragile; we highly recommend allowing the company you purchase your TV from to make delivery, removing you from the equation. We recommend using an LED flashlight during inspection if the TV is not powered on. Some damage may not be visible unless light is shining through the panel.
  2. Save the Box: It’s not a matter of recycling, but should you have to return your TV for any reason, you will need the box to ship the TV back. Many retailers actually charge for missing boxes and packaging. Keep the box in a dry place for 30 days (average return policy allows for 30 days to return to the retailer).
  3. Check for Updates: Your computer requires updates, so does your TV. This is actually a common overlooked factor that can cause issues to arise. Updates are generally located on the manufacturer’s website in a dedicated “downloads” area. If the updates are not made, you will notice interruptions or bugs in services. Updates can be made one of two ways, USB thumb drive and over the air. If your TV is not connected to the internet, download the update to your thumb drive and connect and update it on your TV. If your TV is connected you can locate the “Check for Updates” option, generally in the settings on your TV.
  4. Calibration: For the absolute best picture quality, you need to calibrate your TV. The easiest and fastest way, hire a professional. If you don’t mind taking the time out and calibrating your TV then it can be done by anyone. Never stick with factory settings, they are optimized to look good in a showroom however, the lighting in your home is different. A few tips:
    1. Calibrate after your TV has warmed up for at least 30 minutes
    2. Calibrate under normal viewing conditions
    3. Calibrate each input separately
    4. Turn off all “movement enhancing” settings, they tend to ruin a natural picture

There are a couple free/low cost options for calibrating your set besides just “eye balling” it:

  1. THX Optimizer: Every DVD/Blu-ray disc that you own with a THX Logo has built-in calibration tools. You will need special glasses you can purchase here. “THX Blue Filter Optimizer Gasses”
  2. AVS HD 709 Calibration Disc: This disc only works for Blu-ray players, it will not work for DVD players, will however work for an Xbox 360. Click here for the link.

Following these simple steps will ensure that you are started on the right path to enjoy the true potential of your new HDTV. Has your TV been calibrated? Dont forget, if you have any questions feel free to contact us below or at 888.669.1030.

Sources:

  1. AVS Forums: http://www.avsforum.com/t/948496/avs-hd-709-blu-ray-mp4-calibration
  2. THX: http://www.costore.com/THX/welcome.asp

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Biggest Names in High-End Television
By The King
5/3/2012 3:55:00 PM  

Modern television technology is made possible by decades of research. Explore how the biggest names in HDTVs got their start through notable advancements in consumer electronics. 

  • Panasonic: Founder Konosuke Matsushita began his industry-changing career as an apprentice for the Osaka Electric Light Company in 1910. After several promotions, Konosuke left the company in 1917 to pursue entrepreneurial aspirations. He founded Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works (Panasonic’s predecessor) in 1918. Konosuke propelled his early business to success by building a reputation for high-quality, low-cost electronics. Modern Panasonic is best known for its dominance in the plasma television market. Market research firm DisplaySearch shows Panasonic controlling over 40% of the worldwide market share.  
  • LG Corp: Lucky-Goldstar began as a 1960s merger of two top Korean plastics firms. The company operated in South Korea for much of its lifetime, producing high-end cleaning products and consumer electronics. In order to stand out in the competitive Western market, Lucky-Goldstar abbreviated its name to LG and expanded its cooperation with international firms. In 1999, LG gained ownership of American television producer Zenith. A 2001 business venture with Royal Phillips Electronics produced a number of fine LCD screens throughout the rest of the decade.  
  • Samsung: Korean entrepreneur Lee Byung-Chull founded Samsung Sanghoe in 1938. The company began as a trading company that focused on shipping local groceries and noodle products. By 1947, the company had grown successful and changed its location to Seoul. Business was interrupted by the war, but Lee and Samsung remained vigilant. After successful forays in numerous industries, Samsung began producing electronics in the late 1960s. During the entirety of the 1980s, Samsung pushed consumer electronics to the next level with groundbreaking research and development. By the 2000s, Samsung had overtaken rival Sony as the world’s most popular electronics manufacturer. 

Don’t settle for substandard video and audio quality. Visit our website or a Paul’s TV store to see what the biggest names in high-end television have to offer!

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Sonos Multi-Room Music System Demonstration
By The King
4/27/2012 6:21:00 PM  

Wireless technology allows homeowners to play music across the home without a cumbersome network of wires. This Sonos demonstration video shows how easy it is to remotely fill the home with your favorite songs.

Sonos systems use zone speakers and wireless equalizers to broadcast songs in multiple rooms. An intuitive controller interface makes it easy to change soundtracks in one or several rooms with a slide of the finger. Mac- and PC-friendly software allows laptops and iPhones to become extra Sonos controllers.

For years, Paul’s TV has been the leader in big-screen televisions and surround-sound speakers. To learn more about wireless speaker systems and more, browse our website or give us a call at (888) 669-1030.


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Buying a Complete Home Theater System vs. Buying Individual Components
By The King
4/23/2012 12:05:00 PM  

Employing the right consumer electronics is vital when trying to recreate the cinema experience. You’ll need to weigh convenience and price against picture and sound quality when perusing your own home theater options.

  • “In A Box” Benefits: Home Theater In A Box (HTIB) packages are designed to take the anxiety out of home theater set up. These box sets usually include a full 5.1 speaker system, AV receiver, and HDMI component cables. Affordable HTIB systems can be purchased for less than $500. The quality and features of home theater packages go up with price. Higher-end options include wireless technology, improved sound systems, and diverse media ports. Serious audiophiles may prefer the ability to mix and match a customized speaker system.  
  • Component Purchases: With diligence and research, homeowners can assemble the equivalent of a high-quality HTIB for a lower price. In order to operate a full home theater, buyers will need access to an AV receiver and speakers. Entry-level AV receivers offer 7.1-surround sound capability for less than $300. Pricier alternatives allow use of advanced sound decoding and on-screen menus. For earth-shaking audio, consumers will need to invest in a selection of fine stereo speakers. Front-left and front-right satellites emit sound from the screen. Center speakers generate a majority of Blu-Ray film’s sound effects and music. Surround speakers provide extra audio support from behind the primary sitting area. Subwoofers invigorate the audio experience with rich bass support.

Home Theater System

  • General Set Up: Remember to choose speaker size and receiver range based on the architecture of your viewing room. Ensure that satellites and subwoofers can be positioned properly before purchasing a new speaker system. Station the couch an appropriate distance from the screen to guarantee the highest level of picture quality. Make sure your receiver and Blu-Ray player are within reach of the couch for convenient audio adjustments during play.

Come to Paul’s TV for the most complete inventory of home theater components. We specialize in providing the highest standard of professionalism and speedy shipping, and with locations in 7 states, we are here to help you find your dream system. Call (888) 669-1030 for more information.


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Is a Multi-Room Audio System Right for Your Home?
By The King
4/5/2012 2:06:00 PM  

Are you looking to update the audio system in your home? If so, then consider a multi-room audio system for its ease of use and sophisticated technology that’s sure to meet your entertainment needs.

Single-Source and Multi-source Systems
The first thing to determine when selecting a multi-room audio system is choosing between single- and multi-source technologies. A single-source audio system allows you to hear the same song or audio playback in every room of your home. A multi-source system, however, allows you to listen to a different song in one room while your kids watch a movie in the living room. Typically, the larger your entertainment area is, the more you can benefit from a multi-source audio system. 

Audio Controls
The controls for your multi-room audio system are another option that offers great variety. A popular option among consumer is mounted keypads and volume controls on the walls. This technology allows you to set the volume as you enter or exit any room. Another great choice for audio controls is downloading an application on your iPod, iPhone, or Android device. Before purchasing a multi-room audio system for your home, be sure to check if there’s an application for your particular audio system brand and mobile electronics device.

Wireless Options
For consumers who don’t want a tangled messed of electronics spanning across the rooms, the ability to go wireless is now a very real possibility. While wires tend to be more reliable for audio feedback and offer a more consistent connection between your source and the television and speakers, wireless technologies have come a long way and rid your home of unsightly cords. Additionally, wire installation comes at a higher cost, especially in older homes and apartments.

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Convenience
One of the most notable benefits of installing a multi-room audio system in your home is convenience. Multi-room audio systems are easy to use, especially when you purchase your equipment from a quality electronics company with associates who can thoroughly explain the function to you. 

If you’re ready to make an audio electronics purchase for your home, then call the experts at Paul’s TV. Come browse our multi-room audio system inventory online or at one of our convenient locations, or call us today at (888) 669-1030 for more information about our products.


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