5 Home Gym Technologies to Keep You Motivated

The best workout routine is one you stay committed to. Sometimes motivation is low– perhaps you worked late, or the weather is bad, so you skip going to the gym despite your best intentions.

An easy solution is working out at home. If you have reservations that you’re not getting the same quality training or that your equipment will become another clothes rack, don’t worry. These 5 home gym technology advancements will deliver incredible workouts and keep you motivated to reach fitness goals from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Built-In Workout Apps

This is not new technology, but it’s gotten better over time. The multitude of different routines built into treadmills and elliptical machines from companies such … Read more...

LG OLED TVs – There’s Nothing Else Like It

TV picture quality has improved dramatically over the last few years. Long gone are the days of grainy images; an emergence of high definition broadcasting and video streaming has become the norm. And yet, when it seemed like there was little room left for improvement, LG OLED 4K TVs impressed us all.

What is OLED?

OLED is exclusive to the LG brand. It’s a technology that uses LEDs as pixels like conventional LCD TVs, but instead of back lighting the TV panel to turn the pixels on and off, OLED organic LEDs are self-illuminating. Currently, other TVs split the panel up and isolate areas into small grids called Local Dimming. As the pixels are needed, the TV’s back light or … Read more...

UHD Premium – the New Standard in Visual Entertainment

A few years ago, video streaming services and TV broadcasters upgraded to High Definition (HD). The HD broadcast was an incredible improvement to standard definition (SD), and it changed the way we watch and film media. Entertainment and electronic manufacturers saw the impact of the improvement, and want to go beyond HD by adopting 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) as the new standard.

Now, over 40 of the biggest entertainment companies have come together to form a new coalition that would promote broad industry adoption of audio/video entertainment to UHD standards. This is great news for consumers who are in the market for a 4K TV, because it guarantees improvements in picture quality and future-proofs for product compatibility when the … Read more...

Exploring the Benefits of Curved TVs

Curved TVs are becoming more prevalent in today’s television market. Sure, they look great in design and picture quality, but how else do they differ from their flat screen counterparts? Let’s take a look at some ways curved panels can enrich your entire viewing experience.

Aesthetics

Let’s face it, curved TVs stand out with their stunningly sleek and modernized appearance. Many people are enticed by the stylized aesthetics of curved panels when choosing a TV. You can’t go wrong with putting a curved TV in the heart of your living room… there’s no doubt it’ll be the center of attention!

 Immersive Viewing Experience

Get into the “sweet spot” of a large curved TV monitor and allow it to enter your … Read more...

What You Need to Know When Buying a Remote Start System

You’re looking for a remote start system for the convenience, but maybe you’re not sure which one would be right for you and your vehicle. Purchasing a remote start can be a bit confusing, but we’ve got you covered! Let’s take a look at the different types of remote start systems, the benefits of each, and how to make them compatible with your car.

To simplify the multitude of systems and options, remote starters can be broken down into three categories: Basic Remote Starters, Alarm/Remote Start Combination, and Digital Remote Starters with SmartStart.

Will it work with my car?

Most remote starters will work with most vehicles, but additional accessories may be needed.

The most important accessory is the Bypass/Interface … Read more...

The Next Phase of 4K Technology: HDR for TVs

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is set to be the next big shift in the quality and clarity of televisions. Bringing the director’s vision right onto your screen and offering detail that couldn’t previously be reproduced, HDR provides a real change in the quest for great TV viewing.

Until now, when films and TV shows were recorded, the information couldn’t be identically reproduced because it was limited to fit broadcast specifications and TV screen capabilities. However, modern HDR TVs are capable of producing exactly what the camera saw and in fine detail.

What is HDR?

By adding four times the pixels for sharper images, 4K was a huge enhancement for picture resolution. HDR combines with 4K technology and maximizes its performance … Read more...

5 Easy Ways to Turn Your House into a Smart Home

Turning your house into a smart home has never been easier! There are many products that offer convenience, all while remaining cost-friendly. They’re easy to install, and most operate with free apps. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest and coolest products:

What’s a connected home?

The phrases “connected home” and “smart home” can be used interchangeably. Both terms describe a network of devices connected to the internet or work in conjunction with the Internet of Things (IOT). That phrase, “the Internet of Things,” emerged from the interconnectivity between home appliances, electronics, and utilities to yield better control and smarter functionality.

A connected home maximizes lifestyle by adding convenience, security, and peace of mind. Before you get some connected products, … Read more...

2016 Jeep Wrangler- In Need of Bass, But Low on Space

A customer visited our Lawrenceville NJ Mobile Installation Center looking to upgrade his 2016 Jeep Wrangler’s sound system. The vehicle was brand new, but the factory sound system was lacking some much needed low-end impact. The Jeep Wrangler comes with stock 6 ½” speakers in the overhead sound bar and lower dash, two 1” tweeters on top of the dash, and AM/FM CD player Radio with Bluetooth features. Overall, the customer enjoyed the convenience of the sound system, but no matter what EQ adjustments he made, he could not achieve the deep bass he desired.

Why Bass?

Deep bass provides warmth and detail to music that cannot be achieved by the small full-range speakers that are standard in many vehicles. These … Read more...

Get It Right the First Time: a How-To Guide for Matching Power Outlets & Plugs

Matching appliances and electronics to the correct power source is a concern for many homeowners. There is nothing worse than purchasing a new appliance, bringing it home, and finding the plug and socket do not match. Understanding your home’s plug types and electrical needs can be a little confusing, so eliminate that stress by learning more about the different options you may find in your home.

110 volts vs. 220 volts

These are the 2 distinct types of power sources you will find in your home. The important difference is the amount of potential energy, or voltage, the socket is able to supply to the device plugged into it.

The most common electrical outlet in any home is a 110 … Read more...

Cool Car Audio Upgrades for Hot Summer Days

Summer means it’s time to roll down the windows and crank up the music. Whether you like cruising around all night, early morning beach trips, or trekking across the state on a road trip, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the car this season. The audio system you have was fine in January, with the windows up, but now you want the world to hear your new favorite song. So, you roll down the windows, open the sun roof, or drop the convertible top and realize it’s time for an upgrade. You’re not alone!

These customers had similar experiences prior to bringing their vehicles into one of our P.C. Richard & Son Mobile Installation Centers. Here’s what … Read more...