Spring Cleaning for Your Home Theater

Two electronics manufacturers offer components that will maximize the performance and longevity of a home theater or media room set-up.

Not thrilled at the notion of consolidating attic clutter and scrubbing behind the refrigerator this Spring Cleaning season? Perhaps it's time to invest that tax return on some cleaning agents for your home entertainment system instead. Any gadget guru can offer you their opinion on the most captivating flat panel TV, sonically pure audio systems and comprehensive sources, but for serious enthusiasts who require future -proofing and preventative insurance against unforeseeable events, it is necessary to look beyond the basic components. Power management and video processing are integral parts of the home entertainment equation that will bring audio/video performance to a level previously unattainable, by cleaning up problems you probably didn't even know existed.

The power feeding valuable electronic components from the AC line could be the dirtiest thing in your home. Imagine investing thousands on an HDTV and premium surround sound system only to have its life shortened and performance degraded by constant power surges and radio frequency (RF) noise. Power management components are like insurance for a home theater, except, their policy enhances the performance of your set -up while offering protection against spikes, surges and unwanted RF noise.

When A/V components are under constant attack from power surges and other "garbage", they have to work harder to overcome these anomalies and therefore cannot work to their maximum potential. A constant supply of clean power allows televisions to produce more vibrant colors with better black level detail while home theater receivers, speakers, DVD players and other sensitive audio/video gear will perform exactly as the manufacturer intended with no distortion or sonically degrading effects.

Of course, not every home theater requires the same level of power protection. Someone with a 27 -inch television, and a couple of mid -range components would not require a top -of -the -line, mega -watt power delivery product. Fortunately Richard Gray's Power Company (RGPC) manufactures an entire line of power management products for everything from an all out, whole -house audio/video system, to a more modest all -in -one entertainment center. RGPC's patented design philosophy of "parallel power" means that connected components receive the benefit of clean power and the best surge protection money can buy, without the limited AC current usually associated with lesser power strips and power conditioners. This translates into an A/V system that is more powerful, looks and sounds better, AND is fully protected from spikes, surges and other electrical anomalies.

At the pinnacle of RGPC's manufacturing prowess is the PowerHouse. Every bit as big as it's name implies, the PowerHouse features 21 commercial -grade, 20 -amp Hubbell outlets that supply fully -balanced, clean power to a rack full of power -hungry components. On the other end is the RGPC 600S which features 6 Hubbell outlets - perfect for a modest, receiver based system. When trying to "clean' up your audio/video system, start at the source of the dirt - your wall outlet.

With a clean source of power allowing components to perform under ideal conditions, it's time to explore how to clean what you ultimately see on your TV screen. Unbeknownst to the average consumer, today's flat panel TVs have a set "native" resolution that they can receive and display signals at, but the variety of components feeding those TVs (cable/satellite boxes, DVD players, game consoles, etc.) all have different output resolutions. What happens inside the TV when it receives a different resolution? The signal is processed to match the display's native resolution. Arguably, this is the most important function of the TV because it controls the quality of the picture you ultimately see. Unfortunately, due to the economics of manufacturing televisions to meet a certain price point, the chip inside most TVs is inexpensive at best and downright cheap at its worst. This is the reason that Discovery HD Theater looks so great on a 50 -inch plasma TV, but your local 11 o'clock news looks awful - the TV's internal scaling chip has a lot less work (if any work at all) to do with an HD signal.

Short of cracking open your new TV set and soldering in a new processing chip, an external video processor such as DVDO's iScan VP30 can be the bridge between your source components and your TV to produce quality, High Definition images no matter what you're watching. The VP30 provides state -of -the -art processing of all popular resolutions (480p, 720p, 1080i) to the native resolution of a display; up to the newest in High Definition formats, 1080p. The VP30 allows for custom output settings at any resolution so that signals sent to a TV can be sent at its native rate. Pushing a TV to its native resolution bypasses any and all internal processing of the signal and allows it to simply display the image as it was meant to be seen. The VP30 also cleans up the video signal before sending it on to your TV by removing any visual artifacts or digital "noise". The VP30 acts as a complete audio/video hub whereby all A/V signals are routed through and sent to the TV via one High Definition MultiMedia Interface (HDMI) cable.

While the VP30 cleans up unwanted "noise" it also allows the user to customize a variety of settings. Dislike the black bars filling a third of the picture when watching Spiderman? The VP30 can stretch an image to the borders of the screen without cropping edges or making Tobey Maguire look like he's in a carnival mirror house. Annoyed by TV sports analysts who offer little in the way of substance? The VP30 has a delay feature allowing users to sync up onscreen action with local radio play -by -play coverage for the best of both worlds.

While brooms, mops, dusters and cleaning solutions are the traditional tools of Spring Cleaning, power management and video processing devices are all the tools you need to enjoy a clean, uncluttered home entertainment experience all year long. No rubber gloves required.


Richard Gray's Power Company products can be purchased at independent audio/video retailers nationwide a list of which can be found at www.richardgrayspowercompany.com.

DVDO, by Anchor Bay Technologies, products can also be purchased at independent audio/video retailers nationwide and online at www.dvdo.com.

Richard Gray's Power Company (RGPC) designs, engineers and manufactures the only patented, non -current limiting Power Delivery System for the home theater market. RGPC's parallel technology captures and restores instantaneously high -current -on -demand, working cycle -to -cycle to satisfy power hungry equipment while rejecting power spikes and smaller surges that lead to premature failure of sensitive electronics. RGPC products are proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. and are sold solely through their network of professional audio/video dealers and installers.

Anchor Bay Technologies Inc. (ABT) designs, manufactures, and markets semiconductor and system -level solutions for the next generation of Digital Television and Digital Video electronic products. Headquartered in Campbell, California, ABT is the parent to DVDO® Home Theater Products and the creator of the proprietary DVDO iScan™ line of video processing systems. Anchor Bay Technologies' Precision Video Scaling technology is based on ABT's proprietary video scaling engine that can independently scale an image horizontally and vertically to achieve an outstanding picture quality for today's high resolution video displays.

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