At this time of year everyone is looking around to get presents for those they love, but it is sometimes difficult to select something they really want. If you know that your partner or child is really into video games and would be delighted with a new console this Christmas, you might like to read this article and the next, which will be looking at the three main options.
Each console has its own plus points and so you need to think carefully about what the person likes in order to pick out the perfect one. In this guide we will be going over each option, so you can find the ideal gift.
What you need to do is consider the type of person the recipient is, so you can see which console would be most suitable for them.
Microsoft Xbox 360
We will first be looking at the Xbox 360 which is great for dads, teenagers and those who enjoy playing online games in high definition. This console offers Xbox LIVE which opens up a whole work of entertainment through its online games and multimedia provision. For those who like to play games against their friends, then this would be for them. It is also great for chilling out and watching great sports and music content.
As long as you have an HDTV which has been mounted on the wall using TV brackets, along with an internet connection, this console would be perfect for those people mentioned above as they can use the machine to its full potential.
When you buy a top quality TV these days you can almost guarantee it is made for playing video games on, in addition to providing facilities to watch television on.
The reason why you would want to get a flat panel TV that provides features for gamers is that due to the speed of the action taking place on screen, you have to have a device that can keep up with out blurring and slowing down because it cannot cope.
So for those that like to play titles such as Skyrim or Call of Duty: Black Ops on their Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360, then you should check that your LCD or plasma TV is up to the task.
Once you have sorted out a decent sized TV with settings that can be changed in order for a person to play games as they were made to be enjoyed, you need to think about mounting the TV onto the wall.
TV brackets are available in different sizes and types, so you can select them according to your preferences. Due to the fact that you will want to keep up with all that is going on during the gameplay, it is advisable to place your unit on TV wall brackets.
The TV mount you opt for can be installed easily on your wall and will support your slimline TV. Once you have fixed it in place and have adjusted the angle, you can get on with playing the latest video games.
If you have identified a need for a TV mount with which to place your flat screen TV on the wall with, you might also wish to consider other accessories which are available to make your TV viewing experience more pleasurable and ensure the room is kept tidy and free from clutter.
In this article we will look at two types of accessory you can buy from TV bracket suppliers, wall cable covers and premium console shelves.
Wall cable covers to hide your cables
With their modern black design, you can now decide to fit all of your cables behind the cover and make the room look much neater in the process. For those with a minimalist style in their home, this would be an excellent purchase.
Over a metre in length when fully connected, these covers can be adapted to create the perfect length you need. All you have to do is screw the small metal plate to the brick or stud wall using the fittings included and clip the cable cover onto the plate. It is really easy to install and the cables will then be well hidden behind it.
Premium console shelf to hold your games machine
If you like to play video games using your LCD or plasma TV and currently have to place the unit on a table, you may be interested in this incredibly strong shelf, which can hold your device up on the wall like with your TV. The shelf will support all your hardware and keep it safe on the wall, out of the way.
Cantilever TV brackets give a user the optimum amount of flexibility when it comes to installing their flat panel television on the wall.
There may be occasions where the simple fixed variety will do, but if you need to ensure that everyone in the room benefits from the same experience, cantilever TV wall brackets are something you should seriously consider getting this Christmas.
The bigger the size of your TV, the more you are likely to have to pay for the privilege of wall-mounting your impressive new set, but it certainly works out cost effective in the end.
For a start, with the television out of the way, you can use the furniture which was holding the device for other things. No longer do you have to worry about the TV being knocked from the table due to the fact the TV stand provided simply wasn’t strong enough.
These sturdy brackets will hold your TV safely and securely to the wall, while giving you the motion to swing out and fold back the display as and when required. The TV can now be positioned towards almost any angle and the tilt and swivel facilities ensure that even if you placed it in the corner, it can still be fitted.
For a top quality wall-mounting solution, you can’t really get better than cantilever TV brackets as they are made to high specifications and are certainly very reliable.
Even though they are robust, this does not mean they are difficult to install. Actually, they are quite easy to fit and they come with all the screws and fixings you will need.
With the news that a leading electronics company like Sony is contemplating venturing into internet TV, this might give consumers more choice when it comes to what they watch.
Cable and satellite broadcasters in the United States are braced for this new service from Sony, although it is only in its early stages of development. Those in the broadcasting industry are waiting to see what will happen.
As far as consumers of Sony products like TVs and PlayStation 3s are concerned, this just gives them more options in terms of entertainment.
Richard Broughton, head of broadband media at researchers Screen Digest, has spoken about the advantages Sony may have over its competitors in the industry. He said:
“Cable companies have to be careful about not annoying their existing customers, whereas device manufacturers can put new services on new devices and test things in the market in a way that a cable or satellite company cannot.”
Despite this, the electronics giant still has a number of challenges ahead with regards to gathering a catalogue of TV channels that would entice customers enough so that they would be open to paying for it. Mr Broughton goes on to say that it is unlikely they will discard their satellite or cable provider for this new service.
So even if this does end up taking off, it seems like the televisions will not be changing drastically in the near future. 3D TV is around, but you will still have to mount the unit on devices like TV brackets to enjoy your TV viewing experience.
When most people think about buying a modern television set, it is taken for granted that they are primarily doing so to watch visual content such as TV shows and films.
This is understandable as the television is usually seen as a visual medium with which you can show the best images and display all kinds of colours in full high definition. However, there is certainly more to it than just offering a delight for the eyes.
Depending on the technology built in to your TV, you can enjoy a crisp sound quality as well. It is certainly worth investing in a surround sound or home cinema (which comes with speakers) system to really get the most out of what you hear.
By mounting your television on the wall using fixed or adjustable TV brackets, you can ensure that you have got the display right in terms of the best viewing angle. When it comes to the sound, you can also mount the speakers using the mounts which are now available to buy online.
Check the instructions which came with the speakers and subwoofer to determine the right way to position this equipment in order to get the desired effect from the technology.
Once you have done that, not only can you enjoy films which make it seem as if you are in the thick of the action as well, but also listen to music on the radio or dedicated music channels like MTV and experience the ultimate in sound quality.
With the latest move to Blu-ray players and the fact they are backwards compatible, you would have thought that DVDs would soon lose popularity, but because of the smaller differences between the formats than say VHS, many people still use DVD as a cheaper entertainment medium.
So if you are one of those homeowners who still like to take advantage of bargains on buying DVDs instead of the more expensive Blu-ray discs, then you can still choose to place your player on a DVD shelf, below your wall-mounted television.
Mounting your TV won’t be an issue for you, when you take advantage of the impressive wall mounts which are currently available to buy online. You can also get a bracket made specifically for holding a DVD or Blu-ray player on the wall too.
Even if you haven’t got high definition with Blu-ray, you can still enjoy HD quality output if you have a high definition flat screen television. DVDs can often be up-scaled to improve the performance and compatibility aspects of working with these new TV products.
Once you have got the setup sorted you can enjoy all the many DVDs you have collected over the years and ensure you get good use out of them. And should you decide to get a Blu-ray player in the future, you can always replace the device on the shelf, ensuring you still get the maximum out of the experience.
TV brackets are accessories which are really handy and they have transformed the way we see the TV screen.
It is scary when you think about how many homeowners dismiss the fact that their televisions could be dangerous to their family. Most of us have grown up thinking that TVs provide little in the way of a threat to those around us, but it is worth remembering that CRT TVs used to be a lot bigger and more difficult to move.
The latest televisions are coming out at a much quicker pace and they are getting slimmer and more intricate, but as well as the improvements in the technology, they have also brought with them a number of issues.
The chances that a child could tip over a TV set have increased within the past few years. This is because the modern flat screen TVs are less stable and with such a small stand, are not all that strong in preventing the unit from being tipped over.
In the US, they are taking this more seriously, with the consumer product safety commission viewing the TV as among the biggest hidden hazards to be found in the contemporary home.
A child’s desire to climb and explore could make the TV a prime target and so make it a very serious risk to their health and well-being.
This is why it is prudent to consider TV brackets to mount your display at height where it is safely out of the reach of any young children. By keeping it firmly fixed to the wall, you can reduce the possibility of these kinds of dangers from happening.
For those who consider themselves something of a film buff, they will already own an impressive collection of Blu-ray / DVD discs as well as being a regular subscriber to one or more movie magazines, but have they got the necessary TV brackets?
This may sound like a strange question to ask at first, but once you think about it carefully, what is the point of having this dedicated passion for film if you aren’t making the best use of it?
Yes, you might be recording all your favourite films when they are scheduled for broadcast on Sky Movies, which you also subscribe to, but if you haven’t placed your flat panel TV screen correctly, you aren’t able to enjoy it to the full.
In order to experience these movies in high definition, where you are immersed in the visual and audio delights of the production, you need to ensure that the LCD or plasma TV you are watching these films on is mounted on the wall.
So, if this is you and you have strong opinions on how you like to enjoy films, don’t forget to order TV brackets so you can get it mounted on the wall of your living room or bedroom, allowing you to get the full effect.
Home cinema is becoming increasingly important with the modern TV viewer, so a film enthusiast should see this as a must and set out their equipment correctly so they can see and hear all that is going on.
With the recent news that the twenty-third James Bond film has finally been given the green light, after more than a year of turmoil for MGM, it looks like ‘Skyfall’ as it has been named is going to be another hit for the franchise.
Daniel Craig is the modern-day Bond and this is his third time in the role of the iconic spy, following in the footsteps of greats like Sean Connery and Roger Moore.
There are many fans of this British MI6 agent who can’t wait to see the movie on the big screen and will also be first in line when it finally gets its release on Blue-ray and DVD.
So if you are one of those James Bond fanatics who owns the entire DVD collection of films made so far, you should make the most of these movies in full high definition by watching them on Blu-ray.
When you link a Blu-ray player to an LCD or plasma TV, you can enjoy all the action of these thrilling movies almost as if you were seeing them in the cinema. With the latest home cinema systems you can see all the James Bond classics upscaled to the HD format and ready to be watched as they should.
In order to create the perfect setting to do this, you need to mount your television onto the wall using TV brackets as they allow you to tilt and turn your display to the right angle so you can enjoy the experience to the max.