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  • LG Wireless Bluetooth Audio Systems

    lg wireless bluetooth stereo systemsLG has recently re-designed the home stereo by creating the LG Wireless Audio System. These units are really neat to have because they are small, relatively powerful, and affordable sound systems that use Bluetooth connectivity to play and control your favorite music directly from your mobile devices. They also connect to compatible LG TVs, allowing you to listen to your audio through the stereo system rather than your TVs built-in speakers. With up to 230-watts of power you'll get the sound boost you need to listen to music throughout your home, plus plenty of other features like the flexibility to change and control the music from your smartphone. These economical wireless audio systems are ideal for basic music playback in your home, office, apartment, shop or garage.


    With multi-Bluetooth, you can connect up to 3 mobile devices simultaneously for easy control of playlists between friends or at parties. The three phones can be connected and all three can be used to choose the music, which is really cool. You can take turns playing music, making for a fun and exciting listening experience.


    All of LGs Wireless Audio Systems also feature normal stereo options such as FM tuner, auxiliary input, CD Player and built-in equalizer. No matter what kind of media you have, you can use it. They also support the most popular and common audio formats, and come equipped with USB direct playback so you can share playlists from a USB drive or USB enabled device. They've even developed a LG Micro Hi-Fi Audio System which is a really interesting 130-watt system in a tiny package. What's better? The models we sell at 220 Electronics are designed for worldwide use - meaning they work with any voltage from 110 to 240 volts. For more information or to purchase your own today, check out LG's Wireless Audio Systems on our website.

  • Region-Free Home Theater Combo for Global Use

    region-free home theater combosAt 220-Electronics, we know home theater. We have nearly 40 years of experience with region-free, multisystem and dual-voltage electronics and have taken our knowledge to build some wonderful home theater combos that can be used anywhere in the world. Outstanding sound quality, region-free playback, worldwide voltage, and compatibility with any TV is just the beginning. We have many combos available, each offering different features and capabilities. Today we'll take a peek at this powerful and sleek home theater package consisting of Polk Audio, Yamaha, and Sony components. It's a deal you won't want to miss, and one that will make for a highly enjoyable viewing and listening experience.
     
    What You Get
    This global home theater combo consists of a Polk Audio TL1600 Surround Sound Speaker System, a Yamaha RX-V379 audio/video receiver for 110 to 240 volt use, and a Sony BDP-S3700 Region-Free Blu-ray Player. This package gives you a ton of options for setup and playback - all you need is a TV. Let's take a quick look at the components of this combo below.
     
    Surround Sound
    The Polk Audio TL1600 is a powerful and proper speaker system consisting of 4 compact satellite speakers, a central channel speaker and a subwoofer. Equipped with Time Lens technology and aperiodic tuned rear port for optimal performance, plus keyhole slots and threaded inserts for easy wall mounting or stand/bracket use. The system features a 45 - 20,000 Hz (-3 dB) frequency response and 8-ohm impedence.
     
    Powerful and Flexible Receiver
    Yamaha's RX-V379 delivers nothing less than Yamaha quality - tuned to perfection. The 5.1 channel surround sound delivers 100w per channel at 8 ohms, extra bass, an aluminum front panel & binding posts for the speaker terminals, gapless playback feature, 6 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI out, 4k Ultra-HD passthrough, frontal USB connection for easy iPod or iPhone use, YPAO sound optimization and an eco-mode for 20% power savings. This receiver also works with any voltage, from 110 to 240 volts.
     
    Region-Free Blu-ray
    The Region-Free Sony BDP-S3700 is a powerful player with Wi-fi, streaming media and DLNA connectivity. You can use it with any voltage (110 to 240 volts), and it will play Blu-ray discs and DVDs from any region - A,B,C and 0-8. It comes equipped with internal Pal/NTSC conversion which allows you to use it with any TV without the need for video converters. You can watch your favorite movie titles on disc, share media from your home network, or use the hindreds of apps to find your favorite titles or TV shows.
     
    It's a High Quality Combo
    Sony, Polk Audio, and Yamaha are all leaders in the audio/video industry. This combo offers a highly flexible home theater that can be used anywhere in the world, with any voltage, and any TV. It's perfect for anyone who's traveling long-term or has plans to relocate. It's also great for those of you who enjoy the luxury of playing discs from overseas. High-performance audio, region-free playback and worldwide voltage make this combo a step above the rest at a price that's still affordable.
     
    Check out all the performance specs and details on this combo and order yours today here. You'll be enjoying professional quality cinema in the comfort of your home before you know it.

  • PAL, NTSC and SECAM: What's the Difference?

    pal ntsc and secam differenceWhen TV was first designed, there was a set of standards used to control how the information was sent from the broadcasting station to the TV, and how the TV interpreted this information into a picture on the TV screen. In North America, this standard is known as NTSC which stands for National Television Systems Committee. There are also two other types of standards used around the world; PAL (Phase Altering Line) and SECAM (Sequential Color with Memory).
     
    The systems used vary by country and/or region, but they all use one of the three standards: PAL, NTSC, or Secam. Digital cable, VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray also adhere to these color information standards. PAL TVs are only compatible with a PAL signal or other Pal components. The same is true for NTSC and SECAM. It's not possible to use a PAL TV with a NTSC Blu-ray Player or vice-versa. If you wanted to use your NTSC player to watch movies on a PAL or SECAM TV, you'd need to use an external video converter. Let's take a look at the differences betwen these three systems.
     

    NTSC

    This American Standard was the first ever used. It was developed in 1941 and re-engineered to include color in 1953. It utilizes 525 scan lines at 30 frames per second. Only 486 of the actual lines are visible on the screen while the remaining are used for synchronizing and balancing the image. NTSC's refresh rate is 60hz. NTSC is also the only system that requires a tint control on the TV
     

    PAL

    This color system uses 576 scan lines and 25 frames per second to produce the finished picture. Introduced in Europe in the 1960's, PAL was an attempt to improve on the NTSC standard and it has remained the European standard (in most cases) up until this very day. PAL has varying versions including PAL B/G and PAL I. This system has a 50hz refresh rate.
     

    SECAM

    The newest of the three color systems, SECAM was developed and released in the 60's. Mostly used in Russia, eastern Europe and Africa, SECAM utilizes the same resolution as PAL at 576 lines and 25 frames per second. This color system is the only one to use FM frequency modulation which allows it to transmit over a longer range. Like PAL, SECAM also has a 50hz refresh rate.
     
    Clearly there are differences (and similarities) between the three standard systems. Thanks to a higher frame rate, NTSC enjoys a smoother image. PAL and SECAM both use an extra scan lines and therefor have better resolution.
     

    Does it Really Matter?

    Overall, it does matter. The three systems are not compatible, which means you need to be sure your audio/video components use the same standard to be compatible with your TV and with the satellite and/or digital cable signal. There is, of course, a couple exceptions. Multisystem TVs are able of decoding all three color systems and feature tuners for each. In addition, Region Free Blu-ray & DVD Players usually come equipped with internal PAL/NTSC conversion, which allows them to be used with any TV.
     
    If you're living in the same region and using locally purchased audio/video components and accessories, there's really no need to even think about PAL, NTSC and SECAM. However, it's always nice to have a slight knowledge of how the three differ and why.

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