Posted by Andie on June 23, 2011
Today is a holy day for many around the country.
In just hours, the NBA draft will begin.
Are you planning on watching?
To be honest, I think I might leave my husband in front of the TV and go get myself a pedicure. Call me a party pooper, but I'm just not too interested in the hype. I'm pretty sure I won't know who any of the players are except for maybe one or two that I saw play in the NCAA Championship this year. BORING.
Watching the highlights tonight during the news will be plenty.
Whether you've been counting down the days until draft day, or you have absolutely no interest at all in professional basketball.......enter our RC Willey Sony Draft Day Contest by June 30th for a chance to win a 55" Sony 3D HDTV! This is such an incredible TV- I promise you'll love it. Have fun tonight!
Posted by Andie on March 23, 2011
A few months ago we decided to invest in a Sony 3D-Ready 1080p HDTV. I wasn't super thrilled about the idea at first since our apartment is pretty small, and I didn't want the TV to be the main focal point of the room. After all, 46" seemed a lot bigger than the 32" TV we had at the time. But, the price was right, and I could tell my other half was completely infatuated with this glorious TV and so I decided to compromise. After all, he always puts up with my decorating splurges.
While originally I thought this purchase was mostly going to be my husband's toy, I've ended up loving it just as much (if not more) than he does! Here are the top five ways this TV has impressed me.....
1. Channel Surfing Made Easy
I am not a tech savy person, and I probably never will be. In the past, I've given up on learning how to work a new product out of sheer frustration. This time has been refreshingly different. It was so simple to learn how to navigate around and work the remote- I even taught myself!
2. A TV That Doesn't Crash Your Decorating Party
Unlike some TV's, this one is aesthetically pleasing. Like I mentioned, I didn't want everyone who walked into our living room to only notice the TV... and luckily, they don't. The design is Super lightweight, sleek, and thin. Along with taking up virtually no space at all, it also doesn't scream for attention.
3. Am I Really Watching TV??
The 2D viewing settings are absolutely stellar. Normally, I don't really notice if a TV has a good or bad picture (my co-workers think I'm crazy) but once we plugged this puppy in, I DEFINITELY NOTICED. I haven't ever seen a more incredible picture up close.
4. Never A Dull Moment
My very favorite feature is that we can get the internet through the TV! Hello instant Netflix, Pandora, NPR, YouTube, Hulu, and more. Even when it seems like nothing is on TV, you've got an endless array of other options! I am constantly using the TV instead of my laptop.
5. Early Adopting
We still haven't purchased our 3D glasses (that might be a little ways down the road), but just knowing we have the option is nice! As more and more 3D content comes out it makes me excited to get watching things in 3D!
Unfortunately RC Willey sold out of the 46" Sony 3D TV that I bought, but the good news is that we still have plenty of the Sony 3D 55" TV! (This is the exact same TV that I have, only bigger!) Whether you are looking to buy a new TV or not, I highly recommend checking it out! We also have several other brand new on the market 3D TV's in our store locations, so stop by!
Posted by Andie on September 7, 2010
Confused about 3D TV?
Don't worry. Help is on the way.
Question asking has always been my forte (I was a curious child, and maybe possibly slightly a tiny bit obnoxious in my daily quests for knowledge), but this time, after much research, I'm doing the answering bit.
My mother will be so proud.
What exactly is 3D TV?
How do the glasses work?
What do I need in order to watch a 3D movie at home?
Should I buy a 3D-Ready HDTV if I'm not sure I'll want to watch everything in 3D?
What kind of 3D content is available right now?
Check out the Answers to all of these 3D TV Questions!
Posted by Andie on June 11, 2010
The jury is still out for me when it comes to 3-D Television...
'3-D' makes me think of the "Honey I Shrunk the Audience" 3-D Show at Disney World. Have you seen it? It's horrifying, and intriguing all at the same time. It feels like you are on a roller coaster, all the while you have to deal with the fangs of a python, dog slobber, and loose mice running around your feet. Considering the fact that I'm absolutely petrified of any type of rodent... it wasn't so pleasant for me. I think I ended up taking the glasses off halfway through the show. Even in other 3-D shows I've been to sans mice it always feels like there is an explosion going on in my head. And not in a good way.
So why would I want to watch 3-D in my living room??? Despite my opinions, I decided I needed to see what all of this buzz was about. If 3-D TVs really are the hot TV of the future I wanted to at least know about them.
So I went to RC Willey and checked out their big 3-D television display. I never thought I'd say this, but it really surpassed all of my expectations. It was awesome. I sat there with my stylish 3-D glasses watching Monsters vs. Aliens... I felt like I was a character in the movie, and I didn't even get a headache. AWESOME.
I'm still on the fence as to whether I'd like to actually own one. I guess time will tell.
What do YOU think about the new 3-D TV's?
Posted by Andie on January 28, 2010
I start getting excited for the Superbowl at the beginning of January every year. I can't wait for next Sunday. My husband, father, and brothers are all really pumped for the big game, but let's be honest, I don't even know what teams are going to be playing, and I probably won't even remember what team won after all is said and done. In my opinion, there are more important matters other than football at hand, like deciding what we will EAT at our Superbowl get-together. Anyone out there with me? It's all about the food.
In preparation for the Superbowl, I am going to solicit your help. What are the tastiest appetizers you make for your Superbowl Parties? Email me your favorite appetizer recipe (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send the first 25 of you a coupon that can be used at any of our locations to pick up a Free 14 Piece Deluxe Ginzu Knife Set! (These are really sweet knives.) I'll also post some of the recipes I receive on the blog so others can enjoy!
BEST of all, we're going to pick a random follower of this blog on February 5th and they'll win this Haier 32" LCD TV- just in time to watch the Superbowl!
Sign up now if you aren't already a follower, and get your delicious recipes to me!!
P.S. We have great TV options if you're looking for something new to watch the big game on!
Posted by Andie on December 28, 2009
I woke up early Christmas morning completely shocked to find this Sony 32" 720p LCD TV under the tree.
It's pure awesome. My husband and I finally had time to get it out of the box and put it together last night. After a simple-set up, we popped in The Bourne Ultimatum and both of us sat there drooling over the Picture Quality and Clarity. For a girl that didn't think she was that into electronics, I'm pretty sure that I love our new TV just as much as my ultra-boy husband. Who knew?
P.S. I can't tell you how happy we are to have upgraded from watching movies on our laptop computers to a nice TV screen. Let's just say, there is a HUGE difference.
Posted by Michael on December 16, 2009
Sometimes I think that technology is moving forward so quickly and I'm getting left behind. Don't get me wrong... I understand the blogging world, the iPod phenomenon, and facebook. But I've been totally confused when it comes to HDTV, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and the benefits of Blue Ray. Don't hate me when I say this, but to me, a TV is a TV! How different can this new and improved television system really be?
Is anyone else confused about this HDTV revolution?? Who's with me?!
I've decided that since HDTV is not going to be going away anytime soon, that I should at least attempt to understand this new language. I'm sick of being ignorant. I thought maybe some of you would like a little educating too (Maybe I'm the ONLY one that doesn't get it....but I really doubt it.)
So, after lots of research, and conversations with people that DO get it... here's what HDTV means in simple terms...
Digital vs. Analog Signals
First you have to understand the difference between analog and digital signals. Analog signals were the traditional, easy way of doing everything in the past. Records, cassette tapes, and older televisions all used analog.
Digital signals are newer, and better. Computers, dvds, and cds are all digital. Doesn't it make sense that television would switch from the old analog way of doing things, to the updated digital way? Just this past June, the Federal Communications Commission required all high-power analog U.S. television stations to turn off their signals and move to a digital-only transmission.
Why is digital better than analog?
Analog signals are like a light dimmer. Digital signals are like turning a light switch on and off. If you were standing hundreds of yards away, would it be easier to tell what percentage of light you could see, or whether the light was simply on or off? That's a No Brainer, right?
Since analog signals are much less obvious than digital signals, analog tends to have a lot of signal degredation, meaning the signal can fall apart and get worse the farther away that you are. Digital signals are clear, and easy to recognize. The signal stays fresh even when you are far away. Simply put, digital signals offer a better, clearer, quality picture on your television than analog ever could.
What's the difference between 720p, 1080i, and 1080p resolutions?
Picture a television screen as a table of colored dots, called pixels. There are rows and columns of hundreds of dots that fill up the entire screen. The resolution is the number of rows, or horizontal lines per screen. On analog television sets, there are about 480 horizontal lines, or rows of dots, and on high definition television sets, there are either 720 lines, or 1080 lines. As you might imagine, more lines = more dots= higher resolution= better quality and sharper pictures.
The i (interlaced) and the p (progressive) in the resolution formula simply describes the type of scan used by the TV to display the picture. So which one is better? It's a hot debate, but the best answer is that they are just different.
Interlacing alternates the odd lines of pixels with the even lines- changing them so quickly that the viewer sees a cohesive, image. Progressive displays each line of pixels sequentially. TV usually uses interlaced, while movies use progressive. With interlaced, you tend to get more fluid, smoother motion, and with progressive you get more of an artistic feel.
Why is Blu-ray so much better than a regular dvd?
Remember when dvds came out and the world changed completely? Now we had such a better picture! That's because we threw out our analog video tapes and replaced them with digital dvds. Now there was less signal degredation. Well, it turns out that we can even get better than our plain old dvds. Blu-ray is simply a dvd, but with more dots, or pixels, so it's like HDTV on a dvd. My friend Dave put it this way when describing dvds vs. Blu-ray, "It's the difference between taking a picture with your cell phone and a real camera." Blu-ray is WAY better! Hooray for technology.
So, I guess knowledge is power. I'm not going to lie, I think that I will always care more about what sofa is in my living room over what type of television I own, but I'm making progress. My homework tonight? Go home and figure out if I need to upgrade my TV.
Posted by Andie on November 17, 2009
Anyone out there like bargains? You'll like this then.
Yesterday CNNMoney produced an interesting article discussing Flatscreen TV Price Wars for the upcoming holiday season. The article claimed that now is the time to purchase a 32-inch to 37-inch LCD TV because of the great prices around. A consumer electronics expert said that he's already seeing 32-inch LCD Models that are typically $500 or more, for under $400.
Now I am by no means a television expert, but I'm a girl that understands and appreciates a good deal. My mother certainly taught me the value of bargain shopping. I pulled up the RC Willey website after reading the article, wondering where we stood on the price scale in regard to LCD TV's. I must admit I was surprised when I found that we've got a 32-inch LCD TV for a whopping $299! I'm not even joking. $299!
That's way better than 'under $400', don't you think? Maybe CNNMoney should have done a little more homework.
Check it out yourself!