Panasonic Raise The Bar

panasonic tvBefore the ubiquitous adoption of LED, LCD and Plasma screens, it was not uncommon to purchase a CRT television and expect it to last you for decades to come. Around 2006, 2007 (arguably the time when Blu-Ray and HD gaming became popular via Xbox 360 and PS3), ‘HD Ready’ screens became highly sought after. Fast forward to 2016 and people are more eager than ever to consistently upgrade their sets, namely to take advantage of smart technology, improved motion rates and image quality.

While CRT televisions dealt with motion rather gracefully (even at the EU standard 50HZ refresh rate), LCD and LED screens somewhat struggled in the early days. Ghosting and motion streaks were not uncommon, but thanks to the improved refresh rates on many modern screens (this Panasonic set boasts an incredible 3000HZ), this is no longer an issue.

If you are using your television for gaming and movies, then we highly recommend ensuring that your HD screen has a refresh rate of at least 60HZ (which was standard in the US since the introduction of CRT thanks to their mains voltage). As for 4K TV, well – investing in a 4K screen is in theory, a wise pre-emptive move. There isn’t a huge amount of 4K content out there, but the screen quality and rendering of 1080p HD content is nothing short of outstanding.

One screen we currently stock and take great pride in presenting is from the 2016 Panasonic range; the 58” LED TX58DX902B. This outstanding screen is not only an exquisite representation of Panasonic’s ruthless approach to build quality, but also a perfect embodiment of everything we have come to expect from high-end screens in 2016. Check the specs below and feel free to drop by our Wimborne or Ferndown showrooms for a personal demonstration.

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Spread Some Sound With SONOS

sonosWell hello there, how are our lovely readers today? It’s a rather rainy Wednesday here but we won’t let that keep the Holmans team down. In fact, it’s barely 3 PM and we’ve already had plentiful enquiries about our audio equipment – seems the people of Dorset are looking are ready to break out their record collections again.

Anyway, enough rambling – have you heard of Sonos? It’s the leading brand in wireless Hi-Fi gear and has successfully revolutionised the way many of us engage with and enjoy music. Sure, you can always grab an RCA Bluetooth Adapter for a cheap wireless fix but Sonos takes things to a whole other level. The sound quality is outstanding considering the size of these speakers and we’re consistently delighted by their strong response to varying styles of music.

What’s the appeal of wireless audio then? Well for a start you can place multiple speakers around the home and then control them from your PC, Laptop, iPhone or Android mobile over your internet connection. So say you want the music in the kitchen while cooking, then you retire to the dining room to enjoy your meal – rather than move your CD or phone to a new dock, just tell Sonos to play from the dining room speaker.

If you still enjoy CDs and Vinyl, this is no problem either as there are additional inputs to allow the insertion of external sound devices. You may need a separate CD player though with an RCA output to accommodate this, though – or just rip your CDs to MP3 and play them on your mobile device.

In any case, if you fancy a demonstration please feel free to get in touch or drop by our Wimborne or Ferndown showrooms.

To help our customers get started out, we are also stocking the Sonos 2 in 1 ‘Two-Room Starter Set’ for £299.

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Do You Remember the RCA VideoDisc?

laserdisc_02It’s all well and good to get excited about the future, but sometimes a little reflective nostalgia can help put the present into greater perspective. So many of us take our technological privileges for granted, heck – kids born since 2000 will likely never know the struggles of VHS or cassette tapes – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remember the fallen formats of old. Given the recent vinyl revival, it’s evident that analogue media isn’t dead, but did you know that those faithful black discs were once considered a potential means of home video playback?

Video played back via a stylus from vinyl? Surely not…

You better believe it!

Production on the RCA VideoDisc was launched in 1980 as means to counter the rising popularity of VHS and Betamax tapes with a stronger alternative. It’s still quite baffling how video can be recorded to vinyl but there we go, the format continues to surprise and intrigue. As you can imagine, the format was a commercial failure and RCA ceased production on hardware in 1984 but like the similarly ill fated HD-DVD; new releases continued for another two years following.

So, what exactly was the point in developing this format when most homes were already enjoying the convenience of VHS? Well first of all, think back to some of the disadvantages to VHS: image quality is shoddy, they wore out fast and they took up a mighty amount of space. LP sleeves can be carefully stored vertically in greater numbers, plus they sound better than tape. The RCA VideoDisc took advantage of the format for crisp stereo soundtracks and allowed the stylus to track content in “hills and dales” instead of the zig-zags on LP discs. It is documented that VideoDisc grooves are a staggering 48 times smaller than an LP.

Launched at a hefty $499.95 – it’s little surprise that it failed to take off, especially when VHS offered similar quality for a lesser price tag. If you had a huge TV you may have seen the advantage but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be.

See it in action below…

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The Holmans Winter Sale Is On!

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Well then, how was everybody’s Christmas and New Year?

We’re barely a week into 2016 and we’re already witnessing those lament their failed resolutions! Still, it’s not all bad – maybe some of us just set the bar too high? In any case the team at Holmans are positively buzzing at the prospect of another fantastic year in electrical wholesale. To kick things off we’re running one of our biggest ever sales with barbaric price drops across a range of our most popular products.

While January is typically a month of restraint, we believe that our sale will allow you to purchase the perfect New Year gift for your home. January is the perfect time to re-evaluate your home and lifestyle – for example, do you really want to graft through another year with your temperamental washing machine or go another 12 months without a microwave?

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To help you navigate our winter sale we have set up a hub page here where you can find the items ideal for you. In addition to our store cuts, we’re also offering 20% of ALL Morphy Richards appliances over the coming month.

While some of our sale products are available from our website, we strongly recommend paying our Ferndown or Wimborne showrooms a visit where you can engage with the stock in a friendly and tangible environment. Check out the full listings of all our winter sale products here!

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Enjoy Portable Audio with Holmans

bose5With the ever growing popularity of mobile music, a promising number of people are returning to traditional over ear headphones for high quality portable audio. Throughout the early 00’s, the introduction of the iPod and continued use of CD Walkman’s lead many to favour the convenience of earphones and in-ear buds. These are still great, particularly the noise cancelling in-ear variations which offer outstanding sound and noise reduction without the bulk of over ear head gear.

At Holmans we take audio very seriously and have grown weary of the poor quality equipment shovelled onto consumers. The earphones that come with your mobile or iPod may ‘do the job’ but in the long term, they aren’t designed for safe and extended listening. You see, the max volume a human ear should be able to withstand before suffering hearing damage is 85db and much of the time we have to crank up the volume just hear our music outside. This leads to an overwhelming level of sound from the earphones combined with added ruckus around you in the street. Listen like that for prolonged periods and you’re seriously risking your hearing as well as your chances of developing tinnitus.

Our in store and online catalogue of noise cancelling ear buds and over ear headphones not only solve this problem but also provide outstanding audio quality. There are two kinds of noise cancelling methods – active and passive. Active sends out a sound wave that counters outside noise while passive just blocks your ear canal from external noise. Active requires a battery in the headphone but provides outstanding levels of noise prevention. You can learn more via this video…

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