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March 2011


All HDMI CABLES cables are NOT created equal.
Short length cables (under 10ft/3m) are generally not an issue as long as they comply with the HDMI 1.4 specification (now referred to as “High Speed HDMI Cables”). But once you go beyond 12ft/4m, you need to verify the cable will meet the performance needs of your system design. HDMI 1.3 cables do not necessarily meet the 1.4 specification and may not have enough bandwidth to pass 3D, 8-bit/12-bit color, Audio Return Channel, or Ethernet Channel… All features now becoming more and more common in the newest HDMI connected gear.


â— Set up and test the equipment you are installing BEFORE you install cables in walls.
I know this sounds pretty basic, but many of the HDMI issues that I get calls on involve “existing” products the customer already owns that were incorporated into the installation with “new” products. Connect all the products together and test them with all the cables and devices you are planning to use in the installation. It’s better to solve any issues before you install the cables behind walls – and a lot less expensive.


Fireplace Projects of the Week March 25, 2011

Fireplace Projects

Another Home Theater transformation!  Originally the entertainment center was on the adjacent wall limiting  living space, by merging the Fireplace and entertainment center together the room can now be utilized at 75%.

If you have always dreamed of having a model home, contact Appleton Renovations for your FREE in home design consultation. We are so excited about the transformation to our Master Bedroom, the Entertainment center and dresser really complete the room and the Theater solution looks and sounds great. In addition to building a beautiful Built-In they designed us the most amazing 70†LED Theater Solution with a one touch remote that’s make usage extremely easy to navigate our Home Theater system, It is just beautiful!



Fireplace Projects
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Fireplace Project of the week March 4th, 2011

Hi Ken,

We wanted to take a moment and thank you and your team for our new Family Room which has exceeded our expectations.  The cabinets, sound system and TV have transformed our home.  We have not had the best of luck with contractors but the project went exactly as you told us at the beginning.

From the install of the cabinets, the replacement of the fireplace, the painting and the install of the electronics.  Each team was on time, did great work, and took time to explain what they were doing.  We were especially impressed with how they protected our floors and furniture.  We appreciated the fact that we never felt we were being pressured into equipment we did not want nor features we didn’t need.

The Appleton Renovation – Murphy Bed Hardware used in today’s beds is state of the art. It’s a counter-balanced spring system with a lightweight frame which results in finger-tip operation. Whether you’re six or eighty-six you’re able to open and close the bed with ease.

Our only negative comment is the before and after picture.  Our new room makes the old one look soooooo bad.

Thank you!

Mr.  Fazio – Mission Viejo, CA

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Fireplace Project of the Week March 4th, 2011

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