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I have been in the technology industry since 2005 and I have seen these faces many times. Why? This happens when people assume that others automatically know what they know. In the consumer technology world this comes with such terms as: Megapixel, HDMI, 5.1 Home Theater System, RAM, 1080P and some new terms such as 4K and Smart (Phone, TV, Bluray players, Homes).

Here are our K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) Definitions for most of these terms so that you don’t get stuck with the o_O (confused faced)…


4K = Video Resolution of 3,840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high  that is 4 times better than 1080P (defined below).  Which provide a more detailed image and will allow you to sit closer to a larger tv without seeing pixelation due to viewing distance.

5.1  = 5 Speakers and 1 subwoofer. This can vary in number of speakers and subwoofer such as 7.1, 9.2 or others but format is “#Speakers.#Subwoofers”.  The 5 speakers are configured as: Front Left, Front Right, Center, Surround Left and Surround Right.

1080P = Video Resolution of 1,920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high which are Progressively Scanned (all displayed) every time the TV creates a new image.  This resolution totals at over 2 million Pixels in the screen.

HDMIHigh Definition MultiMedia Interface. This is a single cable that carries High definition audio (7.2+) and video (1080P+) by way of a 19 Pins. New HDMI cables support ethernet (internet connection) and control commands along with audio and video.

Pixel = A Color Dot. The higher the number usually means better picture quality, but there are other factors to consider also. Typically this deals with digital cameras from DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) aka Professional Cameras to Camera Phones…

Megapixel = 1 million Pixels

RAM = Random Access Memory. This refers to the amount of non storage memory dedicated to quickly find information that you request on a computer (desktop, laptop, phone and newly TVs).

Smart = Internet Connected or Network Connected.  This can enable Apps (applications) which allow for specialized functionality like streaming content or the ability to access devices through home network or remotely.


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