Proud to Sponsor Pauline

Holman’s is sponsoring Pauline, a local mum who will shortly set off on a solo 300 mile hike of the South West Coast Path in aid of MyTIME charity for young carers. Young carers are children who look after a disabled or sick close relative.  The charity enables local young carers to have time out from their caring responsibilities by providing respite breaks at their outdoor adventure centre on the Isle if Purbeck. 

Pauline was a young carer herself and the local charity is close to her heart, you can follow her progress at www.mytimeonthepath.com. She will be blogging and posting pictures taken with her new Panasonic LUMIX purchased from Holman’s as she makes her way from Minehead to the Lizard.

Pauline has been testing the camera and says: “I love the LUMIX DMC-TZ80, the quality of pictures is exceptional and it has all the functions you would expect from a DSLR without the drawbacks.  As I am hiking I needed a compact which is lightweight, sturdy, and easy to use, without compromising on quality.  My favourite feature is Wifi which enables me to sync the camera to my I Pad or Android… This will make blogging on the go much easier. I am really looking forward to using it on my hike!”

She has 2 weeks to go before the big day and she will be keeping us updated on her progress.  She has shared some of the pictures taken with her new LUMIX whilst out training on the Isle of Purbeck:

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Springtime Spoils at Holmans!

neffSo its spring at last and the Holmans team are hard at work preparing both our Wimborne and Ferndown stores for the upcoming seasonal changes. Oddly enough, some of the most popular products this time of year are kitchen appliances – notably fridges, washing machines and dishwashers. Do the products of old simply breathe their last around spring? We hope not!39779_Spring_TI_Online_Tag_2021x196px

To help our lovely customers ease the financial transition from one appliance to another, we’ve teamed up with Siemens for a fantastic springtime trade-in offer. The offer entitles our customers to 100 in trade-in credit against their desired Siemens product. Is there a catch? Well, that’s where we recommend you get in touch with Holmans in advance to see if your old appliance is applicable for the offer. Siemens has specified which products are valid so it’ll be worth checking first!

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In other news we are also offering some rather alluring discounts on NEFF appliances so don’t delay your visit if you’d like to explore our current stock.

Last but not least, BOSCH is also riding high on the charitable springtime spirit with some outstanding savings on selected models. The promotion starts… *checks watch*… today! And will end on the 4th May 2016.

To explore our current online stock of kitchen and washing appliances, click here.

For further updates, we’re knocking about on Facebook and Twitter as usual!

Have a fantastic March – the Holmans team.

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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