January 13, 2014
It’s the beginning of a brand new year, so let’s kick things off with the latest in consumer electronics. Last week, Stereo East Home Theater attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. At CES, companies large and small showcase new products and technologies, giving consumers a glimpse into what they can expect during the coming year. We’re happy to report that 2014 is going to be an exciting year for A/V enthusiasts!
GoldenEar Unveils the Triton One
GoldenEar Technology is a relatively young company, but the brand has taken the speaker world by storm. Sandy Gross and his team have leveraged their combined experience to create award-winning speakers and subwoofers in affordable price points. In fact, Stereo East has been a dealer for about a year, and GoldenEar has quickly become one of our most popular speaker lines in that short time.
At CES, we had the opportunity to listen to the Triton One loudspeaker, the new flagship of GoldenEar’s premiere Triton Series. Similar to the slightly smaller Triton Two, the Triton One is designed to deliver dynamic sound without the need for a subwoofer. Each speaker contains three long-throw sub-bass drivers powered by a 1600-watt amplifier, plus two pair infrasonic radiators. GoldenEar’s proven MVPP mid/bass drivers and acclaimed Folded Ribbon Tweeter complete the package. What does all of this mean? The Triton One will deliver a glorious audio experience to audiophile purists or video fans immersed in the latest multi-channel film soundtrack. As of now, we’re expecting the Triton One to be available during April of 2014.
Sony 4K TVs are Bigger and Better
As we mentioned in a previous blog post, 4K Ultra HD TVs have four times the resolution of regular 1080p HD TVs. During CES, Sony, the leader in 4K technology, announced three new UHD series. Available in a variety of screen sizes ranging from 49” to 85”, the new Ultra HD TVs produce an impressive and eye-popping picture.
With its newest models, Sony is also focusing on technologies beyond just resolution. With improvements to their TRILUMINOS display technology and newly added X-tended Dynamic Range processing, the TVs are able to produce more lifelike contrast ratios using a larger range of colors.
Of course, a picture is only as good as its content. At the Sony booth, Netflix announced they will be moving to 4K streaming and content production starting as soon as next month. Using the smart TV apps built in to the new sets, users can instantly stream 4K content. Sony’s media player is also designed to provide 4K content and includes full-length feature films and TV shows.
Curved TV Screens from Samsung and LG
One of the biggest trends at CES this year was curved screens. Samsung revealed their striking 105-inch Ultra HD curved TV, and LG also announced a similar-sized model. Curved screens offer the viewer a more immersive picture, all while taking full advantage of Ultra HD resolution. Do we think curved TV screens are going to be the next big thing? It’s tough to tell at this time, but they certainly produce a beautiful picture. Make sure you visit the Stereo East showroom this spring to check out a curved TV on display!
Perhaps the coolest application of curved screens at CES was flexible screens. With just the push of a button, you can transform a flat screen into a curved one. As exciting as this sounds, unfortunately, this is only available in prototypes for now.
Get Started at Stereo East Home Theater
As always, we enjoyed seeing and hearing the newest products in the A/V industry. For more photos from the show, visit Stereo East’s Facebook page. If you’re not quite sure what products and technologies are right for you and your family, let us help! At Stereo East, we have system designers with decades of experience in the industry. Visit our showroom in Frisco to get started. Stereo East Home Theater has happily served clients in the DFW area for thirty years.