January 9, 2017
We’re back from another exciting trip to Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). With everything from robots to car technology on display, there’s a lot to see, but we spent our time visiting booths focused on audio/video. We were not disappointed!
Sony’s Impressive OLED TVs and 4K Blu-ray Player
Sony officially entered the OLED market with the introduction of their XBR-A1E Bravia OLED TV, the winner of DigitalTrends’ Best of CES 2017 (Home Video) award. This stunning 4K Ultra HD TV features incredible dynamic range, resulting in deep, rich blacks and vivid whites. Sony’s exclusive image processing, along with HDR for increased clarity, contributes to the spectacular picture quality. The OLED TV boasts an incredibly thin design and frame, and the “stand-less” feature definitely turns heads. The XBR-A1E’s innovative audio technology is as impressive as the picture quality and design. With the new OLED TV, Sony debuted Acoustic Surface sound technology. Creating a wider soundstage, the technology makes it seem as though the sound is coming from the screen itself. The XBR-A1E will be available in 75”, 65” and 55” screen sizes. Stay tuned for expected arrival dates.
Sony also announced their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBP-X800. With support for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and 4K HDR video streaming, the UBP-X800 provides a solution for those looking for a greater variety of content for 4K TVs. Sony claims the player will support almost any format available via the included USB port. Again, stay tuned for arrival dates.
GoldenEar Tops Triton One with Triton Reference
Three years after the launch of their wildly popular Triton One Tower, GoldenEar Technology unveiled their new flagship speaker, the Triton Reference. The Triton Reference features specially-designed components and drivers, all housed within a one-piece, piano, gloss-black lacquer finish. With one HFVR (High-Velocity Folded Ribbon) tweeter, two mid/bass drivers, three active sub-bass drivers, and four passive radiators, the Triton Reference has a total of 10 drivers. The subwoofer amplifier and control unit are upgrades from those used in the Triton One and SuperSubs. The new speakers were a definite hit at CES. The Triton Reference earned the coveted CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award and DigitalTrends’ Best Home Audio Tech of CES. True to GoldenEar’s goal of making “high-end affordable”, the new speakers retail at $4,250/each. The speakers are expected to be available during Spring of 2017, but we’ll keep you posted on estimated arrival dates.
Ready to Upgrade? Visit Stereo East to Get Started
If you’d like to learn more about the new products launched at CES, just give us a call or visit the Stereo East showroom in Frisco. If you’d like to upgrade your existing system, come talk with one of our knowledgeable consultants with years of experience. Stereo East Home Theater serves the entire DFW metroplex, including Plano, Prosper, Dallas, Irving, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.
January 16, 2015
Every January, Stereo East travels to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to preview the latest developments in technology. This year did not disappoint, and we’re excited about new audio/video products debuting in 2015!
Sony 4K Continues to Dominate
As expected, 4K Ultra HD was a focal point for TV manufacturers from LG to Samsung to Sony. Ultimately, Sony stole the show with the thinnest LCD TV to date. Measuring just 0.2-inch thick in the top corner, the new Sony XBR-X900C is thinner than an iPhone 6. The screen appears to be almost all picture, thanks to an extremely thin bezel and cabinet. Of course, the 4K resolution, Sony’s latest processing, and their exclusive TRILUMINOUS color all contribute to the spectacular picture quality. The X900C series will be available in 55”, 65”, and 75” screen sizes.
Sony also announced the VPL-HW350ES native 4K Ultra HD home cinema projector. Priced at just $9,999, the projector is the most affordable Sony 4K projector for home theaters. By leveraging their 10 years of experience with 4K, Sony is able to offer high-performance, native Ultra HD projectors at unbelievable price points.
GoldenEar Wows Audiophiles Again
In terms of new audio products, we were most impressed with GoldenEar Technology’s new addition to their award-winning Triton loudspeaker series, the Triton Five. This unpowered speaker is equipped with a quartet of side-mounted eight-inch sub-bass radiators and a pair of six-inch high-definition cast-basket drivers above and below the tweeter. The new speaker also utilizes the crossover network originally developed for the flagship model, the Triton One. The Triton Five produces dynamic, engaging sound, all while maintaining detail, even at high levels of loudness. The Triton Five is already receiving rave reviews from industry critics and publications.
A New Video Platform from IC Realtime
Video recording, whether for surveillance, creative pursuits, or just for fun, is garnering more and more interest from the industry and end-users alike. Florida-based company IC Realtime unveiled a new video platform, the Allie, allowing users to record 720-degree video with real-time playback on mobile devices. A dual-lens configuration records both horizontally and vertically, and after the recordings are stitched into a single feed, users view the results via the Allie app. The Allie will be available in three options, the Allie Pro for businesses, the Allie Home for consumers, and the Allie Play for children.
New Products Expected to Release Later This Year
All of these exciting new products and technologies are expected to hit stores later this year. As we receive more information on pricing and availability, we’ll certainly share that with our clients. Visit Stereo East Home Theater’s showroom in Frisco if you’d like to chat with our knowledgeable design consultants about the best products for your objectives and budget. Stereo East has served Dallas, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Prosper, Plano, and surrounding communities for over three decades.
September 17, 2014
Here at Stereo East, our system designers and clients are thrilled with Sony’s line of home theater projectors. Why is that? With multiple models that deliver a lifelike cinema viewing experience in very attractive price-points, Sony continues to dominate in the front projector category.
Affordable High-Definition Front Projectors
Earlier this year, Sony wowed the A/V world with the launch of its most affordable home theater projector, the VPL-HW40ES. Jam-packed with the latest technology and retailing for only $2499, the 40ES quickly became a fan favorite. This 1080p projector incorporates Reality Creation for Full HD, a feature originally developed for Sony’s higher-end 4K projectors. By restoring missing information lost during broadcast transmission and content compressing, the projector is capable of reproducing details of the original 1080p signal. The projector also produces smooth and sharp motion as a result of Motionflow technology, an algorithm exclusive to Sony.
Consumers looking for enhanced contrast upgrade to the VPL-HW55ES model. The 55ES, retailing at $3999, includes automatic Iris control which maintains peak brightness while maximizing black and white levels. Unlike the 40ES, the 55ES model also comes with two pairs of 3D glasses and an extra lamp.
Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Projectors Set the Standard
In a previous blog post, we focused on an emerging technology, 4K Ultra HD. Ultra HD projectors from Sony deliver a truly breathtaking home cinema experience. The current entry-level 4K projector, the VPL-HW600ES, stuns with 4096 x 2160 resolution, an incredibly high dynamic contrast ratio of 200,000:1, and high brightness. New Motionflow modes, advanced SXRD panels, and TRILUMINOS Display technology create an ultra-smooth and realistic picture. Motorized lens memory allows users to match a movie’s aspect ratio, making it easy to view in a wide-screen format. In addition to native 4K content available from Sony, the 600ES upscales Full HD content to 4K using Reality Creation.
Viewers in search of the ultimate 4K home cinema experience turn to the top-of-the-line VPL-HW1100ES projector. Brighter than the 600ES and with improved scaling and processing, the 1100ES delivers a native 4K picture. Special attention has been devoted to the 4K All-Range Crisp Focus lens. Specifically created for this projector, the 18-element glass lens delivers high-precision and detail in all corners of the image. An automatic lens protector helps keep the optics dust-free while the device is not in use.
Top Projectors on Display at Stereo East Home Theater
Are you ready to see what all of the hype is about? Visit Stereo East’s huge showroom in Frisco to demo Sony projectors in multiple home theater setups. This year, Stereo East is celebrating three decades of serving A/V enthusiasts in the DFW area, including Allen, McKinney, Prosper, Keller, Trophy Club, Plano, and other surrounding cities.