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.
August 13, 2014
Bursting on the audio scene in the summer of 2010, GoldenEar Technology created an immediate sensation with the release of the now classic Triton Two tower loudspeakers. Created by legendary speaker engineer Sandy Gross, previous co-founder of two other renowned speaker companies (Polk and Definitive Technology), his new speaker line promised to reflect a philosophy of uncompromising performance AND value. Sandy and Co. quickly began to release a line of products to rave reviews, establishing GoldenEar as the new kid on the (speaker industry) block who was not just cool, but also very smart.
Affordable High-End Loudspeakers at Stereo East Home Theater
“We Make High-End Affordable.” According to Sandy Gross, this motto guides GoldenEar’s design efforts. GoldenEar speakers deliver superb sound quality comparable to that of costly esoteric brands, but at a fraction of their price. From compact wall-mounted and bookshelf speakers to powerful towers and subwoofers, GoldenEar’s high-end, yet reasonably priced speakers provide solutions for any audio/video project, be it large or small. Needless to say, the company has quickly become the hottest new speaker manufacturer in many years.
The GoldenEar Sound
When asked to describe the sound of his speakers, GoldenEar’s Sandy Gross talks about them being “designed to sound like nothing except what is being played through them”, and mentions the concept of “suspension of disbelief”. This effect, created by great speakers, delivers the illusion of one actually being among the musicians in the studio or of seemingly being pulled into the movie action by the detail and accuracy of the reproduced soundtrack.
To create a line of speakers able to accomplish such a feat, the GoldenEar team made specific design decisions first introduced in their flagship Triton Two tower speakers. Using a HVFR (High-Velocity Folded Ribbon) tweeter, designed for outstanding treble response with very low distortion at high output levels, plus two 4 1/2” midrange drivers noted for their “smooth linear response extending above 20kHz”, this combination allows for seamless interaction between the very responsive tweeter and the midrange section of the Triton Two speakers. The final key element of the design is the powered subwoofer section, consisting of dual 5″ x 9″ woofers coupled with dual 7″ x 10″ passive radiators, powered by a 1200-watt digital amplifier offering superb bass performance extending to below 20Hz. All of this technology is contained in a slender and elegant cabinet that is an unobtrusive addition to all audio or video-base home theater systems.
The Magic Continues
After receiving glowing reviews from the high-end audio press for the Triton Two towers, Golden Ear has continued to hit home runs out of the park with the release of the slightly smaller, but just as potent Triton Three speakers, the SuperCinema 3D Array audiophile-grade soundbar, the Aon series of bookshelf speakers, and, most recently, the stunning Triton Seven Tower. In addition, the Invisa in-wall/in-ceiling speaker line is also expanding, complete with rave reviews. For the record, all the models utilize the renowned HVFR ribbon tweeter. GoldenEar’s new super-speaker, the Triton One, has just recently been released to rave reviews, of course.
We can only guess what other groundbreaking products GoldenEar has up their sleeve. Upon recently receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, GoldenEar’s Sandy Gross exclaimed: “I’m not done yet…!”