May 4, 2016

HDR TVs and Projectors Are Here

Filed under: Home Theater — Stereo East @ 12:43 pm

At the Consumer Electronics Show a few years ago, the hot, new development was 4K Ultra HD technology. With four times as many pixels as compared to full 1080p HD, 4K Ultra HD TVs and projectors produce a sharper picture due to the increased video resolution. At the CES show this past January, manufacturers focused on HDR, or High Dynamic Range, technology. While 4K technology added more pixels, High Dynamic Range is delivering with better pixels.

What is HDR?

Two factors contribute to High Dynamic Range performance:

  • Contrast Ratio – essentially the difference between light and dark, a HDR TV must meet specific standards for peak brightness and black level
  • Color Accuracy – a HDR TV must be able to process 10-bit color, resulting in more realistic and natural color depictions on screen

HDR-compatible TVs and projectors display a wider color gamut (WCG), along with brighter whites and deeper blacks, in order to achieve a dynamic picture on screen.

It’s important to note HDR technology for TVs is different than that for photography. As described above, TV HDR delivers a natural and realistic image by expanding the color range and contrast ratio. Photography HDR attempts to mimic a greater dynamic range by combining multiple images with different exposures, but the photo technically is still in standard dynamic range.

What About Content?

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Sony’s X940D Premium 4K HDR Ultra HD TV

Of course, to fully take advantage of a HDR-ready TV or projector, HDR content is necessary. Ultra HD Blu-Ray players deliver 4K Ultra HD content with HDR, and there are several popular movies available on UHD Blu-Ray disc. Additionally, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are offering select titles in HDR, and YouTube will also support the new technology. Finally, the Sony 4K UHD Streaming app, Ultra, available on select Sony models only, offers HDR content for purchase.

Visit Stereo East for a HDR Demo

Are you ready to experience the High Dynamic Range difference for yourself? Visit our showroom in Frisco to see a demo! We have the latest Sony 4K HDR TVs and projectors available for purchase, and our knowledgeable design consultants are here to answer your questions.

March 30, 2016

Triton Two and Three Redesigned by GoldenEar Technology

Filed under: Home Theater — Stereo East @ 10:22 am

About two years ago, GoldenEar Technology unveiled its flagship Triton One loudspeaker at the Consumer Electronics Show. Similar to previous products introduced by the speaker company, the Triton One went on to receive rave reviews from both industry gurus and consumers alike. After investing thousands of man-hours into developing the Triton One, GoldenEar founders wanted to apply what they learned to the second generation of the Triton Two and Three speakers.

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The New Triton Two+ Loudspeaker

The Process

In order to bring the original Triton Two and Three up to Triton One’s sonic standards, the GoldenEar team chose to utilize their full-size anechoic chamber located in Arnprior, Ontario. By removing outside disturbances and vibrations, engineers were able to better focus on optimizing the finer performance details. Since the initial launch of the Triton Two, Goldenear has added powerful new development software. A new senior acoustics development engineer also joined the team.

Upgrades Borrowed from the Triton One

The new generation models, named the Triton Two+ and Triton Three+, inherited many of the technologies and refinements developed for the Triton One. A new cone, surround, spider, and voice coil comprise the new upper bass/midrange drivers. A brand new balanced crossover with polypropylene capacitors has been added. Finally, a completely reprogrammed DSP low-level control unit contributed to the optimization of the complex crossover to the powered bass section of both speakers.

The Results

While the Triton Two+ tower looks almost identical to the original version, the upgrades behind the grill are quite noticeable during a demo. Both the Triton Two+ and the Three+ provide a smoother, highly-detailed sound with higher resolution and tighter, better-integrated bass. As expected, critics and reviewers are giving high marks to the latest offering from GoldenEar Technology.

Visit Stereo East to Audition the Triton Series

At our Frisco, Texas showroom, you can demo the new Triton Three+ loudspeakers, along with other products in the award-winning lineup. At only $3500 per pair for the Two+ and $2500 for the Three+, these rebooted speakers are an exciting option for consumers who appreciate the sonics of the Triton One but may not have the budget. Stereo East Home Theater is the #1 dealer nationwide for GoldenEar Technology.

March 2, 2016

It’s Time for our Annual Home Technology Expo

Filed under: Home Theater — Stereo East @ 3:49 pm

Have you been considering replacing your old television with a 4K Ultra HD TV? Have you been dreaming about a home theater with Dolby Atmos? Is home automation right for you and your family? Are you baffled by these questions? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, make sure to swing by during Stereo East‘s Home Technology Expo and Sale on March 11 and 12, 2016!

See and Hear the Latest in Home Entertainment

Each year, members of our team travel to industry trade shows where manufacturers debut their leading-edge technologies and newest products. While at these shows, we arrange to bring these cool, new toys back to our showroom for our Home Technology Expo, allowing our customers to witness them firsthand. We’ll also have manufacturer representatives available to answer your questions.

Stereo East is Your One-Stop Shop

Whether you’re just getting started on designing your home theater or are simply looking for the finishing touch, visit us during our Home Technology Expo and Sale. You’ll find great deals on everything from projectors to TVs to furniture, along with knowledgeable and friendly team members ready to answer your questions. We hope to see you there!

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