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 26, 2013
In a previous blog post, we shared tips on how to shop for your new HDTV. In this post, we’d like to focus specifically on one of the most important features of HDTVs, the resolution. The latest and greatest HDTVs feature 4K Ultra HD resolution.
What is 4K Ultra HD?
Simply put, Ultra HD has four times the resolution of full high definition (1080p). Higher resolution means more pixels, and more pixels equal a better picture.
Why Upgrade to Ultra HD?
In addition to the enhanced display and picture quality, Ultra HD offers other advantages, including:
- Shorter viewing distance – since there are four times as many pixels, it’s harder to see individual pixels when sitting close to the TV or projection screen. This means you can still get a clear picture even when sitting closer than before.
- A true cinematic experience – many films, and even some TV shows, are currently filmed directly in the 4K format, so you’re able to see content exactly as the creators intended.
- Greater level of detail – the higher number of pixels allows for enhanced color reproduction and conveys a more profound sense of depth. Viewers sometimes believe 4K pictures are 3D, even when they are not.
- Makes everything look better – with that many pixels, you have to have some real processing power behind the display. These TVs have incredible on-board computers that make even the normal 1080p content you are used to look astounding!
The Future of 4K
As 4K technology becomes more and more mainstream, 4K content will also become more readily available. In fact, Sony has already released their 4K media player, exclusively for use with Sony’s Ultra HD TVs. The media server comes preloaded with ten movies and is on pace to support over 100 titles by the end of the year, including some summer blockbusters. Renting or purchasing Ultra HD content will be as easy as a push of a button.
Ultra HD TVs and Projectors on Display at Stereo East
Visit Stereo East Home Theater’s showroom to see Ultra HD in action. We have 4K TVs from Sony and LG, along with a Sony 4K projector. We also have experienced consultants available to answer your questions. If you’d like to set up an appointment, simply contact us!