September 28, 2016
For the second year in a row, the annual Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) tradeshow was held in Dallas. As we do each year, the team from Stereo East Home Theater visited the show to demo the newest technologies and products from the top brands in the industry.
Sony 4K UHD High Dynamic Range Steals the Show
Sony continues to lead the native 4K projector category for home theater, and their projector comparison demo provided all of the evidence we needed to see. Displayed side-by-side with 4K-labeled projectors by JVC and Epson, the native Sony 4K projectors clearly dominated in picture quality. The reason why is simple. Full 4K resolution requires 8 million pixels, and Sony owns the 8-megapixel SXRD® imaging technology. That’s the same technology used in movie theaters throughout the country. The non-native 4K projectors (or as we call them, Faux K) from JVC and Epson, feature an imager that only has 2 million pixels.
Sony also debuted the VPL-VW675ES, the latest addition to their 4K HDR projector-line up. As expected, the 675ES utilizes native 4K SXRD® panels, and High Dynamic Range compatibility delivers outstanding clarity and accuracy. Notably, this projector will be able to handle future HDR broadcasting services. The 675ES will be available in November and will retail at $14,999. However, Sony’s new entry-level projector, the VPL-HW45ES, priced at $1,999, is an exceptional alternative for consumers looking for an HD model.
Of course, Sony 4K HDR technology extends to TVs, as well. Sony wowed us, along with many other industry pros, with their new flagship Z series TV. With Sony’s all-new Backlight Master Drive, each LED is individually-controlled. What does this mean? The Z series achieves unprecedented black levels and brightness. Combined with the new 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme, the Z series is the best and the brightest. To see for yourself, visit our showroom to see the 65” (XBR-65Z9D) on display.
Control4 Home Automation Integrates with Alexa
One of the most fun and exciting announcements at the CEDIA show came from a top name in home automation, Control4. By integrating Control4 with the increasingly-popular Amazon Alexa, consumers can now use their voice to interact with their home. Watch the video to see it in action, and visit our showroom for a hands-on demo!
GoldenEar Technology’s Newest SuperSub
GoldenEar’s stealthy Invisa 5.1.4 Atmos® demo at the show included Invisa MPX in-walls, a SuperSat 60C Center, and four Invisa HTR 7000 in-ceiling speakers. The new SuperSub X served as the only subwoofer. The ultra-compact subwoofer utilizes the same dual-plane driver array as the SuperSub XXL, but instead uses two 8” ultra-long-throw active drivers and is driven by a 1400 watt amplifier. In true GoldenEar fashion, the SuperSub X received the CE Pro 2016 Best Award at the show. The SuperSub X is expected to be available in late October or early November of this year and will retail at $1249 each.
Visit Stereo East Home Theater for Details and Demos
If you’re ready to learn more about these new products and technologies, just visit the Stereo East showroom located in Frisco, TX. Our experienced home technology specialists are available answer any questions you may have.
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