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 25, 2016

Stereo East Home Theater Hosts Sony Executive Team

Filed under: Showroom News — Tags: , , , , , , — Stereo East @ 9:27 am

Recently, Stereo East Home Theater welcomed an executive leadership team from Sony Electronics to their showroom located in Frisco, Texas. Stereo East was honored to have key Sony personnel in attendance, including Deputy President Toshifumi Okuda, Vice President Frank Sterns, and National Sales Manager Kevin O’Loughlin.

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Sony Deputy President Toshifumi Okuda and Stereo East President Gary Montagna

Sony has spent the last several years developing new and innovative technologies such as 4K Ultra HD projectors and televisions as well as High-Resolution Audio, both of which are strongly focused on the specialty channel. In order to further enhance their market penetration, Sony visited Stereo East to discover how their products and strategies were received by both consumers and dealers. Stereo East Home Theater has been a Sony CIS Diamond Dealer for the past three years.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to spend time with the Sony executive team,” said Gary Montagna, President of Stereo East. “We thank Mr. Okuda, Mr. Sterns, and Mr. O’Loughlin for their commitment to and support of our business and the entire specialty channel!”

Stereo East Home Theater has been ranked as a top 100 custom installation and systems integration firm for the past nine years by CE Pro Magazine, and the company is a Power CI member of the ProSource buying group. Stereo East has proudly served the DFW metroplex for over three decades.

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