January 16, 2015

Stereo East Recaps CES 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!

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Sony’s XBR-X900C 4K Ultra HD TV

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.

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Extremely Thin 4K Ultra HD TV from Sony

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.

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GoldenEar’s Triton Five Demo at CES

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

Spotlight on GoldenEar Technology

Filed under: Audio,Home Theater,Music — Tags: , , , , , — Stereo East @ 12:44 pm

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.

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SuperCinema 3D Array and ForceField Subwoofer

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

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Triton One Tower Speakers

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…!”

To audition GoldenEar’s loudspeakers, visit Stereo East Home Theater in Frisco, TX.