January 31, 2017
Here at Stereo East, customers often turn to us for help in transforming their media room so it functions and feels like true home theater. Of course, a projector, screen, and a surround sound system are integral, but room aesthetics play a big role, too. At our Frisco showroom, you can see how finishing touches, like theater recliners, acoustic panels, and theater-themed carpeting all contribute to the overall room. And now, we offer a fiber optic star ceiling to complete the look.
Transform your ceiling into a star field with subtle, twinkling lights in variable speed and intensity. This configurable star ceiling is comprised of square panels measuring 2 feet by 2 feet each, allowing for easy customization to fit your room. Featuring white light and 5 color LED options and a variety of programmable settings easily accessible using the included remote control, this star light ceiling will set the mood perfectly for your next movie night in your home theater. Visit our showroom today to check it out!
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.
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.