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.
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.