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 26, 2013
In a previous blog post, we shared tips on how to shop for your new HDTV. In this post, we’d like to focus specifically on one of the most important features of HDTVs, the resolution. The latest and greatest HDTVs feature 4K Ultra HD resolution.
What is 4K Ultra HD?
Simply put, Ultra HD has four times the resolution of full high definition (1080p). Higher resolution means more pixels, and more pixels equal a better picture.
Why Upgrade to Ultra HD?
In addition to the enhanced display and picture quality, Ultra HD offers other advantages, including:
- Shorter viewing distance – since there are four times as many pixels, it’s harder to see individual pixels when sitting close to the TV or projection screen. This means you can still get a clear picture even when sitting closer than before.
- A true cinematic experience – many films, and even some TV shows, are currently filmed directly in the 4K format, so you’re able to see content exactly as the creators intended.
- Greater level of detail – the higher number of pixels allows for enhanced color reproduction and conveys a more profound sense of depth. Viewers sometimes believe 4K pictures are 3D, even when they are not.
- Makes everything look better – with that many pixels, you have to have some real processing power behind the display. These TVs have incredible on-board computers that make even the normal 1080p content you are used to look astounding!
The Future of 4K
As 4K technology becomes more and more mainstream, 4K content will also become more readily available. In fact, Sony has already released their 4K media player, exclusively for use with Sony’s Ultra HD TVs. The media server comes preloaded with ten movies and is on pace to support over 100 titles by the end of the year, including some summer blockbusters. Renting or purchasing Ultra HD content will be as easy as a push of a button.
Ultra HD TVs and Projectors on Display at Stereo East
Visit Stereo East Home Theater’s showroom to see Ultra HD in action. We have 4K TVs from Sony and LG, along with a Sony 4K projector. We also have experienced consultants available to answer your questions. If you’d like to set up an appointment, simply contact us!
August 16, 2013
With the start of football season right around the corner, many of our clients are in search of a fantastic, new television. But it can’t just be any TV. It has to be a TV that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the stadium. A TV that makes your house the place to be on game days. A TV the entire family can enjoy.
Overwhelmed by HDTV Specifications?
Unfamiliar terminology is often a hurdle when beginning your search for an HDTV. At Stereo East Home Theater, we understand this frustration. Even if you bought a TV a couple of years ago, the sets on the market today have many different features due to advances in technology. To help you get started, here’s a list of the most common specifications used to compare TVs:
- Resolution – Today, most TVs have, at minimum, 1080p high-definition resolution. This means there are about 2 million pixels (1,920 x 1,080) on your screen. Some higher-performance TVs even have 4K resolution. Basically, 4K means four times the resolution of regular HD, or the equivalent of 8 million pixels. The more pixels, the better the detail and picture quality.
- Contrast ratio – Essentially, this is the difference (or shades of gray) between the brightest and darkest scenes of the picture. However, there is no industry standard on how contrast ratio should be measured, so it’s probably better to trust your own eyes rather than the numbers. Don’t look for brightness, but rather focus on the detail in the dark areas of the image.
- Refresh rate – Refresh rate is measured in hertz and refers to how often the TV refreshes the picture. Depending on the type of content you typically view, a higher refresh rate helps to improve smooth motion.
- Smart TV – A Smart TV allows you to connect it to the internet, allowing you to stream content, use your favorite apps, and share photos and videos.
Let the Experts at Stereo East Home Theater Help You
Doing your research is great, but specs and features aren’t everything. Remember these four tips when you begin shopping for your new HDTV:
- Choose a picture you like, not what you heard was great, and not what your friends told you. Many companies try to confuse you with features. Pick what looks good, feels comfortable, and does what you need.
- Check with the experts for a reliable TV. The last thing you want is to buy an expensive set and find out later that it is unreliable. Stereo East installs equipment in more than 700 media and family rooms per year. We know what stays working!
- Make sure it is easy to use. If you and your family can’t operate it, it doesn’t matter how good it is!
- To ensure the manufacturer’s warranty will be honored, be sure to purchase from an authorized dealer only.
At Stereo East‘s large showroom in Frisco, we have numerous flat panel TVs on display and expert consultants ready to help. We are an authorized dealer for HDTVs from Sony, LG, Panasonic, and Samsung. Visit us today!