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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A SHORT THROW FOR A HUGE PICTURE: SONY LSPX-A1 4K PROJECTION TV TECH GETTING CLOSER TO STAR TREK'S HOLODECK!


Imagine a forest appearing on your living room wall, with the relaxing images and sounds of nature enveloping the entire room—transforming your living space with beautifully detailed pictures and atmospheric sounds that blend in effortlessly with your surroundings, creating striking 4K visuals emerging on your walls and crystal clear sound filling every corner of the room.
 
OK, stop imagining.

...and no, this isn't the fantasy world of a Star Trek "HoloDeck" either.

Instead, stop into any Video & Audio Center showroom and ask someone to tell you about the latest quantum leap in projection technology surrounding the release of 2018’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector (LSPX-A1) by Sony.


Through its’ admittedly elegant design and the combination of two unique innovations – Ultra Short Throw Technology and the Advanced Vertical Drive Technology of the Glass Sound Speaker – LSPX-A1 seeks to provide a truly transformative cinematic experience with large screen superb 4K images and amazing sound quality. Sony’s unique “glass speaker” drive technology, Advanced Vertical Drive Technology, devices attached to the end of the vibration plates send vertical vibrations in the direction that the sound comes out, thus emitting sound waves to produce clear tones.

The new 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector LSPX-A1 will transform your living environment with stunning 4K visuals and crystal clear sound while seamlessly blending into your living room with its furniture-like design. Life Space UX will continue to innovate and deliver “wow” moments like these”, says Hiroshi Saito, Deputy Division Head of TS Business Division, who leads the Life Space UX team in Tokyo.

Set up just 9.6 inches from the wall, the Ultra Short Throw technology of the LSPX-A1 provides up to 120” (dia.) of stunning image displayed directly on a wall with the high brightness of 2500 lumens laser projection. Utilizing Sony’s unique 4K SXRD™ projection and HDR technology, LSPX-A1 produces native 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) with unprecedented detail, color and contrast. Users can enjoy dynamic 4K picture simply by connecting to an expanding range of 4K streaming devices, 4K Blu-ray player and other 4K content providers.

By building on the technology behind the Glass Sound Speaker and elevating the audio by adding 4 more speakers, LSPX-A1 users enjoy pure sound throughout the entire room. Sony’s unique Advanced Vertical Drive Technology* from Glass Sound Speaker generates crystal clear high frequency sound in 360 degrees by vibrating the two organic glass tweeters installed on the front legs. The addition of dynamic bass produced from a separate subwoofer and three midrange speakers (left, right, and center) will fill the room with sound.  The center speaker, positioned in the rear of the device creates center vibrant audio by reflecting on the wall to elevate the sound field.

Don’t need state-of-the-art 4k? 

Relax, we’ve got you covered with Sony’s equally impressive LSPX-P1 Life Space model. Designed for uncompromising quality of image and sound, the LSPX-P1 projector casts images from 22" to 80". Ultra short throw technology ensures an incredibly bright, crisp picture at 720p resolution and 100 lumens of light output. With no lightbulb and no fan, the projector runs whisper-quiet—until you turn up the volume on the built-in 0.98" Bass Reflex Speakers with xLOUD technology.

Transform any wall or table into a photo album, a cinema screen or just a cool conversation piece. Easily carried from room to room. The LSPX-P1 projector’s clean design harmonizes with any living space. You can project content stored on your phone or tablet through the dedicated app, which serves as a remote control. Or connect your computer or TV to the accompanying wireless unit via HDMI and play movies or video from Blu-ray or the internet. The LSPX-P1 even turns on when it senses your phone nearby, and switches itself off when you’re not around.

Video & Audio Center has not only been recognized for our excellence and awarded annually by Sony, but we are also a Sony Authorized Dealer for everything as well, our motto: “If Sony Makes It, We Have It” has been a part of this company for all 37 years that we have been in business here in Southern California. So stop in today to any of our five LA-based locations (or visit us online) to see the very latest in Sony entertainment, office, and lifestyle technologies and maybe we can set you up so you can go where no projection TV has ever gone before!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

LG THINQ’S ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE YOUR CAR, BUT IT’S A QUICK LEARNER!


Activation of the Google Assistant on 2018 AI-Enabled TVs Drives Critically-Acclaimed LG 4K UHD TVs Into the Connected Home Ecosystem with Cutting-Edge AI Services.

LG Electronics USA announced that Google Assistant is launched on its 2018 AI TV line-up. This includes both LG OLEDTVs and LG SUPER UHD TVs with ThinQ AI, which will deliver cutting-edge AI features operated directly through the TV’s remote control with no additional hardware required. As previewed at CES 2018, the collaboration between Google and LG will add more convenience to consumers’ lives, and the synergistic effects expected from this technology partnership will particularly impact LG’s award-winning TVs, all of which are available at Video & Audio Center.
The Google Assistant combines with LG’s award-winning webOS-based ThinQ IA to bring new levels of convenience and control to American consumers. This enables 2018 LG TVs to deliver an intuitive AI experience that uses natural language commands to control TV functions, seamlessly discover and play content, and control TV settings. With the Google Assistant, you can ask it to manage daily tasks, access information, control compatible smart home devices including lighting, appliances and much more.
LG and Google are collaborating to develop a wide range of features, and are working to expand consumer accessibility in multiple languages. By adding the Google Assistant to the webOS platform of LG’s 2018 AI TVs, the advanced machine learning and natural language processing technologies that Google is known for will simplify life for consumers. LG’s implementation reflects the importance the company places on creating and providing a more complete, accessible and diverse range of AI services.

LG’s 2018 AI TVs can perform hundreds of voice commands utilizing the company’s own open smart platform as well as the built in Google Assistant. With LG’s proprietary ThinQ, users can immediately connect to external gaming consoles and sound bars (“Connect to soundbar”), they can switch picture mode (“Change to Cinema Mode”) or turn the TV off at set times.

Searching for content is even simpler and more convenient with LG 2018 AI TVs, which can instantly retrieve information or switch to a channel that offers the content requested by the viewer. “Switch to Discovery channel” instantly connects one to information about future travel destinations. Users can learn more about their desired films simply by saying a character’s or actor’s name, they can tell the TV to “Search for the soundtrack of this movie” or “Turn off the TV when this program is over” without needing to schedule a time. 
With Google Assistant built in, LG’s 2018 AI TVs offer users a streamlined experience that allows them to manage different tasks, find answers, or control smart home devices. Simply press and hold the mic button and ask for information such as the weather forecast (“What’s the weather this weekend?”), near by local businesses, or check the score of the big game without disturbing the viewing experience. Users can relive their favorite moments by displaying memories from Google Photos. Services such as food delivery and transportation will also be easier with the addition of third-party Actions available in the near future.
With help from the Google Assistant, LG’s AI TVs can serve as the center of your smart home, offering access to devices such as robotic vacuum cleaners, thermostats, air purifiers, smart lighting and many more. The Google Assistant works with more than 5,000 smart devices across hundreds of popular brands making it easier to control smart speakers and other devices connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
“With the Google Assistant now available natively in 2018 LG AI TVs, LG has truly elevated the TV to a whole new level of AI adoption in the home,” said Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “Beyond the unrivaled picture quality that LG TVs deliver, LG’s partnership with Google creates a true visual hub for information and connectivity in the home. LG has only begun to scratch the surface of what we will innovate in the AI ecosystem working collaboratively with cutting-edge, industry leading partners such as Google.”

LG’s 2018 AI TVs also work with existing Google Assistant devices such as GoogleHome and other smart speakers with the Assistant built in, allowing users to send voice commands directly from a separate Assistant device to their LG TV. TV owners can speak to other Assistant devices to control TV functions such as volume, play, pause, start, stop, fast forward, channel selection, content search, among many others. LG’s 2018 AI-enabled TVs will work with other Google Assistant devices in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, with further expansion to be announced by LG later this year.

LG’s 2018 LG OLED and LG SUPER UHD TVs with ThinQ AI are available at all five Video & Audio Center Technology Superstores as well as online. For more information on LG TVs, please visit www.videoandaudiocenter.com/LG TVs.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

THE LATEST TVs HAVE NO SPEAKERS? SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!


You can call it “Acoustic Sound Technology” or you can call it “Crystal Sound” or even “Planar Speaker Technology” — whatever you call it, there’s a lot more improvements in today’s (and tomorrow’s) TVs than just the quality of the picture. How, and perhaps just as importantly, where we get the sound from is also undergoing a dramatic change, and based on the early results, television LISTENING will never be the same.

Sony got the head start with their Acoustic Sound Technology when they first introduced their landmark Bravia A1Emodel to the public at Video & Audio Center’s Woodland Hills Technology Showroom just over a year ago in March of 2017. While the picture was certainly flawless, the star of the event was the Acoustic Sound Technology—where the sound emanated from the vibrating screen.
 
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG, the pioneer in consumer OLED TV technology proudly announced the addition of Crystal Sound to their upcoming OLED line of TVs, and just like Sony, instead of producing the audio with traditional speakers, Crystal Sound uses the TV screen itself to produce the sound. With special “exciters” placed behind the ultra-thin OLED panels that produce sound by vibrating the display, the end result is a more geotargeted sound, which seemingly comes directly from the objects on the screen being shown.

This is nothing new in realm of sound technology, according to Philip Jones, Product Technology Manager at Sony Electronics, “It’s a lot like a pair of planar headphones,” Jones explains. In the realm of headphones, planar models are often the most-expensive options due to their sonic fidelity. “The challenge is, how do you move the plane, which in this case is the screen. In a headphone, you can do electrostatic technology, you can do it with magnets. But this is vibrating glass.” 


Planar speaker technology was a dramatic departure from traditional dynamic speakers. The “planar” in planar magnetic sound referred to the magnetic field that’s distributed in the same plane to the diaphragm that produces the sound—but today’s technology substitutes the thin glass of the TV screen for the diaphragm and when the circuit is energized with an audio signal, it interacts and produces a force that vibrates the screen hypersonically, thereby creating sound.
Planar sound technology offers numerous benefits, including generating far greater responsiveness, its’ capable of producing a wider frequency ranges across high, mid and low ranges with less distortion, they are far more durable with less moving parts, and of course it’s really cool to hear an explosion on-screen sound like it’s coming directly from the explosion—or the sound of an on-screen kiss coming from two pairs of lips for those not into action films.

The end result from all of these leaps in TV technology—on a visual, audio, smart and even aesthetic viewpoint is a far more immersive and satisfying viewing experience, and just another reason why today’s TVs represent a quantum leap in entertainment value.

To see any of Sony, Samsung or LG’s latest advancements in TV/home technology, stop into any of the five conveniently located Video & Audio Center Technology Showrooms, on simply go to www.videoandaudiocenter.com





Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Samsung Redefines the Movie Theater Experience with new Onyx Cinema LED Screen to Enhance Existing Line of Top-Rated Consumer Televisions


Industry’s First DCI-Certified Cinema Display Amplifies Audience Immersion through True Black Color and Detail-Rich Picture Quality.


Last week Samsung Electronics premiered its Onyx Cinema LED display at the 2018 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, giving a brand new identity to a technology that already has generated significant interest and praise among theater operators and moviegoers.
Inspired by the gemstone of the same name, the Samsung Onyx brand alludes to the display’s ability to showcase cinema content with true, deep and realistic black colors. When combined with an infinite contrast ratio and specialized low-tone grayscale settings, this pinpoint representation produces brighter and more detail-rich content that further makes viewers feel a part of every scene.
The Next Generation of Cinema
Available in variations extending between 16.4ft in height and 33.8ft in width, the Samsung Onyx display accommodates any venue configuration while delivering visual quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. With the 4K model earning validation as the world’s first Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified theater display, the Samsung Onyx translates the combination of advanced LED and High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture quality to lifelike big screen content.

“By aligning brilliant, uniform color presentation with LED picture quality and crystal-clear audio, the Samsung Onyx screen invites movie enthusiasts into the most immersive and memorable viewing arena available and repositions the theater as an entertainment haven,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. “We are thrilled to deliver a new and exciting theater experience to operators, managers and consumers around the world, and we look forward to working further with leading movie industry decision-makers to usher in the next generation of cinema.”
CinemaCon 2018 attendees were also among the first to experience the Samsung Onyx’s powerful multi-sensory viewing environment. Each Samsung Onyx screen features state-of-the-art JBL Sculpted Surround TM sound from HARMAN’s JBL Professional brand, bringing scenes to life through clear and consistent audio. This integration enhances the listener experience while expanding the audio “sweet spot” within Onyx theaters, and ensures that all attendees can enjoy the same exceptional audio presentation regardless of seat location.
“JBL Professional’s legacy dates back to the infancy of talking motion pictures and has been at the forefront of the industry’s sound recording and amplification innovation for the past nine decades, twice earning Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making it the preferred brand for cinemas all over the world,” said Mohit Parasher, Executive Vice President of HARMAN and President of HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Bringing the ground-breaking technology of the Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen together with HARMAN’s innovation of the JBL Sculpted Surround system delivers the ultimate and unmatched audio visual audience experience.”

Samsung also previewed the Onyx’s 3D screen capability at CinemaCon 2018. The 3D Onyx Cinema LED screen accomplishes the uncanny feat of making 3D movie content even more realistic through enhanced brightness and consistent color amplification. Glass-wearing viewers now can enjoy subtitle text, images and even minor visual details with unprecedented clarity and without the dark, blurry shadowing and potential dizziness that can occur in traditional 3D movie theaters.

A Worldwide Blockbuster

The Onyx’s debut at CinemaCon 2018 comes as Samsung continues to expand its presence among global cinema operators and audiences. Last week, Samsung and partner Moving Image Tech (MIT) opened the doors to America’s first U.S. Onyx Theater in Los Angeles at Pacific Theatres Winnetka w/XD.

“As the heart of the American film industry, Los Angeles is an appropriate and symbolic location to introduce a game-changing technology for movie producers and consumers in the Samsung Onyx,” said Ron Gazzola, SVP, Sales and Marketing, IT B2B Division at Samsung Electronics America. “We are excited to revolutionize the cinema experience and look forward to sharing the Samsung Onyx with wider audiences both in the U.S. and throughout the world.”

You can see Samsung’s complete, state-of-the-art line-up of consumer televisions at any of the five conveniently-located Video & Audio Center Technology Showcases throughout the Los Angeles area, or by visiting our website here: Complete Samsung 2018 TV line-up.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CREATE YOUR OWN SUMMERTIME SOUNDTRACK...WIRELESS SPEAKERS LET YOU TAKE YOUR MUSIC WITH YOU


With the temperatures beginning to rise and summer rapidly approaching, moving the party from inside the house to the backyard, or especially the beach, is almost imperative, and like most of us, you’ll want to move your music, too. With the advances in not only durability and portability, but sound quality as well, moving the party to any location for digital-savvy music listeners has never been easier…or more affordable!

Here’s a list, in no special order, of some of the wireless, portable speakers out there today that will help make your next trip to the beach, or even just lounging in the backyard a bit more memorable—or at least, more musical.
JBL, a name synonymous with high-quality music for decades is the first entry for our summer music fest; the JBL Link 20 is a voice activated portable speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers rich stereo sound. It even has Google Assistant built-in. This compact speaker is powered by a 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that offers 10 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime. Sporting durable, waterproof fabric materials, JBL Link 20 is ready to take the party everywhere; and with the Chromecast built-in, you can instantly start streaming to JBL Link 20 from your favorite music apps from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more.
Next up is the Klipsch Groove Portable Bluetooth Speaker. With its 8-hour battery life and easy USB charging, the Klipsch Groove Bluetooth Speaker is designed to bring big sound wherever the road takes you. Room filling sound that fits in the palm of your hand has never been more fun or long lasting.  With a powerful 3” full range high excursion driver complemented by two side-firing, passive bass radiators, and advanced DSP equalization, the Klipsch Groove portable Bluetooth speakers provide lifelike, dynamic sound at any volume level. Additionally, it features a durable, splash-resistant IPX4 rating to handle any adventure and is more than ready to handle the rigors of the road, pool, or beach.


The RIVA RS01B is another wireless, Bluetooth mobile speaker loaded with all of the audio and features you could want for on-the-go modern lifestyles. RIVA RS01B delivers world class audio by combining their proprietary TrilliumTM technology for truly immersive sound and TrilliumTM Surround for an enhanced movie & gaming experience. A powerful 13-hour lithium-ion battery that can also charge your mobile phone, tablet or other devices wherever and whenever you need it. It’s IPX4 certification offers protection for RIVA RS01B from the splashing of water from any direction.
 
Sony has an extremely wide assortment of high-quality, portable wireless speakers—from ones so small that they fit into the palm of your hand, to huge oversize party speakers that truly push the bounds of the word “portable” —but we will focus of the ones you don’t need a separate parking space for (Click here to see the full line of Sony audio products available online or at our five Southern California technology showrooms).

Sony’s compact SRS-XB and SRS-X Series are extremely small and portable, yet offering all the volume you’ll need. The highly-portable SRS-X models feature a wireless, Bluetooth® speaker that sports a protective, water-resistant design for worry-free listening indoors or out and with its IPX5 water resistant rating, and you and your friends can listen pretty much all day with up to 16 hours of a battery life on a single charge. The SRS-XB models are identical, except that Sony has added a deeper sound by adding its proprietary EXTRA BASS™.

You can give your next beach or pool party a boost with Sony’s SRS-XB31 Series their wireless, portable Bluetooth® speaker also equipped with EXTRA BASS™ and LIVE SOUND; the speakers are carefully designed to give you a real three-dimensional experience, sending your music to a wider area, creating a festival vibe, wherever you are. Additional features include a multi-color line light, speaker lights and flashing strobe, all in a new dust proof, IP67 waterproof rated design for worry-free use indoors or out. Connect and synchronize additional speakers for a real show and never stop rocking with up to 24 hours of battery life.

That’s just a small look at the many options that are out there, stop into any Video & Audio Center or browse our complete line of mobile speaker solutions — as well as solutions for your home and office — online, and you'll be the hit of your next beach or pool party.





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SONY LAUNCHES NEW LINE-UP OF EXTRA BASS BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS—AND VIDEO & AUDIO CENTER HAS THEM ALL!


In addition to Sony introducing several new lines of 4K Ultra HD HDR TVs this year, last week the commercial and consumer electronics giant also released three new powerful/portable wireless speakers to their 2018 line-up; so let’s take a moment to take a look at the advantages of wireless sound, as well as how these new products from Sony perform, and what improvements the new models have over last year’s portable wireless speakers.

The main advantage of a wireless speaker system is certainly obvious — there simply aren’t any wires connecting the speakers to the sound system. You can put your speakers anywhere within range and not have to worry about tripping over, or even hiding the wires that lead back to your sound system. What could be easier, right?

Additionally, wireless speakers are very popular when constructing an outdoor speaker system. In fact, in most cases, if you want to set up a speaker system on a deck, patio, backyard, garage or swimming pool area, a wireless system may be your best and certainly easiest and least expensive way to go.

Sony officially launched their new SRS-XB41, SRS-XB31 and SRS-XB21 EXTRA BASS lines of wireless speakers earlier this month; the speakers are designed to sustain the deep and pounding bass of music such as EDM, grime and Hip-Hop. The built-in Digital Signal Processor (DSP) provides additional boost through the new LIVE SOUND mode. The speakers come with lights, which are intended to amp up the party vibe. There’s wireless playback through NFC and Bluetooth and you can connect up to 100 speakers through the Wireless Party Chain option. The new speakers are IP67 certified Waterproof, Dustproof and rustproof, with a battery life estimated to 24 hours (the XB21 being the only exception at 12 hours).
All new Sony wireless speakers mentioned come with S-Master amplifier and a frequency range of 20 Hz-20,000 Hz (2.4 GHz) with 44.1 KHz sampling. The three speakers support SBC, AAC and LDAC codecs and have an additional bass boost feature appropriately named, EXTRA BASS. The speakers also can connect via Bluetooth 4.2 and also feature NFC function.
SRS-XB21
As for the colors, the XB21 comes in Black, White, Red and blue. Each speaker weighs slightly over one pound and it can produce a Line Light. Compared to the outgoing XB20, the XB21 comes with a bigger 2700 mAh battery over the XB20’s 2100 mAh battery (yet despite the increase in capacity, battery life remains the same as its predecessor).

The XB21 comes with custom EQ with Bass/Mid/Treble bands, which XB20 also lacked. The speaker mesh is made out of fabric, while the Line Light on the speaker is monochromatic. The speaker has Bluetooth 4.2 that is said to have a range of over 30 feet.
SRS-XB31
The XB31 comes in Black, Two-tone Red and Two-Tone Blue colors. The speaker has Multi-color Line Lights/Strobe Flash, unlike the previous model, XB30, which has no Line Lights and the speaker weighs just under two pounds. The added weight when compared to the XB21 might be due to the usage of a bigger battery, which is estimated to last up to 24 hours.

The speaker mesh is made out of Fabric. The XB31 has a longer range of close to 100 feet when compared to XB30 which only had 30 foot range. Just like the XB21, the XB31 comes with a custom EQ bands. There’s also bass and treble control in the XB30, to match your sound preferences.
SRS-XB41
The XB41 is the bigger, heavier and pricier speaker amongst the three. It has a Speaker light, Multi-Color Line Lights/Strobe Flash. The speaker mesh is made of out fabric, while its predecessor used a metal mesh. It comes with features like Isolator Sound, Notch Sound, Noise Sound, Jet Sound, all of which were absent in the XB40.

The XB41 comes with functions like Preset Equalizer, LIVE SOUND Engine, custom EQ Bass/Mid/Treble bands. The present equalizer comes with two options EXTRA BASS and Standard. The speaker also has Bass and Treble control options—which were absent in XB40. The speaker has an effective range of 30 meters through the Bluetooth 4.2 connection. It weighs around 3.3 pounds and also has a single charge battery life of up to 24 hours.

Colors, Pricing & Availability
As mentioned above, the XB21 comes in Black, Blue, Red and White colors. The XB31 comes in Black, Blue, Red, while the XB41 comes in Black and Blue. Stop in to any of the five conveniently located Video & Audio Technology Showrooms and hear for yourself just how Sony has improved the options available in portable wireless sound.