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Friday, March 17, 2017

NEW QLED SERIES LAUNCH A MAJOR HIT FOR SAMSUNG AND VIDEO & AUDIO CENTER!

Samsung knows TVs and they know that technology must serve a purpose and satisfy a need. That was the whole reason behind the WorldWide Premiere of Samsung’s HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TVs at Video & Audio Center’s Superstore in Woodland Hills.  And why a huge crowd gathered before, during and after the presentation so as to see for themselves the unrivaled, realistic picture made possible by a billion unique colors created by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Dots. The QLED TVs deliver perfect color with more than a billion shades and 100% color volume; they deliver elite contrast and expanded color detail, even in the brightest and darkest areas in any scene; outstanding blacks, bringing new life to dark scenes; a wide angle viewing, where color stays true from any perspective, so every seat is a great seat. Plus more features, including the Samsung Smart Hub for accessing favorite apps, content and sports.

The Quantum Dot technology is an amazing leap in displays for a number of reasons, not the least being the a new metal shell and core that increases light efficiency and stability, delivering optimal brightness and achieving — for the first time — 100% color volume. This makes for a better image with fine detail and a level of brightness and contrast that needs to be seen to be believed. But there's more — when a family sits down to watch a QLED TV, some family members are forced to sit to the side. Then with conventional TVs, the brightness drops down significantly for those not viewing from dead center — but with the QLED TVs, looking at the TV from an angle is no longer a horror. This terrible viewing restriction to viewing pleasure is gone.

Opening the presentation was Joseph and Mayer Akhtarzad, co-owners of Video & Audio Center. They said that premiering new technologies at Video & Audio Center isn't new: Joseph Akhtarzad pointing out that this is where the latest and greatest electronics go to present themselves to the consumer. And Samsung continues this great tradition with the QLED TVs. With comments by Tom Campbell, Chief Technologist, Jorge Madrigal, Sr.Director Samsung, Brian Garland, Executive Dir. 20th Century Fox, Dan Freeman, Director of Sales Samsung and Amy Fife, Sales Manager Samsung and others, the crowd was treated to anecdotes and real knowledge as to why the QLED TV is a leap forward in viewing.

On display were 55", 65" and 75" models, both curved and flat, such as the curved QN65Q8C 65”, the QN55Q7F 55”, the curved QN65Q8C 65” and the QN75Q7F 75”. You could even say that the TVs "flew" off the shelves (the sets are light enough to be wall mounted, but no they don't come with wings), because 7 QLED sets (including a 75" model) were sold in the first hour that they were offered by the store. And by 5PM   23 QLED TVs had new owners who happily left the store so as to bring their new entertainment center home.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Sony New Flagship XBR A1E 4K HDR OLED TV's Deliver Revolution in TV Sound and Clarity!

Get ready for precise contrast, absolute black and a true revolution in TV sound as Sony prepares to release their new line of Bravia XBR A1E OLED TVs just introduce at this year's CES Show in Las Vegas. One major breakthrough that has everyone talking about is the dynamic advancement made in the sound that the A1E Series delivers. 
Sony has built the TV speakers directly into the glass display itself, projecting powerful sound from the entire display—eliminating the traditional spatial "disconnect" between image and sound while significantly improving the sound quality. Sony even built a sub woofer directly into the TV stand—enabling the screen to be incredibly thin and the design to be sleek and modern.
But its’ the picture that really shines with Sony’s new flagship A1E Series. Sony's OLED technology brings true reality to life with perfect blacks and deep, vibrant colors. In all, each of the over 8 million self-illuminating pixels are precisely and individually controlled by the X1 Extreme™ processor giving Sony's A1E OLED TVs exquisite, unprecedented contrast, with previously hidden areas of dark shadow and bright highlights are now full of claity and detail.

Video & Audio Center is one of the first retailers in the country to offer this ground-breaking new line of Sony Bravia XBR 4K HDR OLED TVs for sale; call or visit your local Video & Audio Center location for more details or to order yours.
 

New Samsung QLED TV Worldwide Introduction this Thursday at Video & Audio Center!

Please join us this Thursday, March 16th at Video & Audio Center's Woodland Hills showroom as Samsung debuts their brand new QLED Series TVs to the public for the very first time—with attendees able to be among the first to purchase this ground-breaking technology on-site!

Video & Audio Center's exclusive Worldwide Introduction press conference is scheduled for 11:30 am—with doors opened to the public at Noon. Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and we will be giving away a special Home Theater package — valued at $5,000—featuring a stunning 65" Samsung 4K HDR LED Smart TV, a Samsung 4K Blu-ray player — including delivery and basic set-up, and a library of 25 4K movies to one lucky person in attendance, no purchase necessary to win!

The new QLED TVs feature a more refined quantum dot technology with better color accuracy and sharper brightness than ever before, and when combined with the TV's 4K HDR image, the result is a truly astounding and lifelike picture that needs to be seen to be appreciated.
Samsung is also making home entertainment more integrated, seamless and easy to use with their new Samsung Smart View App, allowing users to find their favorite shows, as well as control the “regular” TV functions.
Join Video & Audio Center, the news media, Samsung executives and special guests this Thursday at our Woodland Hills showroom, located at The Village at Westfield Topanga Mall (6344 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills / 818 888-1500) for this special preview—and bring a friend to double your chances at winning this amazing prize package; we look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017: A Big Year For Ground-Breaking New TV Technologies!


The latest TVs introduced at this year's CES show in Las Vegas are making their way to the public starting this month, and Video and Audio Center wants to give you a look at just a few of the amazing innovations and technological advancements in home entertainment now arriving at our showrooms.

Samsung

This year Samsung will debut its new QLED Series TVs — and as usual, Video & Audio Center will be among the first to offer them to the public. The new QLED TVs features a more refined quantum dot technology with better color accuracy and sharper brightness than ever before; combined with the TV's 4K HDR image, Samsung has produced a truly astounding and lifelike picture that truly needs to be seen to be believed.

Samsung is also making home entertainment more integrated, seamless and easy to use with their new Samsung Smart View App, allowing users to find their favorite shows, as well as control the “regular” TV functions.

Video & Audio Center is among the first in the country to offer the new line of Samsung QLED TVs for sale, call or visit your local Video & Audio Center location for more details or to experience Samsung's latest in one of our showrooms for yourself.

Sony
The Sony Bravia A1E Series—using Sony’s new OLED technology will also be released later this month with the 55” model. One major breakthrough is the dynamic advancement made in the sound the A1E Series delivers. Sony has built the TV speakers directly into the glass display itself, projecting powerful sound from the entire display—significantly improvong the sound while also enabling the screen to be incredibly thin and the design to be incredibly sleek.

But its’ the picture that really shines with Sony’s new flagship A1E Series. The new OLED technology brings true reality to life with perfect blacks and deep, vibrant colors. In all, each of the over 8 million self-illuminating pixels are precisely and individually controlled by the X1 Extreme™ processor giving Sony's A1E OLED TVs  exquisite, unprecedented contrast and clarity. 

Video & Audio Center is also one of the first in the country to offer this ground-breaking new line of Sony Bravia OLED TVs for sale; call or visit your local Video & Audio Center location for more details or to order yours today.

LG
2017 will also see the release of the "game-changing" new LG OLED Signature W7P 77-inch TV, introduced during this year’s CES show in Las Vegas. Overall, LG is releasing several new models, including technological and design advancements to their C7P, E7P and G7P models, but the hit of the CES Show, and winner of the INNOVATION AWARD is the W7P OLED TV. The W7P is being called the “wallpaper TV” as LG has produced a thin, extremely lightweight and bendable screen by removing the TV’s internal speakers, ports and electronics from the TV and placing them into a sound bar hub which connects to the TV with a thin ribbon-like connection.

From brilliant brights to deepest darks, the new LG OLED TVs, unlike other 4K televisions, optimize the picture scene-by-scene, making them the ultimate expression of a cinema-quality experience in the home thanks to Active HDR with Dolby Vision™. The Dolby Atmos® audio is just as impressive, creating sound that can appear to come from anywhere; with LG OLED TVs, audio now becomes an incredibly realistic, immersive experience.

Video & Audio Center will once again be the first in the country to offer the new line of LG OLED TVs—including the amazing W7P model— for sale, so call or visit your local Video & Audio Center location for more details or to order.


Friday, March 3, 2017

A SMALL HOME THEATER TO CALL YOUR OWN


A lot of people think that a home theater requires a big room and so go without because they think there's not enough space. But the reality is that any room, no matter how small, can possess all the power and excitement that a home theater can bring. That's because it's not rocket science — it’s just a matter of configuring the elements that make up a home theater so that they fit in the space available. Here's what to look for:
The TV Is The Heart of the Home Theater
The television set (or "display") is what everyone looks at, and so the bigger the better would seem to be obvious. But there may not be room enough for a cabinet that's big enough to hold the TV, or space in which to put that cabinet. But thanks to the low weight of flat-panel TVs, there's no reason why the television can't be mounted onto a wall. Sure it will require a wall mount, but the actual work of placing the mount on the wall, and attaching the TV to the mount is minimal and doable by the average DIY'er  (do-it-yourself). And since the intrusion to the wall is very minimal, and concerns about in-wall wiring is also very mild, this is something that can be done with worries.
Audio Is #2 of the Home Theater
Having a quality sound means more than just increasing the volume; the sound field must be dynamic and immersive and able to surround the viewer, not just provide a simplistic stereo effect. A small space doesn't have the option of placing speakers throughout, not to mention the needs of running wires from speaker to amplification device (i.e., an AV Receiver). But that doesn't mean being stuck with having to use the TVs built-in speakers (being limited in size due to the thinness of the flat-panel design). So one solution is a sound bar. Sound bars have come a long way from when they were first introduced and now can contain multiple speakers, the ability to simulate or actually create a surround sound effect, and add needed deep bass through a wireless subwoofer that can be placed anywhere in the room (as the sub's sound is omnidirectional), for example, under a chair or couch or against a corner wall. The other solution is a HTIB (home theater in a box) -- the name conveys the idea, but not the actuality of what you get. Here, the entire audio system, from audio receiver to speakers to wiring to video player (i.e., a Blu-Ray player) have been integrated together so as to make for a complete system that can be set up quickly. HTIB systems are not limited to being used in a small space, but they are very practically for such an application.
A Video Source Device is #3 of the Home Theater
Regardless of how the home theater is assembled, it's necessary to have content to play on it. A cable or satellite box can provide the video (and audio) that the TV needs, but the space might not have access to the cabling a receiver needs. So an alternative is to "cut the cord" by using a small, indoor HD antenna which connects directly to the TV to provide OTA (over the air) HD television stations. A second method for getting content to view comes through streaming content from the Internet (courtesy of a wireless WiFi Internet-connected device) or even the TV itself (using its built in WiFi receiver to join the home network). The final method comes from playing recorded content, which is to say on a disc that goes into a Blu-Ray player or a 4K Blu-Ray player. Compared to just 5 years ago, Blu-Ray/4K Blu-ray players are small in size and don't require much space in order to be placed where they can be connected to the TV/Audio System

Not having a big room is no longer an excuse for not having a home theater. And aren't you glad that this is true!


Friday, February 24, 2017

KEEPING YOUR HOME THEATER INVESTMENT SAFE AND SECURE


Putting together a home theater that suits your particular needs takes time and represents a significant investment. But whether you opt in for a professional installation service to do it all for you, like California’s #1 Custom Installation/Smart Home Integrators for the past 16 years, Just One Touch), or decide to set up the various components on your own, keeping them secure is sensible and necessary. And by making sure your home theater is safe, you're also ensuring the safety of your home (which is where the home theater “lives" after all). Here are a few suggestions:
Tethering
Many home theater's have computers or hard drives working as servers to stream content through the home network. Often there will be what is called a security slot on the computer/hard drive (or laptop). This allows for a security cable to be inserted that can then tether the device to an immovable object so it can't be taken. While such a security slot can not be found on the majority of the components that make up a home theater, there are security kits that can add locking capabilities to the devices (requiring an invasive gluing of a plate to the device first). 

Out Of Sight
Making the components of a home theater less obvious is another way to insure their safety; a 4K Blu-Ray player can be placed inside a cabinet, or an AV Receiver can be inside a shelf, rather than having the two exposed to sight. In these cases, this can make controlling them through an IR (infrared) control more difficult. The solution: kits that will extend the IR signal so that the devices "see" the IR signal coming from the remote. Mounting a TV onto the wall, while the opposite of hiding it, will also make it less attractive for being removed because of how its been mounted.

Security Systems and Cameras
There are portable and non-invasive home security systems that work through the WiFI home network, and which enable monitoring of the home theater, along with other areas of the home. At its simplest, a WiFi-enabled camera can be set up to monitor the home theater area and viewed remotely when the person is not at home. Other systems allow for automated reports and messages to be sent when the camera detects motion. Used singly, or in combination with WiFi-enabled home security systems, the home theater can be protected at a minimum cost compared to what the cost was for assembling the various components. And the safety of other areas of the home can now be protected as well.

The idea behind home theater security is not just to protect what has taken you so much time to put together, but to insure the piece of mind of your home as well. So the choice whether to do this or not is yours.


Friday, February 3, 2017

YOUR HOME THEATER NEEDS A 4K BLU-RAY PLAYER...AND SO DO YOU!


People have been pretty happy to have Blu-Ray players  as part of their home theaters over these last few years -- and you bet that there are lots and lots of Blu-Ray movies to watch. So why get a new 4K Blu-Ray player to replace what is already there? The answer is because a 4K Blu-Ray player does a lot more than just compliment a new 4K TV and is backwardly compatible with all the spinning video discs (Blu-Ray and DVD) and audio discs (CDs) that are already a part of your existing library. A 4K Blu-Ray player ups the game and brings you even closer to the vaunted "movie experience" that makes going to watch on a silver screen no longer such a big deal. So let's detail just what a 4K Blu-Ray player brings to your home theater. 

Higher Video Resolution
A Blu-Ray disc provides a Full HD, 1080p video signal that, unlike streaming, is stable and consistent. But that's peanuts compared to a 4K Blu-Ray disc: 108 Mbps is the speed at which the data is being sent from the 4K disc — so roughly that means you're getting a picture with 4X the resolution that was once your HD "standard." Obviously that also means you're getting more detail in what's flashing across the TV's display.
More Color 
Color can be described in all kinds of technical terms, but the fact is that a Blu-Ray disc could only approach the "reality" of the color palette that makes up real life. It did a good job, sure, but a 4K Blu-Ray disc does a lot better. The wider color gamut of billions of colors that can now be displayed is a lot closer to the “real world” and so makes for a much better viewing experience.

High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range (HDR)  is a part of the video signal being put forth by the 4K disc in the 4K Blu-Ray player. What you see as a result is more color and light information being imparted into each pixel now displayed. With the TV now being able to process a HDR signal, as most now available can, the pixel is able to contain more "information" and so allow for a greater separation between light and dark, without light areas being "overblown" and washed out, or black areas turning into inky pools where nothing can be seen in them. 

Higher Audio Resolution
Lost in all the talk about the video is just how in proved the audio becomes on a 4K Blu-Ray disc. Besides the expected Dolby Digital and DTS, a 4K Blu-Ray disc supports the Dolby Atmos standard as well as DTS-X surround sound formats. These audio formats add overhead audio to the now standard surround sound  and work to create a much more convincing and immersive sound experience. 

Up-scaling Your Existing Library

One of the big selling points when Blu-Ray players first came out was that playing a DVD on them would result in a better picture than if using a DVD player. This was because the newer and enhanced technologies of the Blu-Ray player could increase the overall perception as to how a DVD looked when played. This is even more true with a 4K Blu-Ray player, only now it's a Blu-Ray disc that gets the enhancements so as to improve on how it looks. And as mentioned earlier, the 4K Blu-Ray player doesn't discriminate against the past and so plays all the popular disc formats prevalent today.

As is now obvious, a 4K Blu-Ray player has technology built into it that a Blu-Ray player can only dream of. And because this technology is "transparent" to the user -- all you need do is pop in a 4K disc, start it spinning and sit back to enjoy the show.