CEDIA Fellow Michael Heiss is a contributing editor to Residential Systems out of Sherman Oaks, CA.
The new showroom space will enable the Dallas-based company to provide Southern California interior design firms to give clients an in-person, first-hand, demonstration of a wide range seating and interior finish materials well beyond the ability of most firms to stock themselves.
Samsung’s new QLED TVs and their latest UltraHD Blu-ray player has hit retail shelves starting with a “World Premiere” event at Los Angeles-based Video & Audio Center’s (VAC) store at the Topanga Village Mall in Woodland Hills, CA.
In a world where traditional cable and satellite services compete with apps, services, and “skinny bundles” from a variety of companies, the most interesting thing about yesterday’s announcements about DIRECTV NOW and Sling Cloud DVR is that both came from services that are part of major media purveyors.
The current, fourth-generation Apple TV was introduced only a year ago, but given the fast pace of progress in the streaming devices category, it has fallen behind the competition. As reported here over the last few weeks, Roku has totally refreshed its product line, including three new 4K models and two with HDR. Similarly, Google will ship the new Chromecast Ultra by mid-November with 4K, HDR-10...
On the surface, it might appear that the announcements from Tuesday’s Google product introduction event was about, well, products. There were certainly more than enough new products to fill a shopping cart. The underlying message, however, may well have been what Google Inc.’s CEO, Sundar Pichai called “…a move from mobile first to AI first.”
Games aside, Microsoft’s big news at E3 was the introduction of Xbox One S. Sony focused on virtual reality.
For the most part, what was said was expected. A new iPhone, the “SE,” that combines the 4-inch screen of the older iPhone 5 and 5s generation models with innards that, exclusive of some higher-end functions, is identical to the current iPhone 6S/6S Plus models.
The new Roku 4 bests the 4K functionality of its streaming competitor, the new Fire TV, by offering both 60 frames per second streaming and the HDMI 2.0 output required to deliver it. By comparison, Amazon’s 4K device is capable of only 30 frames per second, which indicates that its HDMI output is 1.4 only.
With these new models, TiVo is among the first to provide for DVR capability with the anticipated introduction of native 4K content via cable as well as the existing 4K content offered by Netflix Amazon Prime and others.
There is potential in this new product, along with installation pitfalls somewhat unique to the custom world. It will be interesting to see how this device finds a home in the custom environment.
The full BP900 speaker family
BP9060 Bipolar Tower Speaker
A close up of the base of Definitive Technology’s BP9060 and its height-channel module
The iconic Definitive Technology logo.
Looking down at the Definitive Technology BP9060 Bipolar Tower Speaker
An example of the BP9060 speaker towers at home.
The CS9080 component center channel speaker
The back panel of the CS9080
A width up shot of the CS9080
The A90 component height modules
The A90 height module integrated with the BP9060 tower speaker
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