A thrill to behold: 4K Ultra HD from Sony Now at Digitech Custom

We have the Sony 4K Ultra HD 65″ XBR-65X900A TV on display here at Digitech. Make an appointment to come by our showrooms to see the latest technology. What is 4K Ultra HD? Four times clearer than HD Welcome to four times the clarity of regular HD. See more on TV than ever before with over 8 million pixels compared to about 2 million on HDTV. Everything enhanced All of the TV programs and movies you already watch are enhanced by the 4K X-Reality™ PRO Picture Engine for 4K Ultra HD viewing. Front facing speakers also enhance audio with 65 watts of powerful sound. More brilliant color than ever before See a wider range and more brilliant colors than you’ve ever seen on a TV with Sony’s exclusive TRILUMINOS display technology. Get the most out of your Sony 4K Ultra HD TV1 with Hollywood hits in 4K Ultra HD only from Sony. The 4K Ultra HD Media Player comes preloaded with 10 bonus feature films and video shorts, plus coming soon – Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K network video service offering access to a library of 4K movies and TV shows2. Watch 4K Ultra HD movies. Start experiencing the game-changing resolution of 4K Ultra HD1 right away with 10 pre-loaded bonus feature films. Paired with the Sony 4K Ultra HD TV, it’s the most immersive, highest resolution home entertainment experience. The special bonus collection includes: The Amazing Spider-Man™ Bad Teacher, featuring Cameron Diaz The Karate Kid, featuring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith The Other Guys, featuring Will Farrell Battle: Los Angeles That’s My Boy, featuring Adam Sandler Salt, featuring Angelina...
The Star of Your System: The AV Receiver

The Star of Your System: The AV Receiver

Imagine a football team without a quarterback. The games wouldn’t go very smoothly, nor be very entertaining. In your home-entertainment system, the AV receiver is the quarterback, directing the audio to the appropriate speakers, the video to the display(s) and performing a host of other functions like amplifying your sound and playing streamed music. In fact, the receiver is probably the most important piece of audio equipment in your system. It’s also the most complex. What you need now…and later First, you need to know what functionality your receiver needs now. At the very least, you should have enough HDMI inputs to handle all your sources. Make sure you have your “legacy” gear covered, too. For example, if you have a turntable, you’ll need a phono input. In addition, your receiver needs enough surround channels to get power and sound to all your speakers. A 5.1-channel receiver has outputs for five speakers plus a subwoofer (it’s the “.1” in the “5.1”). A 7.1 receiver has connections for seven speakers plus a subwoofer, and a 9.2 or 10.2 receiver has space for nine or 10 speakers plus two subwoofers. Generally, the more speakers, the more immersive the surround experience. From here, you need to decide your future needs, allowing your receiver to remain relevant for years to come. For example, are there HDMI inputs to spare should you want to add a source later? HDMI 1.4 is the latest standard. In addition to audio and video, it includes an Ethernet channel, eliminating the need for a separate Ethernet cable and making connecting easier for all your home-entertainment components. HDMI 1.4...

Tech Trends to Watch: Report from CES 2013

It’s an electronics paradise… thinner-than-thin TVs, Bluetooth speakers, voice activated everything, and the “second screen.” All of these and more were hot topics at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which saw more than 3,000 consumer electronics manufacturers descend upon Las Vegas to launch more than 20,000 new products. So, what are the top consumer trends coming out of this year’s show? 4K If you thought high-def looked good, wait till you see 4K (aka “ultra” high definition TV). This technology has four times the resolution of HDTV, creating an image so breathtaking, it’s like you are there. The 4K sets shown this year were big, from 55 to 85-inches. Of course, while some manufacturers are already selling 4K models, the technology isn’t quite consumer-ready, considering the lack of content for consumers. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to be impressed and excited about the possibility of 4K resolution in home theaters and home systems in the future. OLED We’ve been hearing for many years that OLED technology—which makes current TV sets look positively dull—is just around the corner. However it is very hard to manufacture at larger sizes, which is why you’ll typically only find it on phones and gadgets. While some manufacturers have plans to sell large OLED TVs in 2013, they will come at a premium ($12,000 for a 55-inch set). A couple of manufacturers demonstrated large sets that were OLED and 4K, which were absolutely spectacular but clearly prototypes. Smart TVs & Voice Command This year, TVs got so smart, they can practically read minds. Okay, we’re exaggerating, but some TVs featured the ability to suggest...

Control4 and Sony Partner to Blend Automation and Receiver Technology

Throughout the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s (CEDIA) Annual Expo, held here in Indianapolis, Indiana, all the buzz seemed to circulate around a very intriguing partnership – home automation leader, Control4 and consumer electronics powerhouse, Sony. During the highly-anticipated Sony press conference, the manufacturer shared the exciting news that it had integrated Control4® automation technology into its new ES receivers (introduced at CEDIA Expo). Even more exciting is the fact that the marriage of these two technologies promises to deliver best-in-class AV performance and home automation within one easy-to-install and easy-to-use product. This is a powerful partnership redefining the AVR category by delivering an unprecedented integrated AV and automation experience in a single device. Consumers will enjoy top AVR performance, unmatched 4K content and a stunning selection of streaming media services, plus the added lifestyle benefits of personalized automation that can transform a house into a smart home. With companies like Sony embracing and marketing the benefits of home automation, the custom installation industry benefits as a whole. Together, Sony and Control4 have created an exciting new avenue to drive consumer awareness for the category. “We are delighted that Sony selected Control4 technology to revolutionize their receiver line and deliver a fantastic automation experience,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Enthusiastic dealer feedback validates the power and promise of our integrated solution. Together, Control4 and Sony are delivering a unique and strategic product for our dealers – providing them with a high impact addition to their product portfolio to grow their business.” “Sony has delivered many firsts to the industry and now we elevate the category standard again by...