Artwork-Hidden TVs Can Change with the Times

Artwork-Hidden TVs Can Change with the Times

Audio Advice offers a wide range of choices that enable homeowners to blend technology into the design of their homes in ways that enhance the look of the living space. A recent article from Electronic House magazine takes a look at the ways artwork enhanced concealment can transform media rooms into stylish environments betraying no hint of the technology hidden from view. Read the full article with more examples of home techorating at this Electronic House link: Artwork-Hidden TVs Can Change with the...
‘Techorating’ a way to mix tech, decor, style

‘Techorating’ a way to mix tech, decor, style

The term ‘techorating’ was invented to describe the blending of today’s increasingly stylish technology with the home environment, and is beginning to get attention as seen in the video report linked and excerpted below: A growing decorating trend called techorating is generating a lot of buzz. The term is the blending of modern technology with the art of decorating to create a functional, yet stylish environment. Technology and design expert Janna Robinson was with us on 9NEWS 8 a.m. “The beauty of techorating is that anyone can incorporate cool, up-to-date electronics into their interior if they have the right technology,” said Robinson. “It’s important to say ‘goodbye clutter’ and ‘hello technology’ while remaining true to your own style.” Read the rest of the summary and see the video at the link: ‘Techorating’ a way to mix tech, decor,...
Sonos PLAYBAR Coming Soon!

Sonos PLAYBAR Coming Soon!

Sonos is making a foray into the world of surround sound with the introduction of their new PLAYBAR soundbar in March 2013. That’s just next month! A few of us were lucky enough to experience the PLAYBAR prototype last September. Unfortunately, we all had to sign non-disclosure agreements and could not talk about it to anyone! Now you can check out the Sonos intro video here. [youtube height=”344″ width=”425″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBSVjsQQkXg[/youtube] With the PLAYBAR, Sonos makes adding better sound to the bedroom or secondary TV as easy as adding another zone of Sonos. When we first heard about it, we wondered how Sonos would solve the problem of needing a remote to change and control your TV content and needing their IOS or Android app to control the volume of their PLAYBAR. Every other Sonos component uses the great Sonos app for volume control, so we were puzzled as to what their solution might be. Well, they hit a home run! The PLAYBAR will learn the volume up/down/mute functions of your remote! So for watching TV, just pick up your smart remote (or cable/dish/DirecTV remote if you’re not lucky enough to have a custom Audio Advice remote) and it all works seamlessly. Then when you want to play music, the PLAYBAR acts just like another zone of Sonos on your IOS or Android device! How cool is that? Better yet, switching is a snap. Simply feed the HDMI outputs of your TV service device (your Apple TV or Roku, Bluray player and whatever else you have) into your TV. The PLAYBAR has a single optical input. Most current TVs have optical out,...
Getting Back Into High Performance Audio

Getting Back Into High Performance Audio

For the last 35 years, Audio Advice has carried some of the best audio gear on the planet. It has been a ton of fun helping clients put together high performance audio systems and hearing the stories of how high quality music has enriched their lives. It’s really fulfilling to also hear how having a great music system helps their children discover all the joys of music. For the past few years, I’ve been focused on high performance theater, and it is a blast. I would not trade it for anything. During that time I’ve taken home a variety of high performance speakers, but never seriously paired them with reference quality two channel gear. I’ve also checked out many individual high performance two-channel components. Typically, I’ve done this one piece at a time, without the chance to combine them all of them into one system. The latest set of speakers to come home was the Vandersteen 5a. I’ve always been a fan of Vandersteen speakers, but it had been almost 25 years since I had a pair at home. Richard Vandersteen recently did an event in our Raleigh store and personally calibrated them for me. He egged me on to get some “real” electronics, cables, and power conditioning in the signal path to see what would happen. Well, thanks to my friends at Ayre, Audio Research, Transparent, and Shunyata, I’ve put together a system using reference level components. This has been really interesting. Listening in a store, trade show, or going to a client’s house and hearing a system like this is just flat out not the same as...
4K: The Next Big Thing in TV!

4K: The Next Big Thing in TV!

We appreciate the great attendance we had for our Sony vendor event. Those of you who attended our premiere of the new Sony 4K flat panel television witnessed the introduction of true breakthrough technology. We’ll fill you in on the breakthrough aspect later on, but first a bit of history. The global TV market is in the dumps. Sales continue to decline even as prices fall to historic lows. (It’s amazing how cheap it is now to buy a run of the mill flat panel TV.) The suppliers of TVs are all losing money. So why is this? When the first flat panel TV’s came out in 1999, a 50” plasma set (which was only 480p) was $20,000. A 20” 480i LCD was $5500. However, there was demand because these had not previously existed. The world began to replace old tube TVs. By the time the first 1080i sets were introduced demand was surging and there was not enough supply. Billions were spent to gear up production facilities to make the panels used in these sets. (I guess the people who were figuring out future demand did not take the same economics courses I did!) Demand was huge, but it was mostly due to the replacement demand spike. Many plants came on line and supply finally met demand. The numbers were still coming in great on TV sales, so more and more production facilities ramped up. Then, a tipping point hit as demand fell off and supply rose. All the plants were pumping out sets so a vicious price war began about 5 years ago that continues today. This...