I recently attended the CTA + Techlicious Lunch and Learn event held at the Video & Audio Center in Century City and got a first hand look at the latest tech in home entertainment. You can definitely say I added a few things to my wish list!
We love playing video games, watching our favorite television shows and having our Family Movie Nights …so we take Home Entertainment seriously. There’s just something about having surround sound and seeing crisp images projecting from the screen – in the comfort of our home. Am I right?
CTA + TECHLICIOUS LUNCH AND LEARN
The Consumer Technology Association curated some of the best new products in Home Entertainment and brought in reps from JPL Harman, Sony, LG, and Samsung to talk about them. It was a great learning experience for me…because I’m so out of the loop.
See for yourself what’s new:
The amazing combination of JBL Audio horsepower, HD display and the Google Assistant built-in make JBL LINK VIEW a must have for your home or office. The integrated display included on the LINK VIEW allows you to get things done easily, it also has the Google Assistant built in, you can ask questions and tell it to do things. Just start with “Hey Google” to quickly enjoy your entertainment, stay connected with loved ones, view glanceable answers, manage daily tasks, and control your smart home. Your Assistant can help free up your hands and time, so you can focus on the things that matter most. Like watching videos of your favorite YouTube creators, reliving memories of your latest family vacation, making a video call to your best friend, receiving step-by-step baking instructions for delicious chocolate chip cookies, or dimming the lights for movie night.
Suggested Retail Price: $249
The JBL Bar 5.1 transforms from a soundbar into a true wireless 5.1 home theater system for an epic movie and music-listening experience. The soundbar features two detachable battery-powered wireless surround speakers with 10-hours ofplaytime, 510W of total system power, a 10” wireless subwoofer, three HDMITM inputs to connect 4K devices and BluetoothTM. With Dolby® Digital, Dolby Pro LogicII and DTS, your movies, music and video games will never sound more incredible. The soundbar features JBL SoundShift®, which allows you to instantly switch between the sound from your TV and the Bluetooth sound from your mobile phone or tablet. The soundbar is programmed to respond to your TV remote, so you can control everything with your existing TV remote control. The JBL Bar 5.1 re-defines the soundbar experience.
Suggested retail price: $699.99
The LG W8 series ultra-thin wallpaper design allows the television to mount with the wall so it seems to blend in with sophisticated LG OLED TV technology. It features comprehensive support from major high dynamic range formats including Dolby VisionTM HDR from the cinema, as well as HDR10 and HLG, both with LG’s advanced tone-mapping technology that provides scene-by-scene optimization. LG – the industry leaders of OLED TV also developed the α9 IntelligentProcessor. This powerful processor provides true-to-life images with incredibly rich colors, sharpness and depth to deliver the ultimate picture quality. LG also brings big-screen surround sound to the living room. Dolby Atmos® content creates a more detailed sound experience that appears to come from everywhere for a wonderfully realistic, immersive experience.
Suggested retail price: $6,999.99
Lose yourself in silence with industry-leading noise cancellation. The noise-canceling technology in the WH-1000XM3 headphones is the most advanced with close-fitting ear pads and HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1.
Suggested retail price: $349.99
The A9F is an industry-leading addition to Sony’s long line of high-end televisions. Its newly equipped with Netflix Calibrated Mode, which was specially developed to preserve the artist’s creative vision and intent. Additionally, the A9F MASTER Series model comes with a next-generation Picture Processor X1TM Ultimate. This processor plays a vital role in delivering the MASTER Series’ high-quality picture.
For consumers looking for the best in visual, audio and streaming performance, the A9F is hard to beat with industry-leading features and attention to detail.
Suggested retail price: $349.99
Consumers who are looking for a LED TV that doesn’t sacrifice screen quality and brightness, regardless of the viewing angle or on-screen motion, should seriously consider the Z9F. The Z9F is equipped with Netflix Calibrated Mode, specially developed to preserve the artist’s creative vision and intent.
Suggested retail price: $3,499.99 (65” model)
The Frame for 2018 transforms the living room into a dynamic gallery space. Whether they prefer to change the look of their room each season or want to bring a fresh vibe to their décor for a dinner party, consumers can customize The Frame to create their preferred aesthetic in any room. The Samsung Art Store, the world’s largest art platform for TV, houses an ever-growing and diverse library of artwork from some of the most prominent museums, galleries and artists around the world.
Suggested retail price: $1,199.99