Trending Home Audio Video Technology
Lights, Color, and Sound Continue to Evolve in Home Audio Video
Audio-video technology is a dominating industry in innovation. Every year, it seems that another advancement has led to new and better ways to see and hear movies, music, and our favorite audiobooks. Whether your interest lies in high-end sound systems or images that jump from the screen, we hope these innovations inspire your next audio-video installation in Portland, ME.
While 8K resolution was first introduced to the world in 2015 with Sharp's 8K television, it was an unattainable fantasy for many until 2019, when an additional 10 manufacturers launched their first 8K TVs. Today, the price has adjusted, as advanced technology does, to a cost that is affordable for many.
Why are movie buffs and game-day aficionados turning to 8K resolution? It’s all about brilliant images that immerse the viewer, bringing them into the picture on the screen. 4K screens quadrupled the number of pixels found in a 1080p TV screen. 8K TVs quadruple that yet again, bringing the number of pixels to about 33 million compared to 1080p TV’s 2 million. This translates to a very sharp image and an elevated viewing experience.
In essence, Micro-LEDs utilize the best OLED technology and make it brighter. This technology uses very small pixels, and, like OLED, each pixel emits light. In contrast, other TVs utilize bigger LEDs as backlights to illuminate hundreds of thousands of pixels at once. The result is that Micro-LED TVs offer brilliant contrasting colors and perfect blacks that create a more realistic image.
Surround Sound Reimagined
As the dedicated home theater market grew, many turned to surround sound to experience the cinematic quality that immerses you in a film and one in which sound seems to fill the air. However, some homeowners wanted to create a multi-use space that caters to all the family members, whether entertaining, playing video games, or working out to their favorite exercise video.
To create surround sound in an open area, manufacturers created hidden technology and architectural speakers that blended in seamlessly with a home’s décor. In-wall and in-ceiling speakers and subwoofers are made invisible or can appear like recessed lighting.
Today, Sonos creates flexible audio solutions that produce crystal-clear realistic sound for movies, music, and games. Sonos speakers can be tailored to the sound profiles of different media. Customized surround sound levels are set for gaming nights, action-packed movie nights, and quiet interludes of peaceful music drifting through the air. Speech enhancement emphasizes the human voice, so you never have to rewind to hear what was said.
When homeowners integrate this latest technology into their smart home system, each aspect works as a cohesive unit. When it’s time for movie night in your family or media room, simply tap the “Movie” scene on your smartphone, tablet, or in-wall touch screen. Then, settle in as your blackout shades lower, the lights dim, and the movie begins.
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