By Lisa Johnston
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When Ultra High-Definition TVs and 4K video sources become more commonly available, the home audio industry could get a boost, with consumers trading in older audio gear for newer products that support 4K passthrough and 4K up-scaling, audio suppliers told TWICE.
The home audio industry could also get a boost from the CE industry’s transition to HDMI 2.0, which supports 4K video frame rates up to 60Hz, the 21:9 aspect ratio, 32 discrete audio channels, and audio sampling frequencies up to 1,536kHz, among other enhancements.
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One of the earliest problems in the transition from analog to digital televisions was a lack of compatible digital connection standards between TV sets and source devices.
Understandably, some early adopters, concerned about buying expensive products before standards were set, held off early DTV purchases. Fortunately, much of that headache is being addressed now for Ultra HD with the recent adoption of a new HDMI 2.0 spec and advances in more efficient video-compression standards.
Consumer acceptance of Ultra High-Definition TV depends on having 4K content to display.
Obviously, the best way to enjoy an Ultra HD picture is to have native 4K content piped directly to the set, but as with the start of any new format, it will take a little time for broad-based availability to catch up with the arrival of Ultra HD sets.
The Holy Grail of Ultra High-Definition TV entertainment lies in the ability to view native 4K content at home, and though it will take a little longer to make that ability broadly available, a few solutions have already started to pop up.
Upon arrival, the first Ultra HD sets already had a wealthy of home-brewed high-resolution still images and 4K movie clips available from a large installed base of high-megapixel digital cameras that produce pictures at a level few monitors could fully resolve.
Ahandful of manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to ensure their leadership positions in the burgeoning Ultra High-Definition TV brand-share sweepstakes, but will the arrival of this new technology provide a reset button for overall TV rankings?
Most industry players and analysts are doubtful, although it could help to put some lesser-known brands on the map.
Anyone buying an Ultra High-Definition TV in the U.S. in 2013 is getting either a projector or an LED-lit LCD set with a panel supporting the 3,840 by 2,160 resolution.
But the field is about to open up with the promised emergence of Ultra HD OLED TVs in both curved- and flat-screen varieties.
The following is a glance at Ultra HD TVs that are available or pending imminent U.S. market introductions:
Hisense has shown Ultra HD LED LCD TVs in the 65-inch, 84-inch and 110-inch screen sizes, but currently no market shipping plans have been announced.
Ultra High-Definition television is here, bringing four times the resolution of today’s FullHD 1080p sets and promising high-quality images tailor-made for today’s big-screen sizes.
At a time when flat-panel TVs are trending dangerously close to commoditization, Ultra HD is expected to offer manufacturers and retailers an opportunity to boost profit margins and deliver consumers what they seek most from a new television purchase — maximum picture quality.
DENVER – New home-audio components are turning up at the CEDIA Expo to enhance stereo music and surround sound performance, and some of them add the ability to enhance a home theater’s video performance.
Many of the products are targeting the luxury highend of the market, and some are coming with built-in HDBaseT technology to send uncompressed HDMI video and multichannel audio up to 328 feet (100 meters) over inexpensive CAT-5e or -6 cable.
DENVER — Bang & Olufsen will add during CEDIA Expo Spotify Connect to its floorstanding BeoPlay A9 networked speaker and will upgrade its current 65-inch 3D plasma TV.
With Spotify Connect, consumers who are streaming Spotify through their smartphones can, after entering their home, turn on the $2,699 discshaped A9 to stream their playlist where they left off through the cloud to save smartphone battery life. The A9 will also control Spotify streaming.
DENVER – KEF is showing at CEDIA Expo with a wide range of in-room and architectural speakers for multiple applications.
New in-room speakers include KEF’s first two active soundbars, a pair of left-right active TV speakers, and a wireless desktop speaker pair.
In architectural speakers, the company is unveiling its first models dedicated to home-theater use, its first in-wall subwoofers, and its thinnest in-ceiling speaker to date.