Smart Home Stroll: In The Living Room & On The Deck
The top A/V and tech devices for entertaining
Tomorrowland is Today: Take a walk through the modern-day smart home and see the potential of a house with IoT built into, well, almost anything. Best of all? Each one of these devices is (or will be) available for retail selling.
What Is A Smart Home? In The Living Room
Part of the company’s Victrola’s Mid Century Modern Collection, this six-in-one entertainment center features a three-speed turntable, CD player, cassette player, FM radio with analog tuner, 3.5mm aux jack and built-in speakers. A little too legacy for you? No worries: It also has Bluetooth.
This multiroom music system builds in its own “Music Now” algorithm to create personalized playlists for up to five different users, drawing in music from Internet radio, Tidal or a user’s network. The speakers can stream via Wi-Fi, AptX Bluetooth or Apple AirPlay, while built-in RoomAdapt technology reportedly senses speaker placement, whether against a wall or in an open space, and adjusts performance and volume accordingly. Four different models are available, with pricing ranging from $549 to $1,099.
Fashion melds with function with this creatively designed turntable. It can be used lying flat or mounted on a wall, and can stream music to a Bluetooth speaker. Priced at $79.99, it’s expected to ship Sept 1.
This 3-channel customizable is offered in widths ranging from 49.5 to 80 inches; in four different veneers, including a paintable finish; and with a choice of four removable grille cloths. The low-profile, built-in wall mounting system is 0.25 inches deep, and Klipsch included a centralized input panel for all three channels on the front of the device for easier installation and setup. Pricing ranges from $2,699 to $2,999.
Pangea Audio’s four-shelf TTX2 can hold up to 200 albums and is designed to be super sturdy, minimizing vibrations for sensitive turntables. It comes in a variety of finishes and has scratch-resistant shelves that can be swapped out for specific design needs. Pricing ranges from $169 to $199.
Sure, you can use a tablet or smartphone to show off your holiday pix, but the Loop Wi-Fi display allows you to set up a variety of images on rotation and then have them on display in your living room. You can load your own videos and photos on the display, or it can pull them directly from iOS Photos, Facebook and Instagram. It even plays videos uploaded to YouTube.
The 43Qw from James Loudspeaker is part of its UnderEave series of slim-profile mounted speakers that can be custom-fit to an existing space for easy integration and minimal obtrusion. Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum, this downsized two-way Wedge model was designed for 90-degree indoor-outdoor placement where wall and ceiling converge. Each speaker carries a suggested retail price of $1,100.
The industry took notice when Sonos unveiled its newest audio solution last month, and with good reason: The 25.6-inch Amazon Alexa-supported soundbar has been receiving rave reviews. Priced at $399 and offered in black or white, the Beam has support for additional digital assistants on tap.
The VPL-VW885ES is Sony Electronics’ newest true 4K HDR laser home theater projector, delivering superior picture quality equipped Sony’s innovative technology for the home theater aficionados and movie buffs who demand high-end, professional cinema experiences from the comfort of their home.
Armed with 2,000 lumens of brightness, Infinite Dynamic Contrast with real-time laser light level control and 20,000 hours of lamp life, the projector delivers an immersive environment for an unrivaled experience in a compact chassis. Its compact size allows installation in smaller rooms while still displaying an impactful, large screen view.
Made in partnership with Barefoot Sound, these Bluetooth bookshelf speakers are offered in black or Natural Oak finishes. They come with RCA, aux, S/PDIF or USB connectivity, and a removable magnetic grille. They’re priced at $1,500 per pair.
San Diego-based Comhear went into production with its Yarra 3D-audio soundbar earlier this season after raising $1.1 million in a crowdfunding campaign. Its first consumer audio product, the Yarra is designed to provide high-fidelity sound for gaming, music, home theater and VR/AR applications, and uses proprietary MyBeam beamforming technology to produce an immersive 3D experience. Available for $389 plus shipping on Indiegogo, the Yarra 3DX comes with a powered subwoofer and six high-res surround music albums from AIX Records. Shipping begins in late summer.
This is no screen saver: Samsung has updated its gorgeous Frame TV with new features that make it even easier to set up. The 4K UHD TV features HDR10+ support, sensors that adjust screen brightness based on ambient light, and magnetic bezel choices. It also has the company’s Bixby voice assistant, enabling compatibility with the SmartThings IoT platform. Two sizes are offered: 55 inches ($1,999) and 65 inches ($2,799).
On The Deck
This Wi-Fi-connected grill lets you monitor dinner from afar, granting the ability to adjust grill settings and receive real-time notifications from an iOS or Android smartphone. Suggested retail is $799.
Specifically designed for use in backyards, Netgear’s add-on Orbi Outdoor Satellite is a weatherproof unit that extends Orbi’s home Wi-Fi system out an extra 2,500 feet. With a dedicated 4×4 backhaul to punch through exterior walls, the dual-band Satellite features six high-performance antennas and a 710MHz quad-core processor with 512MB RAM. It comes with wall mount, bracket and screws. It’s available now and retails for $329.
The latest addition to the company’s top-of-the-line weatherproof TVs is a 75-inch, direct-lit 4K UHD model boasting a 30 percent brighter picture than typical indoor sets. It comes complete with four HDMI inputs, one USB input, a generous media bay to house popular streaming devices, and support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. Suggested retail: $4,999.
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