Sony Unveils ‘Flagship’ α99 II Full-Frame ILC With Advanced 4K Video Recording

September 19th, 2016 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV, Video Processors


Sony Electronics unveiled at the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany Monday its new flagship A-mount full-frame camera, model α99 II, carrying a new Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology.

Sony called the α99 II full-frame interchangeable lens camera (ILC), which ships in November at a $3,200 suggested retail for the body only, “a supremely specified, professional level camera that will be appealing to a variety of professional and enthusiast photographers.”

For video, the α99 II will record 4K video internally with full pixel readout and no pixel binning using Sony’s XAVC S format. The camera will capture 4K scenes at up to 100Mbps. A new Slow and Quick mode supports both slow motion and quick motion.  In this mode, frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x quick motion and 5x slow motion recording.

The camera also has a host of pro-level video recording features including: picture profiles, time code and clean HDMI output, gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma are also included.

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Panasonic Unveils 3 Lumix 4K UHD Cameras With Focus Stacking

September 19th, 2016 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Lenses, News, UHDTV

Panasonic’s Lumix G85 with 12-60mm F3.4-5.6 Power OIS lens ($999.95 suggested retail kit price).

Panansonic introduced Photokina in Cologne, Germany this week three Lumix cameras designed to take lightning fast still images and up to 4K Ultra HD videos with ease and accuracy. The cameras also include advanced post-shooting features like focus stacking to make corrections to images after they are shot.

The new camera introductions include the Lumix G85 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which will be available starting in October as a body only for an $897.99 suggested retail or in a kit including an H-FS12060 Lumix G Vario 12-60mm/ F3.4-5.6 ASPH/Power O.I.S. lens for $999.99; the compact point-and-shoot Lumix FZ2500 (hitting retail in December at $1,197.99) and the latest pocket-sized Lumix LX series point-and-shoot in the LX10 (shipping in November at $699.99).

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LG’s 77″ Signature Series 4K Ultra HD OLED TV Is Ready For Its Closeup

September 16th, 2016 · 2160p, 3D UHDTV, 4K Flat Panel, Connected TVs, HDR, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED

                           LG’s 77″ Signature G6 4K Ultra HD OLED TV hits stores next month.

LG revealed at CEDIA Expo 2016 that its 77-inch G6 flat-screen Signature Series 4K Ultra HD OLED TV is almost ready for market.

The large screen OLED set, which was an HD Guru Best of Show winner at CES 2016 last January, will be joining the popular 65-inch that has already been available in stores. Pre-orders begin on September 17th with deliveries to follow in early October.

The mammoth OLED set carries a $19,999 suggested retail price and will come with the support of the new LG Signature Concierge service. This will provide purchasers with hand-holding service attention, helping new owners set up and use the new TV, and provide remote diagnostics or in-home service if required in the event that something goes wrong.

“The premium TV customer that wants a screen size larger than 65-inches no longer has to compromise on picture quality,” said Tim Alessi, LG new product development director. “

In addition, LG said it is giving purchasers a limited time bonus after they register the product including: a $200 American Express gift card and LG G Pad Tablet.

Purchasers will also get access to “special invitations” to follow.

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Mass Fidelity Shows Relay Wireless Music DAC, Core Speaker and Core Wireless Sub

September 16th, 2016 · Audio, Digital Media Receivers, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer, Wireless Audio

                                                            The Mass Fidelity Relay ($299).

Mass Fidelity, a Canadian audio upstart specializing in wireless music technology, used CEDIA Expo 2016 to demonstrate a Bluetooth receiver with always-on functionality.

Called the Mass Fidelity Relay ($299 suggested retail price), the Bluetooth Hi-Fi DAC will relay streamed music to almost any legacy music system to provide music from a wide variety of digital sources.

At the same time, the company showed its compact Core wireless speaker system and Core Wireless sub. The Core speaker uses a new adaptation of Wave Field Synthesis for acoustic rendering that creates a virtual second channel speaker. The Core can also be linked with additional Core speakers, up to 8 in total, for even fuller sound.

Long-time industry veteran and Mass Fidelity chief revenue officer Bob Perry, said The Relay DAC was designed to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to any connected audio system.

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JVC Unveils `Native 4K’ D-ILA Projector With HDR

September 15th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Front Projection, D-ILA, Front Projection, front projectors, HDMI, HDR, laser projectors, News, UHDTV

                                                  JVC’s native 4K D-ILA-based DLA-RS4500 projector.

JVC used CEDIA Expo 2016 to unveil its first “native 4K” D-ILA video projector with laser light engine designed to compete directly with Sony’s native 4K SXRD models.

The new flagship JVC Reference Series DLA-RS4500 incorporates a JVC-developed native 4K D-ILA system with three 0.69-inch LCoS microdisplay chips (one each for red, green and blue). Each chip has a 3.8 ㎛ pixel gap, which is said to be 31 percent more narrow than the gap in earlier D-ILA devices.

JVC said the new native 4K video projector is directed at the home theater market and uses JVC’s proprietary “BLU-Escent” laser phosphor light source that is capable of 3,000 lumens of brightness and up to 20,000-hours of operational life.

The JVC Reference Series DLA-RS4500 will be available in December through authorized Reference Series dealers and installers for a $34,999.95 suggested retail price.

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Sony Unveils Universal UHD Blu-ray Player, HDR Projector

September 14th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Front Projection, Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI, HDR, News, object-based audio, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

                                   Sony’s UBP-X1000ES Universal Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Sony used a pre-CEDIA Expo press conference Wednesday to announce its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, four ES-series AV receivers and a compact native 4K SXRD projector with support for high dynamic range (HDR).

Sony chose the custom electronics showcase to unveil its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player because the product is being positioned in the company’s high-performance ES series line, normally represented by high-end AV gear for the custom and specialty markets.

The new Sony UBP-X1000ES “universal” Ultra HD Blu-ray player will ship next spring at a price to be announced later offering full custom installation (CI) compatibility. It was designed to incorporate a “one-stop” solution for high-end clients’ installation needs, stated Yukio Ishikawa, Sony home entertainment systems director.

The X1000ES will be compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray discs as well as video streaming in full 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR), for greater detail, brightness and contrast.

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Epson Adds `4KE’ Laser Projector With HDR, Full HD 3LCD Trio

September 14th, 2016 · 2160p, 3LCD front projectors, 3LCD projectors, 4K Front Projection, Front Projection, front projectors, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, Laser HDTV, News, UHDTV

                                       The Epson LS10500 4KE reflective laser 3LCD projector with HDR

Epson unveiled Wednesday its latest 4KE (4K Enhancement) image-shifting high-resolution 3LCD reflective laser projector and a trio of 3LCD Full HD Home Cinema projectors covering a range of room lighting conditions.

The highlight of the new offerings being unveiled at this week’s CEDIA Expo 2016 in Dallas, TX is the Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 (available through custom installers later this fall at a $7,999 suggested retail) reflective laser projector.

Epson brings the projector to market against Sony’s native 4K LCoS projector family and new pixel-shifting DLP projectors with 4K-like images. Epson said the brightness and HDR capabilities of its technology sets its product apart.

The unit offers Epson’s 4KE technology with three 2K 3LCD microdisplays and the company’s image-shifting technology to create a dynamic 4K image with High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility. The elite projector accepts 4K Ultra HD source input and is able to play it on large screens with high detail, sharp colorful images and a wide range of brightness and contrast, Epson said.

Meanwhile, Epson also introduced three new Home Cinema Full HD projector models, which are available now at the following suggested retail prices: Home Cinema 3100 ($1,299 suggested retail); HC3700 ($1,499) and the HC3900 ($1,999). The latter is available through custom installers and specialty dealers.

The three new Full HD models feature up to 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness with Full HD 1080p resolution and up to a 120,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Epson said the projectors include its advanced Image Enhancement Technology that is said to deliver sharp and refined images for greater clarity.

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GoldenEar Adds SuperSub X To “Invisible Atmos” Package

September 12th, 2016 · Audio, center channel, Dolby Atmos, front channels, height channels, News, object-based audio, rear surround channel, Sound Systems, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems

Looking for a high-performing Atmos object-based surround sound system without the clutter?

High-end home theater audio equipment manufacturer GoldenEar Technology travels to CEDIA Expo 2016 this week in Dallas to unveil the next iteration in its family of “virtually invisible Atmos” subwoofers for its highly respected immersive surround systems.

This year, GoldenEar will feature a system incorporating the company’s previously introduced Invisa MPXs for both front left and right main channels and rear surrounds, Invisa HTR 7000s for the four height channels, a SuperSat 60C center speaker, and the company’s advanced new SuperSub X subwoofer, which will ship to dealers immediately following its CEDIA debut.

The total Atmost package will carry a $6,049 suggested retail price.

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