The Most Important Home Theater Trends From CES 2018
Get to Know the Best Theater Technologies From This Year’s Show
Home theater technology constantly is evolving.
Whether it’s the latest in picture resolution or audio quality, manufacturers continuously are improving their products.
This was as apparent as ever at this year’s CES 2018 – the annual consumer technology show in Las Vegas.
So, what did we learn at this year’s convention? And how might it impact the home theater in your Atlanta, GA area residence in the near future?
We answer those questions in the sections below. Just keep reading to find out more.
LG Enters the 4K Projection Market
Projectors that produce 4K picture resolution are nothing new to the market.
However, LG’s first 4K Ultra HD projector revealed at this year’s CES show, is worth paying attention to.
Not only is it half the size of most competing projectors, making it portable so that you can customize your viewing experience, but it also provides a stunning cinematic show.
Here are some of the best specifications of LG’s new 4K projector:
- It produces an image at 2,500 lumens – making it LG’s brightest projector.
- It can create up to a 150-inch screen to fit any projection screen or wall.
- It features a smart TV interface so that you can you can access the most popular streaming services.
LG’s newest projector is a welcome addition to the 4K marketplace.
As the technology for 4K-native devices continues to improve, we anticipate more exciting projectors to emerge for home cinema enthusiasts in the Greater Atlanta area.
Widescreen TVs Dominate the Show
This is one of the broader trends we noticed at this year’s CES convention.
Some of the most prominent manufacturers – including LG, Sony and Samsung – all revealed 85- to 88-inch televisions that could reach the market later this year.
While those newest TVs indeed are massive in size and could comfortably fit in a home theater environment, they paled in comparison to Samsung’s 146-inch behemoth: “The Wall.”
What makes “The Wall” so special? It’s not just that it’s a TV more than 12 feet wide, but it also uses new MicroLED technology that’s self-emitting – meaning it’s modular and that you can customize it to your viewing preferences.
One other trend we found notable: Several TVs that manufacturers released at CES 2018 provided 8K resolution – with four times more pixels than 4K images.
While there isn’t much 8K content on the market right now, it’s something worth keeping an eye on as the year progresses.
Soundbar Innovations Continue to Impress
The technology within soundbars continually is improving, and that unquestionably was evident at CES 2018.
Consider Sony’s newest soundbar, the premium HT-ZF9.
The HT-ZF9 not only is the world’s first 3.1 Dolby Atmos soundbar, but it also can pair with the manufacturer’s SA-Z9R rear speakers to produce an actual surround-sound configuration.
Here’s what also separates Sony’s 3-speaker soundbar apart from other competing devices on the market: With its Vertical Surround Engine, the HT-ZF9 can make it appear as if you hear sound from your ceiling – just like an actual Dolby Atmos speaker setup.
Of course, soundbars aren’t ideal for every home theater. But for smaller private cinemas and even multipurpose theater rooms, Sony’s newest soundbar could be a perfect addition.
Home theater technology continues to improve, and we’re always paying attention to the latest developments.
Just reach out to our Atlanta-based team by clicking the button below, and we can help you achieve your perfect custom theater!