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We watch movies so differently than we did 20 years ago. Once upon a time, you had to go to a movie theater to hear those words, but now you can watch a movie in the comfort of your home, with full stereo surround sound and super high-quality picture.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Techlicious recently produced an event for Influencers in Los Angeles, and MomsLA acted as co-hostesses.
We gathered at the Video & Audio Center in Century City, where we could see different video and audio tech in action. Representatives from Samsung, Sony, Harman/JBL, and 20th Century Fox were in attendance, and they showcased many of their products designed for home streaming in style.
New Streaming Video Tech
There is so much tech involved in TV and Audio these days, it’s important to know a few things before you buy. 4K Ultra High Definition TVs have over 8 million pixels, which is 4 times more than HDTV. That sounds amazing, right? 4K provides much higher resolution and greater detail.
But in order to get the full effect, you’ll need to watch 4K content, which you can get from services like Vudu, Netflix, and Amazon, and from Blu-Ray disks. You’ll also need to have a strong wifi signal, with 15-25 Mbps. So check with your Internet provider.
Pro Tip: you might also need to purchase a new HDMI cable. Believe it or not, an old one can make the picture quality seem bad – and they probably cost less than $10.
New Tech Items for Home Streaming from JBL, Samsung and LG
The JBL Bar 5.1
This transforms from a soundbar into a true wireless home theater system, with two detachable, battery-operated speakers that can be strategically placed to create a surround sound experience. Suggested retail price: $699.99.
JBL Link View
Imagine a combination of JBL Audio horsepower, HD display, and the Google Assistant – all in one. The integrated display included on the Link View allows you to get things done easily, it also has the Google Assistant built in, so you can enjoy your entertainment, stay connected with loved ones, view glanceable answers, manage daily tasks, and control your smart home. Suggested retail price: $249.99.
LG SIGNATURE OLED TV AI ThinQ W8
The LG W8 series ultra-thin wallpaper design allows this television to mount virtually flush with the wall so it seems to blend in, which is just amazing. LG’s most powerful processor ever provides true-to-life images with incredibly rich colors, sharpness and depth to deliver the ultimate picture quality. LG also brings big-screen surround sound to the living room: crickets chirping all around, a monster roaring from behind, or a plane soaring overhead. Dolby Atmos® content creates a more detailed sound experience that appears to come from everywhere for a wonderfully realistic, immersive experience. Suggested retail price: $6,999.9.
Sony WH1000XM3 Noise-canceling headphones
Lose yourself in silence with industry-leading noise cancellation. The noise-canceling technology in the WH-1000XM3 headphones is their most advanced ever with close-fitting ear pads and our HD Noise-Canceling Processor QN1. Suggested retail price: $349.99 URL for linking to the product:
Sony Master Series 4K A9F OLED TV
The A9F is newly equipped with Netflix Calibrated Mode, which was specially developed to preserve the artist’s creative vision and intent. Additionally, the A9F MASTER Series model comes with a next-generation Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate. Suggested retail price: $349.99.
Sony Master Series 4K Z9F LED TV
Consumers who are looking for a LED TV that doesn’t sacrifice screen quality and brightness, regardless of the viewing angle or on-screen motion, should seriously consider the Z9F. The Z9F is equipped with Netflix Calibrated Mode, specially developed to preserve the artist’s creative vision and intent. Suggested retail price: $3,499.99
Channel Master SMARTenna+ Amplified Indoor TV Antenna
Internally, it includes seven different “virtual” TV antennas inside a single housing. A built-in processor analyzes TV signals and automatically selects the best reception pattern to deliver the maximum number of channels and the best signal quality possible. It’s the world’s smartest indoor TV antenna and a breakthrough in quality and convenience for consumers. Suggested retail price: $89.00.
Samsung The Frame 2018
The Frame for 2018 transforms the living room into a dynamic gallery space, with new customization options and more than 800 available works of art. Consumers can customize The Frame to create their preferred aesthetic in any room. Suggested retail price: $1,199.99.
Samsung 2018 QLED
With groundbreaking design elements, enhanced picture quality, and intuitive smart capabilities, the QLED line empowers consumers to enjoy content without distractions, and it can play music as well as display news headlines, traffic reports, and weather updates. For wall-mounted TVs, Ambient Mode can mimic the pattern on the wall behind the TV to create an astonishing visual effect in which the TV blends seamlessly into the wall. Suggested retail price: $1,099.99.
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Sarah Auerswald and Yvonne Condes are the co-Founders of MomsLA.com. This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Techlicious and CTA. All photographs were taken by Yvonne Condes.