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HDR with 4K resolution plus Hi-Res Audio take home entertainment to new heights

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 2016, 10:11am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 March, 2016, 2:45pm

As with many areas of home entertainment equipment, audio visual devices are improving all the time, and with HDR, or High Dynamic Range looking as if it will be the next ‘’big thing’’ for 2016,  homemakers thinking of setting up or upgrading their home entertainment equipment can look forward to an enhanced TV viewing experience. From the darkest blacks to the brightest whites, HDR-enabled screens deliver brighter, more contrast-rich images along with notably improved colour performance.

However, while HDR TVs is being tipped as the ‘’viewing enjoyment’’ game changer, the key to setting up or upgrading any home AV system is to ensure multiple devices are working together in harmony. The placement of speakers, for example that avoid facing windows or hard surfaces can make a big difference to audio smoothness and sound balance. To bring out the very best in home audio systems, many professional home entertainment installers offer acoustic calibration services to help tame sound reflections and correct any other audio anomalies that room design can create.

According to Sony equipment and home entertainment experts, one of the biggest benefits of setting up a home AV system is having complete control over the choice and combination of equipment and the different ways that movie and audio entertainment can be enjoyed within the home. For instance, Sony offers various wireless solutions including “Wireless Multi-Room” which enables users to share their music content with family members with a single music source while “Wireless Stereo” & “Wireless Surround” offer expandability of speakers to different locations within the home for music and movie enjoyment.  In addition to superior picture quality, usability is key to the total TV enjoyment for customers. In Hong Kong customers are increasingly utlising streaming content such as Netlfix which was launched at the beginning of the year.

For user convenience, Sony’s new Android TV range come ready equipped with Netflix Apps, which enable customers to access Netflix with simple steps. Sony TVs also link with the Google Android TV platform and provide flexibility for other app developers. For further convenience, Sony’s speakers with built-in Google Cast allow users to listen to favourite music from YouTube, music apps and podcasts. BRAVIA Android 4K TVs  also feature  the ultimate entertainment adaptability  with games, online movies and  music and comfort features including  voice search, controlled by Sony’s “Video & TV SideView” app available for both Android and iOS devices.

With flexibility being a key consideration when using home entertainment set-ups, the ability to link audio and visual systems with notebook computers, smartphone, tablets and via USB devices is paramount. Sony provides a solution to these requirements allowing users to enjoy high-resolution sound through the CAS-1 Audio system, which accurately recreates original sound through stereo speakers or headphones for immersive experiences, such as listening to music through headphones. The CAS-1 system uses USB, Bluetooth or Sony’s wireless LDAC (pronounced 'el-dack') codec technology, which transfers audio at three times the speed of standard Bluetooth.

Another important part of premier living these days is the capability to enjoy music streamed to any part of the home. By using SongPal apps (Andriod & iOS) together with NFC or Bluetooth to connect to selected Sony Sound Bar speakers, music from a smartphone or tablet device via the home Wi-Fi network, homemakers can enjoy their favorite music in any part of the residence. As with any home-improvement project, homemakers can gain a better idea about AV and audio concepts by reviewing examples and browsing different options to help them to decide what they want (and don't want) in their home entertainment space.