Loewe Release Bild 3 Range of 4K TVs

World renowned German manufacturer of high end TVs and related accessories, Loewe, have in the past week launched their new ‘entry level’ Bild 3 range of 4K TVs. First demonstrated at the IFA trade show in Berlin earlier this year, the new range comprises TVs with 43 inch, 49 inch and 55 inch screen sizes.

Described as the high-end company’s ‘entry level’ range, Loewe still claim that the Bild 3 TVs are ‘uncompromising in terms of image quality, audio output and design’. All three of the models within the range are available in a choice of graphite or light grey finishes, the two smaller screen size TVs boast LCD panels and the 55 inch alternative has full OLED technology.

The 43 inch and 49 inch Bild 3 models (named the 3.43 and 3.49 respectively), each support HDR 10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), while the 55 inch OLED TV (3.55) adds Dolby Vision HDR to that list. All three models, as would be expected from Loewe TVs, also have UHD resolution. The range also comes with a variety of elegant stand options covering every placement possibility, including wall-mounted, table-mounted or floor-standing.

When it comes to sound, each model within the new Bild 3 range incorporates an integrated soundbar featuring four drivers, two passive radiators and 2x 40W of amplification. All of the three new models, too, feature Bluetooth, letting you stream music from a phone or tablet to the TV sound bar.

The Bild 3.43 and the Bild 3.55 are each available now, whilst the Bild 3.49 is expected at some point next month, with the recommended retail prices for the range being between £1690 and £2790.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Loewe TVs or home cinema solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Extron Announce Immediate Availability of New Quantum OUT4DTP Output Card

Extron Now Shipping Four-Channel DTP Output Card for Quantum Ultra with Selectable DTP / XTP / HDBaseT Output Modes

Extron Electronics, a world leading manufacturer and provider of audio visual solutions of all varieties, have announced that they are now shipping their brand new OUT4DTP. A four-channel DTP output card for the company’s Quantum Ultra videowall processor, the OUT4DTP sends video signals up to 330 feet (100 metres) over shielded CATx cable.

Boasting three different modes of operation, in four-channel mode the unit supports resolutions up to 2K, in dual-channel mode it supports two single path 4K/30 signals, whilst in single-channel mode the OUT4DTP supports one dual-path or quad path 4K/60 signal.

Output format selection, meanwhile, provides a choice of DTP, XTP, or HDBaseT output modes and power insertion on the Quantum OUT4DTP enables remote powering of DTP receivers, eliminating the need for separate power supplies at the remote units.

Control of audio visual devices is provided by way of bidirectional RS-232 and IR insertion, which transmits data alongside the video signal over DTP connections, allowing the remote device to be controlled without the need for additional cabling.

Speaking as part of the announcement of the immediate availability of the new DTP output card, Extron’s vice president of sales and marketing Casey Hall explained how the OUT4DTP adds extra functionality to the company’s Quantum Ultra videowall processor:

‘The award-winning Quantum Ultra has been recognized for its industry leading performance and quality…The new four-channel DTP output card adds reliable twisted pair signal transmission for videowall system applications that require long cable runs.’

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Extron audio visual solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Aquavision to Exhibit at the Independent Hotel Show

Aquavision, an originator and world leader in the field of waterproof televisions, have announced that they will be demonstrating and exhibiting their latest models for the hospitality industry at the Independent Hotel Show, Olympia, London later this month.

Taking place on the 17th and 18th of this month, the Independent Hotel Show gives visitors the opportunity to fully appreciate the range of waterproof TV options which Aquavision do provide for the hospitality industry.

Having launched their first waterproof TV some 20 years ago, Aquavision have always been leaders in the field, and today the company offer fully four ranges in eight sizes within budgets to suit all types of hotels and other premises. That breadth of choice, along with the company’s expertise and reputation, has led to Aquavision TVs featuring in hundreds of hotels around the world including Hilton Group, Radisson Hotels and countless independent boutique hotels.

All Aquavision TVs and devices are manufactured in the UK, and are able to be installed in bathrooms, showers and wet rooms as they are fully waterproof to an IP66 rating and carry a two year in-home warranty as standard (in the UK). The TVs manufactured by Aquavision, too, can be supplied with MirrorVision glass, meaning that when the television is switched off, the glass takes the form of a mirror that is suitable for shaving, make-up etc.

That MirrorVision technology, along with the company’s other recent notable advances in the waterproof TV arena, will be on display at the Independent Hotel Show.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Aquavision waterproof TVs or related solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Control 4 Demonstrating Kitchen Scenes at Smart Kitchen Summit

World leading home automation and control manufacturers, Control 4, are to showcase the latest in both professionally programmed and homeowner personalised smart home scenes at the Smart Kitchen Summit, taking place in Seattle beginning today.

A premier event focussed on the future of food, cooking and the kitchen in general, at the summit Control 4 will be demonstrating the many ways in which their smart control systems and devices can modernise and improve homeowners’ experiences in the room described as the heart of the home.

Speaking about the summit and his company’s smart home scenes, Control 4’s senior director for product marketing Brad Hintze explained the importance of both and how they can combine seamlessly:

‘The kitchen is the central gathering spot in the home. That makes it the best room for the conveniences and the personalization [sic] a home chef wants for everyday cooking experiences, friends and family gatherings, or even that special celebration. The best smart kitchen scenes are efficient, ambient, and responsive to your cooking and entertaining needs.’

Control 4 smart home systems are today designed to be able to control and automate thousands of different devices and – given the sheer number of devices in the modern kitchen – that makes them perfect for triggering actions from multiple devices simultaneously so homeowners can integrate their cooking and food preparation experience directly into their kitchen scenes.

A programmed Control 4 kitchen scene, for example, can turn down the AC, turn on the lights over the hob, play a pre-determined music playlist and many more things besides, all in response to a simple voice command. Such instances of the practical application of the company’s kitchen scenes are what are to be demonstrated over the next two days in Seattle.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Control 4 home automation solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Anthem Soon to Start Shipping Their New STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier


Anthem, a globally renowned manufacturer of home cinema solutions, have recently unveiled their brand new STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier; both of which are expected to start shipping in the next few weeks.

Debuted at the recent CEDIA 2017 trade show, the pair of new home cinema audio solutions have been designed and produced on the back of the success of the company’s existing STR Integrated Amplifier. According to Anthem, both of the new devices feature a fresh industrial design and premium audio circuit components, and are ‘proudly designed, engineered and crafted in Canada’.

Based on an entirely new platform of advanced technology, the STR Preamplifier is designed to provide greater control over connection options by combining the benefits of an advanced preamp with the power of a processor. The STR Preamplifier boasts leading-edge DAC, on board Anthem Room Correction (ARC), a customizable bass manager for mono or stereo sub outs, and MM and MC phono inputs amongst many other notable features.

Anthem’s new STR Power Amplifier, meanwhile, is slated as delivering ‘massive power generation, audiophile-quality output, super-efficient performance, and cutting edge digital and analog technology in a smartly designed component’.

It contains two powerful independent class AB “mono-block” amplifiers, with each channel being self-contained on its own glass-epoxy circuit board and pair of heat sinks, and featuring its own transformer. The amplifiers are thus able to deliver stable, continuous power at maximum output without affecting one another, even when driving the lowest impedances.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Anthem home cinema solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.


Sonos Unveil Smart Speaker with Support for Multiple Voice Services

Sonos One with Alexa and Google Assistant, Plus ‘More Open’ API

World leading multi-room audio and wireless speaker specialists, Sonos, yesterday announced that their new Sonos One smart speaker will be available globally from October 24th. Described as an all-new, voice-controlled smart speaker capable of supporting multiple voice services, Sonos One will also be capable of playing music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other sonic content from more than 80 streaming services.

Offering users rich sound and thoughtful design, the new smart speaker has been priced at $199 by Sonos, and pre-orders are already possible. What will be most interesting to potential users, however, is that immediately from launch the Sonos One Speaker will be controllable by Amazon Alexa, with full voice support for Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn – at least in the UK, USA and Germany.

Promised ‘soon after launch’, too, the Sonos One will also eventually offer Alexa voice control for Spotify, whilst voice transport controls like pause, skip, volume up and down, and even asking what’s playing will be available for all other music services Sonos supports. In 2018, what’s more, Google Assistant is slated to come to Sonos One, making it the first and only smart speaker to support multiple major voice services.

According to Sonos, with the Google Assistant and Sonos, customers will not only have great sound and a beautiful speaker, but a personal assistant that’s ready to help throughout the day. That’s because the link up will allow Sonos One users to listen to music, ask questions, keep track of the latest news, dim the lights, or hear about what’s next on the to-do list, amongst other features.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for Sonos multi room audio solutions please call us on 0800 195 4825.