Tag: CEA

The First Ever In Dash BluRay Player – The Audiovox AVDBR1

Think You’re Hi Tech Eh?

So you’re cool, you’re hip, you’re savvy… You’re down with the tech and the lingo and know what’s up so you’ve obviously got the most awesome home entertainment system ever and the Hi Def stuff is in even higher def. You’re the person to go to when it comes to watching movies and games but what happens when you want to watch your Hi Def BluRays when you’re in your car? Uh oh… Feeling a little helpless now are we? Well don’t. We’ve got you covered at Sonic Electronix with the Audiovox AVDBR1In-dash BluRay player. Yes, you read that right. A dash mounted BluRay player. It’s the first of it’s kind and as of right now the only one of its kind on the market and is a 2011 CEA award winning product so you know it’s good.

The Facts 

yeah… you know you want it

Fact: This thing is awesome. You can mount it any which way you want; horizontal, vertical, under a seat, it doesn’t matter. Do whatever you want with it. With a sleek look that just screams “Pay attention to me!” you might want to put it where you can show it off though. It comes with a conveniently located front panel USB port so you can play your digitally stored movies or music and can even be Wi-Fi capable with an additional accessory. It also comes with a remote control so you can handle your media like a boss from the comfort of wherever you might be.

But Why?!?

Because it’s cool! And if you’re up to date on electronics you’ll know that HDMI in dash head units, overhead monitors and headrest monitors are the new hotness. Like the CFD-105 or the CLD-703 from Concept or the Parrot Asteroid Smart and the upcoming DNN series of headunits from Kenwood. The tech is here already but are you adapting quick enough? Ok fine, so you don’t have the newest coolest head unit or video screen. Yet. But it doesn’t take a tech guru to know that a better quality source unit is going to get you a better quality picture even if you’re using a standard RCA connection, which Audiovox conveniently provides you with 16 feet of. And a BluRay player has a much better lens and output than a standard DVD player and a BluRay disk is better than a DVD disk so… You can put the two together. But alright, even that isn’t good enough for you, you’ve gotta have the best right? Well BluRay disks have all their fun features and extras that DVD’s just don’t have.  Or how about connecting your Smartphone to it to play some Netflix or something like that? Betcha didn’t think of that. Not to mention, how jealous are your friends or better yet, your rival neighbors next door, going to be when you tell them you can play BluRays in your car? At that point, who even cares about anything else. that’s just pure bragging rights right there! Put their in car media systems to shame with the ARDBR1!

To Wrap It Up…

The technology is already here. It’s only a matter of time until HDMI outputs on your beloved in dash headunits and other vehicle video products becomes the status quo. There are already early adopters and we’ve already been over all the other reasons that this thing is awesome. So why would you settle for less? Get the best you can get with the Audiovox AVDBR1 from Sonic today!

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The Next Era of Televisions: Ultra HD

The Next Generation

It seems like every year there’s always something new that people buzz about.  In regards to televisions, new technologies are always on the rise.  Just look at the past decade: We’ve gone from tube TV’s to the emergence of projector TV’s and then finally flat screen TV’s such as Plasma, LCD, and the newer LED.  Not to mention the now-standard HDMI which has drastically increased picture quality.  It was just a matter of time before the next big thing hit the market and it’s going to make television displays all the better.

Samsung-ultra-HDTVCEA (Consumer Electronics Association) has announced the next generation of home displays.  Naming them Ultra HD (also known as 4k resolution), these new displays will have more than eight million pixels of resolution which is more than 4 times the amount in current HDTVs.  What does this mean for the consumer? It means that you’re going to look at your television screen and mistake it for an actual window.  That’s how fantastic these things are going to look and that’s how revolutionary this new technology is going to be. CEA has designated these displays to have an aspect ratio of at least 16×9 and a digital input cable of handling 4k video instead of up-converting.

The first companies to unveil these spectacular displays are LG and Sony which will both release an 84-inch set this fall.  However, as with every new technological gadget, it’s going to have a pretty steep price tag of $20,000 for the LG 84LM9600 and $25,000 for the Sony XBR-84X900.  If you can afford it by all means, go for it you won’t be disappointed.  For the rest of us, we might have to wait a few years until the price will drop and become more common on the market place.  CEA has guaranteed that the Ultra HD technology will be a highlight of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas January 8-11.

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CEA-2006 Compliant – Amplifiers

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Have you ever read the line that says “CEA-2006 compliant” on an amplifier’s features and thought to yourself, “I wonder what that means..”? CEA-2006 compliant is not just an advertising claim. If an amplifier is CEA-2006 compliant, that means that this amp has been tested by the Consumer Electronics Association to verify its ratings. By meeting the CEA 2006 standards, you can trust that the amplifier’s ratings are accurate. CEA 2006 tests the two most important amplifier ratings (and the two ratings that are the most likely to be fabricated): RMS Power (how loud it plays) and Signal-to-Noise ratio (how clearly it sounds). Both car amplifiers and car stereos undergo CEA 2006 testing in order to verify their external amp power rating. The CEA logo will appear on the boxes of products that meet the standards.

Are manufacturers required to submit their products to the CEA-2006 testing? Unfortunately, the answer is no. CEA-2006 testing is voluntary, so not all manufacturers send their products in for testing. Some manufacturers may overstate an amplifier’s power ratings to make it seem more powerful, and as a result, appear more valuable. This is why CEA-2006 testing is so important. In order to avoid buying amps with inflated power numbers, you should only believe the ratings of CEA tested products.

In order to make the testing uniform, CEA uses a standard that measures an amplifier’s RMS power and signal-to-noise ratio. This allows consumers to compare amplifiers across the industry. The consistency of the testing guarantees that all car amplifiers are measured equally, and most importantly, that they have accurate ratings. The CEA logo is officially licensed by the Consumer Electronics Association to guarantee that the product ratings comply with the CEA 2006 standard. Besides a CEA logo, CEA tested products mention CEA compliancy in the manual and on the manufacturer website. Avoid false marketing schemes and buy CEA tested products.

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