News from Evolution Audio

Looking Forward: New Year, New Stuff…    
Hope everyone enjoyed their end of year festivities with your family and friends!  Even though we took our Holiday Hiatus, we were still hard at work (or hardly working) to bring you new and exciting audio and video items for the 2019.
First, as we’ve been touting for the past few weeks, is our new line of High End Audio gear from a formidable British standard known as Naim Audio.  Not that we’re “Naim dropping”, but we’re pretty darn proud to have them in our product mix.  Specifically their Uniti Series of streaming devices, which also give you the ability to take your “old school” CD’s and rips them into their system for  instant high resolution access, playback and gratification.  In fact I was so taken with the beautiful build quality, features and extraordinary sound, that I became a true believer of this company.  To the point I purchased a system for myself…
The most AMAZING surround sound preamp is about to be unleashed into the world!  The new Acurus MUSE 12 ($5,500).  It takes their already amazing Acurus ACT4 ($10,000) and shrinks it down in size and price. All the sound quality of the ACT4, minus some inputs and outputs. Compare this to similar units that sell for 10k and up. If you ever wanted to know what true “Cinema Quality” Dolby Atmos was all about, the MUSE 12 is your unit. Full spectrum 4k, HDR and up to 12 channels of Dolby Atmos!
Next, we received the brand new GoldenEar Reference Triton One.R ($6,000/pr) series of speakers.  If you haven’t heard the Triton References ($9,000/pr) yet, then you must immediately listen to their “Son of Reference” Triton One.R’s!  I’m going to make my first bold 2019 prediction and state that the new One.R’s are destined be their top selling floor standing speakers of the year! They have the DNA of their bigger sibling, but in a smaller, less expensive package. I dare you to find another speaker selling in the 6k/pr. realm that even comes close to these puppies.  Ain’t goin’ to happen!
Another Homerun is the new Martin Logan Dynamo 1100X  ($1,100) Subwoofer System with their App-Based
Anthem Room Correction (ARC)! You’ll be amazed at this compact sub’s energy levels… Plus, it has a built-in Wireless Sub Kit so you don’t have to worry about running a cable to places it doesn't want to go. Place it anywhere – “look ma, no cables!” Plus, the 1100X was just awarded the “Sound & Vision” Top Pick of the Year Award! Time to celebrate…

Lastly – at least for right now, we’ve inducted the Hisense LaserTV into our video line-up.  Their latest models are using dual lasers and offer incredible 4k, HDR and Smart TVfunctions on a really BIG screen. With their laser light engine you’ll see rich dynamic colors, wide contrast levels and 20 years – or more of great viewing.  You’re choice of 100in ($9,999) or their 120in ($12,999). The prices include the Smart TV, Screen, Sound System with a wireless subwoofer.

Showrooms...  Are they obsolete?

Years ago growing up in Woodland Hills (which was truly the ends of the earth back then) my friends and I would haunt the local audio salons (much to the owner’s dismay).  We were “audiophiles in the making” back then with little (to no) money in our pockets.  Video wasn't even on the horizon yet...  Back in the '70's there were plenty to choose from.  Woodland Stereo, Pacific Stereo, Federated, to name but a few. 

Fast forward (pun intended) to today.  You're lucky if you can find one audio/video showroom in your area that isn't located inside the "dealers" house.  Why? 

Simple answer...  A/V showrooms are not important to the masses these days.  Today’s "clients" aren't as passionate as we were in the past about sound or video quality.  Everyone is weaned on instant music, video, games, TV, downloads, streaming, etc. The ancient form of listening to an entire "album" is equivalent to driving a car with a stick shift (which coincidentally, I still do). 

That being said, you can't log onto Amazon and truly experience what a speaker, a receiver, an amplifier, etc. "sounds" like.  You can't really "see" what a TV or projector will reveal in picture quality.  You can't pick up a remote control system and feel how it reacts in your hands.  Yes, you can read endless online reviews from "real" customers (or are they???).  But as my grandfather once said... "Opinions are like A-Holes, everyone has one".  Translated, if you really want to know how a product looks, feels, sounds, etc., you have to take the time and experience it for yourself.  

That's why Evolution will always have demo rooms.  Yes, it's expensive to maintain.  No, as many of you have asked, the manufacturers DO NOT give us free equipment.  We still have to purchase it just like you.  Not only by investing big $$’s, but also years of experience in the hope to provide you with something exceptional.  That helps to make your purchasing decision a bit easier.  You fall in love with it (depending on your infatuation level) or not.  Unlike online shopping, you’ll know immediately if you like the product - saving you the unpleasant hassle of having to return it if you don’t.

Perhaps the most important reason to have a showroom is legitimacy.  For both dealer and manufacturer.  Most Hi-End manufacturers will only be represented through legitimate dealers with a showroom.  A showroom demonstrates that the dealer is totally committed to that product.  And not only by investing in the gear…  Dealers must be vetted by the manufacturers, trained on that product and most of all, be able to provide you with exceptional service.  Try getting that online!   Would you buy a car from reviews only?  I wouldn’t…  I’d want to see it, touch it and drive it.  I’d want a dealer that provides SERVICE.  For that reason, if you’re the least bit passionate about your audio and video gear you’d want to give it a “test drive”.  That’s the beauty of having a real demo room!

Evolution Audio & Video

Shining a Light on Front Screen Projection -

April 21, 2014
Confusion reigns when it comes to Front Screen Projection systems.  They're expensive.  They're cheap.  They're too big. They're too noisey.  They don't look as good as a flat panel TV.  You have to have a completely dark room to watch.  I don't have any place for a screen.  Can you watch TV through them?  Years ago my uncle was crushed by a falling projector - are they safer now?  What the hell is it?

These are a few of the questions I've heard over the years (okay, maybe not the uncle one - but it sounded good).  So why is it that for a format that has been around so many years, that most people don't know a thing about them?

First of all, today's projectors are light years (pun intended) beyond units from just 10 years ago.  They're smaller, brighter and as with everything consumer electronics-wise - cheaper.  They are still in two pieces.  You need the projector and a screen (unless you're wall is an acceptable substitution for a real screen).

Maybe those folks that have wanted to go FSP shrunk back from the remberence of how much these little guys used to cost - at least the ones you'd want to live with in your home.  Who remembers 3-gun CRT projectors?  Or Faroudja Line Doublers?  Yes? No?  We'll back in the day (before the Digital Age of DLP, LCD, etc.) you would have to spend upwards of $10,000 on a good projector and another $15,000 to rid the picture of those nasty scan lines that our NTSC video system was overflowing with.  I won't get into the details, but the projectors from the late 80's and 90's were akin to hanging a 1966 Volkswagon from your ceiling.  And the picture quality could be anything from mediocre to decent depending on your gear and the source material of that day.  (Laserdisc was the Blu-ray of that era.  Better than VHS, but...)  If you desired anything larger than a 36in picture, your choices were limited and the price was extremely high.

Today's FSP's are lightyears ahead of CRT's and even units from just a few years ago. 

If you were to spend $3,500 on a top-notch 65in or 70in TV (and that's a diagonal measurment), you could easily double your viewing area spending the same amount on a new FSP.  Afterall, if a 65in - 90in TV is a cause for unbridled joy, wouldn't you be more ecstatic seeing a true "cinema quality" image from a 7ft, 10ft or 12ft wide screen?    Hell yes!  Who wouldn't be?  Plus, the image quality is sooo much better on a good FSP system.  Color fidelity, contrast, etc. - plus no glare or reflection coming off of the screen as there is with a typical LCD, Plasma, (your choice) panel TV.

So here's a list of FSP advantages:
1) Immersive entertainment experience.
2) Superior picture quality.
3) Like having your very own Hollywood screening room.
4) No reflection off of the screen.
5) Pricing that is in line with flat panel TV's.
6) See #1.

Now the downside:
1) Need a light controlled room for best picture quality.
2) Need a separate screen - either fixed or roll-up (unless you still like the wall idea).
3) A bit more labor intensive for initial set-up.
4) If you want the very best - just like anything else - be prepared to spend $'s.

Here's one more reason.  If you haven't yet seen them, the TV manufacturers are introducing curved screen TV's.  Just plain stupid!  Unless you're playing with Ken and Barby dolls - pretending you're sitting at the Cinerama Dome.  But, take that curved screen idea and stretch it into a 10ft, 12ft, 14ft wide screen (or larger) and now you have a true Cinema Experience in your home. 

For the price of that tiny 55-65in Curved TV you could be enjoying a HUGE picture from a FSP.

Check out an FSP for yourself.  Why go big screen TV when you can go REALLY BIG?

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