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!

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Running To Save Lives – Run Into Evolution To Save Money!

December 11, 2014
Spend up to $100 & Get $200 Store Credit!  How?  Read on...

Many of you know that I enjoy running.  At least that’s what I tell myself…  For me, running is the great stress reliever and (for me) an easy way to stay somewhat healthy.  These past few years it’s been a tandem “trot” with my dog Tahoe.  He loves to get out early in the morning and go and go and go (and then stop/sniff, stop/sniff, stop/sniff/pee, well… you get it).  I’ve made many new friends on our outings.  Obviously, many are “dog” people.  I’m sure there’s a few that don’t think of us as friends – but those are people that usual don’t like dogs in general.

Over the 20 years that I’ve been running I’ve managed to squeeze in a few races in various distances and terrain.  From 5k’s to (almost) Ultra’s – 26.2 miles or longer, on pavement or dirt trails, in various States I have run over two hundred races and counting.  These days I look for trail runs and mostly ½ marathons (13.1 miles).  It’s easier on my body than a full marathon and I don’t feel like I’ve been run over by a flock(?) of Peterbilts as I wobble over the finish line.  Some people manage to look fresh and energized after running 26.2 miles – I look like I just auditioned for the “Walking Dead” and immediately got the role.

The last time I ran the LA Marathon was back in 2010.  They had just changed the course (again).  The old courses ran through “lovely” downtown LA and all the places you would never dream of visiting - day or night.  So, to attract a more “boutique” running crowd, they decided to introduce the “Stadium to the Sea” route.  How exciting would it be to start your 26.2 mile journey at Dodger Stadium and end at the famous Santa Monica Pier?  With all the “Hollywood-Type” diversions along the way.  Sounded good to me!

But after experiencing the first run of the new course, I decided to lay-off the LA Marathon.  Not that the new course was bad.  Believe me, not having to go through gang infested areas, over the immensly beautiful - not to mention extremely scenic - LA River and other such course “highlights”, the Stadium to the Sea was a walk in the park (Ok… a long walk)!  The only negative was logistics…  Getting up at 4AM on Sunday, drive a full hour to find a designated parking garage in Santa Monica.  Traffic (yes - traffic at 5AM - on Sunday) getting off the freeway in Santa Monica.  Finding the “designated” shuttle that leaves Santa Monica and drops you at Dodger Stadium.  The unexpected freeway “vehicle marathon” traffic that brought everything to a dead stop.  The instant panic/fear/terror that spread throughout our shuttle that we wouldn’t get to the start line on time.  Etc., etc.

Then you run 26.2 miles.

After crossing the finish line the crowds of finishers and spectators were so packed that it took me at least half an hour to find where I parked.  The real kicker – the drive from the parking garage to the 405 fwy (maybe 1 to 2 miles away) took almost 2 full hours!
Fast forward almost 5 years.  I’m looking for a reason to even think about running the LA Marathon again.   (What can I say – I’m a glutton for punishment.)  So I check out their site and click on “charity runners”.  I scroll down the list and immediately am drawn to ACPB – Angel City Pit Bulls

Almost six years ago, two of my boys “rescued” our dog Tahoe from the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter.  The paper work said he was a “mixed Lab” – in reality he is a Pitbull mixed with Pointer and god-knows-what…  They brought him home over the Holidays.  For me, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.  In fact, he looked as if he'd chew me up, spit me out and then bury my remains in the backyard.

After a couple of weeks passed, I realized this dog was anything but mean.  Over the years he’s been the absolute best, sweetest and loving dog I’ve ever owned.  So, why not give something back to this breed that has such a horrible and misunderstood reputation?  After all, it always comes back to the human element.  The dog is a reflection of the owner.  If a pit is trained to fight, he will.   Unfortunately, this breed  (think Michael Vick) is at the mercy of humans… 

There’s so many wonderful, gentle Pits needing a good home.  That’s where ACPB comes in.  And after reading about their organization, I committed to the LA Marathon once again.

Now down to the “Kibble” of the matter…  I need to raise money.  Not tons, but something respectable.  Here’s your chance to do good, feel good, and actually MAKE money on the back end!

Evolution (being the charitable organization that we are – or many people believe we are) will give you STORE CREDIT WHEN YOU DONATE to the cause. 

We’ll match up to $100 donation by giving you $200 back in store credit.  You can donate $25 and receive $50 in credit.  Donate $50 and receive $100 in store credit.  You get the drift… Up to $100 donation.  I’m sure you have a few items you’d love to own or better yet “give” that have something to do with audio and video.  Here’s your chance to HELP save hurt, abandoned, loving dogs - maybe even find them homes - and earn a good amount of money – all in one simple gesture.

Plus, you will get to see me cross the finish line looking like a deer in the headlights.  Or more like a guest zombie from “The Walking Dead”…  I promise to post the worst looking finish picture anyone has every seen!  Isn’t that worth the bucks?

Please use this link to make your donations... 

The dogs will love you for this and you'll love doubling your money!
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