Go Outside and Play

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In the last few years, there has been a noticeable shift in the way we use our backyards. In fact, some say it is no longer their “yard,” but an extension of their home.Today, you see so many creative and innovative uses. Barbecues have turned into full blown kitchens, umbrella tables have turned into large dining rooms with serving buffets, coolers have turned into walk up bars complete with beer taps, refrigerators and sinks, and lawn chairs have transformed into living rooms including fireplaces and HD television screens. It is quite impressive what people are choosing to do in their backyards. And why shouldn’t we transform these areas? You paid good money for the real estate. You should enjoy every inch of your property.

One thing I have noticed is, while tens of thousands of dollars are being spent on appliances, stonework and furniture, we sometimes forget one of the biggest pleasures of relaxing outdoors – the music. Music sets the mood, welcomes visitors to your backyard wonderland and just makes everything better. No summer seems complete unless we have a little Jimmy Buffet playing “Margaritaville” while we sip those magical drinks around the pool.

One thing to consider is that using your backyard for entertaining brings about a different listening environment than your home theater. Traditional on-wall outdoor speakers, or “rock” speakers, often result in “hot spots” where music sounds almost perfect in a specific area but not very good in the majority of the yard. Both hot spots and dead spots can be quite annoying.

Many believe just adding more speakers will fix the issue. However, often times it does not. Part of the problem is the technology used in traditional outdoor speakers is designed to project sound to a particular point (hot spot). This contradicts most people’s goals of filling the backyard with sound. Filling an area with sound is best accomplished by using commercially engineered audio systems.

I am sure you have heard these systems before but may not have realized. Think of outdoor shopping centers where entire outdoor parking areas are filled with sound. Or a resort where you stayed and listened by the pool. Whatever the experience, I’ll bet you remember it. You probably felt connected to the environment by not having to move your chair to find a good place to sit, nor did you have to scream your conversation to be heard. One thing you probably won’t remember is seeing the speakers. That is because they are mostly hidden. Buried underground or disguised behind shrubbery, these systems perform best when they are not even seen.

Commercial quality sound systems perform superbly in open-air environments and offer sound that “fills” rather than “projects.” There is a lot of technical explanation, but what is important is that, if properly designed, a commercial landscape system will create a “full” experience.

Until recently, these systems were too costly and used rarely used outside of high dollar commercial applications. Manufacturers of these systems historically custom made each of them, resulting in high costs. But standardizing solutions and a lowering of the cost of this technology has increased demand for these types of sound systems. You will still spend slightly more for this system than traditional speakers, but the spectacular systems are well worth the cost. The backyard literally becomes your own private concert venue, complete with heart pounding bass and a rhythm you “feel” rather than listen to.

At lower volume levels, the system still performs by warmly filling the air around you with your favorite music. One of the key advantages is that is does not overwhelm – it naturally enhances the outdoor environment as if it is not even there.

Systems such as these complete, with everything you need to begin playing music, start around $2500. One wonderful feature is these systems are scalable, as you may want to start out covering a smaller portion of the yard and then build up over time. There is some underground wiring for these systems that can be installed by you or a landscaper. It will be important that you have a proper design; this is not something that you will want to do “off the shelf.” An expert needs to guide you, but it is simpler than you think.

Summer is in full swing and now is the time to enjoy the backyard. So go outside and play – you will rediscover your backyard all over again.

Upscale Your Experience

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The latest 75” Sony 4K Ultra HDTV displays a picture so clear, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of all of the action. With such high quality, there is nothing to remind you that what you’re seeing is limited to a TV screen. Under the hood is Sony’s Processor X1. The X1 boasts better picture quality from any source with improved contrast, color and clarity. The newest feature in Sony’s latest 4K is Android TV which brings the world’s most popular mobile platform to the television.

This online video review shows you exactly how impressive the features of this TV are:

 

Complete clarity and vibrant colors allow you to see every detail of the content you are viewing.  However, enhanced 4K Ultra HD capabilities are not all this Sony TV has to offer. You can use voice control to search for your favorite shows efficiently, connect with Google for online streaming, use your cell phone as a remote control, experience precise motion clarity with Motionflow™ XR 960, stream PS3 games directly to your TV, and control your TV with ‘one-flick’ of a touchpad remote control. This 75” Sony 4K does all of the work so you don’t have to.

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We currently have the newest 75” Sony 4K Ultra HDTV on display in our Southlake and Knox showrooms. Experience the future of 4K for yourself. Play around with the voice control, online streaming, and 4K features first-hand at our Southlake and Knox locations. Upscale your experience with the 75” Sony 4K Ultra HDTV at Starpower.

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Experience the Star Treatment inside any of our Starpower showrooms:

North Dallas   –   Uptown   –   Southlake   –   Scottsdale

EXPO 2015 – First Time Showings and Giveaways

At Starpower, we want you to experience the latest and greatest innovations to come out of the brands you love. At our 2015 EXPO, March 20 – 22, you can be one of the first in the nation to experience the latest cutting edge innovations. See the latest in home automation, laser projectors, surround sound technology and high-performance appliances. Some of these products have not been seen outside of this year’s CES! We’ve packed the best possible audio,video,automation and appliance experiences in the nation under one roof.

 

First time showings:

Sony’s Ultra-Thin 75-inch 4K Ultra HD TV

Sony’s latest and greatest 4K TV features a bezel-free design which is so thin it fills the screen to the very edge. HD is upscaled to impressive 4K Ultra HD while streaming 4K Ultra HD (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) is also enhanced for improved clarity. The TV features Android TV with Google Cast, voice search, Play Store apps plus the ability to stream PS3® games. Sony takes it another step by improving color accuracy with its TRILUMINOS™ display. All of this is packed into TV which is no thicker than a smart phone. See Sony’s thinnest TV ever in action at EXPO!

 

Samsung’s 65-inch 4K SUHD TV

Samsung has introducing a new category of TVs. With 4K SUHD TVs, now you can experience stunning colors, deep contrast, incredible brightness, and 4K resolution that redefines your TV viewing experience. Samsung’s 4K SUHD TV has completely redefined the viewing experience with revolutionary Nano-crystal technology which reveals brilliant colors and details you never knew were there. Experience Samsung’s most superior level of color, contrast, and brightness at EXPO!

 

JBL Synthesis K2 S9900 Floorstanding speakers

Project K2 S9900 is one of the most advanced and sophisticated loudspeakers in the world today. The K2 S9900 was built around compression driver technology and addresses a more refined stereo image than was previously considered technically feasible. These beautiful floorstanding speakers offer incredible sound and life-like dynamic range. Hear the K2’s incredible sound at EXPO!

 

More First-Time Showings:

Wolf Gourmet Countertop Appliances – Blender

Wolf Gourmet countertop appliances are created with the attention to detail you have come to expect from Wolf. The Wolf Gourmet Blender offers complete control for complex recipes and pre-programmed settings for one touch smoothies and soups. Infinite speed control and quiet design are just the beginning.

 

Wolf Gourmet Countertop Appliances – 4-Slice Toaster

Wolf Gourmet toasters are crafted with advanced toasting technology. We equipped the toasters with unique self-centering bread guides to deliver perfectly even results, regardless of bread type. Enjoy crunchy English muffins, golden toasted crumpets, brioche with a hint of color, or crisp and chewy bagels. You choose the browning with the precise control of the shade selector knob – from light to dark and everything in between.

 

Wolf Gourmet Cookware – 10-Piece Cookware Set

Begin new culinary adventures with a 10-piece cookware set from Wolf Gourmet. Durable 7-ply construction with an aluminum core offers superior performance and even heat distribution so you can sear scallops, simmer Bolognese sauce, and braise short ribs with confidence. Ergonomic handles fit comfortably in your hand and are easy to grip. This cookware will be your trusted companion for a lifetime of cooking pleasure.

 

Klipsch’s Dolby Atmos-enabled RP-280A Floorstanding Speakers  

These Atmos-enabled floorstanding speakers are the largest speakers in Klipsch’s Reference Premier Series. They feature an angled speaker which kicks out powerful audio that flows all around you. Klipsch’s latest and greatest aren’t shipping until later this year but we are demoing the RP-280A’s all weekend. Experience the difference of Dolby Atmos and Klipsch at EXPO!

 

JBL Synthesis SDP-25 Surround Processor and SDA-7200 Multichannel Amplifier

Thanks to these two products, JBL Synthesis offers a lower-cost, high-quality preamp/amplifier solution that is ideal for smaller rooms while packing the same JBL Synthesis performance.  The SDP-25 can accommodate 4K Ultra HD and 3D video source components and displays. Both components deliver the superlative sound quality that is inherent in every JBL Synthesis product. See the new JBL Synthesis package at EXPO and get a $5000 Synthesis calibration with purchase. 

 

Starpower Giveaways:

We have plenty of things to see and experience at the 2015 EXPO. There will be chefs cooking in our live kitchens, unbeatable deals, and live product demos. Plus, you can register-to-win: 

-   a pair of SVS satellite speakers each day of EXPO

–   a Miele Vacuum cleaner ($600 value)

–   a Miele coffee system ($2000 value)

–   a Bosch dishwasher ($1500 value)

Visit during EXPO (March 20 – 22) for details on how to win!

 

North Dallas Showroom:

15340 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75248
972-503-6000

STARPOWER EXPO 2015 ANNOUNCED

The 30th Starpower EXPO will be the Largest as it Returns with Never Before Seen Technology

DALLAS, TEXAS, March 16, 2015- The nationally hailed Starpower EXPO returns March 20th through the 22rd.  The event features consumer electronics technology that has never been seen by the general public, including Sony’s slimmest television ever, Samsung’s new SUHD technology 64 times the color expression of first generation 4K TV, and wireless sound systems from Sonos among hundreds of other new products never before available. This event features representatives from the top manufacturers across the globe that will be present to give in-store demonstrations and consultations.

Once again, Ed Kellum & Son Appliances will also be included in this national event, showing off appliance brands Sub Zero, Thermador, Viking, Wolf, Jenn-Air, Whirlpool, outdoor cooking from Alfresco and even an entirely new “Live” Kitchen from Bosch alongside existing cooking live cooking demos from all manufacturers.

The Starpower EXPO 2015 will take place at the 15,000 square foot North Dallas showroom located at 15340 North Dallas Parkway Suite 1000, Dallas, Texas 75248. In addition, a 2,000 square foot tent has been erected to house the overflow of featured inventory. Doors will be open on March 20th and 21st from 10am to 8pm and March 22rd from 12pm to 6pm.  All other regional Starpower stores, located at Knox & Cole and in Southlake, will be closed during this special weekend. All stores will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, March 23rd. “Starpower Expo now draws customers from all over the United States. It is remarkable how the event that started in 2001 now hosts thousands of people making purchases on the hottest technology.” Said David Pidgeon, President and CEO of Starpower. Pidgeon continued “it is Starpower’s biggest event and there is simply nothing else like it.”

Starpower added millions of dollars of special buys for this event in anticipation of a record weekend. EXPO deals include a 51” HD flat screen for $388, two 100% custom leather chairs for $999, an Epson HD projector for $388- with a free 110” screen and hundreds of amazing buys. In addition to the daily EXPO deals, customers can take advantage of a 32” Samsung HDTV for $99 on Saturday only, available to the first 30 customers through the doors. Customers who spend $2000 or more on leather, projectors, home theaters or electronics will receive a pair of Platinum Level tickets to a Dallas Mavericks’ home game (select seats, select games, one pair per household, no cash value).

Special appearances from Hall of Famer Tim Brown, Friday 4pm-5pm and Dallas Cowboy Brandon Carr, Saturday from 11am-12pm. Shoppers or visitors to the event are advised to arrive early as there will be hundreds waiting to enter the location.

STARPOWER EXPO 2015 – MARCH 20, 21 & 22 – NORTH DALLAS LOCATION

EXPO PREVIEW 2015

It’s HERE! The Nationally acclaimed Starpower EXPO 2015

Don’t miss our best prices of the year.  Come see us at our North Dallas Showroom, 15340 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 1000 Dallas, TX 75248:

  • Friday, March 20, 10am – 8pm
  • Saturday, March 21, 10am-8pm
  • Sunday, March 22, 12pm-6pm

This is your opportunity to explore and experience the latest cutting-edge technology first! Meet and deal directly with over 50 electronics and appliance manufacturers. See new prototype products, mixed with ridiculous prices on thousands of items that no one can match. We’ve added millions of dollars of special buys for this event! There is even a tent that is erected to hold the additional inventory and closeout specials. This event is so big that we’re closing our other Starpower locations for 3 days. For those of you that have never been to one of these, I can assure you, there is nothing else like it anywhere.

 

When was the first Starpower EXPO?

The first Starpower EXPO occurred fifteen years ago in 1999. We were looking for a way to get our manufacturers to bring in future technology that was not yet available. In 2001, Mark Cuban came out to the Starpower EXPO to see the various HDTV sets (which was at the time just coming available). He helped promote the technology. He ended up spending most of Saturday speaking to people, meeting manufacturers and seeing extremely innovative electronics.

Will the other Starpower locations be open for business March 20th - March 22nd?

The North Dallas location will be the only store open, all other locations will re-open on Monday, March 23rd.

 

Will there be any special guest appearances?

Yes! Meet Hall-of-Famer Tim Brown Friday, March 20th 11:30am – 12:30pm and Dallas Cowboy Brandon Carr on Saturday, March 21st 11am – 12pm.

 

What can I expect to see?

All of the latest cutting edge technology from top manufacturers and unbelievable prices on thousands of items!

 

Who will be there to help guide me?

There will representatives from all the top manufacturers and Starpower sales associates will be on hand to help answer all your questions.

 

Can I get my purchases delivered the same day?

If you purchase your items before 2pm on Friday, Saturday or Sunday it will be delivered the same day! We will not deliver the same day after 2pm. All purchases must be made in-store on in stock merchandise and paid in full by 2pm. We will deliver to a 20-mile radius of our North Dallas showroom.

 

What payment do you accept?

We accept credit card and cash.

 

Where can I find the 2015 EXPO deals?

Sign up below to be the first to learn about our 2015 EXPO deals.

 

Where is the North Dallas showroom?

 

North Dallas Showroom:

15340 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75248
972-503-6000