Go Outside and Play – Create Your Dream Outdoor Living Environment

It’s spring, and you want to be outside, so it’s time to get that perfect outdoor system. Create your dream Outdoor Living Space with Audio, Video and  Appliances by Dallas/Fort Worth/Scottsdale most trusted resource

Outdoor Living Space by Starpower and Ed Kellum & Son

Outdoor Living Space by Starpower and Ed Kellum & Son

In the last few years, there has been a noticeable shift in the way we use our backyard. 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…all good investments by the way… but we sometimes forget one of the biggest pleasures of relaxing outdoors -the music.

Note: if you need to shop for the outdoor accessories listed below, take a moment to visit one of the site links below:

- Outdoor Appliances

- Grill

-Outdoor TVs – for more information on why you should invest in an outdoor TV – click here.

-Turntables (Nothing better than an outdoor party!)

Now back to 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 deigned 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 site, 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.download-14

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.

Shop Outdoor Audio here.

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 it 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.

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STARPOWER EXPO MARCH 2016 – MARCH 18, 19 & 20 – NORTH DALLAS LOCATION

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EXPO PREVIEW 2016
It’s HERE! The Nationally acclaimed Starpower EXPO 2016

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 18, 10am – 8pm

• Saturday, March 19, 10am – 8pm

• Sunday, March 20, 12pm – 6pm

Be the first to explore and experience the latest cutting-edge technology! Meet and deal directly with over 50 electronics and appliance manufacturers showing off their latest products. We’ve added millions of dollars of special buys at ridiculous prices that no one can match! There is so much inventory that we have had to add a tent to hold all the extra products and closeout specials. This event is so big that we’re closing our Uptown and Southlake locations for 3 days. For those of you that have never been to EXPO, we can assure you, there is nothing else like it anywhere.

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When was the first Starpower EXPO?

The first Starpower EXPO occurred 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 joined us to view the various HDTV sets (which was at the time just coming available) and later 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 18th - March 20th?

The North Dallas location will be the only Texas store open, all other locations will re-open on Monday, March 21st.

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Will there be any special guest appearances?

Yes! Meet NBA All-Star Mark Aguirre on Friday and Dallas Mavericks Rookie Justin Anderson on Saturday!

Mark Aguirre:         Friday 6PM – 7PM
Justin Anderson:   Saturday 3PM – 4PM

 

What can I expect to see?

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

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OLED is the new catergory of television. It offers a much thinner display, pixel perfect light and black control and perfect viewing angles. See the OLED difference for yourself!

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Check out the latest advances in record playing technology. See the 1st time showings of the Sony Hi-Res Turntable and the new Thorens Turntable. Bring your favorite vinyl and hear the difference.

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Be one of the first to see and buy the all-new Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Samsung has created the first 4K Blu-ray player which brings native 4K content without the need to stream over the internet.

typhoonDuring EXPO, you can Register-to-Win a new Typhoon Q500 4K drone equipped with 4K camera! ($1300 retail). You’ll get to see it in action and try out the drone flight simulator only on the LG OLED.

 

Who will be there to help guide me?

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

 

Can I get my purchases delivered the same day?

Absolutely! We offer same day delivery with basic set up if you purchase and pay in full for your items before 2pm on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  All purchases must be made in-store on in stock merchandise and the delivery address within a 20-mile radius of our North Dallas showroom. We are unable to deliver the same day after 2pm and further than 20 miles. Please visit with one of our sales associates for more information and pricing.

 

What payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Cash. We also have financing options available.

 

Where can I find the 2016 EXPO deals?

Check out our online catalog below.

 

Where is the North Dallas showroom?

North Dallas Showroom:

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

OLED: The New Category of TV

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For a limited time, at any Starpower location you can Register-to-Win a new Typhoon Q500 4K drone equipped with 4K camera! ($1300 retail).

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What is OLED?

OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) TVs use a revolutionary technology with self-lighting pixels for vivid color and infinite contrast. OLEDs work by putting electricity through certain materials that glow these specific colors. No other TV technology creates light directly like this. This allows OLED TVs to be thinner, lighter, more efficient, and better-performing than most current television technology. Each pixel can be shut off, for an absolute black (no other tech can do this), meaning an actual infinite contrast ratio.

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Perfect Black

Contrast Ratio is considered the key indicator of picture quality. LG OLED TV has self-lighting pixels that can switch off completely to achieve perfect black for infinite contrast, so images come alive with breathtaking detail. Colors look best against a pure black background, images are now more vibrant and detailed.

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Design

OLED technology enables a design that is ultra-thin and light. The majority of the TV itself consists of a panel-on-glass design, exceedingly thin at just 2.57 millimeters (one-tenth on an inch), with the OLED panel mounted directly on a piece of glass, complete with rounded transparent edges.

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Netflix Recommended TV

Netflix Recommended TV is an evaluation program recognizing TVs that offer better performance, easier app access, and new features that make for a better smart TV.

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Experience the Star Treatment inside any of our Starpower showrooms:

North Dallas   –   Uptown   –   Southlake   –   Scottsdale

CES 2016 : Wrap-Up

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Innovation lives at CES. People from all over the world come together to share ideas and innovations to the public and other industry leaders. CES takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo & Convention Center and many hotels throughout the Vegas strip. This year CES broke a record by filling up 2.47 million net sq. ft. of showroom floor with products and demos.

At this year’s CES, innovation was in everything from internet connected refrigerators to palm-sized drones. After four days of walking though miles of incredible tech, we wrapped up some of our favorite things from the show.

 

samsung_fridgeThe Smart Fridge

So, you’re at the supermarket and you’re not sure whether you’re running low on milk or if you need eggs… Samsung has made this problem a thing of the past! Their new smart fridge has cameras inside which let you know which items you’re running low on. Simply pull out your smart phone while at the market and you’ll be able to see which item are currently stocked in your fridge. The smart fridge also features a 21.5-inch HD touchscreen which allows you or others to write notes and reminders directly on the refrigerator. The screen also allows the user to get information like weather updates.

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Whirlpool is releasing a new 32-inch French Door smart refrigerator. This fridge features a “Party Mode,” which fills its ice bucket up faster and turns down its temperature in preparation for its doors being repeatedly opened by your guests. Through the Whirlpool app you can check the power, if the filter needs to be replaced or connect it to a Nest thermostat.

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Sony is all about 4K! Sony showed off their new line of 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs which combine the thinness of a smartphone with incredible picture thanks to their HDR technology. HDR provides higher contrast between light and dark images, resulting in a more realistic image. Sony says that its X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology “boosts and dims the backlight to create deeper blacks and brighter peak highlights.” Sony also unveiled a new 4K Handycam camcorder which boasts a high-sensitivity image sensor.

HDR content is already out on certain streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. 4K HDR content will also be available on 4K Blu-Rays which are slated to come out later this year. Samsung introduced a new 4K Blu-Ray player which will retail for around $399.
Samsung’s booth was also extremely impressive. They showed off everything from smart fridges to VR technology. Samsung unveiled new SUHD TVs with quantum dot displays. This technology allows for bright colorful displays similar to OLED. Among some of these new SUHD TVs are the world’s first bezel-less curved displays.

 

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High Resolution-Audio is the next evolution of digital music. The Consumer Technology Association states, “with advances in computer memory and processing power, and today’s faster Internet speeds, music labels, audio equipment manufacturers and their supporting retailers can deliver in Hi-Res Audio the convenience of digital music with wide-bandwidth audio frequency range and improved dynamics that exceed even CD sound quality. It’s a difference that can be heard.” AT CES, Sony has brought more hi-res content to their hi-res audio platform. They also introduced the worlds smallest hi-res audio portable speaker.

But what if you want to hear hi-res audio and surround sound on a grander scale? MartinLogan revealed their hi-resolution wireless speakers called the Bravado. They allow for wireless streaming via DTS Play-Fi and apple AirPlay. Klipsch has also introduced the Reference Premiere HD Wireless Floorstanding Speaker. These speakers bring unbelievably lifelike sound to your music and movies when used as a pair or with other Reference Premiere HD Wireless speakers and connects wirelessly to the HD Control Center. The Klipsch HD Control Center replaces complicated receivers and gives you the ability to place speakers anywhere in your room without running speaker wire through walls or under carpet. The HD Control Center creates its own dedicated network independent of your home WiFi to eliminate dropouts and interference caused by bandwidth constraints within your home.

 

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Fitness trackers are now integrated into anything you would normally wear on your wrist. Swarovski bracelets have trackers! Fitness tracking technology is now integrated into normal watches. Fossil showcased a new line of watches in their Grant collection with fitness tracking capabilities. The watch pushes data to your smart phone via the Fossil app.

Under Armour took a different approach with fitness tracking. They introduces a Health Box which incorporates a fitness tracker for your wrist, a heart monitor for when you’re working out and a digital scale to track your weight loss progress. This all automatically communicates with each other to track your entire workout for more accurate results.

 

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One of the best parts of CES is seeing all the new innovations from companies whom are just starting out. A new start-up is looking to become the first Keurig for cocktails. Somabar is a Wi-Fi connected smart bartender. It can mix up to 300 different cocktails controlled via your smartphone. Fill up a SomaPod with your favorite liquors and mixers (each pod/container is electronically tagged), find a drink you’d like to have and the SomaBar will make it for you. The device automatically cleans itself after a night of usage and is created to fit in all standard home kitchens.

CES 2016: The Global Stage for Innovation

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The biggest event in the technology world is here! The CES show floor officially opens this Wednesday and we are extremely excited to see the newest products and innovations. We will have hands-on impressions, previews, new product announcements from the biggest tech companies in the world. What can you expect to see from the world’s most dynamic tech show?

 

New Smart homes products: CES 2016 will bring more of you homes appliances connected. We will see new products, more lights, surveillance cameras, washers and driers, and coffee makers. There will be plenty of products taking advantage of Apple’s HomeKit and Samsung’s SmartThings smartphone platforms. However, we also expect one-off appliances and lighting that you can control from your smartphone.

 

4K 4K 4K: There are more 4K TV’s in homes than ever before. We expect to see more content, bigger TVS and 4K Blu-rays! For the unfamiliar, 4K displays offer screen resolutions of 2160×3840 pixels — four times as many as standard 1080p HDTVs. The more pixels a screen has, the more information it can display, which results in sharper images on increasingly larger panels.

 

Virtual Reality: With Oculus Rift opening up pre-orders on January 6th, we plan to see plenty of VR at this year’s CES. We will see Facebook’s Oculus, HTC and Valve’s Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR which are all expected to hit the consumer market in the months following CES. Consumer’s questions and concerns should be answered in Las Vegas. How much will they cost? When are their scheduled release dates?

 

 

 

There will be so much to see in just a couple of days! We will keep you up to date on the latest news at CES. Interact with us on Facebook and Twitter. Send us your questions! What would you like to see at CES? We want you to be the first to hear about the latest in industry changing innovations.