Partners Card 2014 presented by Starpower

Starpower is a proud sponsor of Partners Card benefitting The Family Place, Dallas’ largest domestic violence agency. When you purchase a Partners Card, 100% of your card purchase goes directly to supporting survivors of family violence.

At Starpower, your Partners Card can help you save up to 20% on hundreds of items that are rarely or never discounted. It’s great to know that not only are helping a great cause but you’re also getting an incredible deal for yourself!

What is Partners Card?

Partners Card is the only sale where you truly save.  That is, save lives and support the critical work of The Family Place.

Partners Card is the signature fundraiser for The Family Place, one of the longest-serving family violence service providers in the state. The Partners Card effort has raised over $13 million to help break the cycle of domestic violence in our community.

How does Partners Card work?

  • Go into any Starpower location between October 24th and November 2nd!
  • Purchase a Partners Card ($70) – 100% of your card purchase goes directly to supporting survivors of family violence.
  • Use your Partners Card to save up to 20% on your Starpower purchases.
  • Get up to 20% off of custom leather seating, audio, security, accessories, the latest in home automation, and the best brands… ALL with Partners Card savings!
  • Get up to 10% off video electronics.
  • You can also enjoy saving and shopping at hundreds of retailers in the Metroplex.

 

Where do I pick up my Partners Card?

  • Any Starpower location: North Dallas on the Tollway, Uptown at Knox & Cole or Southlake across from Town Square.
  • You can also call the Partners Card hotline at 214-443-7754 or visit www.partnerscard.org by October 18.

 

Above discounts apply at Starpower only; not available on appliance purchase at Ed Kellum & Son. UMRP and UPP priced products are excluded. Visit a Starpower showroom near you for more details on Partners Card. Our team of experts will help answer any questions you may have about Partners Card as well as helping you find the perfect holiday gifts for friends, family or yourself. Request a quote below.

Starpower and Partners Card. Saving lives and supporting the critical work of The Family Place.

CEDIA EXPO 2014 Wrap-Up: Part 2

Lights, Camera, Automation! These were some of the first things we saw as we entered the Denver Convention Center for CEDIA EXPO 2014! We enjoyed the coolest tech demos during our second day. The advancements in home automation are astonishing. Laser technology being integrated into projectors will dramatically increase the longevity of your projector. These are just some of the amazing things we cover in part two of our re-cap from this year’s CEDIA EXPO:

LASER PROJECTORS

EPSON

Epson’s latest projectors use lasers! They are bringing a state-of-the-art movie theater experience to your home with new Pro Cinema LS9600e and LS10000 projectors. They feature 3LCD Reflective laser projection technology that deliver incredible picture quality and color brightness. We definitely believe this after the demo we saw with the LS10000. It delivered extremely black blacks and an amazing color pallet. The big benefit with the laser projector is you will get up to 30,000 hours of operation. That’s a long time! Plus, the projector will email if there are any problems or if you request details. Seriously, you can talk to your projector! The demo we saw displayed both 4K and 1080p content. The 4K content was sharper but both offered extremely high quality picture and incredible picture.

 

SONY

Sony is all about giving their products that next step. They believe it’s not just the panel or projector that will give you great picture quality but it’s the processors and software that make it shine. Sony’s latest innovation is an incredible short throw 4K laser projector. This is their first 4K short throw projector which means you can stand extremely close to the screen without obstructing the view of the projector. Their integrated laser technology allows for crystal clear picture and vibrant colors, even at a close viewing distance. The coolest part is you can put two projectors together to get a bigger and longer picture with Sony’s edge blending technology.

 

AUTOMATION

CRESTRON

Crestron believes “One app is all you need.” Crestron’s newest innovation is called Pyng. It’s an app which allows you to create a personalized home automation experience at the touch of a button. Build your house. Pair your devices. Group shades. Create scenes. Customize and schedule. Control your entire home within one app. You can set lights, shades, door locks, thermostats, and even the security system. A big feature is the app will record all of your scenes and schedules. If you accidentally delete a room or scene, you can recover prior saves from the cloud.

A cool new add-on to the existing Crestron platform is called PinPoint. Paired with a PinPoint Proximity Detection Beacon, your iPhone or iPad will know what room you’re in and give you options on what to control. Move into the family room and instantly start controlling the lighting, shades, and home theater system in that room. There’s no need to manually select your current room from a menu. Crestron believes PinPoint will unleash new automation possibilities. “As your day begins, you awaken to your favorite Internet radio station playing in the master suite. Then as you move on to the exercise room, the kitchen, and the study — carrying your iPad or iPhone along with you — the music follows, playing through the speakers in each room as you go about your morning. Room temperature, lighting, and shading scenes can also change as you enter and exit each room.”

 

URC/TOTAL CONTROL

URC announced an array of new products and features at CEDIA. Vivido Lighting by URC give you access to the most modern, vivid RF lighting available. You can use URC remotes, mobile apps or keypads to set lighting for entertaining, and one-touch controls for “home”, “away” and scenes.

The coolest part is you can activate events with Vivido and a URC control system. Automate lights to turn on and off nightly. Set a pathway of lights to the kitchen for safety. Have lights turn on to preset levels in the morning. You can control it all.

The best part is URC now offers URC Mobile for iOS and Android. You can now access multiple locations, control entertainment, lights, security and more in one app. (Both landscape and portrait view.) Plus, URC allows for more access and integration with the addition of Honeywell, Sonos, Aqualink and Philips.

 

AUDIO ARCHITECTURE

SONANCE

Sonance speakers systems blend into anything. They are responsible for inventing the world’s first architectural speaker but you can call it an invisible speaker. Their speakers blend into walls, ceilings and even the foliage outdoors. Their high quality in-door sound systems are perfect for the kitchen. Sonance showed off a new line of outdoor speakers they call SLS or Sonance Landscape Series. It is a scalable outdoor speaker system that delivers even volume coverage and unbelievable sound quality throughout any size space. The demos we heard were very impressive with a great volume of bass.

They also showed us an adjustable width sound bar which can fit your TV even if you upgrade to a larger panel. It will match the dimensions of any 50” to 80” flat screen display and features a true 3-way speaker configuration.

 

JAMES LOUDSPEAKER

Where is all that music coming from? There was no speaker to be seen. But that’s what James Loudspeaker does. Their products are specially designed with minimal visual presence. They are able to integrate their speaker systems into anything so you have sound that follows you wherever you are in your house; inside and outside. Custom sound bars that fit flush against your TV. They even have audio in furniture!

They were able to pack some high quality sound inside this cool bench. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but you can get some heavy bass out of all of their products. Their outdoor speaker systems included a 21-inch in-ground subwoofer! Even if you have a big backyard, you’re going to feel that extra kick of bass.

 

KALEIDESCAPE

Kaleidescape releases their new interface November 30th! This an update to the existing Kaleidescape software and allows you to buy and download straight from your TV. With this update, you can insert your DVD or Blu-Ray and buy the movie so you don’t have to worry about buying a disc vault or keeping up with the disc itself. A HD version starts at around $2. Plus, you’ll gain access to a lot more movies. They have recently added Lionsgate and Sony Pictures to their widely-expanding movie library.

We even heard rumors of a 4K Kaleidescape system in the works…

CEDIA EXPO 2014 Wrap-Up: Part 1

We walked miles through the coolest tech on the planet. Saw the newest products and innovations. Met a lot of amazing people. We are sad that CEDIA EXPO 2014 has come to a close. We believe this year held some long-lasting industry trends such as high-resolution audio and laser projection. We were introduced to new innovations like Dolby Atmos which offered us the most memorable experiences of the show. Here is part one of our re-cap from this year’s CEDIA EXPO:

MULTI-ROOM AUDIO 

This seemed to be the standout trend of all the major brands. With a multi-room audio system you can play music in any room in your home without having to have speakers built into walls or wired throughout your home. The one brand that usually comes to mind is Sonos.

SONOS

Sonos had a big presence at this year’s CEDIA. They announced a new exclusive streaming service and debuted a more powerful wireless peripheral called the Sonos Boost. This is essentially a Sonos Bridge with “enterprise-grade wireless capabilities to serve even the most challenging home Wi-Fi environments.”
Sonos had a wide variety of competitors at CEDIA this year, from Bose to LG. With all these brands crowding the multi-room audio space Sonos introduced a new exclusive to the Sonos ecosystem: Deezer Elite.

DEEZER ELITE
Deezer brings content to the high resolution capabilities of Sonos speaker systems. Deezer Elite is the first global streaming service to offer high-resolution audio. It has the largest music catalog in the word with over 35 million songs. Since, Deezer Elite is integrated into the Sonos app it allows for a seamless transition between speaker control and song control.
We were impressed with the Sonos-exclusive streaming service. The service offers a larger music catalog than Spotify at a similar price. (Sonos owners that sign up for one year, will pay $10 a month. Otherwise, it’s $15 month-to-month.) The integration of a lossless audio service allows consumers to easily hear the full power and clarity of Sonos speaker systems. Not to mention, it’s an exclusive that really allows Sonos to stand out among the competition.
Sonos had a wide variety of competitors at CEDIA this year. From Bose to LG, everyone is looking to step in the ring. Denon has a serious shot.

HEOS
Denon introduced HEOS directly across from the Sonos booth. HEOS is extremely similar to the Sonos speaker systems. There is a small, media and larger speaker plus a “Range Extender” strengthens the entire home network for all Wi-Fi devices. The big difference? Pricing. The smallest speaker, HEOS 3, costs $299 compared to the Sonos: Play 1 which is $199. However, the HEOS sound systems have power. For instance, the smaller HEOS 3 features a two custom full-range drivers powered by a two-channel class D amplifier. A rumor at the Denon booth was that they plan to introduce a new sound bar and subwoofer early next year.

 

DOLBY ATMOS

This was the most popular and memorable innovation that was at this year’s CEDIA. Dolby’s new multidimensional sound technology allows you to hear specific sounds of people, music, and things as they move around you. Sound comes from all directions, including overhead. The new technology is now integrated into various products from brand like Pioneer Elite, Integra and Denon. The demos we heard were extremely impressive. This multidimensional sound experience has been available in certain movie theaters but this is the first time you’ll be able to hear it in your home.

How do you add an extra dimension of sound with Atmos? One way is adding ceiling speakers. Another way is using the impressive speaker system created by Pioneer Elite.

 

PIONEER ELITE

Pioneer Elite introduced us to their new line of Atmos-enabled speakers. They integrated a speaker on top of existing tower speakers which allow sound to be pushed toward the ceiling. This means you’ll get full multidimensional sound without having to install ceiling speakers. The demo we heard did a great job of putting us into the middle of the action. The movie ‘Oblivion’ really stood out, as ships and lasers were being shot all around us. They also switched from normal surround sound to Atmos which made it easier to hear the effect.

The speaker set-up included the Pioneer Elite SP-EC73 center channel, four SP-EFS73 Atmos-capable tower speakers plus two SW-E10 subwoofers. These were powered by the Atmos-enabled Pioneer Elite SC-89. There were 2 other receiver models on display with the lowest starting at $1600. This is an extremely affordable way to get the full experience of multidimensional sound.

For Atmos-enabled speakers, Dolby recommends that ceilings be anywhere from 8 feet to 14 feet high, with flat, reflective material such as sheetrock for the best effect. If your ceilings are absorptive, textured, very high or angled, you may need to consider discrete ceiling speakers instead. (We heard a demo from Epson, who did not have reflective ceilings, yet we were still able to hear a very similar effect.) Atmos-enabled content is becoming available. ‘Transformers 4’ is one of the first movies to integrate the new technology. The streaming movie service, Vudu, will also support Dolby Atmos.

CEDIA EXPO 2014 – Day Two

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It’s Day two at CEDIA EXPO and there is still so much to see and hear! Hi-res audio, laser projectors and the cinema quality Dolby Atmos technology are just a few of the innovations we can’t wait to see today. Check out the lasted from Day two at CEDIA.

 

SONY

Sony’s latest innovation is an incredible short throw 4K laser projector. This is their first 4K short throw projector which means you can stand extremely close to the screen without obstructing the view of the projector. Their integrated laser technology allows for crystal clear picture and vibrant colors, even at a close viewing distance. The coolest part is you can put two projectors together to get a bigger and longer picture with Sony’s edge blending technology.

 

DOLBY ATMOS

The one innovation that’s making the most noise at this year’s CEDIA EXPO is Dolby’s ATMOS. Dolby’s new multidimensional sound technology is now integrated into various manufactures products like Pioneer Elite, Integra and Denon. The various demos we heard were extremely impressive. Helicopters sound like they are flying over head. Raindrops can be heard falling all around you. All of this in cinema quality clarity!

 

PIONEER ELITE

Pioneer Elite is about to make waves. They are introducing an entire Atmos-ready speaker system for around $3100. Pair that with an Atmos enabled Elite receiver starting at $1600 and you have a cinema grade sound set-up capable of multidimensional sound. The most innovative part is how Pioneer has built a speaker facing your ceiling into the tower speakers. This means you’ll get full multidimensional sound without having to install ceiling speakers.

 

JAMES LOUDSPEAKER

Like musical chairs? James Loudspeaker knows how to hide their high quality sound systems anywhere. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they pack a punch. They also showed off their 21-inch in-found subwoofer!

 

KALEIDESCAPE

Kaleidescape will release their new interface November 30th! This an update to existing Kaleidescape systems and allows you to buy and download straight from your tv. They have also added Sony Pictures to their widely-expanding movie library.

CEDIA EXPO 2014 – Day One

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We’ve landed at the CEDIA EXPO 2014! We’re here to bring you the latest innovations and first impressions. Walking into the event, you can feel the excitement and electricity in the air. Check back for live updates as we make our way through this game changing event.

 

MARTIN LOGAN
This is a powerful speaker. Martin Logan is releasing a new behemoth speaker system called the Neolith. These humongous electrostatic speakers are built of exceptional, super dense composite material. Did we mention it’s big? The speaker is over 6 feet tall and features a 15-inch woofer, 12-inch mid bass woofer and a 22 x 48-inch transducer. You can pick up a pair for $79,999 starting January next year.

 

PARADIGM
This is how to make sound look good. Paradigm’s newest speaker line will be called the Prestige Series. It features powerful sound with a new unobstructed look, clean sharp lines and extreme attention to detail. Their beautiful design comes in four premium grade finishes. It will be released this December.

 

SONANCE

It’s all about sound with Sonance. They are responsible for creating the invisible speaker. Their speakers blend into walls, ceilings and the foliage outdoors. These high quality sound systems are great for the kitchen. Sonance has shown off a new line of outdoor speakers with loud sound you can feel, complete with a woofer.

 

CRESTRON

Crestron believes “One app is all you need.” Crestron’s newest innovation is called Pyng. It’s an app which allows you to create a personalized home automation experience at the touch of a button. Build your house. Pair your devices. Group shades. Create scenes. Customize and schedule. Control your entire home within one app.

A big feature is the app will record all of your scenes and schedules. If you accidentally delete a room or scene, you can recover prior saves.

A cool new add-on to the existing Crestron app is called PinPoint.
PinPoint will know what room you’re in and give you options on what to control.