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LED Displays: To Curve or not to Curve?

A trip through the TV section of your local Costco or Target might make you do a double-take – yes, some of those LED displays are curved ever so slightly. No, the employees haven’t been bending TVs to see if anyone would notice.

A curved screen has actually been a staple of many old school movie theaters over the past sixty years – the most famous of which is probably the legendary Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.  In a case like that, the curve is intended to correct for the distortions caused by projecting the image at very large sizes in ultra-widescreen formats like Cinemascope or 70mm; this curving has the effect of making the audience perceive the image as flat, eliminating the potentially distracting distortions on the left and right sides of the film.

So why would we need that on a TV?  Experts have pointed out two primary reasons:

  • Improved immersion in the image as the picture “wraps” around your field of view, entering your peripheral vision and creating a more comfortable, focused image for your eye.
  • Contrast is modulated across the image, creating an increased sense of depth (even with a 2D image).

Of course, critics have also point out several drawbacks for a curved LED display:

  • The curved screen exaggerates reflections which may be made worse, depending on your lighting conditions.
  • Viewing angles are limited for maximum effectiveness.
  • You need a big (at least 65”) screen to really enjoy the effect of the curve.
  • They’re expensive – at least for the time being.

So, where does that lead us? At this point, it really comes down to personal preference – some customers swear that a curved TV is the greatest thing since sliced bread, while others couldn’t care less and would prefer their TVs to remain as flat as board.  But doing your homework beforehand will empower you to make an informed decision based on your needs as a viewer and the variables of your home viewing situation.

Give us a call at Sunset Studios to discuss your options.


TAGS: Home Theater | Home Theater Display | LED Display Screen

House of Marley - Smoking the Competition with Green Tech

The House of Marley has been making headphones for years, but now they’re moving into the AV arena with their One Foundation and Get Up Stand Up Bluetooth-enabled home audio systems.

An eco-friendly design philosophy is the cornerstone of the House of Marley, and these two products (along with their little sibling, the Get Together Bluetooth portable audio system) are no exception. As noted on the company website, “Marley products are sustainably crafted from earth-friendly materials including our exclusive REWIND™ fabric, cotton and canvas textiles, recycled plastics, recyclable metals, bamboo and Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods.” Furthermore, proceeds from Marley products support 1Love, the Marley family charitable organization dedicated to supporting “youth, planet and peace.”

Of course, even though you can purchase a House of Marley product with a clear conscience, it wouldn’t mean a thing if they didn’t actually sound good. But with a full-bodied bass sound, a defined high end and the ability to fill a room with distortion-free sound, the One Foundation, Get Up Stand Up and Get Together epitomize green technology without sacrificing sonic clarity.

These powerful, attractive units deliver high end performance at a reasonable price, and Wireless Living Powered by Sunset Studios is proud to feature the line at our new retail/demonstration space in West Hollywood.



TAGS: House of Marley | Wireless Living | Wireless Music


Retail/Demo Space Opens in West Hollywood

For nearly 25 years, Sunset Studios has been a premiere audio-visual systems integrator in Southern California -- and now we’ve expanded into a storefront showroom.

WIRELESS LIVING, POWERED BY SUNSET STUDIOS is our exciting new retail/demonstration space in West Hollywood.  Come on in and explore the untethered lifestyle with such brands as Sonos, Crestron Pyng and House of Marley.   One of our associates will walk you through your options in whole home audio, empowering you to decide what works for the audio-visual system of your dreams.  And after you’ve made your choices, let the tech specialists of Sunset Studios utilize their combined 75 years of experience to install and customize your new system.  It’s that simple.

Wireless Living is currently open by appointment only, so call us today to and let us know when you’d like to come in and chat.  We’re located inside of the French Marketplace Restaurant, so the coffee’s on us!

Wireless Living
(Inside the French Marketplace)
7985 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 106
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(818) 907-7630
Free parking.
TAGS: Crestron Home Automation | Home Automation | House of Marley | Sonance | Wireless Music

DIY Home Automation

For decades, the notion of home automation integration has been the Holy Grail – a glorious vision of a futuristic home that could be controlled with the press of a button, Jetsons-style.  The good news?  That day has pretty much arrived.

The bad news?  It’s still confusing and expensive to properly set up. 

Not anymore.

Crestron, the world’s leader in control and home automation systems, has introduced a new, streamlined product line designed for DIY-minded customers on a budget.  Crestron Pyng is an Apple-based system* that pairs the Pyng app with accessories throughout your home.  Those accessories include wireless lighting controls, shading solutions, thermostats and wireless door locks, as well as security systems. With guidance from your systems integrator, Pyng can also be expanded to include DigitalMedia distributed audio and other Crestron products.

The heart of Pyng is the physical hub located in your home that communicates with the app on your iPad or iPhone, but all settings are backed up to the cloud, allowing the homeowner to make changes easily and securely – and providing you with the option to restore the system to its previous settings if you go a little too wild with the programming.  And yes, you can make those changes yourself if you choose to; Crestron has designed the system for ease of use by homeowners, who may still need a little help from professional integrators who normally handle the nitty-gritty of home automation programming for their customers. While the hardware still requires professional installation, the software set-up and customization is taken care of via your tablet rather than a laptop, providing a simplicity that is hard to match. 

If you’re interested in this robust but affordable home automation system, contact Sunset Studios for a custom installation quote.


*A control-only Android version is pending

TAGS: Crestron Home Automation | Crestron Pyng | Home Automation