2 New & Important Home Theater Design Trends from CEDIA 2019

Manufacturers Embrace 8K Displays and More Voice-Enabled Devices

If you want to see where the world of smart home automation is headed, the annual Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) expo is the place to be. This year’s show took place in Denver back in September, and the biggest names in consumer electronics showed us their latest and greatest products.

In the world of home theaters, there were two major trends among the various manufacturers’ merchandise: 8K displays and even more devices with voice control capabilities. Today’s blog will break down these two home theater design trends and how you can apply them to your own Rehoboth Beach, DE, home.

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Until very recently, 4K displays were the top-of-the-line product for home theaters. But a few 8K TVs have hit the market, and they’ve made a remarkable impression. An 8K display has a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels, two times the number of pixels that you’ll find with 4K models. (Most 4K displays have a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.) Doubling the number of pixels actually means the density of pixels on screen is four times that of a 4K display. That doesn’t mean the image is four times as good as 4K, or even twice as good, but it’s still a significant improvement.

The main reason not to buy an 8K TV right now is the same reason some were hesitant about 4K a few years ago: the lack of content. While it’s easy to find 4K movies and streaming content now, at the outset most content was still being produced at 1080P HD resolution. However, just like with 4K, it’s inevitable that content shot in native 8K resolution will one day come to your screen. For now, 8K resolution streaks through TVs as a result of 8K upscaling technology.

Additionally, purchasing an 8K display now helps future-proof your existing system, putting you ahead of the curve. If you’re looking to buy an 8K TV for your home, Sony, Samsung and LG have displays available for purchase. Imagine watching your favorite movie in 8K on Sony’s 98” Z9G MASTER Series TV.


As voice-controlled devices become more commonplace throughout homes and home automation systems, prepare for more devices to enter your home theater. One early example is LG’s Alexa-enabled TV, the AI ThinQ. The AI ThinQ employs multiple AI learning techniques that, taken together, produce dramatic improvements in how you use voice control. For example, LG’s “conversational voice recognition” feature lets devices understand questions and commands more contextually, so you won’t have to repeat yourself.

The AI ThinQ’s Magic Remote, which is powered by Amazon, can help you set up routines and schedules for other automation systems using your TV! Other features include the ability to instantly change the channel, set alarms and ask questions using your voice.

Now is the time to jump on the 8K and voice control bandwagon. To learn more about our home theater solutions, call us today at (302) 644-8110. You can also fill out our online contact page or leave a message in the chat box at the bottom of your screen.