As I sit here writing this blog, listening to tunes through my Denon headphones, I can only fantasize about being at home and enjoying this same level of audio quality playing in every room of my house.

Thankfully, none of us will have to fantasize much longer. Enter HEOS, Denon’s answer to the premium wireless speaker. Available in three sizes, HEOS is perfectly proportioned to deliver exceptional sound into every room of your home. As you match your rooms size with the appropriately sized HEOS speaker, you’ll find you can choose from two modes, Family Mode – where different songs can be played on each unique HEOS speaker, and Party Mode which allows you to pair all your HEOS speakers together to create an incredible soundstage. It’s whole home audio without running wires or cutting into walls.

Housed in a super clean, and very cool design, you’ll find that HEOS is very simple to use, just plug it in, connect to WiFi, and play. And with the HEOS app, you can access your favorite music stored locally on your devices or from your favorite music services including Pandora, Napster and others. So now all your favorite music is easily accessible from a single app to your HEOS speakers.

It’s one, or should I say three amazing speakers, and when you’re ready to hear them, touch them and own them, simply go to your nearest Magnolia Design Center.

 

 

 

 

 

The World Cup in 4K

On June 19, 2014, in Magnolia, by Karl Kozlowski



Screaming fans. Painted faces. Dancing. Cheering. All eye’s fixed on the game… on a TV.

Yes, most of us are not in Brazil, and most of us will never see the World Cup live and in person – but with steps being taken by Sony, seeing the games with real life clarity is closer than ever. This year, Sony will be shooting a wide range of World Cup matches in 4K, then creating a short film highlighting these games and showing them on the latest Sony 4K TVs inside your nearest Magnolia. So for the first time, the detail of every blade of grass, every drop of sweat, every fingertip save, will be displayed in brilliant Ultra HD. And while getting a live, native 4K signal into your home via cable or satellite is still in the eyes of the future – with Sony taking the reigns on capturing the content with their cameras and delivering it via their 4K media players, it’s a sure bet that more and more 4K content will be coming into your home soon.

GOOOOOOOOOOAL!

To learn more about how Sony has teamed up with the World Cup and Magnolia to bring you the finest 4K Ultra HD experiences, check out the latest issue of M Magazine.

 

 

 

It’s Time For Some Inspiration

On May 20, 2014, in Magnolia, by Sarah.Foulkes

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There are lots of ways you can convey to someone what you’re capable of. You can tell them, you can have others tell them, or you can show them. Our new online Inspiration Gallery gives you a glimpse into what Magnolia can do. Home theaters, kitchens, patios, family rooms – Magnolia has created some of the finest home entertainment spaces you’ll find anywhere. And this gallery is now available at MagnoliaAV.com to show you just how far we’ll go to bring your home entertainment dreams to life.

So if you’ve ever wondered what to do with that spare bedroom, or how to finish off that unfinished basement, stop wondering and start getting inspired. Dreams come from inspiration, so start your home entertainment journey at our new Inspiration Gallery and watch as your dreams become reality.

 


Home automation, it’s an amazing technology that’s changing the way we interact with our homes. With the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet, boom, you have complete control of nearly every aspect of your home, from your lights to you home entertainment system, to your thermostat and so much more. And the best part, you can have all these elements work together to create the perfect atmosphere around your house throughout the day, or you can create “moods” or “scenes” when you want to watch a movie or have a romantic dinner. One button push can dim the lights, close the window blinds, turn on the gas fireplace, and bring your home theater to life so you can watch a movie with your spouse, family or friends. That’s one button that creates all of these actions at the same time. It’s incredibly simple, but to many, it can seem really complicated.

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Are Your Spider Senses Tingling?

On April 18, 2014, in Magnolia, by Sarah.Foulkes

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(Sing along if you know the song) “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, he does everything that a spider can!”

Now, Magnolia, in partnership with Sony, is doing everything we can to get you some sneak peeks at The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ movie, while getting you into the theatrical release for free. Pretty sweet!

Here’s the deal, brand arguments aside. Sony is leading the way in the 4K world. I can safely say this because they have the content, the movies, the cameras that make those movies plus the TVs and a media player to play select 4K material. Sony will also be shooting the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final in 4K – awesome to say the least.

To help promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, (in theaters May 2nd), Sony has digitally re-mastering the movie into 4K, and Magnolia will be showing exclusive clips in store. So whether you’re a Spider-Man fan, exceptional TV/movie viewing experience fan, bleeding edge technology fan or all, or none of the above, you’re invited to come and experience the magic of Spider-Man in 4K!

But wait, there’s more! To blow the top off of this event, Magnolia and Sony have teamed up to offer movie cash tickets to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ to the first 60 people that see The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ demo. Just swing into your nearest Magnolia April 19th from noon to 4pm, be one of the first 60, and boom you’re going.

If you live in the LA area, Sony and Magnolia are offering pre-theatrical VIP tickets to the Amazing Spiderman 2 with reserved seating at three LA theaters! To get your hands on these tickets, be one of the first 50 people on April 19th from noon to 4pm to demo this exclusive content at any of these Magnolia Design Center locations: West Hollywood, West LA, Burbank, Woodland Hills, Pasadena or Torrance.

So swing in, check out clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, check out Sony’s latest 4K TVs, we’ll even have some special Sony 4K offers. Movie, tickets, offers, superheros and more. Kapow! Bang! Boom! Now that’s awesome.

John Legend VIP Listening Event – Sold Out

On March 5, 2014, in Magnolia, by Karl Kozlowski

To officially kick off March Audio Fest, Magnolia welcomed John Legend into their West Hollywood Design Center for a listening session with fans and to show off some amazing Definitive Technology audio gear. The VIP portion of the evening sold out, as 30 fans who purchased a Definitive Technology product the weekend prior received VIP access to an intimate listening session. This exclusive audience experienced John’s latest album through Definitive Technology products, received a signed copy of his album, participated in a question and answer session and had their photo taken with the artist. 71 other fans who took a demo of Definitive Technology gear got a signed copy of John Legend’s latest album and the opportunity to have their picture taken with him.

Magnolia is excited to have hosted Definitive Technology’s GRAMMY® award winning brand ambassador, John Legend, and we’d like to thank all of those who came out for a great night. But this is just the start of March Audio Fest, we look forward to sharing more great gear, select events and incredible deals all month long!

 

John Legend, Definitive Technology & Magnolia

On February 27, 2014, in Magnolia, by Karl Kozlowski

Singer, songwriter, actor. Some people do it all. Than there are those that do it better than anyone else. You know you’re on top of your game when your stage name is Legend. John Legend, the guy knows music, how to make it, how to sing it, and how best to listen to it. His speaker of choice, Definitive Technology – and that was even before they asked him to be their brand ambassador.

That’s why we’re so excited to have John appearing at our Magnolia Design Center inside the West Hollywood Best Buy store. Not only will Definitive Technology be showing off some of their latest gear, but a select group of fans will get a chance to meet John.

It’s a sweet opportunity to see some awesome gear and meet a nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist. It’s also a great opportunity for all of us at Magnolia to show you just how far we’ll go to get you in front of not only great gear, but legendary performers.

To learn more about the event, click here.

 


Home automation, it’s pretty amazing stuff. Push a single button on your tablet or smartphone and boom, your entire house comes to life, from lights, to blinds, to your home entertainment system, if it can be controlled, home automation can control it. But even with all the amazing things this technology can do, the one thing it does better than anything else is turn your house into a home that’s more comfortable.

Lighting is a great way to bring both ambiance and comfort to a space. If you don’t have a home automation system, you’ve probably spent time adjusting the lights when it’s time to watch a movie. I know I do. I dim the family room lights to a low glimmer, the kitchen lights which are behind the room get turned off, except for the under cabinet lights, which I keep on so I can easily see my way around the room to get snacks. I close all the curtains, turn down the thermostat and turn on the fireplace. But if I had a home automation system, (Savant, Control4, Pro Control, AMX) one push of a button on my smartphone or tablet and all this would happen at once, while my home entertainment system simultaneously came to life. One button and I’d be snuggling up to watch a movie with my family in total comfort.

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Our Favorite Valentine’s Day Pairings

On February 13, 2014, in Magnolia, by Karl Kozlowski


Some things are just meant to be together. From that perfect couple to peanut butter & jelly. So to honor this day of love, here are our favorite audio and video Valentine’s Day pairings. And like peanut butter & jelly, there’s really no need to explain why they’re so great together.

• Tablet Full of Music and Wireless Speakers

TiVo and a TV

• Smartphones and Headphones (they are both phones after all)

• Computer, the AQ DragonFly USB DAC and Headphones (the three musketeers)

Receiver and Surround Sound Speakers

• Gazebo and a SunBrite TV

Watch the Winter Games Anywhere, Anytime

On February 12, 2014, in Magnolia, by Karl Kozlowski


There’s a 10-hour time difference between Sochi Russia and where I live, Minneapolis Minnesota, so this years Winter Games events will be happening in the wee hours of the morning or on weekday afternoons. So unless you’re willing to stay up until 2am to watch the US women’s hockey team play Finland, or can take off work to watch an afternoon of luge, you need some options. Here are a few easy suggestions for you to watch the Winter Games anytime, anywhere.

First, the solution for watching the games whenever you want is perhaps a pretty obvious one – get yourself a DVR. Digital Video Recorders, like the Tivo Roamio Pro can record multiple shows at once, up to 6 actually. So now, when multiple NBC channels are showing multiple events at the same time, you won’t miss a thing. And you can then watch what you want, whenever you want. You can even fast-forward through the countries you don’t want to watch doing the ski jump or the bobsled, and just watch the teams that interest you. But perhaps the best part of the Roamio Pro and Plus is that it answers the question of where you watch the action, and the answer isn’t at home on your couch.

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