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April 20, 2016
Video & Audio Center's 4K Blu-Ray
Attach Rates Exceed 50%

A “large majority” of people who buy a 4K Ultra HD TV at Los Angeles-based Video & Audio Center (VAC) are purchasing an Ultra HD Blu-ray player to go with it, spokesman Tom Campbell told TWICE.

“We didn’t expect this type of attachment,” he said of Samsung’s $399 4K Blu-ray player, available at VAC since Feb. 5 and demoed on the sales floor. “The attachment rate has been unprecedented. The consumer is hungry for uncompressed HDR content.”

The 4K Blu-ray version of “The Martian” “looked better than it did in the movie theater,” he added. The four-store retailer also sells 4K discs to go with the players, pricing most discs at $24.99 for disc packages containing a 4K disc and a 1080p disc. Campbell called player sales “beyond expectations.” Sales have also exceeded Samsung’s expectations, and the company last week said it is ramping up production so that it can meet demand in six to eight weeks.

VAC, the first retailer to launch 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players, has also reported a synergistic effect on TV sales. The retailer is selling more 4K HDR TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG since it began carrying the Samsung player, he said.



March 1, 2016
4K UHD Blu-ray
Driving TV Sales At VAC

Video & Audio Center (VAC), which was first to launch 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players at retail earlier this month, is already seeing a synergistic effect on TV sales. VAC senior technologist Tom Campbell said the four-store L.A.-area chain is selling more 4K HDR TVs, from Samsung, Sony and LG... (read more)



February 9, 2016
Samsung's Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Now Available at Various Retailers

Samsung's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player has just touched down, according to a report from USA Today. (read more)


February 9, 2016
Fully Charged: Samsung's 4K Blu-ray player shipping
Streaming 4K Ultra HD content is one thing, but eliminating bandwidth from the equation and having a massive hard copy on a physical disc? Well, that's the ultimate way to experience the high-end resolution, and Samsung apparently has the first player officially on the market - about a month earlier than anticipated. According to Engadget, the store Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica, California started selling the Samsung UBD-K8500 player - which handles streaming in addition to the 4K Blu-rays.(read more)


February 8, 2016
Super Bowl Weekend Marked TV Sales, Line Transitions
Consumer electronics retailers around the country kicked off the 2016 TV marketing season with a handful of events timed to capitalize on the Super Bowl. On the manufacturing end, the primary players were South Korean rivals LG and Samsung, which used the occasion to introduce some of their most anticipated products of the year — LG’s 65-inch Signature 4K OLED TV and Samsung’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. As previously reported here, LG is heralding the arrival of its acclaimed 65-inch Signature 4K UHD OLED TV with limited pre-launch sendoffs...(read more)


February 8, 2016
Video & Audio Center Holds LG Signature TV ‘Big Game’ Selling Event
I wasn't expecting to see Samsung's UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player on sale until the end of the month, but it's already available at a few stores. USA Today points out that Video and Audio Center in Santa Monica is kicking off sales today...(read more)


February 6, 2016
Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player
On Sale Now: Where To Buy

The first Ultra HD Blu-Ray player to go on sale is the Samsung UBD-K8500, which is now available at various retailers Samsung offered official pricing details for its UBD-K8500 Blu-ray player back at CES 2016, and immediately started taking preorders for the device. At that time, it seemed that the player would ship sometime in late February or early March, but it now looks like it's made an early debut. USA Today reports that Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica....(read more)


February 5, 2016
Samsung Begins Selling First Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Today at Video & Audio Center Stores for $399!
The industry's first Ultra HD Blu-ray player goes on sale today! Samsung has announced plans to release its UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player through Video & Audio Center stores in California. Though the retailer originally indicated that limited quantities of the player would be available for $399... (read more)



February 4, 2016
Video & Audio Center To Sell
LG Signature OLED At Exclusive
Super Bowl Event

SoCal tech chain Video & Audio Center (VAC) and LG Electronics are teaming up again on Super Sunday to kick off a state-of-the-art TV. The retailer will host a private party at L.A.’s exclusive Bel Air Crest Club House, where 150 of its top clients will view the Big Game on LG’s new 65-inch 4K UHD HDR Signature-series G6 OLED... (read more)



February 4, 2016
Samsung set to deliver
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players

Videophiles wanting an Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Disc player to connect to their Ultra HD TV may not have to wait as long as expected. The first Samsung's 4K Blu-ray players, priced at $399, will be sold Friday at Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica, Calif.... (read more)




February 4, 2016
Samsung 4K UBD-K8500 Blu-ray Player
Goes On Sale Friday At Video & Audio Center

Southern California's Video & Audio Center will once again scoop the retail industry by offering the first 4K Blu-ray player to consumers Friday afternoon. The local chain's four stores will be offering Samsung's UBD-K8500 streaming Blu-ray player and will debut the first Ultra HD Blu-ray discs... (read more)




January 7, 2016
Video & Audio Center
Planning Fifth Store

Updated! Encouraged by strong results from its recently opened interactive digital flagship store, L.A.’s Video & Audio Center (VAC) is planning to bring the new format to a second location, raising its store count to five. Co-principal Joseph Akhtarzad told TWICE... (read more)




January 4, 2016
Digital Electronics Leader Video & Audio Center To Bring Cosmetic Technology to SoCal Consumers in 2016

Your next new gadget could take years off of your complexion. The iDerma Face Beautification System — part of a new wrinkle in personal care electronics — will be on display and demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Due out during the second quarter of 2016... (read more)




December 14, 2015
Video & Audio Center Featured On KTLA-TV: PART TWO
Video & Audio Center, and the opening of their newest location at The Village at Westfield Topanga - considered "the world's most-advanced digital technology superstore," was featured in late November on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. The award-winning LA-based home electronics chain teamed with Sony, Just One Touch, and KTLA-TV to award a lucky viewer Sony's top-of-the-line 65" Smart HDTV as well as custom installation in their "Watch & Win" contest. In part two, we see the award-winning Just One Touch team deliver and install the top-of-the-line SONY HDTV in the Schmitz family, the lucky winner's, home. (watch now)



December 4, 2015
How Video & Audio Center
Bested Black Friday

Amid last weekend's holiday shopping frenzy, when doorbuster deals drew large crowds and low margins, at least one independent tech dealer decided to take a different tack. (read more)




November 30, 2015
Video & Audio Center Superstore Opening Draws 1,000
Video & Audio Center attracted about 1,000 tech-loving consumers Oct. 22 to the official opening of its “all-touch” consumer technology superstore in the Village at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills, Calif. (read more)



November 25, 2015
Video & Audio Center Featured On KTLA-TV
Video & Audio Center, and the opening of their newest location at The Village at Westfield Topanga - considered "the world's most-advanced digital technology superstore," was recently featured on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. The award-winning LA-based home electronics chain teamed with Sony, Just One Touch, and KTLA-TV to award a lucky viewer Sony's top-of-the-line 65" Smart HDTV as well as custom installation. (watch now)



October 23, 2015
Video & Audio Center hosts grand opening at Village at Westfield Topanga
Teddy Relatos found the perfect spot to enjoy a fine autumn morning at the Village at Westfield Topanga. He parked himself in a lawn chair, the first person in line for Thursday’s official grand opening of the Video & Audio Center...(read more)



October 22, 2015
KTLA Tech Report: Video & Audio Center Flagship Location Grand Opening Event
KTLA's Rich Demuro interviews Tom Campbell, Video & Audio Center, Corporate Director and spokesperson and Mike Dunn, President, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment at the gala grand opening celebration event of DEG Retailer of the Year, Video & Audio Center's new flagship location at The Village at Westfield Topanga. (watch now)



October 24, 2015
Video & Audio Center Superstore Opening Draws 1,000
Video & Audio Center attracted about 1,000 tech-loving consumers Oct. 22 to the official opening of its “all-touch” consumer technology superstore in the Village at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills, Calif. (read more)



October 21, 2015
Video & Audio Center Readies Launch Of "All-Digital, All-Touch" Superstore

Santa Monica, CA — Video & Audio Center will open its fourth location, a new flagship store in Woodland Hills, Calif., this week, described as “the first all-digital, all-touch consumer technology superstore.” ... (read more)




August, 2015
Video & Audio Center Honored With 2015 Dealerscope RETAIL EXCELLENCE AWARD
When Joseph Akharzad started Video & Audio Center in Southern California in 1981 with his brother and co-owner, Mayer, the newest technology was "all to do with video games—ColecoVision, Atari," he recalled. (read more)



June 24, 2015
Video & Audio Center Adds Enhanced 4K Concierge Service

New York — 4K customers at Video & Audio Center (VAC) can now have their new TVs arrive home before they do. The expedited deliveries are a benefit of “Platinum Concierge Service,” a new 4K TV service tier that the Los Angeles-based specialty chain... (read more)




June 23, 2015
CE Week: Retailers Talk TV, Audio Challenges & Successes
CE specialty dealers from the East and West Coasts took the occasion of CE Week’s conference day Tuesday in New York City to explain how their approaches to TV and audio selling helps them, as independent dealers with storefronts and knowledgeable sales staffs, upend the challenges of thin TV margins and Internet site competition so keenly felt by most of their competitors. (read more)




May 05, 2015
Video & Audio Center Ranked in Top Ten
For 13th Year in a Row by CEPro

For the 13th year in a row, Video & Audio Center has been named to CEPro's Top Ten Custom Installation and Home Automation Companies in the Count.. (read more)



April 27, 2015
SONY Launches 4K Android TV
at Video & Audio Center

Santa Monica, Calif. — Sony Electronics will debut its first Ultra HD TVs with Android TV OS at a Video & Audio Center (VAC) store here today. The Southern California A/V specialty chain, which has become a de facto launchpad for UHD technology, will preview three 4K models from the new LED LCD series at its Santa Monica showroom this afternoon... (read more)




April 26, 2015
New SONY Ultra HDTVs Speak Android
Just Like Your Smartphone

If you love your Android smartphone, now you can get a 4K Android TV from Sony. The new 75-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch Android TVs (priced at $4,999, $3,499 and $2,199) will be shown first at Video & Audio Center's store in Santa Monica..(read more)




January 8, 2015
DEG's Retailer of the Year Awards
DEG (the Digital Entertainment Group) held its annual reception during the International CES Tuesday evening to award top honors for both digital entertainment products and to retailers who excel (read more)




January 8, 2015
Video & Audio Center Receive DEG's
Hardware Retailer of the Year
Award
Las Vegas, NV. — Southern California A/V special chain Video and Audio Center, Comcast and Walmart were each honored as retailers of the year in their respective categories by the DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, an industry promotional group for A/V hardware and software, here - (read more)



December 1, 2014
New Agoura Hills Video & Audio Center
Super Store Engages Its ‘Guests’

Agoura Hills, Calif. — Video and Audio Center is proving that high-end brick-and-mortar consumer electronics retailing not only isn’t doomed, it’s thriving for those willing to take the right (read more)



October 3, 2014
LG Launches 65" 4K OLED Curved TV at
Video & Audio Center Santa Monica

KTLA5 News: The New LG 65" 4K OLED Curved TV - Latest in television technology unveiled at Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica. (full video)




October 3, 2014
Future of Television 65EC9700
65" OLED 4K Ultra HD

We are getting a look today at one TV manufacturing is calling the future of television. Its a 65" OLED 4K Ultra HD Set. (read more)




October 3, 2014
LG's OLED Ultra HD Displays
Set to Make Debut in Market

The latest television Holy Grail goes on sale today. LG Electronics' new OLED Ultra HD TV, which marries super-sleekness with better-than-current HD display performance, becomes available Thursday night..(read more)




October 3, 2014
FIRST U.S. Consumers Purchase
Ultra HD 4K OLED TVs

American consumers have begun purchasing 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs from LG Electronics, the first TVs in the world to combine Ultra HD's intense detail and OLED's superior contrast and color accuracy. (read more)




October 3, 2014
Consumers Purchase Ultra HD 4K OLED TV
Ultra HD 4K OLED Event Video - 1 min.
Ultra HD 4K OLED Event Video - 6 mins.
American consumers have begun purchasing 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs from LG Electronics, the first TVs in the world to combine Ultra HD's intense detail and OLED's superior contrast and color accuracy. (full video)




October 3, 2014
LG's OLED Ultra HD TV
Makes Market Debut

LG held a sales event at Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica on Thursday night to unveil the company's 65-inch OLED Ultra HD TV to consumers. (read more)




July 11, 2014
Best Days to Shop for
Summer Savings on ABC

SUMMER SAVING SECRETS - Consumer savings expert shares shopping tips and the best days to shop for deals. ( full video)



June 13, 2014
Video & Audio Center
Century City Launch Night

Take a look at the events that transpired at the New Video & Audio Center during its official Grand Opening Night. (full video)



May 27, 2014
Video & Audio Center Christens
Century City Location

The newest Video & Audio Center location officially cut the ribbon for its store in the Westfield Century City Mall on May 22. (read more)



May 27, 2014
Sony Electronics President Speaks with Videomaker About 4K in the Home
The grand opening of the Video and Audio Center's Century City store (SoCal) made even more of an impact by hosting the world-wide launch for a new generation of Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs. (read more)



May 23, 2014
Sony Helps Video & Audio Center
Open New Store

Santa Monica, Calif. — Video & Audio Center cut the ribbon on its Westfield Century City Mall store, a former Sony location, with the former tenants' Ultra HD TVs and other products on sale Thursday evening. ( read more)



May 21, 2014
A First Look at LG's 79-inch 4K
Ultra HD TV with WebOS

The first 4K TV was 84″ in size and the price tag was just as big as the picture. Since then, all the TV manufacturers making 4K TVs have fallen into recognized sizes, such as 55″ and 65″.



May 20, 2014
Sony to Debut 4K at Video & Audio Center
Santa Monica, Calif. — Sony Electronics has selected the grand opening of the Video & Audio Center at Westfield Century City Mall to debut and sell its latest 4K Ultra HD TVs on Thursday, May 22.




May 08, 2014
KTLA News: LG 79" ULTRA HDTV
LG's latest innovation – the World's First 79" ULTRA HDTV unveiled at Video & Audio Center, Santa Monica (watch now)



May 08, 2014
LG Bows Ultra HD TV With 4K
'House Of Cards'

Santa Monica, Calif. — Video & Audio Center debuted LG Electronics' third-generation 79-inch Ultra HD TV at an in-store event here last night.



May 08, 2014
LG 79" 79UB9800 4K Ultra HD LAUNCH
at Video & Audio Center, Santa Monica

Video & Audio Center (VAC) launches LG's 79" 4K Ultra HDTV.



May 07, 2014
LG To Debut 79" Ultra HD 79UB9800
at Video & Audio Center, Santa Monica

Santa Monica, Calif. — LG Electronics is debuting its third-generation 79-inch Ultra HD TV at Video & Audio Center, here, on Thursday, May 8, for the media and consumers.




May 06, 2014
One Retailer Grabs Entire First Run of LG 79-Inch 4K UHD with WebOS;
Street Price Set

Video & Audio Center in the L.A. area gets entire production run of LG's new 79UB9800 79-inch 4K Ultra HD display with new WebOS Smart TV platform; street price for $10k (MSRP) display revealed.




May 01, 2014
TWICE Report: CES on the Hill
TWICE Covers CES, Showcasing the latest on television technology in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. (watch now)




April 22, 2014
Video and Audio Center
Opens in Century City

Century City has a new home entertainment store catering to upscale audio-visual aficionados, as Video and Audio Center opened April 11 as the Westfield mall. (read more)



April 16, 2014
The New Video & Audio Center
Store opens in Century City

Century City, Calif. – Video & Audio Center has opened its fourth retail store at the Westfield Century City Mall, here, where customers can test products in an open, relaxed atmosphere.(read more)



January 8, 2014
Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas
CES board member, Tom Campbell talks about the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas... (listen here)



October 19, 2013
KTLA Morning News: Sony Curved TV
Sony's latest innovation – the World's First 65-inch Curved 3D LED TV... (watch now)



October 14, 2013
Sony To Debut 65-Inch Curved LED TV
at Video & Audio Center

Santa Monica, Calif. — Sony Electronics will introduce its 65-inch curved-screen LED HDTV at Video & Audio Center, here, on Tuesday. Described as the world's first 65-inch curved-screen LED HDTV in a press advisory, the sets will be available for purchase at the store.. (read more)



September 25, 2013
Cautious Dealers Are Bullish As
Ultra HD Gains Early Traction

Superstitious dealers still smarting from the 3DTV misfire are reluctant to make premature pronouncements, but initial results suggest that the TV category's new best bet, Ultra High Definition, is connecting in a big way with consumers. (read more)



September 11, 2013
Video & Audio Center Holds LG
College Football Event

Lawndale, Calif. — Video & Audio Center (VAC), the Southern California specialty A/V chain, "packed the house" this past weekend with an LG Kick Off to College Football event. (read more)



July 12, 2013
Santa Monica-based Home Technology
Specialists Host the Worldwide Introduction
of LG's New 55"/65" 4K Ultra HDTVs

Yesterday, Santa Monica-based Video & Audio Center opened the doors to is Southern California showroom to consumers, press and industry executives for the launch of LG's first 55- and 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TVs. (read more)



July 12, 2013
Video & Audio Center Launches
LG 55" and 65" UHD Sets

Santa Monica, Calif. — Los Angeles-area CE retail chain Video & Audio Center was the formal retail launch pad Thursday for LG Electronics' newest Ultra High-Definition 4K LED LCD TVs in the 55- and 65-inch screen sizes. (read more)



July 12, 2013
LG 4K Press Conference
Video & Audio Center on ABC

Video & Audio Center launches LG 55" & 65" Ultra HD Sets...



July 10, 2013
KTLA Tech Report: Utra High Definition
Ultra High-Definition display characteristics: display system may be referred to as Ultra High-Definition if it meets the following minimum performance attributes: (read more)



May 23, 2013
Sony 65" & 55" 4K Ultra HD LAUNCH
at Video & Audio Center

Video & Audio Center (VAC) launches Sony's 65- and 55-inch 4K Ultra HDTVs.



May 28, 2013
Video & Audio Center
I've written this post a zillion times and I was trying to think of a non pushy way to tell you where to shop but every post I wrote just sounded like a skeevy sponsored post that's trying to cash in on every bit of trust I've tried to earn from y'all. So let me begin with the fact that Video and Audio Center had a great event last night where they unveiled Sony's new 4K HD TV which is apparently 4 times more brilliant than a regular HDTV. But I couldn't go because I had kids getting home from sports right in the middle of their event. The 4k starts at under $5,000 for a 55 inch TV and the folks at Video and Audio Center wanted y'all to know that… so you've been told.(read more)



May 28, 2013
Sony Lowers the Cost of 4K TVs
Sony lowers the cost of 4K TVs...watch the video. (read more)



May 23, 2013
Sony Debuts Smaller Ultra HDTVs
A new wave of smaller, but less expensive Ultra HD televisions is hitting. Sony's new 65-inch ($6,999) and 55-inch ($4,999) XB4 4K Ultra HDTVs have been available for order on Sony's online store for a few weeks. But the sets are just now hitting retailers for customer pickup.(read more)



May 23, 2013 | 4:53 pm
Sony Launches Smaller Less-Expensive
4K Ultra HD TVs

Sony will begin selling smaller, less-expensive versions of its new XBR 4K Ultra HD TVs. The Japanese tech company was one of the first to roll out 4K Ultra HD sets late last year. That technology is supposed to offer quadruple the resolution of current HD TVs and an even more crystal-clear image than before. (read more)



May 16, 2013
First Look:
Samsung Series 9 85-inch 4K UHD TV

The Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica (CA) has the distinction of being one of the few places where you can go and see HDTVs in an environment where there's room for them, and you, to "breathe." By that I mean the TVs are placed so that you can get up close and personal or sit back and watch in a similar manner as you would at home (no horrendous fluorescent lighting driving you insane, for example). And when the TV has 4K resolution and costs $40,000.00 — getting up close is pretty much all that one can hope for. Especially if the entire production run consists of only 250 units. . (read more)



April 15, 2013
Video & Audio Center Debuts
Sony 65- & 55-Inch 4K Sets

Santa Monica, Calif. — Video & Audio Center began selling Sony Electronics' 65- and 55-inch 4K TVs and officially opened its 4K department, here, during an afternoon event yesterday... (read more)



February 18, 2013
Cocooning: It's Back
and Thanks to Tech, it's Bigger

Uneasy consumers feel safer at home, and have no trouble staying entertained...(read more)



February 3, 2013
Biggest Game Party Ever
Video & Audio Center clients enjoying the Big Game on HDTV from Video & Audio Center



January 30, 2013
KTLA Tech Report: SUPER BOWL TVS
Rich DeMuro heads to top TV dealer Video & Audio Center to speak with TV expert Tom Campbell about the popularity of buying new TVs just before the Super Bowl. (watch now)



January 27, 2013
Get Your TV Ready for Super Bowl Sunday
Technologist Tom Campbell joined us with helpful tips on how to get your TV ready for Super Bowl Sunday and suggestions on what types of TVs to buy. (watch now)



December 17, 2012
That was the Year that Was:
A Retail Retrospective

NEW YORK – In many ways 2012 may prove to be a transitional year for CE and appliance dealers, as new pricing policies were unfurled, multichannel strategies were put in place, and old-guard merchants gave way to a new generation of retail leaders. (read more)