Noteworthy News

JANUARY 29, 2018
Inside Video & Audio Center’s New Bleeding-Edge Super Store
How can a CE-centric brick-and-mortar retailer compete in an e-commerce world? How about in a high-end mall a few doors away from a flagship Apple Store, and an Amazon Bookstore right down the hallway with its full range of voice-control products in the window? Oh, and add a Microsoft Store and Tesla showroom also down the hall. One answer was proffered last week at the grand opening of Video & Audio Center’s (VAC) latest super store. (read more)

JANUARY 28, 2018
‘Open Mall’ Store Debuts
Southern California-based retailer Video & Audio Center cut the ribbon Jan. 25 on its new flagship showcase interactive store, bringing experiential consumer technology and connectivity retailing to the tony environs of the $1.4 billion Westfield Century City Open Mall in Los Angeles. Situated next to an Apple Store, the new location, a move from the retailer’s previous spot within the complex, was built from the ground up over a four-month period. (read more)

JANUARY 25, 2018
Video and Audio Center Flagship Store Opening, January 25, 2018

CENTURY CITY — Video and Audio Center held a gala opening party Jan. 25 for its new flagship showcase store in the Westfield Century City mall, which recently underwent a $1.4 billion makeover. Video and Audio Center has been introducing new technologies for more than 34 years, and its new store.(read more)

JANUARY 11, 2018
I just bought a 4K TV.

Don't tell me 8K is coming!

LAS VEGAS — The unveiling of bigger and better televisions here at the CES show is a given, but this is getting ridiculous.Several major TV makers showed off huge 80-plus inch TVs, many of them capable of displaying 8K resolution, which promises even more pristine, vivid video quality — four times the resolution of today's spiffy 4K TVs, themselves already a four-fold improvement over traditional HDTVs.(read more)

NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Video & Audio Center’s
LG Pop-Up Store Scores Sales

Southern California experiential consumer technology retailer Video & Audio Center hosted an LG OLED Cinema House pop-up store over the Oct. 28 weekend outside its South Bay Torrance, Calif. store. LG’s latest 4K OLED TVs were showcased, and the retailer sold eight OLED sets in the first hour – including a $10,000 LG set.(read more)

NOVEMBER 6, 2017
2017 Retail LG Pop-Up Demo Drives OLED Sales For Video & Audio Center
Video & Audio Center (VAC), the four-store Los Angeles specialty chain, got a boost to its TV business – and bottom line – this past weekend after LG Electronics set up a Cinema House pop-up demo outside its South Bay Torrance showroom.(read more)

AUGUST 31, 2017
Video & Audio Center Breaks Ground on Westfield Century City Tech Showcase Store
Southern California-based consumer technology retailer Video & Audio Center has broken ground on its newest location – a “technology showcase” store that will be part of Los Angeles’ Westfield Century City mall – a two-story outdoor retail center which is currently in the final phases of a $1.4 billion makeover. (read more)

AUGUST 31, 2017
Video & Audio Center Aims To Redefine Technology Retailing
For decades, the Westside of Los Angeles was the epicenter of American entertainment as the home of 20th Century Fox studios. This fall it will offer a glimpse into the future of American consumer technology retailing.Video & Audio Center, the high-end technology showcase chain, based in Southern California... (read more)

JULY 7, 2017
Samsung, Fox Partner With Video & Audio Center to Promote 4K TV That Doubles as Art
Samsung and Fox have partnered with Video & Audio Center for the continuing introduction and sale of The Frame, a 4K TV that doubles as wall art when consumers aren’t watching it. (read more)

JULY 7, 2017
Samsung Frame TV Given Its Close-Up At Video & Audio Center
Samsung formally showcased its Frame 4K HDR TV at Southern California A/V specialist Video & Audio Center (VAC), teaming with 20th Century Fox Entertainment to showcase select 4K HDR scenes from Fox's latest releases during a special four-day sales introduction that kicks off today(read more)

JULY 6, 2017
Samsung Showcases ‘The Frame’ 4K TV at Video & Audio Center
Samsung is partnering with California-based retailer Video & Audio Center for the continuing introduction and showcasing of ‘The Frame,’ its 65- and 55-inch TV that doubles as wall art, transforming into a gallery-like display of the owner’s favorite art and photos. The store, which vendors select with some regularity to present their latest technologies... (read more)

JUNE 28, 2017
LG’s 77-inch ‘Wallpaper’ OLED To Hang
At Video & Audio Center Today

LG’s widely lauded 77-inch W-series Signature OLED TV, which was a CES standout in January, will finally wend its way to retail today. (read more)

JUNE 28, 2017
LG Launches 77-Inch SIGNATURE OLED TV W at Video and Audio Center
A highly anticipated addition to LG Electronics’ SIGNATURE OLED TV W line gets its official U.S. launch today at Video and Audio Center in Los Angeles. LG announced that its 77-inch class “wallpaper” TV—the most awarded TV at CES 2017—is now available to consumers through retail for $19,999. (read more)

JUNE 28, 2017
New $20,000 77-inch LG OLED TV
hangs like a picture on the wall

The latest OLED TV from LG Electronics takes TV envy to an entirely new dimension. Priced just under $20,000 -- at $19,999 -- the 77-inch Signature display is a "wallpaper" TV that hyperrealistically hugs the wall, hence its described "picture-on-wall" design. At less than one-fifth of an inch thick, the semi-flexible screen attaches to the wall with a hook, like a painting. Magnetic strips on each of the four corners hold it flush against the wall. (read more)

APRIL 26, 2017
Sony ‘Speakerless’ TV Debuts at CE Pro 100 Integrator

Where's the speaker? That might be the question integrators hear from clients when they show off the new Sony "speakerless TV," otherwise known as the Bravia OLED 4K TV with Acoustic Surface Technology in which the sound emanates directly from the entire screen itself. While Sony first showed the product at CES 2017 in January, it is not coincidental that Sony President and COO Mike Fasulo unveiled the product for sale at Los Angeles-area custom integrator Just One Touch / Video & Audio Center, a CE Pro 100 company.(read more)

APRIL 26, 2017
Sony set to market
an all-in-one OLED 4K TV

Here's a 4K TV that will likely speak to minimalists -- and interior decorators. Sony's first OLED 4K Ultra HD TVs begin hitting the market this week and the displays have a cool-sounding feature: audio comes from the super-thin screen.(read more)

April 22, 2017
Video & Audio Center to Host Sony OLED Retail Kickoff
Southern California technology retailer Video & Audio Center on Thursday will host Sony Electronics’ executives, factory reps and engineers for the introduction and sale to consumers of the Sony’s first OLED TVs. (read more)

April 20, 2017
Sony Will Offer Its 1st OLED Bravia TV
At Video & Audio Center

Sony will bring its groundbreaking OLED A1E Bravia TV with Acoustic Surface technology to retail next week with a kick-off event at Los Angeles-based premium independent retailer Video & Audio Center (VAC)...(read more)

March 17, 2017
SoCal’s Video & Audio Center Premieres Samsung QLED TVs
Samsung Electronics on Thursday rolled out the first models for sale of its new premium QLED TV lineup, at a consumer event at Southern California’s Video & Audio Center/Westfield Topanga location that drew an estimated 500 (read more)

March 17, 2017
Samsung QLED Gets Strong
Start At Retail Premiere Event

Samsung’s new QLED TVs and its latest Ultra HD Blu-ray player hit retail shelves this week, starting with a world premiere event at Los Angeles-based Video & Audio Center’s (VAC) store at the Topanga Village Mall in Woodland Hills, Calif.....(read more)

March 15, 2017
Samsung QLEDs Hit Retail;
Launch Event Set At VAC

Two months after their CES debut, Samsung Electronics’ full suite of QLED TVs and A/V add-ons are hitting retail sales floors nationwide. And keeping in step with past 4K rollouts, the company will hold a QLED kickoff event tomorrow at Los Angeles’ Video & Audio Center (VAC) specialty chain....(read more)

January 7, 2017
Alexa is coming to many more devices this year
LAS VEGAS—Bark out “Alexa” in the congested halls of CES, and you would have heard a chorus of devices, from cars to smartphones to household appliances, answer back.(read more)

January 5, 2017
Video & Audio Center Awarded for 4K Consumer Presentation
Southern California retailer Video & Audio Center was presented with Fox Innovation Lab’s Innovation Award for Consumer Presentation of 4K Ultra HD, at an event during CES 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. (read more)

January 4, 2017
Fox Innovation Lab Names Video & Audio Center First Innovation Award Recipient
Las Vegas—The Fox Innovation Lab—the research and development arm of 20th Century Fox—is handing out its first Innovation Award during CES, honoring retailer Video & Audio Center for being the first retailer to offer 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players. (read more)

January 4, 2017
Americans love their TV, and they *really* love 4K
LAS VEGAS — 4K TVs had a coming-out party here five years ago. Now, the ultra high-definition format is hitting its stride. (read more)


December 19, 2016
2016 Newsmakers of the
Year: Faces in the Crowd

Not everyone who made news in the tech industry necessarily warrants a feature. There is news happening everyday around us and often it takes a while...(read more)

September, 2016
Why Dealers Love Headphones
WHile sales of 4K TVs continue to pick u in the U.S., headphones remain one of the bright spots for CE retailers in 2016, along with Bluetooth speakers and soundbars. (read more)

August 12, 2016
Sony Rolls Out Its New Z Series TVs at
Video & Audio Center this week

Last month, Sony debuted to the press gathered their brand new Z series 4K HDR Ultra HD line of TVs. (read more)

August 11, 2016
Sony Z-Series TVs Off to Strong Start
Predictions by Video & Audio Center (VAC) of a "grand slam" for Sony Electronics' new flagship Z-series 4K Ultra HD TVs appear to be on point, based on initial consumer response.(read more)

August 10, 2016
Sony makes OLED-challenging TV statement

If you thought the battle for TV supremacy ended with the arrival of OLED, think again. Sony's Z Series of 4K Ultra HD TVs.... (read more)

August 10, 2016
Sony Launching Z-Series TVs
Tomorrow At Video & Audio Center

Sony Electronics has tapped L.A.'s Video & Audio Center (VAC) to serve as the retail launch pad for its new flagship Z-series 4K Ultra HD TVs.(read more)

August 5, 2016
Video & Audio Center:
Making the Showroom Matter!

Video & Audio Center Founder, Joseph Akhtarzad and Director of Marketing Tom Campbell discuss why state-of-the-art consumer electronics showrooms are critical to the in-store shopping experience (read more)

April 20, 2016
VAC: 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...(read more)

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

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 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)