Noteworthy News



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)




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)