on 01-09-201408:20 PM - last edited on 01-10-201409:18 AM by BBYMartin
Last year we saw a lot of great new wireless sound systems come into the market. Sonos, the undisputed leader in wireless sound, introduced their Play series of excellent speakers. A few competitors ready to take on Sonos is Bose with their SoundTouch system, and Polk with their Woodbourne. There are also quite a variety of other excellent Bluetooth wireless speakers from iHome, Sony, Edifier, Samsung, and others. So it was hard to know what to expect, but this year’s CES was not a disappointment. Samsung, ClearView, Fugoo, Creative Technology, and a few other new players brought yet more new and innovative wireless sound systems to the show.
on 01-06-201409:43 PM - last edited on 04-21-201404:47 PM by BBYMartin
The two South Korean TV manufacturers, LG and Samsung, continue to battle it out for a dominant position in the Home Entertainment TV market. And they are both coming out with guns blazing at CES 2014. LG is launching an enormous 18 new TV product lines in 2014 with some emphasis on OLED and 4K Ultra HDTV. Not to be outdone, Samsung has always brought a large variety of TV’s but revealed today an 85” OLED ‘bendable’ screen that can be flat or curved whenever you want.
Is it art, or is it entertainment? With the Samsung 4K (or Ultra High Definition – UHD) S9 TV, it’s hard to tell. With an 85” screen and crystal clear resolution, it would certainly look stellar on any wall large enough to house it. Making the art versus entertainment distinction even harder is the fact that the Samsung UHD S9 is a floor-standing TV mounted on what looks like an artist’s easel. Art meets entertainment in an 85” high definition package – sounds amazing right? Well, at a staggering $39,999 it should! So, the question is: What makes the Samsung UHD S9 worth a cool forty grand? Let me tell you …
byhootie04-15-201308:00 AM - edited 04-14-201308:37 PM
With only two weeks until the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, is your home theatre system ready? Is that income tax refund looking for a home? With all the continual improvements in the features and technologies of HDTV’s, the pictures are becoming more stunning. The timing may be just right to upgrade for watching all the action, and hearing it in stunning surround sound. It’s the next best thing to being at the game, and it will make those playoff parties come alive with energy.
About two years ago I discovered the magic of Bluetooth. After an hour long drive to my parent’s house for a visit, I pulled my car into the driveway, disconnected the AUX cable I had attached to my iPhone, and miraculously, iTunes continued to play through my car speakers. I was in awe. It was pretty epic. I immediately looked to social media to share my miraculous discovery with others, only to very quickly be told, “um, Stace? That’s called Bluetooth. You know, that thing you paid extra for to have installed in your car?” Riiiight. But still, the whole Bluetooth thing is pretty cool. As is Wi-Fi. Especially when it comes to listening to music.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to ditch the bag of Halloween mini-chocolate bars and scary ghosts and goblins littering the walls and windows of my house in favour of the more refined things in life. The fact that Christmas and holiday entertaining are just around the corner have me ripping down the pumpkins, hanging up some white lights, and getting my recipe box ready for another season of baking, cooking, and eating.
Soon we’ll be decking the halls with boughs of holly, family, and the scents of Christmas trees, and if that seems stressful to you, don’t you worry - Here’s a few things you can pick up right now to take the stress out of holiday entertaining. This is the year you’ll really enjoy it, I promise:
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