Top 5 Receivers – as rated by customers

by Blogger on ‎09-06-2014 05:40 PM - last edited on ‎09-09-2014 08:33 AM by Editor in Chief

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Figuring out what receiver to purchase can be a bit of a challenge. There are many “black boxes” to choose from, with lots of similar features, and that sound a lot alike. Customer reviews can be an excellent guide as they can tell the true story based on solid experience in the home. To make it simple, I have gathered the top 5 receivers as rated by customers.

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Back to School: my Top 5 Wireless Sound Solutions for the Dorm

by Blogger on ‎07-31-2014 12:43 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2014 01:14 PM by Editor in Chief

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A back to school essential for those going to university is a decent sound system for the dorm room. The room is small so you don’t really need a huge system and for maximum flexibility a wireless system is by far the best way to go. It avoids unnecessary wires hanging around and can give you the ease of using it in the lounge or elsewhere. There are a lot of excellent wireless systems available, in a variety of price ranges depending on your budget. In order to help short-list the myriad of choices, I am providing my top 5 picks ideal for the dorm room.

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Highest Rated TVs for 2014 (so far!)

by Blogger ‎06-28-2014 11:19 AM - edited ‎06-28-2014 11:23 AM

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As a person who regularly reviews products, you won’t be surprised to hear that I am a big fan of reviews. And I don’t mean my reviews, but from consumers that have bought the product, used it for a while and discovered the nuances about it, both good and bad. I would never buy a product unless I read quite a number of reviews about it as nothing can replace that user experience and associated perspective. So what I thought I would do is provide you a summary of what I found to the be top 5 best rated TVs, purely based on customer ratings and share some of their reviews.

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What is the Sony X-Reality Pro Engine?

by Blogger on ‎06-02-2014 09:16 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2014 03:13 PM by Editor in Chief

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You’ve likely heard about Sony’s X-Reality Pro Engine, and the latest version for 4K TVs. But what exactly does it do, and how does it work?

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New Sony Wedge TVs – Great Form and Function That’s Different

by Blogger on ‎05-14-2014 08:00 AM - last edited on ‎05-22-2014 03:03 PM by Editor in Chief

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Sony has taken an entirely new approach to their TV design for 2014, and they are bucking the trend. Their competitors have made their sets slimmer and slimmer, and some even added a curved profile instead of flat. Instead, Sony launched their innovative wedge design earlier this year at CES. I like the fact that Sony hasn’t simply followed the trend because the wedge design is not just aesthetically appealing, it also has a number of other functions that actually improve the TV.

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Review of the new wireless SRS speakers from Sony [SRS-X5 and SRS-X7]

by Blogger on ‎05-01-2014 07:47 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2014 02:30 PM by Editor in Chief

SRS-X5_Intro.jpgNew and extremely powerful personal audio systems have arrived at Best Buy.  Now available at the Sony SRS X-5 (pictured at left) and Sony SRS X-7 systems. Both offer you great sounding and powerful audio output options. Which one of these would work best for your needs, however?  Click on to read a review of how both devices work, and which may just suit your needs better.

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Go big and stay home with a Sony home theatre

by Blogger on ‎01-13-2014 01:56 PM - last edited on ‎02-24-2014 04:42 PM by Editor in Chief

00120065-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_469b5687-f4ab-4992-a2ac-46c322b7a161_20130130174238_TV-Family-300-001AA526.jpgThe culmination of the NFL season is right around the corner and you know what that means? Yes, it’s that time of year again – Super Bowl Sunday is the ultimate day for football fans everywhere who have been anxiously waiting the best thrills and spills in football, not to mention some of the best appies and snacks to hit your plate since Christmas.

 

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CES 2014: Sony Introduces Ultra Short Throw 4K Projector

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2014 10:28 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 10:40 AM by Editor in Chief

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Sony has come to CES with lots of innovative products and the strongest commitment to 4K Video of all the vendors. They introduced new and affordable 4K camcorders, a partnership with Netflix to deliver more 4K content, a full lineup of 4K flat screens, a 4K video distribution network, and Playstation Now which will ultimately deliver 4K gaming. Just to make sure they have everything 4K fully covered, they also unveiled a 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that I think is fantastic!

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CES 2014: Sony brings 4K UHD TV to another level!

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2014 09:05 PM - last edited on ‎02-24-2014 04:43 PM by Editor in Chief

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Sony has always been a household name in consumer electronics, but lately have found themselves in the shadow of their Korean competitors – primarily Samsung. Sony came armed to CES 2014 with a myriad of innovative devices including GoPro-like mountable cameras, a Walkman waterproof media player, wearable health trackers, 4K video cameras, and even a tennis sensor that sends data from your racquet to your smart phone – Nadal beware! Sony also came with a full TV lineup that is promoting 4K Ultra HD harder than anyone – and for good reason!

 

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Review - Sony 70" 3D LED Smart TV

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2013 07:03 PM - last edited on ‎02-24-2014 04:51 PM by Editor in Chief

SOny70.jpgWhen you think about technology, and how much has changed over the past twenty years, it’s pretty mind blowing. I have vivid memories of my parent’s buying our first Betamax, which was controlled with a wired remote. Yes, that is a remote with wires, my friends. Now, many years later, the home theatre experience is drastically different. Surround sound and Blu-ray are just the tip of the iceberg. Enter 3D TV.

 

An experience that until recently was restricted to big box movie theatres, 3D is now a reality in many living rooms across the globe. In fact, according to NPD DisplaySearch, nearly 30% of LCD TV panels shipped worldwide this year are expected to be 3D compatible – and among those is Sony’s 70” Smart LED 3D HDTV.

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Back to School: Audio Solutions for your Dorm Room

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2013 02:14 PM - last edited on ‎08-15-2013 03:51 PM by Editor in Chief

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Small dorm rooms need awesome sound!

 

Your friends will enjoy hanging out and you will find those cramped quarters a lot more livable. This is an easy problem to solve, as there are a lot of ways to get your space rocking out without breaking the bank.

 

I found lot's of great options.....

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Review: Sony SRS BTX300 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2013 02:07 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2013 04:28 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

SRS BTX300.jpgWhile speaker docks ruled for many years, the growing popularity of wireless Bluetooth music streaming has meant a surge in high quality wireless speaker docks. The Sony SRS BTX300 is one of the latest entries in the portable premium market, a wireless speaker with the capabilities to fill a room with sound, sufficient battery power to keep the tunes going for hours, cross-platform compatibility and a sleekly high tech look that stands out from the crowd.

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Sony Launches 4K Ultra LED HDTV's - The Ultimate in Entertainment Platforms

by Blogger on ‎04-26-2013 04:20 PM - last edited on ‎08-27-2013 11:46 AM by Editor in Chief

Sony 4K #3.png4K technology takes high-definition to the next level, with 4 times the resolution of normal HD, and Sony has just launched its’ new Ultra HD 4K TV’s. Not only are they big screens (55”, 65”, and 84”), but they are also big on the features and other technologies that are included in these ultra HDTV’s.

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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.

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Bravia #5.jpgSony has made some excellent HDTV’s over the years and the Sony Bravia 46” 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV is a solid demonstration of their expertise. If you are looking for an HDTV that has an excellent picture but not a lot of other features at a very good price, this unit is worthy of being a top pick. With all the very good HDTV’s out there making it hard to choose, I can say you won’t go wrong with this Sony.  Although it has few added features, the one unique feature it has is an MHL input which allows you to mirror your Smartphone or other devices on this TV.

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Sony BDP-S3100 BluRay Player Review

by Blogger on ‎03-25-2013 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎03-26-2013 03:00 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

bdps-1.jpgThe recently announced Sony BDP-S3100 BluRay player has been touted as a step forward in a comprehensive entertainment peripheral, and why not?  With more capabilities than a regular BluRay player, including more than 30 different streaming video options available, is this the kind of package you might want for your Living Room, especially when it comes in around the cost of your standard BluRay player?  Check out Plug-In's review of the Sony BDP-S3100.

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Sony-STR #1.jpgThe Sony STR-DN1030 7.2 Ch. A/V Receiver is truly a fully loaded unit at a very reasonable price. It has lots of power and the audio quality is excellent so you can bring your movies, video games, and music to life. It is the only A/V receiver in its’ price range to provide built-in WiFi, Airplay, and Bluetooth allowing the ease of playing music directly from your devices or streaming content from the Internet. It is loaded with features such as 3D pass-through, smartphone and tablet controls, and even the ability to upscale analog video signals to near HD.

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4K Ultra High Definition TVs: Get ready!

by Blogger on ‎12-11-2012 10:20 AM - last edited on ‎09-04-2013 05:39 PM by Regular Member

sonypreview.jpg1080p is the current standard for high definition content —when it comes to your TV, there’s nothing higher. But that’s about to change thanks to the coming wave of 4K UHDTVs like Sony’s new  XBR-84X900 that offer four times the resolution of current HDTVs.

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How do Best Buy Brand TV’s Compare to the Big Brands?

by Blogger on ‎10-23-2012 09:47 AM - last edited on ‎12-10-2012 01:00 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

Dynex.jpegWhen it comes to the world of TVs there are a handful of brands that lead the pack; namely Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp. However, there are a couple of less known brands that are worth consideration if you are in the market for a new, fancy, schmancy piece of technology. Exclusive to Best Buy, Insignia and DynexTVs offer a great value for those that are open to breaking away from the pack. 

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How to convert your HDTV to a Smart TV

by Blogger on ‎09-08-2012 12:39 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2014 02:18 PM by Editor in Chief

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If you are buying a new TV, you are wise to buy a smart TV. There are plenty to choose from. But if you have a slightly older flat screen HDTV then I am sure the picture is still awesome and it has lots of life left in it.

 

Did you know that you can also make your HDTV a smart TV without spending too much – and there are quite a number of available options.

 

If you're ready to get smart, ask yourself this: how smart do you want your TV to be?

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Three Speaker Docks to Rock Your Summer

by TechLinz on ‎07-21-2012 03:05 PM - last edited on ‎01-14-2014 12:24 PM by Editor in Chief

Speaker DocsAn essential part of getting the most from your summer is enjoying tunes outside.  Whether that be a park, beach, dock or simply your backyard one of the easiest ways to enjoy your favourite tunes with friends is with a portable speaker dock.

After spending about two weeks giving the test to several speaker docks that are currently on the market today I’m happy to come back with my top three recommendations.  I looked at portability, battery life, sound quality and durability.

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Make Your Own Smart TV - Sony Google Media Box (NSZGS7)

by Blogger on ‎07-18-2012 01:55 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2012 02:37 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

Sony Media Box Remote 3.jpgIf you like your big flat screen TV but are drooling over those new ‘Smart TVs, then the Sony Google Media Box is a great way to upgrade your perfectly good TV to a smart TV.  This media box is one-size fits all, which will add a lot of capability to virtually any TV. It is the only current set-top box that supports Google TV plus it opens your TV to all the vast number of Android apps that already exist. Just like many smart TVs, it allows you to do multiple things on your TV at the same time – surf the web, watch live TV, and play a YouTube video.

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Pick the best Blu-ray player for you

by Blogger on ‎02-11-2012 05:32 PM - last edited on ‎02-20-2013 03:36 PM by Regular Member

1.jpgIt’s hard to imagine a TV room or home theatre without a Blu-ray player, especially now that big screen 1080p HDTVs are found in most homes. When you want a real to life theatre experience and pixel-perfect images, Blu-ray is really the only way to go. So how do you pick the best Blu-ray player for your home? Here are a few things you should think about when you’re heading out to buy your Blu-ray:

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3D Content is Growing: ESPN 3D & Sony 3net

by Community Manager (Retired) on ‎01-11-2012 04:12 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2012 02:39 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

3net-sony.jpgThe popularity of 3D technology has grown at a snails pace, much slower than most industry experts expected, however things might be picking up. The biggest obstacle for many of us when it comes to adopting 3D devices is the lack of content. Now major players in the 3D market, like ESPN and Sony, are ramping up their range of content to lure more of us onto the bandwagon.

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Streaming is the New Black

by TechLinz on ‎12-11-2011 07:54 PM - last edited on ‎02-20-2013 04:08 PM by Regular Member

sony.jpgThere was once a time when the thought of streaming content from the Internet was only possible in the world of Star Trek and other make believe futuristic lands.  But today, streaming video and a myriad of other content from the Internet has become commonplace in most homes. As major retail outlets across North America that once flourished by selling television shows and movies on disc begin to close down, we can see that streaming media from the Internet is definitely not a fad.  

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The Holidays in 3D: 3D TV Fad No More

by TechLinz on ‎11-26-2011 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎02-20-2013 04:09 PM by Regular Member

3D TV Wi-FI Blu-Ray PlayersMost early adopters of technology love the bragging rights that come along with having the greatest and latest.  The down side can often be how a new gadget, gizmo or electronic has limitations as to the content associated with it.  We’ve seen this about five years ago with e-readers, the technology was there but the publishers didn’t have the capabilities of getting books online and in a format that was easily downloadable.  The same thing was a problem with 3D technology.  Early adopters loved having 3D capabilities in the comfort of their living rooms, but we’re challenged with so few movies to choose from.

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Amp Up Football Season with Crystal Clear High Definition

by Blogger on ‎11-01-2011 03:36 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2012 03:04 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

Sony TV.jpgWith both the CFL and NFL seasons in full swing, there’s no time like the present to invest in a great big screen to catch every exciting moment!

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Ditch the cords and cables: Creating a cordless home entertainment system

by Blogger on ‎10-22-2011 03:12 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2012 03:04 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

10178456.jpgI don’t know about you, but after spending time cleaning and organizing, there is nothing I find more annoying than looking at a pile of cables and cords taking up space in the corner. Unless you’ve gotten all Martha Stewart creative and concealed the cables in a plastic tube (can work, but even if you decoupage it like she recommends, you still have to look at the tube) or used zap straps to tie them all together (also not good, now they are just a tidier mess), these wires haven’t been something you can just pick up and throw away. Unless you go cordless.

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Multi-Media Streaming: Which Box is Right for You?

by TechLinz on ‎07-19-2011 02:06 PM - last edited on ‎09-14-2012 03:05 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

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So you walk into Best Buy with the intent to purchase a multi-media streaming device. For those of you thinking, “huh’ – what’s that?” well it’s basically a box that attaches to your television that allows you to watch all of your digital TV content, such as movies and music you’ve downloaded to your computer or keep on a server at home. An example would be iTunes or Zulume music. I personally still enjoy the first generation Apple TV (that white one), but over the past year many new ones have come out on the market…so which one should you get?

 

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