We have done quite a number of TV reviews or detailed overviews this year, so I thought it would be good to look back at all that investigation and identify what I think are the best TVs this year. If you are shopping for a new TV it is a hard decision to make because there are so many brands and models to choose from. Here are my top picks for 2014, and each for different reasons.
on 10-29-201408:25 PM - last edited on 10-31-201403:27 PM by BBYMartin
Soundbars have come into their own, because they are extremely easy to set up, they look great, don’t take up much space, no ugly wires, and they sound good – a lot better than you will get with your flat panel TV. There are an awful lot of soundbars to choose from so selecting the right one can be a challenge. Paying attention to what consumer experience and views can be an enormous help as they are the toughest critics. Here are the top 5 soundbars based on ratings by actual users.
on 09-06-201405:40 PM - last edited on 09-09-201408:33 AM by BBYMartin
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.
on 07-31-201412:43 PM - last edited on 07-31-201401:14 PM by BBYMartin
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.
byhootie06-28-201411:19 AM - edited 06-28-201411:23 AM
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.
on 05-14-201408:00 AM - last edited on 05-22-201403:03 PM by BBYMartin
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.
New 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.
The 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.
on 01-10-201410:28 AM - last edited on 01-10-201410:40 AM by BBYMartin
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!
on 01-07-201409:05 PM - last edited on 02-24-201404:43 PM by BBYMartin
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!
When 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.
on 08-15-201302:14 PM - last edited on 08-15-201303:51 PM by BBYMartin
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.
on 04-27-201302:07 PM - last edited on 05-02-201304:28 PM by BBYLaura
While 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.
on 04-26-201304:20 PM - last edited on 08-27-201311:46 AM by BBYMartin
4K 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.
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.
byhootie03-30-201307:32 AM - edited 03-31-201311:07 AM
Sony 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.
The 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.
The 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.
on 12-11-201210:20 AM - last edited on 09-04-201305:39 PM by BBYJorge
1080p 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.
When 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.
on 09-08-201212:39 PM - last edited on 02-19-201402:18 PM by BBYMartin
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?
An 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.
If 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.
It’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:
The 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.
on 12-11-201107:54 PM - last edited on 02-20-201304:08 PM by BBYJorge
There 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.
on 11-26-201109:00 AM - last edited on 02-20-201304:09 PM by BBYJorge
Most 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.
I 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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