bySteven_Hill08-21-201609:44 PM - edited 08-23-201609:51 AM
I’ve wanted to purchase a portable Bluetooth speaker for some time now. An iPhone’s speaker just isn’t good enough for when you want to blast some favourite tunes at the beach, or backyard barbecue. And there is seemingly no end to the options available for portable wireless speakers (and at varying price points), which does make choosing something feel a bit daunting. So I was stoked when I was asked to test out and review the affordably priced 808 Audio NRGGLO Wireless Speaker, to see if something so modestly priced can deliver the kind of sound I need.
Jam Audio has released three new Bluetooth speakers, the Heavy Metal, the Alloy, and the Trance Plus, all with Lithium Ion batteries boasting upwards of 10 hours of listening per charge. They look great and are small enough to integrate into any room. Let’s dig a little deeper and see how they perform.
Over ear headphones are great for a variety of activities. Whether you’re watching TV, travelling on a plane, commuting on public transit or just trying to block out noise at the office, they can be super helpful. But where do you start when you're shopping for a new pair? There are so many brands, styles and features, so why not let other customers' favourite purchases guide you?
on 08-16-201612:04 PM - last edited on 08-16-201602:52 PM by BBYLaura
Would you drive your car without insurance? Would you take a pass on insuring your home's valuables in the event of a break in or fire? If you wouldn't do that, why would you run your valuable electronics without protection? Sensitive tech gadgets are vulnerable to surges that we have no control over. All we can do is pick up some insurance against damage. Here's how...
4K TVs are becoming more popular and more well known but did you know that in order to enjoy true 4K content, you'll likely need more than just the TV? To watch the newest Hollywood movies in sharp, detailled 4K resolution, you'll also need a 4K ready disc player, like Samsung's new 4K UHD Blu-ray player. This one does more than just play discs; it's a whole home entertainment centre in one sleek and curvy package. Find out what's great about it and what needs improvement.
byErinLYYC08-14-201611:06 AM - edited 08-14-201612:09 PM
For some, upgrading from a 1080p TV to the newest 4K version may feel intimidating. But with the new Insignia Roku 4K UHD TV, it's easy to set up and to use the TV's built in smart streaming functions. Plus with gorgeous 4K resolution you'll be able to enjoy all the newest movies and TV shows which are now being shot in 4K.
When space is tight in student living quarters, it can be hard to dream of having a great home theatre. But with a few simple steps, you can free up space and start enjoying your content. Start by getting your gear off the furniture and onto the wall.
Projectors have been around for decades, but as technology progresses, they just keep getting cooler and cooler. Gone are the days of the old classroom slide projectors (remember those things?) and stop-motion reels, and here to stay are digital projectors... Which just keep getting smaller and smaller!
Unless you were born with the powers of concentration of a monk or a life-long meditatation expert, you likely could use some help focusing at study time. Distractions are common; from cell phones beeping, to neighbours arguing, to planes using the airspace over your apartment as a new flight path, there's always something that can break your concentration when it's time to hit the books.
But there are some things you can do to stop distractions, starting with a good pair of noise cancelling or sound isolating headphones, and just the right sound inside them.
Wireless portable speakers are popular because they can be placed in any room, they sound great, and often they’re easy to set up and use, integrating seamlessly into your life. If only that were the case with the LG Musicflow H3 Smart Hi-Fi Audio speaker. While I loved the idea and the size of this speaker, you won't believe the time I had testing and reviewing it.
byShelly_Wutke08-04-201611:13 AM - edited 08-04-201611:15 AM
July is over, August is here, and that means it's time for a What's new at Best Buy for August. Here's a look at what's hot for back to school, what's new for appliances, and some great smart devices for your home.
After class, it's great to be able to dump the textbooks, kick back and chill out with some tunes.
Most dorm rooms don't have space for a huge stereo (not to mention the neighbours would complain about the volume and the bass overload!), so a great way to be able to get your music easily is a wireless bluetooth speaker. They're portable, easy to use, inexpensive and they've got great sound too.
Pocket or pico projectors are becoming more popular and more readily available. These palm-sized gadgets allow you to show videos nearly anywhere. ASUS' ZenBeam E1 is brand new to the market, but can it handle home theatre entertainment and keep you coming back for more? Find out in our review.
Being away at school means leaving some of the comforts of home behind. But not all of them! A great and versatile option for back to school that will check all your home entertainment boxes, is a 4K or Ultra HD (UHD) Smart TV. Yes, you could get a regular 1080p HDTV, but allow me to make the case for a 4K Ultra HD smart version instead.
For first-year university and college students, packing up everything you’ll need to survive your first year solo can be intimidating. After all, you’ve likely got a pup-tent budget and MTV Cribs tastes. But fortunately when it comes to those after class activities, you’ve got options for maximizing your entertainment while keeping costs down, and it starts with a streaming device.
Google Cast is the brand name of Google’s TV software package. It can give you multi-screen experiences by connecting the devices like your smartphone, tablet or computer to your TV. Admittedly using Google’s Cast platform is a bit different, particularly for those who are familiar with Smart TVs, or folks who are used to surfing their cable company’s menu or guide for content on the screen. Because the content doesn’t reside inside the Cast TV, but it is accessed via your phone, it’s a different mindset to get used to. But once you try it, you’ll find it’s easy to operate and get accustomed to.
Wireless audio specialists, Jam Home Audio, has released a line of Wi-Fi speakers designed to quickly and easily install a custom multi-room audio system in your home. Let’s take a look at the Symphony and Rhythm speakers and how they perform.
Headphones designed for runners and athletes are all about staying in place during your activity. Whether it’s cushioned foam holding earbuds in, or clips or bands that can help keep things steady, if your primary use for headphones is sports, you’ll want to be sure they come with the ability to hold them in place.
But there are other cool features you can find built right into headphones, including water or sweat resistance, heart rate monitoring, personal coaching, and more.
Summer is a glorious time to celebrate the beauty of Canada from coast to coast; for many of us that means indulging in the twin traditions of backyard barbecues and baseball. While going to the game is a luxury some of us can swing, it can be a tough drive from Montreal or Vancouver if you want to go see the Jays play. Samsung is coming to the plate with a new line-up of 4K TVs for summer…and they have something a little extra planned for grill fans as well.
In home theatre, we use numbers like 5.1 and 7.1 to describe both our audio rigs and the way movies are encoded. It can get a little confusing, so let's look closer at what these numbers mean for you and your home theatre.
If you didn’t know how to drive, would you want a pal who also didn’t know how to drive to give you your first lessons? Everything would be based on guesswork; the blind leading the blind, as it were.
Getting deep into calibrating your brand new, pricey 4K TV is not far off this scenario. If you don't know what a white balance is, have no idea how 'colour space' works, or if you're just not falling in love with your 4K TV's video picture for some reason, that’s when it may be time to get some professional help.
Deciding where you place the centre channel in your home theatre, whether it is above or below the monitor is a key decision that could impact your enjoyment for years to come. How do you decide? Let’s take a look at the factors to consider.
One of the major complaints from early adopters of 4K technology is that getting original content in 4K has been difficult. The Philips 4K Blu-ray player now allows you to watch 4K movies like The Martian, Deadpool, Batman vs Superman, Star Trek and more. Plus, built-in streaming gives your even more content options from services like Netflix too.
Choosing the best speakers for a small space can be tricky. Let’s take a look at the factors you should consider and some great options that will maximize your enjoyment of home audio in a smaller room.
Polk Audio has been a long-standing player in the loudspeaker market, producing respectable speakers at price points with wide appeal. Their latest entry into the wireless market, the Omni S2 Rechargeable wireless speaker sure looks great, let’s find out if it should be on your audio wish list.
When you're lining up some smooth tunes to keep you company, the last thing you want is the stress of a difficult set-up. Everything seems to be going wireless nowadays, from cameras to keyboards, and Monster pulls off the art of the wireless speaker beautifully–no stressful fiddling necessary.
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