Samsung_SUHD_TwitterParty_contest.jpgGet excited for the experience of watching television at home again. Best Buy and Samsung are hosting a Twitter Party so you can learn why the new Samsung SUHD TVs bring back the exciteement of owning a television. Come and participate and you might also win great prizes! 

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The Internet of things and your television

by Blogger ‎07-02-2015 03:37 PM - edited ‎07-03-2015 10:43 AM

BBY_HT.jpgAlmost all the information currently on the Internet is created by humans. Content mainly produced by people. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is about devices connected to the Internet and interacting with other connected things and to a small extent with humans, and providing its own content. It is a concept that has enormous potential to impact how we live and work and is already starting to impact the home. But we are just at the tip of the iceberg. Smart TVs already comprise some of the billions of “things” currently connected to the Internet, and they will definitely have a role to play as the Internet of Things unfolds. I will start to identify that potential.

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Top 5 TV Antennas as Rated by Customers

by Blogger on ‎06-30-2015 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 09:42 AM by Editor in Chief

ClearStream TV Antenna.jpegMore people are cutting their cable ties by capturing free over-the-air (OTA) TV signals that are broadcast in full HD. Doing that plus Internet streaming is making it easier all the time. To capture those free OTA signals requires a good antenna, which may be hard to judge until you buy one, so why not look at what consumers are saying are the best antennas?

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Home theatre essentials to amp up your love life

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2015 11:37 PM - last edited on ‎07-02-2015 09:53 AM by Editor in Chief

Theatre-Love.pngI don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but right now we are going through a pretty epic heat wave here on the west coast. Don’t get me wrong, I live for summer, but when it’s hot and humid like this I find that a number of my otherwise “normal” activities often take a backseat to more pressing issues, like searching out air conditioning and cold bodies of water. For example, blow drying and straightening my hair (not going to happen), cooking anything in the oven (it’s already a million degrees in my apartment), and sadly, romance (there’s no way we are cuddling). But believe it or not, you can actually amp up the summer romance with a movie night at home, regardless of how unbearably hot it is outside; all you need are a few essentials to improve your home theatre room and you’re set!

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Review: NEW LG 60” 4K UHD Smart 3D TV has a fantastic picture!

by Blogger ‎06-20-2015 08:39 PM - edited ‎07-02-2015 10:00 PM

LG UF7650 UHD TV.jpg2015 is definitely the year that 4K UHD TVs have taken off. There are more models coming out all the time with more variety in terms of features and price range. Initially all 4K TVs were higher-end TVs that only a select few could afford. Not so any more! LG has just launched a new line of 4K ultra high definition sets—their UF7650 series and it is exclusive to Best Buy. They are their entry-level 4K TVs, which aren’t as fully loaded as their higher-end units. However, they have the two most important features in a TV—they are BIG and they have a fantastic picture.

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What you need to know before buying an antenna

by Blogger ‎06-19-2015 10:39 PM - edited ‎06-23-2015 10:34 AM


10319739.jpgIsn’t it time you upgraded to an antenna? Wait… what? Upgrade to an antenna? Whether or not you’re a cord cutter (meaning you’ve cancelled your monthly television service) you might find that adding an antenna to your entertainment viewing space can be a great upgrade for a variety of reasons. Whatever those reasons are, here’s what you need to know before buying an antenna.

 

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Overview of New Sony W-Series HDTVs

by Blogger on ‎06-17-2015 08:11 PM - last edited on ‎06-18-2015 11:14 AM by Editor in Chief

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Few manufacturers can compare to Sony when it comes to premium LED HDTVs. The new W-Series HDTVs from Sony represent the latest technologies ideal for home theatre and gaming applications with natural color transitions, great detail and clarity as well as less less blurring for action-intensive games and video.

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Amp up your love life with music this summer

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2015 08:01 PM - last edited on ‎06-17-2015 02:12 PM by Editor in Chief

Watermelon.jpgLast weekend I was driving in the sunshine when a song from the early ‘90s came on the radio. Within seconds I was transported back in time to a summer when my entire existence revolved around a certain boy. That boy is no longer in my life, but the fact that he was the first thing I thought of when that song started playing got me thinking about the crazy relationship between music and love. So with that in mind, here are some ideas for amping up your love life with music this summer, no matter where you might fall on its elusive spectrum.

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Outdoor Home Theatre Essentials: Bring the Movies Home to You this Summer!

by Blogger on ‎06-13-2015 04:10 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2015 09:37 AM by Editor in Chief

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Watching movies (or major sporting events) in the comfort of your own home is one of the greatest experiences ever! You've got your own food, your own comfortable chairs, and, best of all, no annoying lineups! If you'd like to learn about several great home theatre products that together will make you want to make every night a movie (or sports) night—right in your very own home, then keep on reading! ...the Popcorn is cheaper there too!

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A better receiver needs better speakers

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2015 09:51 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:01 PM by Editor in Chief

Polk Audio Surround Sound Speakers.jpegHome theatre systems are never really complete without an excellent sound system. The kind that will deliver surround sound that makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the scene you are watching. Although the visual experience is the most important element of a home theatre, a dynamic sound system can add another incredible dimension to that experience. To make that home experience really pop, an excellent receiver isn’t enough. You need to match the quality of speakers with the quality of receiver to get the most out of your system.

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Review: NEW Sony Android X Series 4K UHD TVs for 2015

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2015 08:36 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:01 PM by Editor in Chief

Sony X930C.jpeg2015 is the first year where there are more 4K TVs being introduced than HDTVs, and Sony is following suit. Sony has just launched their X series TVs, which are 4K Ultra High Definition that are also some of the first sets that come with the Android TV operating system. Sony delivers some of the best technologies to enhance picture quality and have done great things for improving the sound using their innovative wedge design. The X series of 4K UHD TVs has something for everyone.

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Review: Sony Blu-ray Disc™ Players

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2015 09:58 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2015 01:44 PM by Editor in Chief

pSNYNA-BDPS3500_alternate6_v500.pngI have a confession to make. I don’t own a Blu-ray disc player. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even powered on my DVD player in well over two years. It’s not that I don’t love movies. It’s just that I’ve become far too reliant on good ol’ Netflix and its overabundance of chick flicks and ocean-related documentaries to bother with anything else. Needless to say, I was a little concerned when I was sent two new Sony Blu-ray Disc players to review. Was I the right person for the job? I don’t even own a Blu-ray disc! Turns out I had no reason to worry. It also turns out that I want one of these little guys for myself.

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Energy Connoisseur CS-30 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer: Review

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2015 03:41 PM - last edited on ‎06-10-2015 01:44 PM by Editor in Chief

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I put the new Energy Connoisseur CS-30 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer up against my four-year-old quad speaker system to see if the new generation of home theatre surround sound systems will make me want to upgrade.

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Android TV has arrived in Canada: my first glance at the new Sony televisions

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2015 02:08 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2015 02:21 PM by Editor in Chief

BBY_HT.jpgI was fortunate to be one of the first people to test out the new Android TVs that Sony is about to launch. Android media streaming boxes came out last year, but these are the first TVs that I have seen with an Android platform built right in. The Android operating system has become a well-developed platform for Smartphones and Tablets, but it still needs a bit more development to become a solid TV platform. With the availability of thousands of Android apps and the ability to seamlessly integrate with Android mobile devices, Android TV has plenty of potential.

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LG's NEW LF Series for 2015 - Smaller sets for those smaller rooms.

by Blogger on ‎05-18-2015 07:04 PM - last edited on ‎05-22-2015 10:23 AM by Editor in Chief

LG LF5400.jpgI love it when new TVs come out as the technology just keeps improving. The value for the dollar keeps getting better, even if the new TVs aren’t a big step up in features and technology. LG just introduced a new line of TVs for 2015, the LF Series, that I had a chance to get a closer look at even though I wasn’t able to test them out. Two of them were 32” models and the other comes in a 43” and 49” sizes. LG’s LF series, at least so far, are smaller sets than I am used to seeing being introduced.

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Everything you need to know about Sonos wireless music system

by Blogger on ‎05-18-2015 09:17 AM - last edited on ‎05-19-2015 03:45 PM by Editor in Chief

rsz_sonos_speaker_pair_6x4.jpgKiss speaker wire and built-in speakers goodbye! The Sonos music system is the future of fully integrated in-home music, and it couldn’t be easier. The fully wireless but amazing sounding system is a snap to set up in any room in your home, and with its smart app, you can control your entire music library (and the internet’s!) right from your phone.

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Pioneer-Elite.jpgPioneer has been a household name in electronics for quite some time, particularly for audio equipment. They introduced their Elite series of audio receivers several years ago as their premium product, but recently upgraded it a big step up from previous generations. They’ve improved both the audio performance and the feature set so these Elite receivers can fill your home with music as well as deliver surround sound that will really enhance your home theatre experience. Here is a taste of why they are so good.

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Review: NEW LG 65” 4K UHD Smart 3D TV - UG8700

by Blogger on ‎05-12-2015 05:51 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:06 PM by Editor in Chief

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I have always said that the most important features of a TV are size and clarity. I recently had the opportunity to review a new UHD TV from LG and it fit both of those criteria beautifully. At 65” a very big screen and a 4K UHD TV with picture clarity that is outstanding. It is also a 3D TV, and with the added clarity of 4K plus other picture enhancing technologies make the 3D images feel like you can reach out and touch them.

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Review of Definitive Technology SuperTower Bipolar speakers

by Blogger ‎05-12-2015 04:47 PM - edited ‎05-12-2015 04:48 PM

def-tech.jpgI’ve had a variety of audio setups over the past seventeen years (it almost scares me to write that) from home theatre-in-a-box solutions to quality bookshelf options. Having the Definitive Technology BP-8060ST Bipolar Supertowers in my home was a unique experience… and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

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Review: Sony SRS-X11 and SRS-X2 Bluetooth Speakers

by Blogger on ‎05-10-2015 10:47 PM - last edited on ‎05-11-2015 01:53 PM by Editor in Chief

sony-speaker.jpgAlways be the life of the party with these portable Bluetooth speakers from Sony!

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4K brings your television to life

by Blogger on ‎05-10-2015 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎05-10-2015 05:21 PM by Blogger

sony 4k TV living room.jpg4K TV is all the rage today. You’ve heard about it, maybe even looked one over in a local electronics store, but you may be asking yourself why you’d want one. 4K TVs already have plenty of pros, and they’re only getting better.

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Sharp and Insignia Roku TVs are coming to Best Buy in Canada

by Blogger on ‎05-06-2015 12:10 PM - last edited on ‎06-23-2015 12:17 PM by Editor in Chief

Insignia-Roku-TV-Movies-Coming-Soon.jpgSharp and Insignia Roku TV models will be available for purchase this month at Best Buy stores in Canada and from BestBuy.ca. By becoming the default Smart TV software on these HDTVs, Roku OS  enables quick and easy access to tons of content and online services for connected TVs.

 

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Spring's a time when we think about starting fresh. The weather starts to turn, things start to grow, and we start taking stock of our lives and our homes. Spring is also a time when many of us take a look around our houses and want to make changes. Our spring home remodel series is a great place to get some ideas for your next project, and this week, I’m going to look at how to jazz up (or create from scratch) a fabulous home theatre.

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TV Features Explained - Part 6: Upscaling and Upconverting

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 04:20 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2015 02:38 PM by Editor in Chief

toshiba_zv_upscaling_tvs.jpgUpscaling and upconverting features, which help make non-native video look presentable on larger resolution displays, have been with us for a while now but have become more important considerations for 4K and Ultra HD TV buyers. With various models are coming down in price, there’s a greater range of display sizes available, making 4K and Ultra HD TVs more viable for consumers

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TV Features Explained - Part 5: Contrast Ratio and Black Levels

by Blogger on ‎04-24-2015 02:45 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2015 04:52 PM by Editor in Chief

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In Part 5 of our TV Features Explained series, we look at the importance of contrast ratio and black level ... and whether you can trust the huge numbers manufacturers list for these specs.

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What to look for in a TV mount

by Blogger on ‎04-22-2015 08:30 PM

Sanus.jpgSo, you’ve just picked up that new TV you’ve been coveting. You’re beyond thrilled; and seeing as though you’ve spent the last several months pinning décor examples on Pinterest, you know exactly where it should be mounted. But before you jump headfirst into securing your new toy on the wall, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a TV mount. Here’s the skinny on the three key considerations you need to keep in mind.

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TV Features Explained – Part 4: Resolution

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:30 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2015 02:39 PM by Editor in Chief

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TV resolution keeps getting better. We have gone from standard definition to high definition to now 4K. There are even 8K resolution “Full Ultra High Definition” TVs, although you would be hard pressed to buy one. Where will it all end and do I really need the higher resolution of 4K? Sure more resolution is always better than less resolution, but there are several circumstances where it doesn’t make sense paying more for all those extra pixels. It is good to know the finer points of resolution, no pun intended, so you don’t pay more for not much gain.

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TV Features Explained – Part 3: Refresh Rates

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2015 10:28 AM - last edited on ‎05-27-2015 02:39 PM by Editor in Chief

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Refresh rates are marketed quite a bit with new HDTVs and 4K UHD TVs, using various branded jargon like “Motionflow 240” or “960 Motion Enhancement.” Higher numbers are bandied about making it difficult to understand or to make fair comparisons between TVs since there are no industry-standard definitions for these motion enhancement features. I will help you sort through this marketing muddle and let you know what you need to focus on regarding refresh rates.

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Sennheiser TV Headphones Review: RS 125 & RS 135

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2015 12:04 PM - last edited on ‎04-18-2015 03:41 PM by Blogger

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There's an insane amount of headphones for various listening pursuits.  How can you pick the right one when it comes to watching TV?  For starters, pick a brand name with a good reputation, like Sennheiser.  We've got two models of over-ear headphones to review.

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Review: The NEW Roku 3 Streaming Player

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2015 08:45 AM - last edited on ‎04-18-2015 03:13 PM by Blogger

rokuhero.jpgTen years ago, few would believe that we could become so reliant on streaming media but these days many people are taking advantage of streaming HD video content from web services at an increasing rate. So much so that new services and options keep popping up continually. Recently I had the chance to spend some time with the new Roku 3, a streaming player tailor made for those who want to take advantage of all these video streaming services. There is no shortage of competition here either. If you’re into Netflix and YouTube, for example, there seems to be a way to stream that content from virtually every device out there. Many of these devices are multitaskers, that are primarily game consoles, or other sorts of gadgets that just happen to integrate a few streaming services. With the Roku 3 you get a dedicated device that specializes in streaming online content. With that focus comes a certain simplicity and clarity to the device.

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