Home Theatre Explained: What Do All Those Numbers Mean?

by Blogger on ‎06-28-2016 09:18 AM - last edited on ‎06-29-2016 09:11 AM by Editor in Chief

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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.

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10 Tips to Improve Your Home Theatre

by Blogger on ‎06-22-2016 10:42 AM

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Looking for ways to improve your home theatre experience? Here are 10 suggestions, both big and small, that you can implement today.

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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.

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Should I Place My Centre Channel Above or Below My Screen

by Blogger on ‎06-14-2016 10:36 AM - last edited on ‎06-15-2016 09:35 AM by Editor in Chief

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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.

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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.

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The Best Speakers For A Small Room

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2016 08:05 PM

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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.

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Review: Polk Omni S2 Rechargeable Wireless Speaker

by Blogger on ‎06-07-2016 05:59 PM - last edited on ‎06-08-2016 02:45 PM by Editor in Chief

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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.

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Review: The Monster SuperStar Hotshot Wireless Speaker sets up easily for on-the-go

by Blogger on ‎06-05-2016 10:31 AM - last edited on ‎06-17-2016 01:23 PM by Editor in Chief

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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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Sony MDR-XB950BT wireless headphones review

by Blogger on ‎06-04-2016 02:46 PM - last edited on ‎06-07-2016 04:38 PM by Editor in Chief

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I test a lot of headphones, and while just about any pair you get will insert music into your ears, when it comes to higher priced headphones, you want to make sure the sound quality is top notch. Do the new Sony MDR-XB950BT over-ear wireless headphones deliver?

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Sony h.ear go Wireless Speaker Review

by Blogger on ‎06-02-2016 12:56 PM - last edited on ‎06-15-2016 12:06 PM by Editor in Chief

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Wireless speakers are evolving at a rapid pace. While there is still a strong market for pure Bluetooth speakers, manufacturers are increasingly offering up Wi-Fi networked options. This is exactly where the Sony h.ear go speaker has shown up to play; let’s see if they brought any game.

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New TV Announcement: Samsung KU6500 coming to Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎06-01-2016 09:49 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2016 04:28 PM by Editor in Chief

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Television has become so much more fun to watch in recent years. When I was a kid, we had one of those big furniture-sized televisions, and only about a dozen channels from which to choose. Today, there are amazing flat screens and HD smart TVs out there, from which you can watch hundreds of channels with all types of content. It’s really a TV-watchers paradise. And the TVs just keep getting better, with more and more features. A great example is the new Samsung KU6500 series of Ultra HD TVs, which happens to be a new exclusive at Best Buy. Want to know what this baby has under its hood? Read on for my announcement of the Samsung KU6500 coming to Best Buy.

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Should You Add A Subwoofer To Your Home Theatre?

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2016 10:38 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 12:52 PM by Blogger

 

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Spoiler Alert: The answer is YES!

 

Let’s dig into what a subwoofer does and the reasons why adding a one to your home theater is a decision you will not regret.

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4K and HDTV: What's the difference?

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2016 02:23 PM

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You've probably been reading a lot about 4K and HD TVs in your hunt for a new television, but which format is best for you? How do you know what the major differences are between them? Read on for a short primer on the 4 main differences betweem HD or 1080p, and 4K or Ultra HD.

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Top 5 AV receivers in 2016

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2016 09:12 AM

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There's a world of choice when it comes to receivers. How do you know where to start your search for the perfect unit? Check out Best Buy's Top 5 list.

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Sony SRS-XB2 Extra Bass Wireless Speaker Review

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2016 08:10 AM - last edited on ‎06-03-2016 12:08 PM by Editor in Chief

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There are all kinds of reasons you might want a wireless speaker; backyard BBQs, camping trips, or just keeping entertained while working in the backyard. Sony has a new small, portable speaker out that can do the trick. Check out the SRS-XB2 "Extra Bass".

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How Loud Will My Speakers Be?

by Blogger on ‎05-27-2016 10:51 AM - last edited on ‎05-30-2016 01:58 PM by Blogger

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For the uninitiated, buying audio gear can become a relentless pursuit of volume. Understanding what your speakers are designed to do and matching them with appropriate amplifers will help guide your decision making, and let you know exactly how loud you can expect your rig to be.

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All new 2016 Roku Streaming Stick Review

by Blogger on ‎05-24-2016 04:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-25-2016 02:49 PM by Editor in Chief

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The Roku Streaming Stick has been a popular device for turning 'dumb' TVs into smart streaming devices instantly and inexpensively.  So it's good news then that Roku has just released its new version. Is it worth upgrading from your existing Roku? To see what the differences are, and how well it works overall, read the full review.

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What to watch in 4K now

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2016 05:20 PM

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For those who've already purchased 4K sets, and those who are thinking about an upgrade, constantly wondering what to watch has been a source of frustration.

The list of available content in Canada continues to grow monthly. And while some TV providers are still waiting to jump into the 4K Pool, there’s starting to be enough content out there to make adopting 4K technology worthwhile.

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Should Outdoor Speakers Be Wired or Wireless?

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2016 09:45 AM - last edited on ‎05-21-2016 11:54 AM by Blogger

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Spending time outdoors is a passion, and you're ready to take the leap into outdoor audio to enhance the experience for your friends and family. The only question that remains: should you buy wired or wireless outdoor speakers? Let's take a look at the factors to consider as you elevate the audio in your outdoor oasis. 

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Watts, Ohms, Volts and Amps: What Does It All Mean?

by Blogger on ‎05-18-2016 09:32 PM - last edited on ‎05-19-2016 12:23 PM by Editor in Chief

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Have you ever wondered how watts impact your home theatre audio? How about ohms, volts and amps? Understanding how your amplifier and speakers work together will empower you to design an audio system that will perform at its best. 

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Hands on with HDR and 4K TV by Samsung

by Blogger on ‎05-18-2016 12:14 PM - last edited on ‎05-18-2016 01:33 PM by Editor in Chief

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It's one thing to read about the amazing new TV technology that's out there today, it's another to experience it for yourself. From crystal clear resolution that's more than four times better than your current HD TV, to eye-poppingly rich and bright HDR colour, Samsung's best TVs were on display in Calgary at a recent event.

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5 great outdoor speaker solutions

by Blogger on ‎05-14-2016 09:07 AM

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To hardwire, or not to hard wire? That may be the question for backyard dwellers this summer. If you're looking for some great outdoor speaker options for your space, you'll first need to decide if you need portable versatility, or if you want to make your installation permanent.  Either way, we've got a list of great outdoor speaker options for each scenario.

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Jaybird Wireless X2 Bluetooth Earbuds

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2016 09:40 PM - last edited on ‎05-31-2016 01:56 PM by Editor in Chief

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Music can be an essential part of your fitness experience. As a runner, I find it essential to actually being able to push through the wall of “I hate this and why am I doing this to myself” into “there’s that dopamine hit!”. As a cyclist when I’m riding trails or bike routes I love being able to enjoy my own collection or something cool from Apple Music or Spotify. And when I’m lifting weights or doing cardio at the gym it’s a key part of keeping my momentum. The very worst part? Cables; Apple’s earbuds are great, until you snag them and send your phone tumbling across the floor, the road, or the dirt. It’s a terrifying moment until you see that–thankfully–your phone’s still okay. That’s why I like Bluetooth headsets, but I’ve had trouble finding a pair that is comfortable enough to rock every time I go out. I’ve found that pair now: The Jaybird X2 are the best Bluetooth buds I’ve used. Wanna know why? Read on to find out.

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Review: Samsung KS9000 and 9500 HDR 4K Smart TVs

by Blogger on ‎05-08-2016 11:37 PM - last edited on ‎05-09-2016 10:16 AM by Editor in Chief

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Two new KS series 4K HDR televisions are launching from Samsung, and Best Buy is carrying both. I was invited to Best Buy HQ in Burnaby, BC, to take a first look at them, and to provide you with a review of the experience. If you haven’t already read my review of the KS8000 series, check it out, it’s worth your time. For those looking to step up to the KS9000 series, read on. I think you’ll be thrilled to hear what Samsung has for you with this premium model.

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Review: Samsung's KS8000 Flat and KS8500 Curved 4K HDR Televisions

by Blogger on ‎05-06-2016 01:55 PM - last edited on ‎05-09-2016 10:18 AM by Editor in Chief

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How to Stream Series: Part 3 - Roku Streaming Stick

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2016 04:04 PM - last edited on ‎05-04-2016 04:02 PM by Editor in Chief

new roku.jpgChoosing the right streaming device can be confusing; after all what's the best bet for what you want, and what are some of the key differences among the options?  In part 3 of our series we look at the "how-to" of streaming with a Roku Streaming Stick.

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Why Sonos is a superior home wireless speaker system

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2016 04:45 AM - last edited on ‎05-05-2016 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

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I recently made the dramatic change of living in an one-bedroom Vancouver condo to a three-bedroom house in Toronto and needed an easy, wireless speakers system like Sonos to fill it with super-sounding music and set the right the right tones. Read on to discover the top five reasons why I think Sonos is the the leading wireless speaker on the market today. 

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How to Stream Series: Part 2 - Google Chromecast TV

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2016 07:06 PM - last edited on ‎04-27-2016 07:37 PM by Editor in Chief

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Streaming is growing in popularity, but it may be tough to know which device is right for you. So I am going to show you how each one works.

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5 waterproof and water-friendly Portable Speakers for Summer

by Blogger on ‎04-20-2016 01:18 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 10:34 AM by Editor in Chief

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There's nothing like getting outdoors as the weather turns from winter to spring. Taking music with you just makes the time spent in the fresh air all the sweeter. Even better than having a speaker that likes being outdoors, is having one that won't mind splashes or spills. We've assembled a list of speakers that aren't afraid of the water.

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New LG sound bar with built in Google Cast

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2016 05:27 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 10:34 AM by Editor in Chief

LG Sound BAr 2.jpgLG Electronics is one of the top makers of home theatre systems, so you can bet they know a thing or two about reproducing great sound in your living room. The company has announced its new LG Sound Bar, promising it will deliver “the Smartest Sound.” How are they going to do it? Read on to find out the juicy details about the new LG Sound Bar.

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