Not long ago if you wanted to have music throughout your home, you would have to hire a professional to wire up your entire house and set up a fancy amplifier and receiver with somewhat complicated controls. Recent improvements in wireless audio systems have changed all of that. Not only are they much simpler to set up, they are much more flexible and adaptable in how they can be used. The end result is much more variety in terms of what you can play on your system and where you can play it in your home. It is now extremely easy to enjoy audio throughout your home wirelessly.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has enormous potential to change our lives. It is a concept that is just beginning but over the next 5 to 10 years will dramatically grow as devices connected to the Internet start to interact with each other with little or no human interaction. It will ultimately impact every aspect of our lives and home theatre systems are no exception.
A sound bar is a perfect audio unit for the dorm room because of its size, price point, and ability to multi-task. And once finished with school, the bar can continue to perform for many years to come.
byhootie08-10-201509:11 PM - edited 08-13-201511:24 AM
Most students want to get the most entertainment they can for the least amount of money. The good news is that given the quality of TV technology these days, you don’t have to break the bank to get a great TV. Here is a collection of low cost TVs that are rated very highly by the toughest critics, end-users.
We all want to save money, and especially college students. School is expensive and having little or no income while in school means money is tight. Media streaming is a great way to save money while still having a lot of great entertainment available. I am going to identify excellent media streaming options for students who want the best of both worlds—low cost and lots of entertainment.
Another new school year is fast approaching, and if you have kids heading out of the city, province, or country to attend university, you may soon be faced with a dilemma—keep the kid’s stuff intact, or use their absence as an excuse to upgrade your “kid space” to an adult-friendly home theatre space. Here’s what you’ll need to take the room from “all-inclusive-kid-friendly-resort” to “five-star-adults-only-getaway.”
on 07-25-201510:38 AM - last edited on 08-24-201511:28 AM by BBYMartin
I have always been a big proponent of augmenting your home entertainment system with the full immersive sound of a surround sound system. However, I also recognize there are many reasons why a surround sound system may not be a practical solution. Whatever your reason is, a soundbar or soundbase can be an excellent alternative.
on 07-24-201510:59 AM - last edited on 08-06-201504:34 PM by BBYMartin
I had the luxury of testing out this new Samsung Ultra High Definition 65” TVat home. I had it for several weeks so was able to run it through its paces to provide a detailed review. This set is a brand new model exclusive to Best Buy. I have a couple of excellent HD plasma TVs at home but don’t own a 4K set yet, so I was looking forward to testing it out to see how it compares. This exclusive TV is definitely a step up with lots of features and an excellent picture.
We live in world surrounded by mobile technology that is enabled by ubiquitous cellular and Internet networks. Technology today is so much smaller, lighter, faster, and more powerful that it not only enables you to work and communicate wherever you are, it allows you to enjoy your favorite entertainment wherever you are. Beyond watching your favorite movie on your Smartphone or tablet, there are some less obvious ways to take your favorite entertainment with you that I will explore.
TVs are getting smarter and can do more for us, but now there’s a TV you can talk to?! LG’s new LF6300 Smart TVs let you speak into your Magic Remote to flip channels, perform searches, or access the internet or any number of social media platforms or web content right on your TV.
on 07-09-201512:55 PM - last edited on 07-12-201510:53 AM by hootie
4K TV is more popular than ever, and for good reason. It's currently the absolute best picture on the market, with twice the resolution of even HD TV. 4K is so good, it actually makes it worthwhile to get the biggest set you can afford. Why? And how can you get the most from your 4K TV at home? Let's dig in.
on 07-03-201509:00 AM - last edited on 07-09-201510:58 AM by Graham
Get 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!
byhootie07-02-201503:37 PM - edited 07-03-201510:43 AM
Almost 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.
on 06-30-201511:14 AM - last edited on 07-02-201509:42 AM by BBYMartin
More 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?
on 06-29-201511:37 PM - last edited on 07-09-201510:58 AM by Graham
I 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!
2015 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 seriesand 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.
byGraham06-19-201510:39 PM - edited 06-23-201510:34 AM
Isn’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.
on 06-17-201508:11 PM - last edited on 06-18-201511:14 AM by BBYMartin
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.
Last 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.
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!
on 05-29-201509:51 PM - last edited on 06-23-201512:01 PM by BBYMartin
Home 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.
on 05-28-201508:36 PM - last edited on 06-23-201512:01 PM by BBYMartin
2015 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.
I 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.
on 05-27-201502:08 PM - last edited on 05-27-201502:21 PM by BBYMartin
I 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.
on 05-18-201507:04 PM - last edited on 05-22-201510:23 AM by BBYMartin
I 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.
Kiss 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.
Pioneer 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.
on 05-12-201505:51 PM - last edited on 06-23-201512:06 PM by BBYMartin
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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