If you haven’t seen an OLED TV yet, then you don’t know what you are missing. OLED TVs are the next generation of technology that is here today and is a big step up in picture quality. The LG 55” OLED 55EA9700is a fully loaded set that is beautiful in so many ways.
LCD, LED, HDTV, 3D, 4K, IPS. OMG, right? Ok, that was pretty cheesy, but it was meant to illustrate a point – TVs these days are much more complex than they were only 10 years ago. Not only do you have to understand what all those acronyms mean, you have to understand what constitutes good value. Sure, you could spend the equivalent of one month’s salary on a 60” LED Smart TV, but why would you when you could get much more for your money with the Panasonic 60” 1080p 120Hz IPS LED Smart TV (AS630). It’s got all the acronyms you could want and performance you need, at a price point that won’t break the bank.
Most Internet enabled devices come with WiFi these days, but not all do. If you have an older gaming device, media player, or any other device that might not support WiFi connectivity, then Netgear’s Wireless Adapter is the perfect solution. It easily turns any wired Ethernet-only device into a wireless one.
on 10-12-201408:15 PM - last edited on 10-14-201401:08 PM by BBYMartin
Ultra HD 4K and OLED TVs sure are nice. In fact, eye-popping nice, the picture is so much better! If you haven’t seen them, then you should check it out. But they are also a bit higher cost, so how do you make sure you find the best value 4K or OLED set? After all, we all want the best value – especially for electronics that we will keep for a while.
Remember the days when a 32” TV weighed about the same as a small car, cost you one month’s salary, and required an industrial strength TV stand that took up the majority of your living space? Thankfully that’s all ancient history. These days, there is a TV to fit every lifestyle, every space, and perhaps most importantly, every budget. But with so many options, how do you choose? It can be difficult, and that’s why I’ve done the legwork for you and have selected five HDTVs that I think are the best value for what they bring to the table.
Vizio is the new kid on the block in Canada, and they have brought a great set of home entertainment products with them. They have a reputation for being innovative and their Sound Baseis a good example. In addition to the great sound bars that Vizio offers, they have their Sound Base – like a sound bar but an even simpler way to improve your TV viewing.
When the notice arrived for a rate increase, we were ready to say goodbye to cable. It took a bit of planning and introducing the ClearStream1 short-range antenna and Tablo two-tuner over-the-air (OTA) DVR into the mix. But the cord's been cut and we haven’t looked back since.
byhootie09-25-201408:00 AM - edited 09-26-201410:08 AM
Bose has based its reputation on delivering fantastic sound with small speakers and the Bose CineMate 15 is no exception. If you are tight on space but don’t want to sacrifice sound quality then this is for you. Even if you aren’t tight on space, Cinemate 15 is a simple and very clean way to add great sound to your entertainment system.
Sling Media just brought out their newest Slingbox, the M1. Most media streamers take video from the your computer or the Internet to your TV, but Slingbox works in reverse. They take video from your TV or DVR and stream it to your PC, tablet, or Smartphone. It lets you watch the TV programming from your cable or satellite box whenever you are away from home on your mobile device of choice.
There is good reason that Vizio is the top seller of sound bars in the U.S. market. For the price, they provide some of the best award-winning sound bars you can buy. Vizio deliver innovative features and excellent sound at a very reasonable price, not a bad combination!
on 09-12-201408:55 PM - last edited on 09-15-201402:58 PM by BBYMartin
Vizio TV and sound systems are now officially available at Best Buy locations across Canada. Best Buy is one of the very few electronic retailers in Canada that are carrying their excellent Smart TVs and Audio products. If you are wondering who Vizio is and why this is important, read on….
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.
byhootie08-31-201411:33 AM - edited 08-31-201411:38 AM
What components would you put in the home theatre system of your dreams? Most of us watch enough TV that having an awesome home entertainment system makes a lot of sense, but few of us go that extra step - including myself. I have thought about what would make my dream home theatre.
on 08-28-201401:08 PM - last edited on 08-29-201409:30 AM by BBYLaura
Dorms don’t usually provide any kind of TV service right in your dorm room, so a streaming device is almost a necessity. There are quite a number of different streaming options, but to make it simple for you here are the top 3 devices.
on 08-26-201410:02 AM - last edited on 09-04-201404:38 PM by BBYMartin
Is your Home Entertainment System ready to take full advantage of the upcoming Fall TV Season, or will some simple upgrades really improve your entertainment pleasure. Here are my top 5 Home Theatre products that can really beef up your fun.
on 08-22-201402:45 PM - last edited on 08-22-201405:07 PM by BBYLaura
Having the very best sound in your dorm room is going to make the school year a whole lot more enjoyable. Rock out with your friends, stream music from your favourite station, or just mellow out with your best tunes. Wireless is the best way to go for many reasons and here are the top 3 wireless speakers to rock out the dorm.
on 08-16-201406:05 PM - last edited on 08-17-201411:30 PM by BBYMartin
A home theatre projector is the best way to super-size your home entertainment experience. It will provide the biggest bang for your buck as it is the most economic way to get over a 100” jaw-dropping picture at home. The projector isn’t the only thing you will need to make your home entertainment system hum – here’s what else you need.
Setting up a home entertainment centre doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The first step is to find the perfect home theatre projector for your set-up. Best Buy has many projectors to choose from and you can find reviews on specific models in our Plug-in blog. This time around I've decided to let the ratings speak for themselves and have gathered a list of the five top projectors based on customer feedback and reviews.
on 08-09-201411:26 AM - last edited on 08-09-201404:38 PM by BBYMartin
Denon makes some of the best mid-range electronics on the market. I particularly like their gear because it isn’t overly pricey but yet is extremely well engineered to sound great and is built to last. I have had Denon in my home for a long time and it has proven to be excellent value. Now I am thrilled to see that they have come out with a new wireless speaker system, Denon HEOS. I recently got my hands on all three Denon wireless speakers to test them out and I loved everything about them – the look, the features, the quality, and most importantly the sound.
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.
on 07-27-201410:03 PM - last edited on 07-29-201412:35 PM by BBYMartin
Blu-Ray players used to be just that, able to only play Blu-Ray discs. Blu-Ray players today come with a myriad of additional capabilities and Samsung’s BD-H6500 is no exception. It is fully loaded and is 4K Ultra HD ready so if you have a 4K TV or plan to get one in the future this is the ideal Blu-Ray media player. One of the great things about this player is that it will upconvert HD content to be much closer to UHD resolution. It is loaded with other features too. Although it costs a little bit more than most other Blu-Ray players, I got my hands on one and given all its features and capabilities it is a great buy.
Heading back to school to hit the books is an exciting but challenging time. Downtime is going to be an important part of your balancing act but your budget is going to be tight. Entertaining at home means having friends over to your dorm room to either watch the game or play the game. Which TV should you choose for your dorm? It all depends on your favourite kickback and relax activity.
on 07-25-201403:38 PM - last edited on 07-29-201412:38 PM by BBYMartin
It is hard to resist those shiny new big flat screen TVs. They are bigger and more beautiful than ever. But if you truly want an immersive entertainment experience, a projection system is very hard to beat and provides better value. Projectors deliver a truly huge picture that you could never get in a flat panel HDTV, and still provide all the clarity, vibrancy, and features that come with a flat screen. Projectors have come a long way, so throw away any old pre-conceived ideas you might have about them. If you are in the market for a new TV seriously consider a projector. I hope you do, and here I will tell you what you should look for.
Summer has officially arrived here on the west coast, and along with the sunshine and increased temperatures, Mother Nature has given us a much-deserved respite from the rain (for the most part). So as you can imagine, like the majority of Canadians, Vancouverites are finding every excuse imaginable to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Case in point – I’ve spent the last several Tuesday evenings sitting on a blanket in the grass with several thousand of my closest friends watching free classic movies from the 80s as they are projected on to a four storey inflatable movie screen. Super fun, for sure, but it got me thinking … if I had a backyard, could I transform it into my own personal outdoor theatre? Yes. And as it turns out, it’s not that hard to do.
on 07-21-201408:48 AM - last edited on 07-22-201401:56 PM by BBYMartin
Monster manufactures high quality accessories that are needed for any TV & Home Theatre system. You know, cables and surge protectors that you typically just take for granted or simply buy as an after thought. They are extremely well made, but with that typically comes a higher price. You get what you pay for, but with these relatively mundane accessories is it worth spending the extra dough? You just bought a fancy new HDTV or better yet a shiny stunning 4K UHD model, so do you need high-end cables to make sure you get the best picture?
I had the opportunity to try out a couple of excellent Monster HDMI cables and a Power Surge Protectorso I can give you my first-hand perspective on why you may or may not consider them for your system.
on 07-19-201405:48 PM - last edited on 07-22-201401:50 PM by BBYMartin
You may be thinking it will be a little while before you can afford an upgrade to a stunning 4K UHD new technology TV. That time may be closer than you think with LG’s new 4K 55” 3D Smart TV (55UB8500). They have priced it very aggressively while keeping all the excellent features that you could want in such a TV. It is one of the lowest priced 4K TV’s on the market and comes as a WebOS powered Smart TV, an IPS panel, and passive 3D. This is probably the best value 4K TV on the market.
on 07-16-201407:30 AM - last edited on 07-18-201409:42 AM by BBYMartin
Deciding to buy a new TV has an objective and emotional component to the decision. New models of TVs are constantly being launched and they keep getting bigger and better usually at a lower cost, unless you are into the really elite technologies. Your emotional side can easily be “wowed” by the shiny new “bigger-screen” TVs that are full of great features like 3D or Smart. The objective side obviously has to consider whether there really is enough performance difference to justify spending some money. There is no right or wrong answer with this, but I will try to outline what I think are the most important factors to consider.
Heading off to college or university is an exciting time. And if you’re planning to live in a dorm room, it means stocking up on all of the gear you’ll need for the shared living space. When it comes to a display device, one wouldn’t even think of a tablet as being a full-on TV replacement. But when you consider that your home base will be such small living quarters, this becomes a real consideration. And there are advantages for each technology when it comes to both productivity and entertainment.
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