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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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