So, you’ve just purchased a brand spanking new, top of the line 65” 3D HDTV. You can’t contain your excitement. All you want is to get this new addition to your family out of the box and plugged into the wall so you can get started on your House of Cards marathon. I don’t blame you. In fact, I’m a little jealous. Now comes the question – to mount or not to mount? The ideal situation is to mount your TV on the wall above a TV stand that holds all your home entertainment components, but you can also go the TV-stand-only route. Here are the pros of mounting your TV on the wall, and some mount and TV stand options.
The wireless speaker market has taken off in the last few years, with more new wireless speakers all the time in every price range. Not to be outdone, Sony launched their SRS line of wireless speakers within the last year. At the top of this line is their SRS-X9 premium speaker. I was able to test one out and was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. It is much more attractive than most wireless speakers I’ve seen, has plenty of power, and is full of excellent features. A nice combination!
on 02-26-201511:16 AM - last edited on 02-26-201511:43 AM by BBYMartin
Various studies have shown how much time we watch TV, and it is more than I thought—about 4 ½ hours per day! North Americans are quite the couch potatoes (US and Canadian studies are similar). That’s over 1,600 hours a year. If you are spending that much time watching TV, why not seriously upgrade your viewing experience? I will tell you the three things to consider in taking your TV experience to the next level.
Every year an organization called Harris Interactive measures and rates the reputations of 100 of the world’s most visible companies. In the 2015 report, Sony was ranked as #13, which is pretty impressive considering how many big brands there are out there these days. So it makes sense that if you are looking at setting up a new home theatre system that you put Sony products at the top of your list. Here are two options for you to consider – one for bigger budgets and one for more modest budgets.
on 02-19-201503:02 PM - last edited on 02-19-201503:05 PM by BBYMartin
I am going to date myself: my first TV was a black & white cathode ray tube with vacuum tubes that needed to be replaced every now and then. It had rabbit ears that could pick up 4 stations if I was lucky. Needless to say, I didn’t watch it very much except for Ed Sullivan and the Twilight Zone. It is a big understatement to say that TVs have come a long way from those distant memories. TVs of 2015 are no longer just for watching television; they can be used in so many more ways. Are you taking advantage of all its capabilities? Here are some things to think about.
Well, maybe “teams up” is too strong a comment as they are not literally on the same team, which sounds more like a merger. What is newsworthy is that CTV is the first Canadian broadcaster to make their content available through Google’s Chromecast device. This is great news for all you prospective cable cutters and for you non-cutters that have trouble with your PVR missing past episodes of your favorite shows.
LG has some of the best value TV and home theatre components you will find because their brand perception isn’t as strong as their competitors, but the quality of their equipment is. Because of this, they have to price a bit more aggressively even though their products are as good or better. So if you are looking at a new home theatre system picking all LG components is a great way to go – good quality, lots of features, and good value.
A lot of people underestimate the impact that sound has on the Home Theatre experience. A decent sound bar can be a big step up from TV sound, while a surround sound system can take it up yet another level. In fact, once you have a good surround system, I can guarantee you will never turn back—it is noticeably that much better. At the heart of any surround sound system is the receiver, and the better the receiver the more impact your entertainment system will create.
Let’s be honest. Wires suck. They’re ugly, intrusive, binding, and seemingly everywhere you look. We’re right smack dab in the middle of an era where we all have so many personal electronic devices and gadgets that it seems as though every electric outlet in our homes needs an adapter to accommodate many more inputs than the two for which it was designed. That’s why I was happy to review the new Polk Omni S2 Rechargeable Wireless Speaker. I’ve been looking for a new wireless speaker for my home office for some time now … and the Polk Omni was given the honour of being my first guinea pig.
When it comes to creating a home theatre room, there are really no set rules. What might work for one person, one space, and one budget, may not work for you, your space, or your budget, and that’s ok. A home theatre doesn’t need to be created in a 1,000 square foot dedicated space. It can be created in your basement, living room, or even a dorm room. All you need are a few key components to get the most immersive viewing experience possible.
On a scale of one to ten, ten being Geek Squad Agenttechnologically savvy, and one being “I’ve-been-stranded-on-a-deserted-island-since-1960-jeepers-VCRs-are-nifty-gadgets” technologically savvy, I consider myself to be a solid seven. However, there is something about home entertainment systems that have always terrified me. In fact, I’ve typically left the dismantling and set up of my own system to my father, even though I am well aware that he is about a two on my very scientific scale. But with the XLIX Super Bowl and the 87th Academy Awards right around the corner, I decided it was time to do a little digging into how I can make both viewing experiences the best ever, and what I discovered was shocking – setting up a home entertainment system like a pro isn’t rocket science at all! Here are the five “S’s” to keep in mind to help you make the most out of your viewing, gaming, or listening experience.
on 01-17-201503:00 PM - last edited on 01-30-201508:24 AM by BBYMartin
You don’t have to be a pro to get rid of your cable subscription—all you have to do is call your cable provider. But what you need to figure out is how will I get great entertainment to watch. The good news is that there are more options every day for finding excellent content. But quitting your cable subscription cold-turkey can be pretty intimidating, especially if you tend to watch a fair bit of cable. I am going to try to make it easier.
byhootie01-09-201510:48 AM - edited 01-10-201511:43 AM
Now that CES 2015 is wrapping up, it is worthwhile taking a step back and see where the various TV makers are headed in 2015. Although 4K Ultra HD is the main theme, each manufacturer seems to have taken quite a different spin on how they are delivering 4K. And there are many more new buzzwords and new technologies to figure out. Here is a summary of what happened at CES with TVs.
on 01-08-201511:44 AM - last edited on 01-09-201509:33 AM by BBYMartin
I have always said the best feature you can buy in any TV is size, and the Super Bowl is a perfect reason why. Even after all the hype, the big game is a lot of fun to watch; on a giant screen the home experience is so much better. Add some food and friends and you can’t help but have a fantastic time.
What has been clear at CES 2015 is that 4K Ultra High Definition is going mainstream with all the brands. Everyone seems to be introducing more 4K sets than 1080p HD and are making 4K that much more affordable. Everyone always tries to out-do each other at CES, and Sharp’s one-upmanship is not based on another unique approach to 4K technology. Instead they want to leap-frog everyone else by bringing in 8K technology.
LG brought 7 new 4K OLED TVs to CES, and not to be outdone Sony is bringing 10 new 4K TVs to the show. Sony has always been a big proponent of 4K Ultra- High Definition TV, and with a lot more 4K models they are making it their mainstream product. What is obvious out from CES is that Sony is taking a different approach than their competitors.
byhootie01-05-201511:04 PM - edited 01-06-201510:47 AM
CES 2015 started today and LG made some big announcements about where they are going with their TV lineup. CES always provides an excellent preview of what the upcoming year will bring. It looks like 4K is going mainstream, which isn’t a big surprise. But where LG is going with 4K is a bit of a surprise, and a nice one at that!
The one thing that will round out that awesome big screen TV and sound system is the proper home theatre seating arrangement. Do you only have one recliner that everyone fights for? Are most of your seats not directly in front of the TV? Are you really comfortable when you spend a few hours watching TV? Is theatre seating only available at the movie theatre? The good news is you can now get excellent theatre seating for your home, and it has better features than they have at the movie theatre!
on 12-26-201404:20 PM - last edited on 12-29-201404:40 PM by BBYMartin
The Polk Audio SB1 Soundbaris one of the most impressive soundbars you will find. Not only does it have excellent sound that greatly improves your home theatre experience, you can use it to wirelessly fill your home with sound by adding other speakers, and they don’t even have to be Polk. Similar to Sonos, Denon HEOS, or Bose Soundtouch you can create a variety of sound experiences throughout your home with a tremendous amount of ease and no messy wires.
When it comes to TVs, there are a few big brands that lead the pack – Sony, Samsung, LG, and Panasonic, to name a few. But in 2002, armed with $600,000 and a vision, three entrepreneurs from Irvine, California introduced a new player to the game: VIZIO. Since then, they’ve skyrocketed to success and are currently ranked #2 in HDTVs and #1 in Smart TVs and sound bars in the US; and in September of this year, VIZIO expanded out of its home market to bring its award-winning product line to Canada.
We have done quite a number of TV reviews or detailed overviews this year, so I thought it would be good to look back at all that investigation and identify what I think are the best TVs this year. If you are shopping for a new TV it is a hard decision to make because there are so many brands and models to choose from. Here are my top picks for 2014, and each for different reasons.
byhootie12-17-201405:44 PM - edited 12-18-201409:13 AM
TVs keep getting bigger with a clearer, richer picture and Christmas or Boxing Day is a very popular time for people to upgrade their technology. If you are getting a new TV, and even if you aren’t, it is also a great time to get those accessories that will make any TV experience a lot better. These must-have accessories make great Christmas presents and if Santa was not so nice, Boxing Day sales are sure to give you a second chance.
on 12-16-201412:53 PM - last edited on 01-30-201511:27 AM by BBYMartin
The Pioneer X-CM32BT Micro System is a relatively compact little unit that can be deceiving. If asked to describe where it lands in the crowded arena of audio playback systems, I’d have to say it lies somewhere between massive amplifier/receiver systems and compact all-in-one mobile device docking stations. It reminded me of hi-fi systems of a couple of decades ago, but in a much smaller package.
The system will play many audio formats and media. Radio, CD’s and digital audio files (MP3/WMA) are all supported.
on 12-12-201405:43 PM - last edited on 12-15-201404:21 PM by BBYMartin
I like gifts that I typically wouldn’t buy for myself even though they are so cool or useful that I would love to have them. Gifts that I want but just can’t seem to justify buying for myself. Well, here are some unique home theatre gadgets that easily fall into that category. They are cool because they are very useful, but might not be something you would think to give even though your gadget guru will likely really like them.
on 12-10-201410:39 PM - last edited on 12-11-201408:32 AM by BBYMartin
If you have an aspiring home theatre buff on your Christmas list, or just someone with some great home theatre gear, here are some ideas on how to fill their stocking with smaller stuff that can come in real handy. They qualify as stocking stuffers because they are small enough to fit, OK a couple of them you might have to have stretch socks, and they are very inexpensive.
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