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.
Rocketfish makes accessories in a variety of areas, including home AV. Here are four particularly notable items from the line to enhance your AV setup, plus one product for helping to keep your mobile device screens squeaky clean.
on 07-09-201409:48 AM - last edited on 07-09-201411:47 AM by BBYMartin
I have always been a big fan of Denon electronics, having several Denon components in my home today. I find Denon to be great value with high quality equipment that is at a reasonable price. They are now launching a new product line, HEOS, which is a wireless multi-room speaker system that is poised to compete with the likes of Sonos and Bose Soundtouch. It is great to see Denon enter this market as they are a formidable competitor that will force everyone to continue improving their products. Here is the lowdown on their new HEOS line.
If you are in the market for a new TV, you can kill a lot of brain cells trying to figure out all the available models. It is perfectly acceptable to kill a few more afterward with a few celebratory libations, basking in the glory of a new HDTV. You will especially want to celebrate if you selected one of Samsung’s UNH6350 LED sets, as this new line has some of the best mid-range TVs on the market. If you want a great performing HDTV with an excellent Smart platform you will not go wrong with the H6350’s from Samsung.
byShelaghM07-03-201410:44 AM - edited 07-25-201403:05 PM
There have been so many spectacular moments during the FIFA World Cup games. From van Persie’s amazing header, to Suarez’s two goals (and bite) to Howard’s stunning blocks and manoeuvres, the excitement has been non stop. If you were watching the games on a pint-sized TV you probably missed some of the stunning details and colour of these historical matches.
Maybe it's time to upgrade to one of the 4K Ultra HD TVs with their gloriously big screens offering the ultimate immersive viewing experience.
byhootie06-28-201411:19 AM - edited 06-28-201411:23 AM
As a person who regularly reviews products, you won’t be surprised to hear that I am a big fan of reviews. And I don’t mean my reviews, but from consumers that have bought the product, used it for a while and discovered the nuances about it, both good and bad. I would never buy a product unless I read quite a number of reviews about it as nothing can replace that user experience and associated perspective. So what I thought I would do is provide you a summary of what I found to the be top 5 best rated TVs, purely based on customer ratings and share some of their reviews.
With so much content available from such a variety of sources, more and more Canadians are looking at cutting their cable bills. One option to consider is taking advantage of TV stations that broadcast free over-the-air (OTA). I was able to test out the Homeworx HD Digital Converter Box combined with the Clearstream 4 Outdoor antenna and a Philips PVRand was surprised how many channels I was able to pick up in my little corner of the world. With this equipment it is a very economical and simple way to get a bunch of free OTA TV channels.
on 06-23-201412:01 PM - last edited on 06-23-201402:10 PM by BBYMartin
Dolby Laboratories has been in the business of improving and perfecting the sound experience since 1965. They started with Dolby Noise Reduction, which got rid of the hiss on audiocassette tapes. In the early 90’s they introduced Dolby Digital, which gave rise to ever-improving surround sound, ultimately evolving to Dolby TrueHD, which further improved the purity of sound reproduction. Their latest sound technology is Dolby Atmos, which has taken the sound experience to yet a new level. Atmos is to sound what 4K is to TV resolution.
on 06-17-201404:05 PM - last edited on 06-23-201409:50 AM by BBYMartin
Apple and Roku make the top media streaming devices in the market today. So if you want to convert your TV to a Smart TV, an Apple TV or Roku 3 are both excellent choices. Sure, there are quite a number of other choices, but Apple and Roku have a more established streaming platform since they have been at it much longer than most. You won’t go wrong with either one.
Although they both function largely the same, there are a number of differences between the Roku box and Apple TV. So how do you choose which one is best for you? I happen to have both units and can give you a side-by-side comparison to help you decide.
on 06-04-201410:43 PM - last edited on 06-09-201409:53 AM by BBYMartin
Since announcing WebOS earlier this year at CES 2014 in January, LG just congratulated themselves on selling over 1 million WebOS enabled Smart TVs. But what is all the fuss about and why are they selling so many WebOS TVs? The answer is “simple,” no pun intended. The WebOS operating system for their Smart TVs is all about improving the user experience and making it easier to use. It is very easy and even entertaining to set up, and simpler to quickly access exactly what content you are looking for. It even allows you to flip back and forth between apps or different devices while returning exactly where you left off. Here’s how it works.
Today, a wireless keyboard is far more than just a computing peripheral. It can be used on-the-go with a tablet, for game-play and entertainment with a gaming console, and even as an integral part of the living room with a smart TV.
It’s no secret that the Internet has completely changed the way in which we shop for new products and services. These days, when we’re in the market for something new, we don’t first turn to our friends and family for advice like we may have in days of yore like the 1980s. No, we turn to the web and to customer reviews. But with millions of websites out there, sorting through customer reviews can be daunting. That’s why we’ve done the work for you and have compiled this list of the top six portable Bluetooth speakers as rated by Best Buy customers.
on 05-25-201406:04 PM - last edited on 05-26-201411:39 AM by BBYMartin
Best Buy has all sorts of Kitchen appliances, from major appliances to small toasters, blenders, and coffee makers. But a couple of “appliances” I would also suggest for your kitchen is a TV and sound system. The kitchen is probably the one room that you spend the most waking hours in. It is the room that everyone congregates in at social gatherings, so why not have some entertainment in it? The cook doesn’t want to miss the action in the big hockey or football game, nor should they since having to cook is already punishment enough. Here are some suggestions on solving the entertainment system for the kitchen, since it is probably a trickier room to equip.
on 05-14-201408:00 AM - last edited on 05-22-201403:03 PM by BBYMartin
Sony has taken an entirely new approach to their TV design for 2014, and they are bucking the trend. Their competitors have made their sets slimmer and slimmer, and some even added a curved profile instead of flat. Instead, Sony launched their innovative wedge design earlier this year at CES. I like the fact that Sony hasn’t simply followed the trend because the wedge design is not just aesthetically appealing, it also has a number of other functions that actually improve the TV.
byhootie05-07-201409:16 PM - edited 05-08-201409:22 AM
Samsung is the de-facto leader in LED TVs and have produced some of the best TVs in the market. Their 6000 series over the last couple of years has been extremely popular, and for good reason. But how does the sexy new H8000 curved LED TV compare to the tried-and-true and continuously improving 6000 series? The H8000 is undoubtedly the future of home entertainment while the 6000’s are the proven technologies and quality products that are in so many living rooms. It is hard to go wrong with Samsung, but what gives with the new H8000 vs. the not so new?
on 05-03-201405:28 PM - last edited on 05-05-201410:32 AM by BBYMartin
Samsung has just launched their most exciting new TV’s for 2014 – their curved series of LED and Ultra HD LED TVs. The Samsung H8000 and HU9000 sets are fantastic displays with a lot of excellent extra features in addition to the curved profile. For a more detailed description, check out my previous post outlining everything they have to offer. The curved profile gives them a striking look that makes them very unique. But does the curved design mean you have to confine this beautiful TV to a stand on a shelf or table? Or can you mount this beauty on the wall? What is the best option?
on 04-24-201408:55 AM - last edited on 04-30-201401:08 PM by BBYMartin
Until now, if you wanted a large-screen curved TV you had to buy an OLED set at a premium price. Samsung has just launched their line of LED HDTVs and UHD TVs with curved screens and a ton of other features. Samsung’s H8000 series are their high-definition curved TVs, and their HU9000 series are their 4K UltraHD curved screen TVs. Samsung is always striving to stay ahead of the curve, no pun intended, and these fantastic TV’s will do just that.
on 04-17-201403:28 PM - last edited on 04-17-201404:19 PM by BBYMartin
If you want to convert your TV into a Smart TV, then getting a Blu-Ray player is a good option because most of them include media streaming as well. So if you don’t have a Blu-Ray player, seriously consider getting a combo media streamer/blu-ray player. The great thing is the price is about the same as what you would pay for a media streamer. I had the chance to test out Philips Blu-Ray Disc Player, which can also stream content, and can tell you how it compares to popular media streamers made by Roku or Apple.
on 04-16-201408:53 AM - last edited on 05-15-201402:29 PM by BBYMartin
Sound bars have become the most popular way to improve your entertainment sound experience because they are reasonably inexpensive, simple to setup, and don’t take up much room. TV speakers are small and flat so they just can’t cut it, so a sound bar is a great way to get better sound. The good news is that there are a lot of bars to choose from, but how do you choose? Here are the factors that I think you should be considering in your purchase.
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