All new 2016 Roku Streaming Stick Review

by Blogger on ‎05-24-2016 04:17 PM

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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.

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What to watch in 4K now

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2016 05:20 PM

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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.

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Should Outdoor Speakers Be Wired or Wireless?

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2016 09:45 AM - last edited on ‎05-21-2016 11:54 AM by Blogger

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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. 

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Watts, Ohms, Volts and Amps: What Does It All Mean?

by Blogger on ‎05-18-2016 09:32 PM - last edited on ‎05-19-2016 12:23 PM by Editor in Chief

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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. 

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Hands on with HDR and 4K TV by Samsung

by Blogger on ‎05-18-2016 12:14 PM - last edited on ‎05-18-2016 01:33 PM by Editor in Chief

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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.

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5 great outdoor speaker solutions

by Blogger on ‎05-14-2016 09:07 AM

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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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Jaybird Wireless X2 Bluetooth Earbuds

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2016 09:40 PM - last edited on ‎05-17-2016 12:10 PM by Editor in Chief

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Music can be an essential part of your fitness experience. As a runner, I find it essential to actually being able to push through the wall of “I hate this and why am I doing this to myself” into “there’s that dopamine hit!”. As a cyclist when I’m riding trails or bike routes I love being able to enjoy my own collection or something cool from Apple Music or Spotify. And when I’m lifting weights or doing cardio at the gym it’s a key part of keeping my momentum. The very worst part? Cables; Apple’s earbuds are great, until you snag them and send your phone tumbling across the floor, the road, or the dirt. It’s a terrifying moment until you see that–thankfully–your phone’s still okay. That’s why I like Bluetooth headsets, but I’ve had trouble finding a pair that is comfortable enough to rock every time I go out. I’ve found that pair now: The Jaybird X2 are the best Bluetooth buds I’ve used. Wanna know why? Read on to find out.

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Review: Samsung KS9000 and 9500 HDR 4K Smart TVs

by Blogger on ‎05-08-2016 11:37 PM - last edited on ‎05-09-2016 10:16 AM by Editor in Chief

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Two new KS series 4K HDR televisions are launching from Samsung, and Best Buy is carrying both. I was invited to Best Buy HQ in Burnaby, BC, to take a first look at them, and to provide you with a review of the experience. If you haven’t already read my review of the KS8000 series, check it out, it’s worth your time. For those looking to step up to the KS9000 series, read on. I think you’ll be thrilled to hear what Samsung has for you with this premium model.

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Review: Samsung's KS8000 Flat and KS8500 Curved 4K HDR Televisions

by Blogger on ‎05-06-2016 01:55 PM - last edited on ‎05-09-2016 10:18 AM by Editor in Chief

samsung_un55ks8000fxza_ks8000_series_55_class_suhd_smart_1235528.jpgSpring is an exciting time if you love colour and beauty. I’m not talking about flowers and trees; Samsung’s annual model changeover happens in May each year, bringing exciting new things to the home theatre space. Two new 4k models are hitting shelves soon and I had a chance to visit Best Buy Headquarters to see them in person. Are they everything we’ve come to hope from Samsung? Read on to find out.

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How to Stream Series: Part 3 - Roku Streaming Stick

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2016 04:04 PM - last edited on ‎05-04-2016 04:02 PM by Editor in Chief

new roku.jpgChoosing the right streaming device can be confusing; after all what's the best bet for what you want, and what are some of the key differences among the options?  In part 3 of our series we look at the "how-to" of streaming with a Roku Streaming Stick.

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Why Sonos is a superior home wireless speaker system

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2016 04:45 AM - last edited on ‎05-05-2016 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

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I recently made the dramatic change of living in an one-bedroom Vancouver condo to a three-bedroom house in Toronto and needed an easy, wireless speakers system like Sonos to fill it with super-sounding music and set the right the right tones. Read on to discover the top five reasons why I think Sonos is the the leading wireless speaker on the market today. 

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How to Stream Series: Part 2 - Google Chromecast TV

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2016 07:06 PM - last edited on ‎04-27-2016 07:37 PM by Editor in Chief

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Streaming is growing in popularity, but it may be tough to know which device is right for you. So I am going to show you how each one works.

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5 waterproof and water-friendly Portable Speakers for Summer

by Blogger on ‎04-20-2016 01:18 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 10:34 AM by Editor in Chief

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There's nothing like getting outdoors as the weather turns from winter to spring. Taking music with you just makes the time spent in the fresh air all the sweeter. Even better than having a speaker that likes being outdoors, is having one that won't mind splashes or spills. We've assembled a list of speakers that aren't afraid of the water.

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New LG sound bar with built in Google Cast

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2016 05:27 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 10:34 AM by Editor in Chief

LG Sound BAr 2.jpgLG Electronics is one of the top makers of home theatre systems, so you can bet they know a thing or two about reproducing great sound in your living room. The company has announced its new LG Sound Bar, promising it will deliver “the Smartest Sound.” How are they going to do it? Read on to find out the juicy details about the new LG Sound Bar.

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How to Connect an Audio System to your TV – Wired or Wireless

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2016 10:27 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2016 02:49 PM by Editor in Chief

LG TV with Audio System.jpgFlat screen TVs keep getting thinner and thinner, which creates a great aesthetic, but also leaves little room for audio technology. In fact, I am amazed how good some TVs sound given the constrained space. However, if you have a big flat screen with a beautiful picture, you also want big sound to enhance your viewing experience. Here’s a primer on how to connect audio to your TV.

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How To Connect Chromecast & Chromecast Audio To Your AV Receiver

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2016 03:51 PM - last edited on ‎04-20-2016 11:27 AM by Editor in Chief


Chromecast Header.jpgThe options for streaming audio and video at home are increasing rapidly. For those of us who are home theatre fanatics, a critical feature will be an ability to connect streaming devices to the heart of our systems, our AV Receivers. Let's take a look at how to capitalize on your home theatre investment and leverage streaming technology with Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.

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How to Stream Series: Part 1 - Apple TV

by Blogger ‎04-18-2016 12:39 PM - edited ‎04-27-2016 06:01 PM

apple-tv-4th-gen.jpgIf you're new to streaming TV, the choices can be intimidating. So too, can the thought of getting connected; how does streaming TV work, what are the options, and how easy is it to get started? We'll answer those questions and more in a brand new blog series, starting with Apple TV.

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Record Players and Turntables Explained

by Blogger on ‎04-12-2016 01:18 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 10:37 AM by Editor in Chief

Technica Turntable.jpegThere is something about playing a vinyl record that makes the music experience special. And more and more people are catching on as vinyl LP sales continue to grow faster each year. To accompany this surge in vinyl, record players of today have features that weren’t around when vinyl was king many moons ago. Record player technology has come a long way and presents a lot more choices. Here is a short primer on the most important things to consider when selecting your next turntable.

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What is HDR and how does it affect your 4K TV experience?

by Blogger ‎03-14-2016 12:40 PM - edited ‎03-14-2016 12:56 PM

If you've started hearing the term "HDR" when it comes to TVs, you might be wondering what it is, and what it means for your new television purchase. HDR is a type of technology that allows more brilliant colour and starker contrasts in your video picture, which, when combined with stunning 4K resolution, make for a hyper-real video experience. It is another TV acronym you'll want to learn and you'll likely fall in love with.

 

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Learn about the new 4K Insignia Roku TVs available at Best Buy

by Blogger on ‎03-10-2016 02:56 PM - last edited on ‎04-06-2016 09:29 AM by Editor in Chief

While Roku and Insignia have been collaborating on TVs for some time, the addition of a 4K TV to their shared stable is huge, and the sets will only be available at Best Buy.

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Home Theatre Audio: should you get a sound bar, a 5.1surround system, or Dolby Atmos

by Blogger on ‎03-06-2016 11:04 AM - last edited on ‎03-08-2016 12:53 PM by Editor in Chief

The number of quality options to ensure your home audio keeps pace with the clarity of your HD or 4K TV continues to grow. Choosing which setup is right for you can be an exciting and intimidating prospect. Take a closer look at three of the most popular choices and confidently move forward with building your perfect home theatre.

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Hands On with Monster's Complete Ultra HD TV Solution Pack

by Blogger on ‎03-01-2016 02:51 AM - last edited on ‎03-02-2016 02:54 PM by Editor in Chief

When you get a new TV, it's common to forget the other accessories you'll need to really make your purchase sing. A new 4K TV kit from Monster puts all your new TV must-haves into one box, and makes it easy to start watching 4K TV, and to keep your new purchase safe.

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How to stream video to your TV

by Blogger on ‎02-23-2016 04:38 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2016 01:11 PM by Editor in Chief

Video streaming has been around for awhile, but there are a lot of people just getting into Netflix or streaming movies. With all of the exciting new content and apps available, it's a great time to check out all of your video streaming options and what the future of video streaming will bring.

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Review: Kanto Yu5 Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

by Blogger on ‎02-22-2016 10:08 PM - last edited on ‎02-26-2016 01:10 PM by Editor in Chief

If you are looking for the convenience of wireless Bluetooth, the independence of self-powered speakers, and the ability to get true stereo sound you are finally in luck. Most powered Bluetooth wireless speakers on the market today are standalone speaker units that may sound good but typically won’t provide enough separation to supply true stereo sound. The Kanto Yu5 bookshelf speakers are an excellent solution that looks and sounds great, with a lot of flexibility and simplicity.

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Learning New TV Tech: TV Operating systems

by Blogger on ‎02-22-2016 02:21 PM - last edited on ‎02-22-2016 02:36 PM by Editor in Chief

Tizen, WebOS, Firefox, Roku and Android. You're bound to come across these names when shopping for a new smart TV.  They're some of the operating systems now built into smart TVs; essentially the brains that give new TVs added features like streaming and web browsing.  But which is which? Are some better than others? Check out what you need to know before you go shopping.

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What is available to stream in 4K now

by Blogger on ‎02-18-2016 04:25 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2016 01:20 PM by Editor in Chief

If you're looking for 4K content for your new 4K TV, or considering upgrading your set but wondering what you can watch, the answer is: plenty. New content is being added constantly, and 2016 promises to be the year of 4K, with more content coming on line or being announced every month. Take a look at some of the streaming TV options in 4K that you can watch today, plus some major announcements about what's coming soon. 

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4K TV Buying Guide

by Blogger on ‎02-18-2016 10:49 AM - last edited on ‎02-22-2016 03:45 PM by Editor in Chief

There are plenty of things to consider when selecting a new 4K TV.  While this format is growing in popularity, many people are still unfamiliar with 4K and what it can do for them. Learn how the format works, what makes it superior to other formats, and everything you'll need to enjoy 4K content.

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Movies optimized for 4K versus full 4K Ultra HD: what’s the difference?

by Blogger on ‎02-14-2016 10:53 AM - last edited on ‎02-17-2016 12:10 PM by Editor in Chief

By now many of you are familiar with the 4K video format. As new content is starting to emerge in 4K, we're also seeing some new terminology, including the release of new discs that are "mastered in 4K." What does the term mean, and can it give you the true 4K video experience?

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Music can have amazing effects at home: The Sonos and Apple Music Experiment

by Blogger on ‎02-09-2016 04:27 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2016 01:32 PM by Editor in Chief

There's a saying music can soothe a savage beast, but could it be true the mere act of playing music out loud in the home could improve family dynamics, make people want to spend more time together, increase the frequency of sex and even make your food taste better?! Check out the results of a fascinating new study on the power of playing music out loud in the home.

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4K Content: Sports, Movies and Events are coming to our cable boxes

by Blogger ‎02-07-2016 08:36 AM - edited ‎02-22-2016 02:35 PM

4K content has been kind of a chicken and egg scenario; people have been reluctant to get a 4K TV because there hasn't been a lot to watch in 4K. Producers have been reluctant to makes shows in 4K because not a lot of people were adopting 4K TVs. It appears the tide is now turning, as a slate of new 4K content has been anounced for Canada.

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