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It’s been a while since I joined the 100”+ club, and it’s hard to go back. Whether you’re watching Doctor Who, playing Mario Kart, or just streaming endless hours of syndicated TV from Netflix, having a projector in your life is one way of saying “those panels just aren’t big enough for me”. And when it’s time to go back to a smaller display? It feels cramped. Future Shop sent the BenQ HT1075 1080p DLP Home Theatre Projector my way, and I plugged it into my home theatre to put it to the test.

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Reviving Vinyl: Record Players are all the Rage

by Blogger on ‎11-17-2014 06:26 AM - last edited on ‎11-18-2014 01:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There's a saying about everything old being new again.  It's definitely true for vinyl records. The old fashioned technology is having a bit of a resurgence, with sales spiking, and new and imporved technology emerging to play all your old discs, or to play a growing number of new ones.

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Overview: LG 55" Curved OLED Smart TV (55EC9300)

by Blogger ‎11-15-2014 11:02 AM - edited ‎11-15-2014 11:04 AM

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There's a heck of a lot of choice out there when it comes to TVs, and the technology is advancing at a dizzying pace.  But there's a TV that one of the top online tech magazines calls the "Best. Picture. Ever."

What makes the LG OLED Curved Smart TV the new gold standard? Click to read more.

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Overview:LG 65" 4K Ultra HD 240Hz IPS Smart TV

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎11-12-2014 01:21 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There are so many new TV technologies to know, and how do you know which one is the best?  Which one you should pick above all others?  What about Smart TV functions?  Should you hold out for a TV that has internet connectivity too?  So many questions, and so many decisions.  But I'm here to tell you you can get 4K/Ultra HD picture with IPS-level quality and viewing angles, plus smart functionality in one fine package. Click to learn more.

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Overview: VIZIO P-series Ultra HD Smart TV Displays

by Blogger on ‎11-07-2014 01:15 AM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 09:45 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Part of welcoming VIZIO to Future Shop is the Tech Blog team getting to know what the brand has to offer. Home Theatre editor Tom Brauser asked me to take a look at the VIZIO P-series of Ultra HD TVs, new for Fall 2014. I did, so let’s discuss it.

 

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Harmony Ultimate Home and Smart Remotes reviewed

by Blogger on ‎11-02-2014 09:49 AM - last edited on ‎11-03-2014 09:52 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Logitech is still going strong with their Harmony line of remotes. I had the opportunity to take the latest model for a spin. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home adds a new dimension to having a truly universal remote, being able to help you take complete control of your home’s automation. 

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Overview: Panasonic 60" 1080p 120Hz IPS LED Smart TV (TC60AS630)

by Blogger on ‎10-31-2014 08:57 PM - last edited on ‎11-03-2014 12:07 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The high quality screen on this Panasonic VIERA 60ʺ smart, LED TV with IPS panel will bring immersive video experiences to life. Its in-plane switching (IPS) panel combines a wide viewing angle with beautifully reproduced images for impressive pictures.

 

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Connecting to the web without wifi? Check out the NETGEAR Dual Band Wireless Bridge

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 11:51 AM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 10:37 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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You're not quite ready to buy a new TV, and the Blu-ray player you got a few years ago still works great.  Buuuuuut... while they're both internet-enabled, you don't have that hard-wired ethernet hook up that they need handy.  What to do?  Get yourself the new NETGEAR Dual Band Wireless Bridge (WNCE3001), and start connecting easily, and immediately.  Click to find out how.

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fs-tech-blog-4k-value.jpgGot a taste for the best? Me too. With so many options on the market, stepping it up to some of the best tech available can really take your home theatre experience to the next level. In the past I’ve written about making the jump to projector tech, but this time around we’re going to look at some of the best physical displays on the market, and why they might be the perfect value for you.

 

There are three categories we’re going to look at: 4K TV under 60”, 4K TV over 60”, and OLED TV.

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Review: MyGica ATV 1200 is Android TV in a box

by Blogger on ‎10-20-2014 10:23 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 12:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Android is a mobile operating system that takes on several different forms. On a TV, there isn’t any one defining standard, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t existing ways to use it. The MyGica ATV 1200 is a set top box running on Android 4.1 and 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a unique interface and launcher, plus access to Google Play, XBMC and Web browsers with Flash support. Coupled with other media player support, this box should be up for consideration in your home theatre setup.

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Review VIZIO M-Series TV

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 06:48 AM - last edited on ‎10-16-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Tweeting from your phone is soo old school!  VIZIO's new line of smart TVs is just out in Canada, and already they seem like the smartest thing going.  VIZIOs are easy to use, with great picture quality, an integrated lineup of social media features and a fantastic price point. Read the review of why you should serioulsy consider a VIZIO for your next TV purchase.

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3 great Sharp tvs for any size room

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 03:54 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 02:17 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You're redecorating, moving, hibernating for the winter, or your TV has seen more short circuits than Ally Sheedy; whatever your TV problem, now's a great time to upgrade. There are several sizes that will fit just about any need, and as far as which brand to choose, you can't go wrong with Sharp. Click for the top three picks today!

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Review: Slingbox M1 is a convenient and powerful TV Anywhere solution

by Blogger on ‎10-13-2014 02:41 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 02:01 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

slingbox.jpgSlingbox has created a cohesive solution for watching what's on your TV anywhere you may be. The new Slingbox M1 deftly integrates with your cable box and home Internet connection to stream live and recorded  TV  and HD content to your PC and multiple devices thanks to new apps and now even Chromecast and Roku sticks.

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Best Value HDTVs in Every Size Category

by Blogger on ‎10-12-2014 10:07 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you've been shopping for a new TV to make your winter hibernation more entertaining, you'll know there's plenty to choose from.  We can help narrow down the search with a list of some of the best TVs, with top notch customer satisfaction ratings, that come with truly great value.  Check out the list...

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What's New with Google Chromecast in Canada

by Blogger on ‎10-11-2014 01:28 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 02:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's one of the smallest, easiest and most cost effective ways to stream TV in your home; Google's Chromecast has expanded its array of apps available in Canada, meaning much more content (a lot of it free!) is now available to Canadians.  Check out what's new in Google land, and how you can use Chromecast to stream TV in your home.

 

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