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Complete your home theatre with the Harmony Ultimate One remote and Harmony Smart Keyboard

by Blogger on ‎04-11-2014 10:44 AM - last edited on ‎04-15-2014 01:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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As much as TV is changing — how you watch it, where you watch it and when you watch it — there is something to be said about using a remote that can control almost everything you have in your home theatre. Logitech’s Harmony Ultimate One is the cream of the crop of universal remotes, controlling up to 15 devices covering over 225,000 models from 5,000 brands. If you want a keyboard to do the job in tandem with your smartphone or tablet, the Harmony Smart Keyboard might be more to your liking.

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Roku Streaming Stick now available in Canada through Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎04-04-2014 11:11 AM - last edited on ‎04-04-2014 04:56 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Great news: The Roku Streaming Stick is officially available in Canada today. Watch the unboxing and demo video to see what this tiny wonder can do to upgrade any TV into a smart one.

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Review: Roku Streaming Stick Home Theatre Media Streamer

by Blogger on ‎03-27-2014 11:15 PM - last edited on ‎04-04-2014 09:47 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The battle for the living room is heating up this month with the arrival of the Roku Streaming Stick. Knowing how interested I was to see this product first hand, Future Shop rushed me a Streaming Stick (and I’m in the process of rushing it back to them so they can shoot it for social media and so on) so that I could get a review out to you, our stalwart readers. I hope you're ready, cause here it comes.

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TV Terms you need to know.

by Blogger on ‎03-27-2014 07:58 PM - last edited on ‎04-04-2014 09:42 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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We’ve all wrapped our minds around HDTV and 3DTV, but progress marches on… and with it come some even-more-complicated terms that can leave you head spinning, unless you know how to understand display technology terms. Read on to become well-versed in some TV terminology.

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High quality audio isn’t something you can go halfway on; if you’re looking for great quality sound you can find it in all sizes, but a floor-standing speaker can give you some really impressive bang for your buck.

 

I’ve had a variety of audio setups over the past seventeen years (it almost scares me to write that) from home theatre-in-a-box solutions to quality bookshelf options. Having the Definitive Technology BP-8060ST Bipolar Supertowers in my home was a unique experience… and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today. 

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What is 4K? Explaining the Technical Details

by Blogger on ‎03-23-2014 12:03 PM - last edited on ‎03-27-2014 12:19 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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4K or Ultra HD is where the industry is headed. 4K relates to the amount of resolution in terms of pixels on a screen and it is estimated at around 4,000 horizontal pixes (thus 4K) which is roughly four times the resolution of 1080p HD, today's standard for Blu-Rays and full-HD broadcasts.

 

4K promises to bring greter detail, depth and colour range with four times the amount of video information as we're used to. While this is an exciting proposition, the new 4K standards require that movies and content be shot in native 4K resolution using 4K capable cameras, same for broadcasts and even Internet streaming services which will require increased bandwidth to push resolution that's four times the quality of HD.

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What to Look for when buying an HDTV

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2014 06:29 AM

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Buying a new HDTV has become one of those deeply personal activities that we partake of every five or six years. Choosing and evaluating the right HDTV goes beyond deciding on the price, size, brand and model. That was probably the way  people bought TVs a decade ago, but now there’s so much more to consider.

 

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What does regular content look like on a 4K TV

by Blogger on ‎03-11-2014 10:47 AM - last edited on ‎03-12-2014 02:07 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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With the exception of wearable technology, the buzz in the tech world has been the introduction of 4K – or UltraHD – TV to mainstream use.  In case you’ve been TV-illiterate for the last few years, let’s give you a high-level overview of what 4K actually means: the average HD-ready TV pumps out about 1920x1080 pixels, giving us what we know as high-definition TV. To our eyes, we see super-clear programming that – paired with the right television – makes those high-paid actors on the screen seem almost life-like.  Great right? To most of us, this is sufficient for the amount of TV we are watching. But there is that other percent of watchers who want the best of the best; for them, there is now 4K TV. Remember that pixel count we just spoke of in HD TV? Consider it yesterday’s news. 4K TV’s have a pixel resolution of 4096x2160.

 

Jaw dropping, I know. 

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Surround sound is a beautiful thing, but if you’re limited for space or going for a minimalist look, it can be hard to get the sound experience you want. Today I’m going to take a look at Solo Cinema from Definitive Technology, to see if it’s the right choice for me… and for you!

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Types of Surround Sound: What Do All Those Letters and Numbers Mean?

by Blogger on ‎02-27-2014 06:17 PM - last edited on ‎02-28-2014 02:25 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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5.1, 6.1, 10.2?  It could be a code from the Matrix, or an episode of Lost.

But no, these are some of the different types of surround sound. Not sure what the numbers add up to or what it means for the new home theatre system you're looking at?  Come along with me as we de-mystify Surround Sound. 

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Want to cut off your cable subscription?

by Blogger on ‎02-20-2014 09:13 AM - last edited on ‎02-21-2014 04:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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First, the more important question, how bad do we really need a cable TV subscription?

 

The more popular providers, depending on region (mine being Rogers and Bell), charge expensive rates for access to even the most basic of channels, including watching only the news; let’s not even get into more premium offerings.  For example: Are you a foodie? Like to learn about wildlife? Maybe just learn a bit about history? All of which are available in packages that can easily skyrocket your bill to the three figures. And we can't forget the fact that you’re already likely paying that much for high-speed Internet at home. The luxury that is cable is not cheap by any means, but there ARE options should you be willing to move a bit out of your comfort zone. 

 

Let’s take a look at some media streaming options available if you’re open to cutting your cable subscription:

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How to start streaming with your HDTV

by Blogger on ‎02-18-2014 10:32 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2014 07:43 PM by Hootie

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Problem: You’ve got lots of cool content on your computer, or your phone, or your tablet. You want it on your TV.

 

Solution: STREAM IT!

 

Easy, right? What, you need more than that? Read on, true believer, and I’ll show you how to get streaming today.

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Review: Sharp 70” 1080p 240Hz 3D LED Smart TV

by Blogger on ‎02-06-2014 02:12 PM - last edited on ‎02-17-2014 02:17 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Growing up in a house predominantly inhabited by siblings and parents from Generation-Y, the love and appreciation for the television was instilled in me at a young age: starting with the early 80’s 11” General Electric tube television that was built-in to the red velvet wall of my father’s bar in my parents’ basement, right up to the 70” Sharp LED Smart TV that I had a chance to test and will review here. TVs are no longer the basic picture viewer that I grew up with—not even close; they’ve evolved into so much more. Whether we are talking about the functionality of the TV itself, the retail price point, or of course, the engineered design, TVs are maturing faster than the average household can keep up with, making it tough to discern between the good and the bad. So let’s take a look at one of the more popular brands in the smart TV game, Sharp, and discuss why its 70” 1080p 3D LED Smart TV option is worth considering as the next big investment for your living room.

 

 

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Overview of the JBL Cinema 3D Blu-Ray Home Theatre System (BD300)

by Blogger on ‎01-27-2014 07:56 AM - last edited on ‎01-27-2014 10:05 AM by Hootie

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What's the best complement to that spanking new HDTV you bought for the Super Bowl? How about a CInema 3D Blu-Ray Home Theatre System that plugs in, offers crisp and powerful 5:1 surround sound to any HDTV.

 

The JBL Cinema 3D Blu-Ray Home Theatre System (BD300) is a home-theatre in a box solution ideal for anyone who wants a compatible, calibrated and pain-free Blu-Ray and speaker combo to go with their HDTV.

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Apps To Improve Your Home Theatre Experience

by Blogger on ‎01-23-2014 07:17 AM - last edited on ‎01-23-2014 11:51 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’ve ever spent an afternoon surfing the App Store, you know there's a plethora of apps out there for the home theatre lover.  So how do you choose? Which ones should take up gigs on your already full phone or tablet?  Right this way ...

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