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Review: Polk Audio OMNI SB1

by Blogger ‎01-25-2015 10:03 AM - edited ‎01-25-2015 10:25 AM

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There are a lot of people out there with great flat screen TVs set up in their homes but are still using the TV’s built in speakers. Sure those do okay in a pinch but if you want your audio experience to be good as the visuals that TV delivers, you should consider setting up a home theatre system. One of the great things with flat screen TVs in comparison to older TVs is that now you can put TVs in more places where you might not otherwise have the space, but what about speakers? Not everybody has space for a big and complex home theatre setup. Running cables and positioning speakers can be a bit of work for some people. If you want something that you can install simply, won’t take up too much space, and will still give you a great sound experience, then a soundbar is for you. Soundbars do all of this, delivering the right balance between simplicity and performance. Polk Audio has a very solid history in premium audio so it was a treat to check out their Omni SB1 soundbar with subwoofer.

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I have limited space in my living room. A big home theatre setup would be impractical so I always had my eye on soundbars. They help you enhance your audio experience while being easy to setup and not taking up much space. I had the opportunity recently to spend some time checking out the Energy Connoisseur CS-30 Soundbar and Subwoofer system and found it perfectly filled that gap in my setup.

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New Octane Home Theatre Seating

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2015 10:55 AM

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A big part of the enjoyment of going to the movies at newer theatres, aside from the flavour-blasted popcorn, is the seats.  They lean, they’re nicely padded, some even move along with the show!  But let’s be honest, they’re nowhere near as comfy as your recliner or chaise sofa at home.  Now you can combine the best of the big screen theatre experience, with the best of comfy at-home furniture, and bring the whole experience home!  Not to mention making yourself, and your home theatre the envy of the neighbourhood.

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Review: Polk Omni S2 Rechargeable Speaker - My Love-Hate Relationship

by Blogger on ‎01-05-2015 01:37 PM - last edited on ‎01-05-2015 05:09 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's a heavy, weighty speaker, and that's probably because the Polk Audio S2 Rechargeable Speaker is packed with all kinds of good stuff that will make it one of the best sounding speakers you'll ever bring into your home, especially considering it's portable and rechargeable.  But find out why, despite the sound of angels singing eminating from this music box, I had a very frustrating experience.

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Getting music from your phone or your computer to your Hi-Fi audio system can be accomplished in a number of ways; some cheap, some expensive. The experience isn’t uniform–some are great, some are less than great. Mass Fidelity’s Relay has been on the market for some time, and as one of the premium solutions available from Future Shop it has raised the question “is it worth the price difference over commodity competitors on the market?”. Let’s take a look together. 

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Home Theatre must-have accessories

by Blogger on ‎12-21-2014 06:05 PM - last edited on ‎12-24-2014 11:31 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

FSBHTse.jpgHome Theatre accessories run the gamut from snappy remotes, sweet-sounding soundbars, mounts, streaming boxes and even gaming consoles. Here are some of the must-have accessories worth checking out.

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Top 5 stocking stuffers for the Home Entertainment nut

by Blogger on ‎12-15-2014 09:18 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2014 03:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What to get for your favourite Home Entertainment aficionado this holiday season? This can be a tough question but I'll make it easy. Here are some amazing stocking stuffers that will put a smile in any cinephile and audiophile on your list.

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Review LG BP735 Blu-Ray player and media streamer

by Blogger on ‎11-30-2014 11:31 AM - last edited on ‎01-13-2015 05:06 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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The LG BP735 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray player may look like a basic video player but it integrates many SmartTV and streaming functions that make it  one of the leading all-around streaming and playback devices out there.

 

The LG BP735 delivers all the essentials for a cinematic home theatre experience, plus integrated web connectivity options. It's a 3D Blu-Ray player that can support up to near-4K resolution when paired with an Ultra HD TV. It also lets you stream audio to your smartphone so you can listen without disturbing anyone around you.

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Pioneer X-CM32BT-K Micro System Review

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2014 03:25 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 03:54 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Here's how to transform an ordinary stereo into a more modern one in a snap: add ways to connect to it with and without wires! Pioneer wins this bet by giving the Bluetooth-enabled X-CM32BT-K speaker over seven ways to play music. This versatile system acts as a CD player, an AM / FM tuner as well as a docking station for your multimedia devices (either through Bluetooth or with a wire connection). Furthermore, this micro system does all this without compromising either sound quality or power.

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Review: Sharp AQUOS 60" 1080p 240Hz 3D LED Smart TV

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 10:27 AM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:27 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Earlier this year, I reviewed the big brother to the 60-inch Sharp AQUOS LED Smart TV, the 70-inch iteration. Aside from the 10-inch size difference, the two TVs look, feel and act aesthetically the same, right down to the subtle nuances embedded in the Smart menu. In fact, I was so impressed with the functionality of the TV I reviewed that I bought it from Sharp to hang in my living room! So when Future Shop approached me to do a follow-up review of the 60-inch version, it seemed like a no-brainer — why not take a look at other features of the TV that may have been missed the first time around?  So that’s exactly what I am going to do. This review will focus on the internals that power the TV, explain what 4K upscaling is really all about, and of course, some cool features of the user interface.

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Review: JVC Everio camcorder (GZ-R10BU)

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2014 05:07 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 03:55 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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A video camera!? Why would you need a video camera when we all already carry cameras in our purses and pockets? It turns out your smartphone, no matter how great the camera, is no match for the tough as nails JVC Everio: it's waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and you can strap it to your quad (or snowboard, or bike) and catch all the action without worrying about harming a delicate electronic device. Check out my review, testing the mettle of this HD video camcorder.

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Overview: LG 70" 1080p 240Hz 3D IPS LED Smart TV (70LB7100)

by Blogger on ‎11-24-2014 08:36 AM - last edited on ‎01-13-2015 05:02 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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An ultimate size for many HDTVs, the 70-inch size is ideal for most home theatre and even office applications. LG 70" 1080p 240Hz 3D IPS LED Smart TV (70LB7100) focuses on SmartTV functionality as well as outstanding high-definition performance and picture quality.

 

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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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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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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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