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What to look for in a Soundbar?

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2014 05:27 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2014 08:33 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Most HDTVs feature ample sound by way of built-in speakers but ideal home theater setups often require a larger soundstage and good sound separation. Home theater sound systems range in price and capacity from stereo speakers to amplified 5.1 or up to 7.1 surround sound speakers that interface directly with the source of the video or through an amplifier or tuner.

 

The challenge with multiple-speaker systems is that you need space for placement and also costly wired or wireless installation and once this is set up, it becomes difficult to move either the speakers or the TV.

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How to Connect Stereo Speakers to Your TV

by Blogger on ‎04-16-2014 08:11 AM - last edited on ‎04-16-2014 09:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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So you bought a great new TV.  Congratulations! When the salesperson asked you about speakers, did you think, “I’ve spent enough money today, no thanks! And besides, TVs COME WITH speakers built right in!” The thing is, factory speakers on many TVs are ok for watching Jeopardy! but if you’re going to put on a movie, or even check out some of the cool new TV shows that are putting movies to shame you need good speakers to give you good sound

 

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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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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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Battle of the Streamers: Roku Streaming Stick VS Google ChromeCast

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2014 02:52 PM - last edited on ‎04-03-2014 01:38 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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2014 is an amazing time to be alive; the two heavyweights in media streaming technology are the two smallest products on the market. We’re talking about the Roku Streaming Stick and Google ChromeCast, and today we’re putting them head to head!

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What's an IPS TV, and Why You REALLY Want It

by Blogger on ‎03-09-2014 01:20 PM - last edited on ‎03-10-2014 04:11 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You may be reading more about IPS when it comes to TV screens.  But what are IPS screens, how do you identify them, and why should you buy one?  

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Exciting Announcement of Roku Streaming Stick

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2014 09:47 AM - last edited on ‎04-03-2014 01:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It used to be that streaming content from your computer to your TV was a complicated process, or one that involved spending lots of money on a boxy set- top connector.  No more, because the streaming-content specialists at Roku have just come out with a device that gives you access to your favourite content, in a plug-and-go device no bigger than a USB stick.  And the price point can't be beat right now in Canada.

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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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Roku streaming media player tips and Tricks

by Blogger ‎02-22-2014 06:51 AM - edited ‎02-22-2014 06:51 AM


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The Roku series of set-top boxes are extremely convenient and easy-to-use add ons to any existing HDTV that can access streaming services, video podcasts and even some apps and games. Roku’s strength is that it is pretty much a plug-and-play device and as long as you have a WiFi or Ethernet connection, it can access a variety of streams, videos and channels.

 

Roku comes with a number of preset channels and services to popular subscription-based streaming movie services, sports channels, Internet radio and audio services as well as very specialized news and features. Roku currently lists 450+ channels of popular movies, TV shows, sports, music, news, kids programming and more and that’s just the stuff that’s on that’s included. There’s a vast universe of private channels or unlisted channels that users can easily add to their Roku. Here are some Roku tips and tricks.

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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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Overview: Antennas to boost overall HD and 4K Quality

by Blogger on ‎01-26-2014 10:54 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2014 11:20 AM by Hootie

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HDTV programming isn't exclusive to cable or satellite TV subscriptions. Now that various local stations are able to transmit an HD signal, it is possible to get a stunning HD quality feed completely subscription free provided you connect your HDTV to an indoor over-the-air HD antenna. Since rabbit ear type antennas are no longer the norm, many of these indoor HD antennas are flat and can easily be placed near any HDTV console quite unobtrusively. We take a look at a few.

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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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Surge protect your new TV and other home theatre equipment

by Blogger ‎01-15-2014 08:34 AM - edited ‎01-15-2014 10:43 AM

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The holidays are a time of family, relaxing (I say that loosely, though; there is often little relaxing when everyone is under one roof), and of course, gift giving. Now that the family has gone on their respective ways and work is back to its fast-paced hustle, it’s time to dive into all the gadgets that have been staring you down, awaiting your excitingly over-zealous use. However, with said new gadgets, (think: TV’s, sound systems, game consoles, etc.) all running simultaneously, consuming copious amounts of energy, comes a real worry – power surges; they’re real, and they happen more often than one would think.

 

So what can you do to protect your house and precious new toys? Let’s take a look at a few popular models of surge protectors and discuss what makes them special:

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Fit for Football! The Best TV to Watch the Superbowl on is a Sony

by Blogger on ‎01-13-2014 06:02 PM - last edited on ‎01-14-2014 03:55 PM by Blogger


Game fans, welcome to the arena!  Tonight we are going to give 110% to the search for the ideal home theatre combo. <And the crowd goes wild!> The field has never been greener! The uprights have never been yellower. The pigskin has never been piggier. And Peyton Manning's eyes have never been bluer... you know, if that's why you like watching football or whatever. Because have we got a great new TV for you to watch football's biggest game! fs sony 65 2 .jpg

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