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Denon 4K audio visual receivers

by Blogger ‎08-09-2014 02:36 PM - edited ‎08-12-2014 02:14 PM

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If you’re serious about your audio visual setup, no doubt you’ve got your eye on 4K content. It’s the emerging trend for amazing quality picture at home. Getting a 4K screen is only the first step, however. You’ll want to make sure all of your new gear is ready for the new standard. Even if you don’t have a 4K screen yet, if you’re buying a new A/V receiver you should consider its 4K compatibility so that once you do get a 4K screen, you won’t need to replace your receiver too. With that in mind we’re taking a look at two 4K compatible receivers from Denon; the AVR-S700W and the AVR-S900W.

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Top 5 wireless sound solutions for the dorm room

by Blogger on ‎07-28-2014 07:01 AM - last edited on ‎07-28-2014 11:49 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

Wirelessfs.jpgSetting up a comfortable and functional dorm room  for back-to-school is always an exciting challenge. One thing you don’t want in any dorm room are too many confusing wires. There’s a bevy of choices whether you want Apple AirPlay focused speakers, straight-uo Bluetooth speakers, Sound docks that stream wireless audio, shelf-style speakers that can be wired or wireless as well as a modern boombox.  Thankfully, there are some really great options for getting sound into spaces wirelessly here are five our favourites.

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Rocketfish: Great Picks to connect home theatre and gaming devices

by Blogger on ‎07-12-2014 05:21 AM - last edited on ‎07-14-2014 11:53 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Your electronic devices are great on their own, but the right accessories can make them even better and more fun to use. Rocketfish accessories enhance the experience you have with your gaming, computer, mobile, or home theatre devices with forward-thinking, innovative designs and dependability. Rocketfish has both the stuff you need, and the hook ups you didn't even know you needed!

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Review: Denon's AH-D600 Music Maniac On-Ear Headphones

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2014 12:57 PM - last edited on ‎06-30-2014 09:50 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Shopping for premium headphones in-store is an interesting experience: there are definitely tiers of hardware out there. You see the entry level stuff in plastic packs, with the higher quality gear showing up in more and more elaborate packages. The Music Maniac AH-D600 Over-Ear Headphones from Denon bill themselves as “audiophile grade” cans and they’ve got packaging that matches. Are they any good when you crack them open? Read on, true believers.

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Dolby Atmos brings more immersive sound for the home

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2014 04:21 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2014 10:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Dolby has long been synonymous with audio quality, particularly since consumers have been exposed to it for decades in technologies as varied as cassette tapes and movie theatres. Since it’s also entered the home in the form of Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround, the company has put out something called Dolby Atmos, and it’s one of the more intriguing audio technologies launched in recent times.

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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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Review: Definitive Technology BP-8060ST SuperTower Bipolar floor speaker with powered sub

by Blogger on ‎03-26-2014 09:26 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2014 11:29 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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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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Review: Solo Cinema Sound Bar from Definitive Technology

by Blogger on ‎03-07-2014 08:50 PM - last edited on ‎05-27-2014 04:25 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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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 ‎05-16-2014 11:06 AM 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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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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Samsung's 65 inch HDTV and some sound bar combos for the big game

by Blogger on ‎01-20-2014 07:37 AM - last edited on ‎04-01-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The Denver Broncos are heading to the NFL Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks on February 2nd for what is expected to be another blockbuster Super Bowl.

 

The extravaganza will feature some of the most intriguing new commercials debuting during the game, an over the top halftime show provided by Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. With more than 110.5 million viewers watching last year’s broadcast, this year’s numbers are expected to be of a similar magnitude.

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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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