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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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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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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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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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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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Overview: Polk Speakers

by Blogger on ‎12-17-2013 11:21 AM - last edited on ‎12-17-2013 03:14 PM by Hootie

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When it comes to setting up the entertainment system in a living room, the second most important detail—first being the TV choice, of course—is how it will sound. While many look to the big brand in the game like Harman Kardon and Bose, there is another brand that is equally as good and often comes at a cheaper price-point - it's called Polk Audio. With products ranging from bookshelf speakers, to subwoofers and soundbars, their offerings appease a wide variety of tastes.

 

Let's take a look at what makes Polk Audio so special and why they're worth a look when you're next on the market for some fresh sound.

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Home Entertainment Gifts that will make you a Christmas Hero

by Blogger on ‎12-14-2013 04:54 PM - last edited on ‎12-18-2013 10:12 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Alright, this one’s going to read like a love letter to your eyes and ears. I’ve been doing serious home theatre since my buddy Dennis introduced me to the gorgeousness of widescreen DVD and surround-sound back in the Kitchener Future Shop in the late 90s. With over 900 DVDs and half again as many Blu-ray discs, you can trust that I know what I’m talking about. So buckle up, cause this is a whirlwind tour of four things that you can add to your home theatre today to make this holiday season the biggest and best… ever.

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How to choose the right speakers for your home

by Blogger ‎11-26-2013 03:27 PM - edited ‎01-11-2014 12:08 PM

Home-icon.jpgShopping for speakers can be a surprisingly overwhelming task. Unless you’re a hardcore audiophile and gearhead, it can be a challenge navigating the sea of complex terminology, numbers, and seemingly conflicting advice you’ll run across. As with anything you’ll want to get the speakers that provide the most bang for your buck, and know that your purchase is well suited to your home.

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Definitive Technology performance audio products

by Blogger on ‎11-21-2013 06:17 AM - last edited on ‎11-21-2013 11:01 AM by Hootie

df.jpgDefinitive Technology is the best-selling brand of audiophile grade loudspeakers in the USA. Audio critics and consumers alike have praised Definitive's loudspeakers for their superior materials, precise workmanship and uncompromising sound quality. The reason for their continued success is that the owners and employees are all serious audiophiles. 

 

Since its inception in 1990, Definitive has won an astounding number of awards and enthusiastic reviews from leading audio/video print magazines and websites. 

 

The company custom designs their own products from scratch using the latest design and measurement tools to ensure precise, accurate sound quality. Definitive Technology products are now available at Future Shop, let's take a look at some examples of their products.

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