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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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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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Klipsch R-10B Soundbar Review

by Blogger on ‎12-31-2014 11:30 AM - last edited on ‎01-02-2015 02:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Here’s the R-10B soundbar and subwoofer system from Klipsch. As we all know, a good soundbar should not simply provide a louder version of the television’s built-in speakers’ sound. What we want to hear is a wider, more colourful rendition of the audio. Crisper details in dialogues, enhanced bass, etc. In general, a better definition of the mid and high range frequencies is needed. And this is exactly what the Klipsch R-10B delivers. Furthermore, the 8-inch sub (included in the system) really gives that extra “oumph” without more wires in the way, thanks to the R-10B’s wireless configuration.

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Can a Receiver work with a Soundbar?

by Blogger ‎11-28-2014 01:45 PM - edited ‎11-28-2014 01:45 PM

 

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Home theatre setups can get complicated once you start adding on all sorts of different components. There are a lot of different gadgets out there and people’s setups can vary wildly, so you’ll rarely see the same combination of gear twice. With that in mind let’s take a look a community question that popped up in our forums recently. A user as asking about setting up their soundbar with their receiver, which is actually a pretty interesting question and gives us an opportunity to talk about how to approach your home theatre setup and get everything working in harmony.

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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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Reviving Vinyl: Record Players are all the Rage

by Blogger on ‎11-17-2014 06:26 AM - last edited on ‎11-18-2014 01:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There's a saying about everything old being new again.  It's definitely true for vinyl records. The old fashioned technology is having a bit of a resurgence, with sales spiking, and new and imporved technology emerging to play all your old discs, or to play a growing number of new ones.

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Top 5 soundbars Rated by Customers

by Blogger ‎10-31-2014 01:05 PM - edited ‎10-31-2014 01:19 PM

 

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The soundbar phenomenon exists because there is a need for an in-between home theatre solution between simply using the speakers from an HDTV or splurging on a larger multi-speaker surround-sound system. These five soundbars have garnered the most praise from customers.

 

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Introducing the new Bose Solo 15 home audio solution

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 09:36 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 09:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Bose has introduced a new home audio solution, one that's compact, but packs big sound.  It's a great way to boost the frequently poor audio quality on many built in TV speakers.  After all, you've got a fancy HDTV, with lots of home theatre bells, whistles, and toys, why wouldn't you want it to sound great?  Check out Bose's new offering....

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Review: Martin Logan Crescendo brings style and substance to wireless speaker market

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2014 05:35 AM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 02:50 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Aside from being one of the most-visually stunning wireless speakers I've had a chance to see, Martin Logan's Crescendo, which features  dual Folded Motion tweeters and a 5x7-inch mid/bass woofer for a deep, extended bass response, offers delightful sound reproduction in almost any environment.

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Bose Cinemate 15

by Blogger on ‎09-26-2014 07:24 AM

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Okay so you’ve got a new TV all set up and ready to go, but you’re starting to realize that the built in speakers just aren’t quite enough to give you that full, rich experience you’re looking for. You would get a home theatre system but you don’t want to deal with wiring, and having to place speakers all around the room. That’s where the Bose CineMate 15 home theater speaker system comes in. Bose helps you dramatically improve your home theatre sound experience without all of that complication and fuss.

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Review: iLoud 40W Quality Portable Speaker

by Blogger on ‎09-23-2014 11:18 AM - last edited on ‎09-23-2014 12:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Dubbed as “the first portable speaker for musicians”, the IK Multimedia iLoud 2-Way Monitor Speaker is, essentially, 2014’s version of your childhood stereo, injected with today’s audio and recording technology. It’s the ghetto blaster of the digital age; a transportable Bluetooth speaker that combines the convenience of mobility, recording and good audio resolution in a compact speaker.

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First Look: Upgrading your home theatre audio with VIZIO Sound Bars

by Blogger on ‎09-16-2014 09:24 PM - last edited on ‎09-17-2014 10:28 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s not every day you welcome a whole new brand into your world, but that’s what Future Shop has done with VIZIO, putting a whole range of new home theatre products the fingertips of Canadians from coast to coast. One category with plenty of choice: sound bars! Let’s see how VIZIO measures up.

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VIZIO TVs and Soundbars Arrive in Canada!

by Blogger on ‎09-03-2014 08:00 PM - last edited on ‎09-08-2014 09:46 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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VIZIO, the much loved and much lauded U.S. TV maker, is now available in Canada.  They made a big announcement to mark the launch, so come check out the products available now at Future Shop.

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