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Transform your living room to host the ultimate sporting experience

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2015 12:33 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2015 12:34 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Having some friends over for the big game?  You'll need to be party ready and so will your house.  So what do you need to do to transform your living room into the ultimate sports pantheon?  It's not as hard as you might think.




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.


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.


CES 2015: LG continues to innovate with their new 4K OLED TVs

by Blogger on ‎01-07-2015 02:08 PM - last edited on ‎01-08-2015 01:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



LG Electronics took to the stage during the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to unveil their ambitious plans in 2015 for their line of 4K Ultra HD TVs. Seven new 4K OLED TVs will be coming to retail over the year, promising the richest colour ever seen in home TVs, a super slim design, and powered by their proprietary webOS 2.0 smart TV platform. That’s not all though, as LG also revealed how they’re improving home audio, adding greater connectivity with other devices, and some exciting new partnerships in the works. Let’s take a look at how LG plans to be the home entertainment trendsetter of 2015!


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


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.


Best TVs we examined in 2014

by Blogger on ‎12-27-2014 04:15 PM - last edited on ‎12-29-2014 01:43 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



2014 has been a revelatory year in terms of HDTV choices. We've seen some stunning curved sets, large SmartTVs, more affordable yet still immersive 4K TV as well as improvements all around in terms of funcitionality, connectivity and interfaces. Here are some sets that really stood out for me in 2014.


Last-minute gift ideas to fit any budget

by Blogger ‎12-18-2014 01:12 PM - edited ‎01-18-2015 02:19 AM



It’s the final countdown to the holidays and you’re still scouring for gifts to finish your holiday shopping (gulp)—but not to worry! We’ve all been there and managed to pull it together, and so will you. Thanks to online shopping and rush delivery, your options are never truly exhausted. If, however, its gift ideas you’re exhausted on, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re on a tight budget or ready to spend big, I’ve got some wicked gift ideas for that final person on your holiday gift list.


All I want for Christmas is the LG Blu-ray Player (BP145) and these great Blu-ray discs!

by Blogger on ‎12-17-2014 03:05 AM - last edited on ‎12-17-2014 09:48 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

christmas vacation.jpgChristmas holidays are a great time of year to get caught up on all the movies and TV you haven't had time for all year long.  Many of us have at least a few days off, and all that sitting around when the shops are closed and there's little to do can get grating.  So we're recommending you snag a great new Blu-ray disc player and some hot discs to get you through Christmas Vacation!



Can a Receiver work with a Soundbar?

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






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.



Review: BenQ HT1075 HD High Definition Digital Projector

by Blogger ‎11-24-2014 06:11 PM - edited ‎12-15-2014 10:40 AM


It’s been a while since I joined the 100”+ club, and it’s hard to go back. Whether you’re watching Doctor Who, playing Mario Kart, or just streaming endless hours of syndicated TV from Netflix, having a projector in your life is one way of saying “those panels just aren’t big enough for me”. And when it’s time to go back to a smaller display? It feels cramped. Future Shop sent the BenQ HT1075 1080p DLP Home Theatre Projector my way, and I plugged it into my home theatre to put it to the test.


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



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.


Overview: LG 55" Curved OLED Smart TV (55EC9300)

by Blogger ‎11-15-2014 11:02 AM - edited ‎11-15-2014 11:04 AM

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There's a heck of a lot of choice out there when it comes to TVs, and the technology is advancing at a dizzying pace.  But there's a TV that one of the top online tech magazines calls the "Best. Picture. Ever."

What makes the LG OLED Curved Smart TV the new gold standard? Click to read more.


Overview:LG 65" 4K Ultra HD 240Hz IPS Smart TV

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 01:00 PM - last edited on ‎11-12-2014 01:21 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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There are so many new TV technologies to know, and how do you know which one is the best?  Which one you should pick above all others?  What about Smart TV functions?  Should you hold out for a TV that has internet connectivity too?  So many questions, and so many decisions.  But I'm here to tell you you can get 4K/Ultra HD picture with IPS-level quality and viewing angles, plus smart functionality in one fine package. Click to learn more.


Overview: VIZIO P-series Ultra HD Smart TV Displays

by Blogger on ‎11-07-2014 01:15 AM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 09:45 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


Part of welcoming VIZIO to Future Shop is the Tech Blog team getting to know what the brand has to offer. Home Theatre editor Tom Brauser asked me to take a look at the VIZIO P-series of Ultra HD TVs, new for Fall 2014. I did, so let’s discuss it.



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



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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