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Review: Philips Smart Blu-Ray Player

by Blogger on ‎05-19-2014 03:24 PM - last edited on ‎05-20-2014 02:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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You've got an extensive Blu-ray collection, and you're looking to add some connectivity to your home theatre set-up, but you don't want to upgrade both your disc player AND get another peripheral to allow you to connect.  What to do?  You'll probably want to pick up the Philips Smart Blu-Ray Player. 

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LG OLED EA 9700 TV coming to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎05-02-2014 12:31 PM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 02:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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In case you missed it, LG is set to become the biggest player in HDTVs. LG has the best displays, which extend beyond the borders of TVs to smartphones and even the Retina Displays which Apple uses for its famed MacBook Pros.

 

OLED is the big story this year, offering the most stunning mix of technologies that result in flexible screens that don't require backlighting and feature the brightest whites, darkest blacks and unparalleled viewing angles. The latest showstopper is the super thin and ultra sleek LG OLED 9700 TV which is coming to Future Shop and should be available for preorder soon

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Meet the New Sony X850B TV

by Blogger on ‎04-19-2014 11:59 AM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 03:13 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Sony is known as one of the best when it comes to TVs and at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, they unveilled their new line-up of high def technology.  Their new offerings are all about HD and the highest resolution. You might call them the “X-men” of the TV world; meet the  XBR-X850B, XBR-X900B, and XBR-X950B.  These sets will blow you away with their 4K capabilities.

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LG Smart TVs get smarter with webOS, ready to launch

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2014 05:11 PM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 03:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When LG first introduced its new smart TV platform based on webOS at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the company made it clear that it wanted to change both the perception and purpose behind how such an interface would work. Smart TVs may have the moniker, but their look and feel have always felt like something was missing, putting LG and webOS in a unique position to take the lead. What can you expect from the platform when it launches on the company’s upcoming TVs?

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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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New Curved Samsung H8000 and HU9000 TVs Available at Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎04-15-2014 03:49 PM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 03:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung unveiled an impressive line-up of new curved televisions that are set to redefine the market with their incredible combination of style, performance and features. While the sleek curved screens are getting the lion’s share of attention, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg of what Samsung’s new “Smart” TVs have to offer. Two of Samsung’s new flagship offerings – the Samsung H8000 and the Samsung HU9000  are available now at Future Shop. Come see what these amazing new TVs can do!

 

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Complete your home theatre with the Harmony Ultimate One remote and Harmony Smart Keyboard

by Blogger on ‎04-11-2014 10:44 AM - last edited on ‎04-15-2014 01:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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As much as TV is changing — how you watch it, where you watch it and when you watch it — there is something to be said about using a remote that can control almost everything you have in your home theatre. Logitech’s Harmony Ultimate One is the cream of the crop of universal remotes, controlling up to 15 devices covering over 225,000 models from 5,000 brands. If you want a keyboard to do the job in tandem with your smartphone or tablet, the Harmony Smart Keyboard might be more to your liking.

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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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TV Terms you need to know.

by Blogger ‎03-27-2014 07:58 PM - edited ‎06-04-2014 08:26 PM

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We’ve all wrapped our minds around HDTV and 3DTV, but progress marches on… and with it comes some even-more-complicated terms that can leave you head spinning, unless you know how to understand display technology terms. Read on to become well-versed in some TV terminology.

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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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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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What to Look for when buying an HDTV

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2014 06:29 AM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 04:14 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Buying a new HDTV has become one of those deeply personal activities that we partake of every five or six years. Choosing and evaluating the right HDTV goes beyond deciding on the price, size, brand and model. That was probably the way  people bought TVs a decade ago, but now there’s so much more to consider.

 

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4K TVs, new cameras and other gear Sony is bringing to Canada this year

by Blogger on ‎03-19-2014 11:10 AM - last edited on ‎06-04-2014 04:21 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Not everything shown at the world's largest tech stage, CES, debuts the same year. However, Sony wanted to make it easier on us Canadians to see which of their cutting-edge lines are coming to market at a Future Shop near you during 2014. 

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