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When should I upgrade my TV?

by Blogger on ‎07-15-2014 06:47 AM - last edited on ‎07-15-2014 08:43 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



TVs are appliances we replace every four years or longer. This is becuase TV's are big ticket items and costly and also because we tend to buy the best TVs we can at the time. Being the centre of our home theatre experience, TVs play the crucial part of being both the hub and the focal point of our entertainment, streaming, gaming and viewing needs.


TV technology evolves quickly and in various ways. Thinner, larger screens are what people look at the most but the underlying technologies (i.e. LCD, IPS, Plasma, LED) as well as peripheral features (speakers, SmartTV functionality, WiFi, Netflix integration, 3D) are all features that vary in importance to different users and which make the selection of an HDTV even more challenging.


But when is it the right time to upgrade an HDTV? Let's discuss some good reasons to spring for a new set.


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!


Top 5 TVs based on customer reviews

by Blogger on ‎07-02-2014 01:45 PM - last edited on ‎07-03-2014 09:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



It's a great time for buying a new HDTV! Today's televisions have improved display technologies and smarter SmartTV features. As well we have recently witnessed the advent of cool new curved displays and new, more affordable 4K and Ultra HD capable sets with stellar all around features. I'm going to take a look at the top five tv models from Future Shop based on customer reviews. Let's check them out.


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



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.


Go Big AND Go Home! Enjoying the big game on the biggest (and best) TVs!

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2014 03:29 PM - last edited on ‎06-24-2014 10:25 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



The beautiful game, when experienced in person, can be a thing of almost religious fervour. The sound, the sights… these are the things that make it an event. The idea that you could replace being there with something at home seemed almost silly… until now. With 4K broadcasts on the rise (and big sound making your home just as vibrant as any field) you can experience football (or soccer, if you must) the way it was mean to be watched. Want to know what you need? Read on! It’s time to Go Big… AND Go Home!


Review: Sony's BDP-S6200 and BDP-S3200 Wi-Fi Blu-ray Players

by Blogger on ‎05-31-2014 11:55 AM - last edited on ‎06-02-2014 03:47 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


Does your Blu-ray player need to be pretty? Sony’s BDP-S3200 and BDP-S6200 are. At first glance they look like the typical black slab we’ve been used to since the rise of DVD players back in the late 90s. Look closer and they stand out. The S3200 is a bit smaller, the S6200 a bit larger; both of them have a unique faceted look that will catch your eye if you find a place to showcase them, or they’ll blend in if you don’t. Let's take a closer look.


Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2014 04:13 PM - last edited on ‎05-30-2014 11:52 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When I last wrote about a TV, I reviewed the 70-inch Sharp LED Smart TV, and couldn’t have been happier with the experience. It, like other smart TVs in its class, bridged the gap between standard picture monitor and all-out hanging a computer on your wall. With sharp colors, a Smart HUB for social media and streaming and a browser for all your surfing needs, what more could anyone really ask for?  Well, for starters, an easier way to navigate through all the aforementioned features.  It seems that little problem is now solved in the form of the Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard.


How to balance TV size and viewing distance

by Blogger on ‎05-25-2014 02:54 PM - last edited on ‎05-28-2014 11:32 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



With TVs, the old way of thinking was that having a bigger screen and sitting closer to it would always make things better. After all, this meant you had the best view of a large image. How could that be bad? Well many of today’s TVs aren’t designed to be viewed from too close, and if you’re restricted by space, sometimes getting the largest TV possible isn’t always the best idea. It’s all about finding the right balance to suit your needs and get the optimal results.


Samsung products simplify life by seamlessly working together

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2014 04:51 PM - last edited on ‎05-26-2014 09:18 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



If you look around your home and live in the world of Samsung when it comes to your entertainment devices, you are part of a growing ecosystem of the company’s products. All of them are designed to work seamlessly together, pushing content over or picking up where you left off. These also tend to be the devices you use and interact with most, so it stands to reason that they would be able to “talk” to each other. Here’s a quick look at how this web of connectivity actually works.


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



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. 


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



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


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.


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



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?


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.


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


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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