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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






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.



Picking the right tablet by understanding how you'll use it

by Blogger on ‎11-01-2014 11:54 AM - last edited on ‎11-05-2014 11:22 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



To an outsider, it might seem like all tablets are the same. They’re more or less all flat rectangles with touchscreens and a couple of buttons along an edge or two. Don’t let the superficial similarities fool you though. There can be a huge difference between tablets and picking the right tablet to match how you intend to use it can make all the difference in the world. 



Top 5 Home Theatre Products for the Fall Season

by Blogger ‎08-25-2014 06:23 PM - edited ‎09-02-2014 04:32 PM

htfall.jpgIt's an amazing time for anyone putting together or completing a home theatre set-up. Not only are there so many stunning new technologies to enjoy, the variety of products and their new features can really help put a great home theatre together.


Search the stars with a new telescope or set of binoculars

by Blogger on ‎08-12-2014 11:48 AM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 10:28 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


PerseidMeteorShower-Flickr2i.jpgTelescopes and binoculars never go out of style but they do improve over time. There are a now a wide variety of telescopes and binoculars available that are great for everything from helping bird watchers make their Big Year possible to watching natural phenomena like the Supermoon and meteor showers like Perseids.


The Smart Dorm Room

by Blogger on ‎08-11-2014 05:03 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 10:35 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


Very soon a lot of you college students are going to head off to school to trade the comforts of home for the confines of a dorm room. Thankfully these days that doesn’t mean living in the technological Stone Age, and there is a lot you can do to prepare and make the most of it with a smart door room. You don’t know what to expect, and it may be a challenge to run wires, or deal with securing all your valuable gadgets, or figure out how you’re going to keep entertained away from mom and dad’s living room with its big screen TV. No need to worry. With all the wireless technology, ultraportable gadgets, and flexible entertainment devices you can get, you can prepare for all of this.


Road Trip Preparedness

by Blogger on ‎07-14-2014 08:54 PM - last edited on ‎07-17-2014 11:58 AM by Blog Editor in Chief




A well-planned road trip can be lots of fun. The excitement of taking your necessary stuff, favourite snacks and drinks and hitting the road towards a rewarding destination is one of the great pleasures of life. It can also be quite challenging.  Planning is essential for a successful road trip. Planning for the unexpected is critical, especially since we live in these hyper-connected, technology focused times. Not only do we travel with our devices, we also carry a lot of valuable information and because of this, we need to consider various solutions to keep secure, powered up and connected en route and on location.   Here are some picks for road trip preparedness worth considering.


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.


Cool Camping Gear You Need to Get Now

by Blogger on ‎04-27-2014 12:28 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2014 09:29 AM by Blog Editor in Chief































It’s that time of year when we who like to sleep in the open air under the stars start to air out the sleeping bags, brush the dust off the tent and get our gear packed up in anticipation of camping season.  Are you in the market for some cool new camping gear?  Me too; and I was blown away by the cool gear available from Future Shop.  Let’s go shopping.


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





You might call it the “gadgetification” of our homes. No longer do we just expect our phones to deliver high tech, full connectivity for us. Now  the list of must-have smart, connected gadgets includes our fridges that can tell us what to eat and when, our dishwashers that can self-diagnose troubles, and our thermostats. The Nest thermostat is my most recent high tech gadget purchase. Read on to learn what it is, why I bought it and what I learned about this smart thermostat.


Home Offices for Her; Great Picks for a Fun and Functional Workspace

by Blogger on ‎03-21-2014 09:40 AM - last edited on ‎03-27-2014 12:11 PM by Blog Editor in Chief



Your home office shouldn't be a dingy basement room with a plywood desk top and splintery chair.


Your home office should be a place that's fun to be in, lovely to look at, and most importantly, functional, allowing you to get stuff done.  Do you need a few tips and ideas to take old and drab for cool and fab?  We've got 'em!


Types of Surround Sound: What Do All Those Letters and Numbers Mean?

by Blogger on ‎02-27-2014 06:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-16-2014 11:06 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

surround 5.1.jpg 

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. 


When and why you need to upgrade your video card

by Blogger on ‎02-02-2014 09:33 AM - last edited on ‎02-03-2014 11:37 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



If you’re into PC gaming you’ll understand just how important a good graphics card can be to the experience. It can be such a crucial component to your PC gaming rig that often gamers will spend as much on a new video card upgrade as they spent on the rest of the components they use combined. With video cards playing such a crucial role, it can be tough knowing when it is just the right time to upgrade and how exactly to make that decision. Today we’ll take a look at some of the factors involved in that decision, and some options for your new GPU.


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


Digital home - home automation made easy

by Blogger on ‎12-27-2013 01:57 PM - last edited on ‎12-27-2013 02:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

homeautomate.jpgSince I was a little kid I wanted a ‘home of the future’ where everything was automated. That doesn’t need to be a fantasy anymore with all the new gadgets you can get to help make mundane tasks easier around your home. From WiFi switches, to remote controlled thermostats, and even wireless locks, there is enough tech out there to make home automation wonderfully easy and convenient.




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