Smart is a term tech manufacturers throw around a lot these days. It’s found on everything from watches to appliances, signifying a product’s ability to do more and go beyond its core capabilities. In fact, you can argue that being smart has, in itself, become a core capability—but what does being smart really mean? Well, we can usually expect Internet connectivity, for starters, which allows the item to use the World Wide Web and all its resources to enhance its functionality. We should also expect the item to offer a level of convenience
As a writer who has covered multiple categories over the years, including audio, video, computer, and mobile technologies, it’s my duty to keep personal excitement at bay before taking pen to paper. As I have developed a particular fondness for home entertainment gear, this time around has proven to be more challenging than ever. Of all the converging technologies that have entered the tech space in recent years—to me, nothing beats immersing yourself in high-definition video and being surrounded by high-resolution multi-channel audio. So when
When it comes to streaming devices, the Apple TV has established itself as a power player in the home entertainment category, with its ability to stream movies, TV shows, music, and more effortlessly from a centralized location for big-screen enjoyment. Even better, it offers this content in a way that Apple and iOS users are accustomed to, delivering a consistent experience across their devices. Now in its 4th generation, Apple continues to improve upon the device’s popular design and features in an effort to maintain its prominence in a
The Bose® brand has long been synonymous with innovation. Every one of its speaker systems is as surprising as it is impressive. Bose systems are continually evolving and the company is always at the forefront of the latest trends. As wireless music systems continue to grow in popularity, Bose continues its tradition of releasing Internet-connected audio systems that offer a keen balance of sound quality, innovation, and ease of use—all without requiring you to tether wired music sources like the traditional audio systems of yesteryear or last
We love our flat-panel TVs, but we don't always love the paltry speakers with which they're equipped. Sometimes, underwhelming sound quality is the trade-off we have to make for sleeker and slimmer television cabinets. Luckily, this is a trade-off we can easily remedy. The simplest way to upgrade your TV’s sound reproduction is to couple it with a soundbar. When pairing your flat-panel TV with a soundbar as capable as Yamaha’s
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Need to display high-resolution content on multiple screens? Take a look at this 1:8 4K HDMI Splitter from Gefen. It’s wall-mountable, and features both UHD (3840 x 2160) and DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution support, HDCP compatibility, multi-channel audio, and more. Be sure to check it out with Larry Becker, in the video below. We hope you enjoy it, and invite you to view the wide selection of other
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With a curved, 34-inch ultra-wide display, the LG 34UC87C provides an immersive experience that’s perfect for movie watching, gaming, and much more. The 21:9 aspect ratio, combined with the curvature of the display, ensures that all aspects of the screen reside at the same distance from the eye to greatly reduce distortion. This ultra-wide display can even be divided into four separate screens, thanks to the LG’s 4-Screen Split feature,
If you’ve ever shopped for a TV, then you undoubtedly know that not all televisions are the same. This is also true of flagship TVs. However, many of them share the same principles and design philosophies; combining the best technologies a manufacturer has to offer in one television, or line of televisions, with the goal of creating a top-tier video experience that would satisfy even the most discerning videophiles. But flagship TVs aren’t just for HDTV aficionados; they’re for anyone who wants the best viewing experience available.
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In this video, Larry Becker, from Kelby One, showcases a number of popular streaming devices that retail for less than $100.00. These streaming media devices give you access to vast libraries of multimedia content, deliver wireless connectivity that can turn your TV into a Smart TV, and even enable convenient smartphone and tablet interaction. Each model in this overview supports up to 1080p resolution, and can be easily connected via the HDMI input of your television set. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection
If there is one thing VIZIO has taught us since their inception in 2002, it’s that value and performance do not have to be mutually exclusive. Neither do they have to be lofty marketing terms, leaving consumers confused by which they should prioritize. We have also learned that if a manufacturer chooses, those two words can be guiding principles, inspiring an entire line of home entertainment products. When you look at VIZIO’s offerings, you will discover a wide variety of audio and video products that are a direct result of their value- and
If controlling items wirelessly in your home, such as light switches, thermostats, power outlets, and more strikes you as an endeavor that’s both costly and annoyingly “techie,” you should seriously consider taking a look at the line of home-automation products offered by INSTEON. Many manufacturers tout their products as being easy to use, but INSTEON seriously embraces this concept with a simple setup and operational approach that virtually any smartphone or tablet user can successfully navigate.
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From the invention of the mechanical pencil to the first-ever LCD calculator, Sharp has a rich tradition of innovation that stretches over a century. It was also the first company to introduce the cellular camera phone. Sharp even used its eco-friendly silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells to make an energy-efficient, solar-powered television. As for the company’s AQUOS LCD panel technology, it improves every year. Last year’s 2013 AQUOS E857 Full HD Smart LED 3D TV featured several enhancements over the company’s high-end 2012 television
As the big game approaches, you may be looking at your aging TV and thinking to yourself, “It’s time for an upgrade”—and frankly, why not? Just because you’re not at the stadium doesn’t mean you can’t have a larger-than-life experience in the middle of your living room, and have a few friends and family members over while you’re at it. While game tickets may be out of reach, a feature-packed high-definition television doesn’t have to be.
As manufacturers continue to push the envelope on performance, TV choices now cover a wide range of
If you're like me, you never get tired of digital content. I appreciate having multiple options for TV shows, music, and movies. An abundance of content allows me to re-watch my favorites, as well as provide an opportunity to binge-watch something new—and lately, with so many shows being picked up on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus, the latter has been happening quite frequently (and appears to be trending nationwide as well).Luckily, there are plenty of options for people who like to take a weekend to catch up on their favorite shows. Lots of
The past decade has been a renaissance for TV technology. Televisions have gotten slimmer; we’ve gone from large-frame TVs like CRTs and floor-standing rear-projection models to the flat-panel displays we have on the market today. Screen sizes have also evolved, with 60-inch-plus models growing in popularity and becoming living-room staples.As screen sizes have grown, so has the demand for greater picture quality and increased resolution. When high-definition televisions first became available, while content was limited, there was no