When Samsung announced its Shape Wireless Audio System a few months back, tech bloggers were quick to dub it “Sonos Killer,” “Sonos Toppler,” and “Sonos Taker On-er.” To a certain extent, all of those categorizations are true: By releasing a system that’s functionally similar to, and identically priced with, Sonos’ offerings, Samsung is clearly trying to snatch away some of that company’s dominance in the affordable multiroom audio space. How well did Samsung fare in its mission to violently dethrone Sonos? We’ll supply the gory details after the break. [Read more →]
December 6th, 2013 · Audio, Product Reviews, Review, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Wireless Audio
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December 5th, 2013 · LED LCD Flat Panels, News
All this week Amazon is offering deals on “no-name” TVs. Normally we list deals on large screens from the top manufacturers like Samsung and LG, but today we provide the lowest dollar per diagonal inch models regardless of brand. These are an alternative, if you are looking for an HDTV for a child’s room, a relative or other person on your list and want the biggest screen size available within your budget.
Because these brands often don’t offer the kind of customer support, national parts and service network of the name brands, we highly recommend a Square Trade protection plan. They are inexpensive and will give you peace of mind to be assured you can obtain a repair after the company warranty expires, taking them out of the category of “Disposable TVs”. Remember, the Best Buy deals are for today only- December 5, 2013.
The list appears after the break.
December 4th, 2013 · Digital Media Receivers, Product Reviews, Review
When launched, Google’s Chromecast media streamer caught the tech world by storm. It sold out with great rapidity, everyone enamored not least by the price, but by its potential.
Now that the hoopla has died down a bit, we can take a calm look at the reality of the Chromecast.
Is it any good? Or more precisely, how bad does it have to be, not to be worth $35?
December 1st, 2013 · 3D HDTV, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, LED LCD Flat Panels, Plasma, UHDTV
New HDTV Cyber Monday Week Deals just appeared from Sony, Seiki, Panasonic and others. Many are now (while they last) at the Lowest Price Of The Year (on Amazon direct- source: camelcamelcamel). These models are marked with LPOTY after the price.
Included in the list are Panasonic’s plasma TVs. The ZT and ST series earned HD Guru highest rating, due to their outstanding performance. These plasmas have very high contrast ratios, accurate colors, very wide viewing angles and deep, deep blacks.
November 30th, 2013 · 3D HDTV, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Plasma, Surround Sound
We’ve searched for early Cyber Monday HDTV listings to give our readers a head start on picking up great deals now, before inventories run out. The list has been honed to reflect high def TVs that are 40%-59% off the retail price and all are “name brands”.
The models below are manufactured by LG, Sharp, Samsung or Toshiba with screen sizes from 32 to 80-inches. The selection appears after the break.
November 29th, 2013 · Audio, Blu-ray Discs, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound Systems
There are a some accessories every HDTV owner needs to purchase. You should also seriously consider sound upgrades, no matter what type of HDTV you own.
For example, every HDTV needs an HDMI cable to connect high definition source to the display. There are devices to electrically protect it, kits to properly clean the TV screen without damaging its delicate coatings, Blu-ray discs to help you properly adjust the picture controls and more.
The list and suggestions appear after the break.
November 26th, 2013 · 3D HDTV, Connected TVs, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Plasma
Same as last year, TV sales volume is down for 2013, which means that TV makers are dropping their prices in an attempt to move as much inventory as possible. The upshot: You can now get more HDTV for less money than ever. Here’s our shortlist of 2013’s best $800-and-under 1080p- resolutions televisions.
(Note: Due to both supply and demand and the temporary nature of TV manufacturer incentives, the prices listed are subject to change. That said, we do not expect them to rise at least through Black Friday and Cyber Monday).
November 24th, 2013 · 3D HDTV, Audio, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Plasma, Sound Bars, Surround Sound Systems
11/29 These Samsung Deals Continue- While Supplies Last
Amazon has dropped their Samsung prices to Black Friday levels today and are now offering drastically reduced deals on dozens of its HDTVs, 5 days ahead of the competition. They also are now offering extra savings on home theater audio. We found these Black Friday deals to be outstanding with HDTV prices up to 59% off retail.
With this Amazon deal you get to shop at home and beat out the crowds on Thanksgiving/Black Friday and get the same great price. Amazon offers free shipping on all the listed HDTVs. We’ve included Amazon links with the best deals showing the retail price, the old Amazon price and the current Black Friday Week (BFW) prices.
Samsung is the number one selling HDTV in the US and many of its LED LCDs and plasmas HDTVs earn excellent reviews from HD Guru and others. The F8500 series Plasmas received our highest rating and is available today at hundreds of dollars off the old price.
We’ve listed screen sizes from 32 to 75-inches, as well as the top savings on home theater systems and soundbars.
Order as early as you can as we know at these prices, items will quickly sell out and we don’t want you to miss out on the extra savings.
The list begins after the break.