Sony’s new $1,299 HT-ST7 Soundbar

Sony HT-ST7

  • Sony HTST7
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Price: $1,299

Sony has announced its first high-end sound bar, the HT-ST7.  With seven speakers on the bar and two speakers in the sub-woofer, it looks impressive.

“Consumers are demanding great sound quality without compromising simplicity for their home entertainment” – Neal Manowitz, director of Sony Electronics’ Home Audio group

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5 Important Considerations To Make When Buying A 3D Video Player

3D videos are with us, and they are proving to be very popular. Their popularity is mainly attributable to the superior viewing experience they provide, compared to ordinary 2D videos. It may thus be just a matter of time before you find yourself being tempted to start enjoying the same (if you haven’t already done so). But, as you will come to learn, the truth of the matter is that you need a special ‘player’ to make full use of such 3D videos. That is because the ‘weight’ of the data that goes into the making of the 3D videos is often such that the 3D videos can only be comfortably accommodated in things like blu ray discs.

blu-ray 3D

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Factors When Choosing a Flat Screen TV

Technology is and always has been a constantly changing and forward-moving industry. With the advances in home theater equipment, new challenges arise for consumers who are interested in owning the “latest and greatest” units and the accompanying gadgets. For example, 3D technology has recently become available to the general public. While it tends to be a bit pricey and has definite limitations, it is rapidly gaining in popularity. In the near future, our children will no doubt consider today’s innovations to be “so last year,” as they say. Just think how far television has advanced in your lifetime or your parents’ lifetimes.

Flat Screen TV'sThere is no question as to the best type of television available now. The industry has pushed consumers to make the switch from tube TVs to HDTVs in the recent past, and with good reason. High definition televisions produce a sharper picture and are compatible with the digital electronics used in modern media. However, because of techno-factors, the task of choosing a flat screen is daunting to many consumers. The acronyms can be confusing and one can get lost in the array of possible options.

Screen Types

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How Home Automation Can Boost Your Entertainment Experience

Technology makes modern life more convenient than ever before. New cell phones make communication easy. The Internet provides a venue for the instant spread of information and other content. Laptops, TV’s and other electronic devices are constantly finding ways to improve and make our lives more comfortable. One of the recent trends in technological innovation is home automation. In short, home automation centralizes control of your home functions, allowing you to control security, lighting, temperature and even entertainment right from your smartphone or tablet. In 2011 alone, about 1 million home automation systems were sold in North America.

The way people consume movies and listen to music is constantly evolving. The following are reasons why home automation may be the next big step for entertainment junkies.

Streaming is Taking Over

NetflixFor movies and TV as well as music, everything is going digital. The days are almost over when people got out of their chair to put in a DVD or put a CD into a record player. Instead, most people are streaming movies off services like NetFlix or listening to music on Spotify. Read more!

Why Power Surges Are A Nightmare For Electronic Users

Lightning Surge

Lightning strike by Adam Weeden

Surges in electrical power are part and parcel of everyday life. When a spike or surge occurs it can play havoc with electronic equipment; especially computers. However, most computer users believe that adequate surge protection begins and ends by plugging their computer into a surge protection socket. Sadly, this is seldom the actual case. Many of these surge protectors offer nothing more than that of a standard extension lead.

This blog post will attempt to provide an insight into the problems that power surges bring about. Perhaps more importantly it will also cover how you can prevent serious issues from affecting your hardware.

When a Surge Occurs

Very often a power surge will only last for a split second, in real terms they are measured in millionths of a second. Generally speaking most electrical devices have the means to deal with some of the smaller spikes or surges. However, when a big one comes along it can cause major problems. Some of the stronger ones can carry tens of thousands of volts. This would easily be enough to fry computer circuit boards, monitors, hard drives and other systems.
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