Coolest Gadgets » Home Theater Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Aerb Wireless Keyboard Mouse Remote is the puppet master of a smart home Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:53:17 +0000

When you want to turn your home into a smart home, you know it’s not something that you can buy, open a box, and immediately have. You have to purchase separate elements of a smart home, and configure them to all work together. Only after you have all the parts, pieces, and bugs worked out does it start to feel like a futuristic home that you barely have to move a finger to control.

Of course, we’re not quite to the point where your gestures will turn off the lights or adjust the heat, so we need a device that will control our surroundings. This Aerb Wireless Keyboard Mouse Remote will take a little work to use across all your gizmos and gadgets, but once you’re done it will be the one pulling all the strings, and can fit in your hand. This multi-axes pointing device works for all sorts of gadgets and computers simultaneously as a mouse, keyboard, and remote.

You would start with the wireless receiver and remote, though you’ll need to get hold of some AAA batteries to make it do anything. This only costs $14.99, which makes you question how well it plays with other devices. If your aim is to try to cheap out and you don’t mind working through a few buggy aspects, it would likely end up being a reasonable purchase for the cost-conscious consumer.

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This Etekcity Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter makes old equipment feel like new Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:45:27 +0000 bluetooth-receiver-audio-adapter

Technology is growing at an ever-increasing rate. While this is awesome and means that there will be a lot of advances in medicine, clean energy, and farming, it also means that it’s hard to keep up with all the toys, gizmos and gadgets. Crazy as it may seem, not everyone wants to throw away all of their electronics every year and buy the newest thing on the market.

If you fall under that category and are still enjoying your old speakers that don’t connect via Bluetooth, but sometimes wish that they did, the Etekcity Bluetooth Receiver will make what is old feel like almost brand new. This gives you up to 10 hours of 4.0 Bluetooth streaming on a full charge with a range of 33 feet. You’ll be able to use this for your home theater system, car stereo, or just your normal speakers for your TV or computer.

This easily adapts through A/V, RCA, and a 3.5mm jack. It was made to be portable so it can make any speaker system you come across Bluetooth compatible. The charge time to get it to full is around 2 hours, but thankfully you can use it while it’s plugged in. Obviously though, that will increase the charging time. You’ll be looking at paying out around $19 for this little device, but that is vastly better than paying for a brand new speaker system for all of your various devices.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The Devialet Phantom – can you recognize quality sound? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:30:05 +0000 Phantom

When you watch a video on YouTube, you can tell when quality is lacking. The image on your screen is pixelated, the sound is tinny, and while you can figure out what’s happening, you know searching for another of the same video will likely yield better results. Can you tell when a speaker at home is lacking quality? Do you keep an ear out for how it handles highs and lows?

If you not only notice that sort of thing but are appalled when it doesn’t live up to your expectations, then you’re likely on the hunt for a better speaker. If Devialet isn’t all talk, it seems as though the Phantom might have something to offer. Their creation is a 3000 Watt speaker that is said to give an ultra-dense sound that you can feel. They tout no distortion, saturation, or background noise from 16-25khz.

While they say it will replace any system you have, they also recommend getting 2 or more for an even more immersive sound. That is likely due to speakers being prone to having a sweet spot where you can hear the sound the best from one angle to the speaker than another. This can play all your music wirelessly through Bluetooth or WiFi, and is going to cost you a pretty penny at $2,390, coming in silver or white, though the latter only has 750 Watts and costs $1,990. If you’re an audiophile and it lives up to the hype, then it sounds like it might be worth the trouble.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Plantronics RIG has a fancy new line of headphones for gamers Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:30:02 +0000 RIG 4VR

My love of gaming is only topped by my love of coffee and food, and when a brand that I know has made some pretty solid products to enhance my gaming experience comes out with a new line, it feels like Christmas. Plantronics announced last month that a whole new series of RIG headphones would be hitting the market during the holiday season of this year. That just lets us know we can start encouraging our family and friends to buy them for us now.

This new line consists of the of the RIG 400, 600, 800 series, and 4VR. The 400 and 800 are meant for the Xbox One, giving you options for wired and unwired. The 600 series is a cross-platform pair of headphones which is quite similar to the RIG we looked at some time ago, and the 4VR is a wired headset specifically for PS4 and PlayStation VR.

To look a bit more in-depth at these options, the RIG 400 series is lightweight, has sound-isolating earcups, a detachable boom mic, inline controls, 40mm drivers (which is what all of them have), and despite being meant for Xbox One wireless controllers, it comes with a 3.5mm jack to be used across other platforms. The 600 is aimed more at traveling video game and music enthusiasts. It too has sound-isolating earcups, inline controls, a detachable mic with an additional option for an inline mic, 40mm drivers with passive resonators, is lightweight, and can fold up when you need to dash out the door. Looking to the 800, there are big squishy earcups, the same driver/resonator setup as the 600 series, dials on said earcups as there’s no wire, it’s said to be lag-free, and has a 24 hour battery life. The 4VR has a flexible frame, oval earcups that will be comfortable with a VR headset on, detachable boom, and 40mm drivers. No word on price yet, but you can imagine they’ll be around the $150 mark if the RIG we looked before is any indication.

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The Razer Turret makes being a couch potato seem like a good thing Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:30:20 +0000 Razer Turret

We’re not trying to be lazy when we get home from work, but when you’ve already pushed yourself for ten or more hours, it’s just too taxing to do any more in a day. The moment the shoes come off and you get comfy, many of us end up with a controller or mouse and keyboard in our hands. Usually one or the other would delineate whether you’d be at a desk or on the couch, but thankfully we have all sorts of ways to make it so you don’t have to choose between one or the other.

If you’re into brand name, then Razer has the perfect wireless gaming keyboard for you, and it’s called the Turret. This setup was made specifically for couch-lovers who want a PC gaming experience in a more cozy setting. This comes with dual wireless connectivity, meaning you can be hooked up to your console or PC and shouldn’t be able to call lag legitimately.

This is ultra-slim and has a hinge to fold up so it will stay out of your way when you’re watching mindless shows on TV rather than gaming. When you are tapping away on the chiclet-style keys, you’ll be happy to know that the battery should last for up to four months, if you’re not using it every waking moment you’re alive. It has a 3500 DPI sensor, ambidextrous form factor, and has anti-ghosting for up to 10 simultaneous presses. This is going to cost you $149.99, so you’ll probably need to be pretty serious about how comfortable you want to be before spending extra on this when you could just sit at your desk.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Swiss Engineered Quad Calibrated Turntable costs a bomb Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:00:45 +0000 swiss-quad-turntableA turntable might be seen by some to be an antique, while for the others, it might be a plaything for folks who have some extra dough to splash at the end of each month. After all, vinyl records are not all that cheap in the first place, and they do tend to wear out with constant listening, so you might want to use them sparingly. Well, a device that does CD playback and has USB compatibility is extremely common and affordable, but if you would like to go all out, then the $94,000 Swiss Engineered Quad Calibrated Turntable might be just the right thing for you.

This happens to be a turntable that provides vinyl enthusiasts the pleasure of listening to LPs using one of four precisely calibrated tone arms. It has been specially crafted in Bern, Switzerland, where it is composed of a magnetically suspended aluminum platter that is nestled within a special wooden cylinder, ensuring it delivers a stable, silent base that will remain unaffected by environmental vibration. A quartet of smaller cylinders will surround the platter of each house, letting you listen to different styles of music with whichever tonearm provides your preferred sound quality. Not only that, there is also integrated damping technology that does away with the troublesome sonic aberrations generated by common consumer models, as each cylinder sports a trio of adjustable steel feet that enable precisely calibrated height placement for the central platter and four tonearms. Definitely a purchase for the filthy rich!
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Vizio reveals new home theater sound bar range Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:00:44 +0000 vizio-smart-barWhen it comes to having a decent home theater system, there are many different players out there in the market who are vying for a slice of the pie, which is good news for consumers since this means there are many different options to pick from. Apart from good visuals, one should also look into making sure that audio works great on their end as well. With so many sound bars out there in the market, just which particular model should we choose? Vizio has just the thing this time around, as their all new home theater sound bar collection is revealed, arriving in a new slim design while delivering high performance 5.1 surround sound.

This new range is part of the next generation Vizio SmartCast Ecosystem, where it comes integrated with Google Cast for simple WiFi casting regardless of where you are in the home. The new Vizio SmartCast sound bars will comprise of the 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System, and it will have other models as well all the way to the flagship 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System. Each of these audio products are able to be controlled by the Vizio SmartCast app which is capable of transforming just about any mobile device into a powerful touchscreen remote.

The SmartCast 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System is perfect for home theater enthusiasts who are on the lookout for elegant style, while being able to enjoy the highest quality audio (at that price, of course) and a true 5.1 surround sound. It has been designed to complement 47″ class size displays and above, being engineered with custom drivers, a center channel for enhanced dialogue clarity and a sleek profile that doesn’t sacrifice audio quality.

Not only that, these have been priced at extremely affordable figures, starting from just $219.99 for the 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System all the way to $499.99 for the 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System, which should be able to fit the budget of everyone.

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Acer unveils its V9800 4K Ultra-High-Definition Home Cinema Projector Wed, 08 Jun 2016 21:00:35 +0000 acer-v9800When it comes to home entertainment, the experience that one’s senses go through are slowly but surely about to reach the par of that of a cinema, although unless you are someone who is flush with cash, chances are you would not end up with a cavernous hall that is akin to a small cinema, but rather, would be pleased as punch with a big enough room that has a large sized screen – curved or otherwise. If you would like to go one step further, how about investing in a projector instead? 4K projectors are starting to catch up in the mainstream market, and Acer has hopped along the bandwagon with its V9800 4K Ultra-High-Definition Home Cinema Projector.

Interestingly enough, Acer happens to be the world’s third largest projector brand, and with the announcement of its V9800 4K UHD home cinema projector, your eyes will be able to appreciate the Native Ultra-High-Definition (UHD, 3840 x 2160) resolution that it dishes out, in addition to the incredible color range that will make the V9800 the ideal projector for a truly cinematic viewing experience – regardless of where your abode is at.

The TI 4K DMD processor will allow the V9800 to serve up more than 8 million pixels, which is four times more than a 1080p Full HD projector. The UHD resolution ensures that images will be able to come to life on the big screen with all of the user’s favorite movies projected in incredibly fine detail, while a super-resolution video engine enables the V9800 to upscale and enhance lower resolution content.

Acer’s ColorPurity technology is also thrown into the mix with the V9800, where it merges a RGBRGB color wheel with unique lamp control techniques, and as a result, you end up with a wider color gamut and reduced rainbow effects. The V9800 will be able to operate at an extremely low noise level of 20 dBA, ensuring that movie aficionados will be able to hear even the quietest whispers.

In terms of pricing and availability, that will differ from region to region, so it would take a formal announcement in due time to sort that out.

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The YOGA Tablet 3 10 HD was built to binge-watch Netflix Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:30:54 +0000 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 10 HD

Smartphones and tablets are the shrunken versions of our laptops, which are shrunken versions of our PCs. They all help us streamline our lives, and get more accomplished than we might otherwise be able to. Of course, there’s never just going to be one buying option apiece as there is an entire market for each device and the subtle nuances of what they can do. On top of that, there are brands that have varying quality that you have to do your homework on before buying.

If you’re looking for a new tablet, mainly for the purpose of watching shows in bed, then the YOGA Tablet 3 10 HD is going to pop up on your radar. This was built and is marketed for watching your favorite shows and movies in however is most comfortable to you. It runs on Android 5.1 with a 1.3 GHz processor, has 16GB of memory for you to save movies, shows or games to watch and play on the go, and has a battery life that can last up to 18 hours on one charge.

This is perfect for those of us who take binge-watching on our days off or during down time very seriously. It has a movable lip at the bottom to act as a stand, which you can also flip completely back to make holding it easier, or put the lip out like a little wing and hang it somewhere through the hole. Its 8 MP camera can swivel 180 degrees for one-on-one chats, or when you want to snap a picture at a distance (which you only need to open and close your hand for the shutter to go off). This $289.99 purchase would be great for everyday gamers and show watchers who are looking to lounge.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The Canon VIXIA G20 is a camcorder for every event Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:30:55 +0000 Canon VIXIA HF G20

We as a society have become very reliant on our smartphones. They have our schedule, address book that we no longer try to remember the numbers of, videos, and photos in ample supply. When you want to record an event or outing though, you’re likely going to be sorely disappointed in the results of your phone’s capabilities. Not many people think of buying a camcorder anymore, but for those who need to make videos of better quality than an iPhone, wading through the options can be a bit mind-boggling.

Usually when you’re at the point of looking for a camcorder, you need something that’s going to do some high-quality work regardless of whether or not you have your own lighting crew. If you want something that’s going to give you a sharp image whether it’s day or night, the Canon VIXIA G20 seems like it’s up to the challenge. It sports a 1/3” CMOS Pro sensor with a 10x HD video lens. You are limited to a default 1080/60i setting, but that doesn’t mean the video won’t look professional to an untrained eye. It’s said to have excellent color reproduction and the ability to capture fine details as well as focus selectivity.

There’s a 3.5” flip-out LCD touchscreen which is likely to be less impressive than the capabilities of your smartphone’s, but it will still get you to where you need to go to fiddle with the settings. The G20 has 32GB built-in flash memory with two additional SD card slots for extra storage, which will make event filming much easier to deal with. The battery is going to last you approximately 111 minutes, which isn’t as great as one would hope, but should be enough for the good bits. This is no small buy at $729, but will hopefully make any videos you shoot look much better.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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