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  1. One of the more interesting stories to come out of CES so far is that Apple seems to be opening up their ecosystem to TV makers. Both Vizio and LG will natively support AirPlay 2 on their new sets, and in a very surprising move Samsung will also include an iTunes app. I feel like this is a concession owed to the failure of the Apple TV. Apple has been unable to compete with the far cheaper Fire TV and Chromecast, and even more than that, they've realized that most people will just use whatever their TV comes with. That just makes buying media on iTunes a poor value proposition when you can buy it on Amazon/Vudu/Google and watch it through your native TV apps and on your iPhone. Meanwhile, they haven't decided to open up Siri at all. Samsung's new TVs will allow both Google Assistant and Alexa commands.
  2. What would you recommend, a high end, 1080P TV or a low end, 4K set? I have a high end Samsung 1080P TV from 2015 and am thinking about upgrading to 4K. I can't afford a high end system right now, but was looking at some of the Visio systems in the < $500 range. Obviously, the 4K is higher resolution than what I have now, but would everything else be just as good?
  3. On Tuesday December 5th, at 12:37am after 18 hours of labour over 3 days, my new home theatre was born. It is healthy and quite lively and weighed in at 239.8lbs. At the heart of this new sound system is an Onkyo TX-NR787 Receiver powering the Atmos and DTS-X capable 5.1.4 setup. Centre Channel is a Polk S35, with twin Polk S60 tower speakers for the Left and Right Channels. Surrounds are handled by Polk S20 Bookshelf speakers and Subwoofer is a beefy Polk HTS 12. Since they all fall within the same “Signature” line, they are nicely timber matched. For the height channels, I repurposed the satellite speakers from the old Sony HT-DDW795 system that was my previous home theatre for the last decade and wall and ceiling mounted them angled towards the central seating positions. The home theatre system is a nice compliment to the 65” LG B7 OLED 4K HDR TV, so that the benefits of 4K UHD Blu-rays can be fully realized in both video AND audio. The other children are excited to enjoy the new 3D positional soundscape, and we hope they will have many happy memories together over the coming years! I thought I would share some photos of the man cave, because everyone loves to share photos of their newborns. Behind the couch has a good chunk of the movie and game collection, though far from all. 95% of my games are digital downloads these days though. The movies are generally ordered alphabetically within genre - unless they are part of a series, in which case they are grouped chronologically with the series together, such as the MCU movies or Disney animated movies or X-Men movies. If anyone has some suggestions for great Atmos or DTS-X movies to put the system through its paces, let me know in this thread! Thanks
  4. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/12/logitech-firmware-update-breaks-locally-controlled-harmony-hub-systems/
  5. While I follow TV tech pretty closely, I have always neglected the sound part of my setup and not really put much time and care into my home theatre audio setup. Not having much experience in this area, I'm hoping those in the know can tell me if there are any fatal flaws in my plans here. Thanks in advance. Years ago, I purchased a cheap clearance HTIB (Sony STR-K790) and have continued using that to this day - connected via optical. It doesn't even have a single HDMI port on it - in or out. Now as I'm enjoying 4K UHD Blu-ray movies on my Panasonic DMP-UB900 and LG 65B7 OLED, I'm wishing I could enjoy the Dolby Atmos and DTS-X immersive sound experience. I don't have a huge budget to play with. The wife has given her blessing on $1,200 (Canadian, not US) for Christmas this year. I've started looking at various soundbar solutions, but I do not have an ideal space for bouncing sounds off walls and ceiling. The rec room where everything is situated has lots of other stuff in it. Coat racks, piano, uneven ceiling a curved wet bar, etc. My thought then, is that a proper 5.2.4 system will be far more effective in this sort of environment. Getting such a system within my budget seems to be not very feasible, so my new plan is to play the long game and build the system up in steps. Firstly, I feel like the place to start is with a new receiver with the ability to drive all of those speakers, decode the Atmos and DTS-X signals and connect to my gear via HDMI, including ARC. My plan is to get the receiver and connect it to my existing speakers and then for future birthdays and Christmases I can add on additional speakers for the height channels and then eventually upgrade the original speakers. To that end, I've found a Black Friday deal on an Onkyo TX-NR787 receiver, which usually retails in Canada for $1,000 - $1,200 on sale for $700. This receiver seems to be generally well-reviewed for it's price range and has everything I will need to eventually have a serviceable 5.2.4 setup. The only snag I can see with it is that I don't believe it will work with the subwoofer that I already have with the STR-K790, since it is passively powered, using the same speaker wire connection as the other speakers and it looks to me like the Onkyo TX-NR787 will require me to have a powered sub. So my thought on the sub is to get a POLK HTS 12, which also seems to be well-reviewed for its price range and is also on a Black Friday sale for $450 (down from the normal $650 CDN). I'm thinking this should keep me under the $1,200 budget and give me a working 5.1 setup with the ability to expand into Dolby Atmos and DTS-X in the next couple of years. Am I missing anything crucial? Is this going to work? Am I going about it all wrong?
  6. Anyone use an Ecobee thermostat? Pros cons? Mice use lyric and Nest and am thinking of ecobee.
  7. I am replacing the side door on my house with a new door and would like to buy a smart lock for it. Does anyone use a smart lock? If so, which one and do you like it? Reviews for these locks are all over the place which is making it hard to pick. My wife likes the Kwikset Kevo but reviews go from 5 stars to 1 star.
  8. Thinking about grabbing one of these for Christmas and was wondering if anyone had one and what you think of them. Reviews seem to imply they’ve come a long way. I think it would be perfect for us, smallish house with mostly hardwood and a few area rugs. Just kinda curious how thorough they are in terms of getting under chairs and things.
  9. https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/18/apple-event-new-york-city/ iPad Pros with FaceId, USB-C, and no home button MacBook Air successor Mac Mini!
  10. The Verge got their hands on a real life folding phone. It looks completely unusable when folded, and it sounds like their android fork is generally unusable anyways, but it is indeed a real phone they will actually sell you that you can fold up. Apparently Samsung's folding phone announcement is imminent, and while I expect it to be better than this, I'm not confident in their ability to make something worthwhile just yet. Still, it's a cool thing that might actually be more plausible than it might seem.
  11. 6.5" iPhone Xs Max (maXs) 5.8” iPhone Xs (INXS) 6.1" iPhone Xc????? with colors Apple Watch series 4 with a bigger screen no beats stuff, maybe apple branded headphones, AirPower, probably no Mac or iPad stuff
  12. Mostly for video but the occasional still shooting as well... heard good things about this one https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1395510-REG/sony_alpha_a7_iii_mirrorless.html Any of you photographers/videographers have an opinion?
  13. Basically all the reviews of this as a phone are right. It’s bulky, the screen is subpar, the 3D effect is scketchy, and the audio from the phone itself is atrocious. But it’s kinda fun? The 3D for photos is pretty lame IMO, but it works decent for video. They have some test clips of Ready Player One and Fantastic Beasts that look pretty good. The big issue is still ghosting and a relatively dim screen compared to 2D. I dunno, I ordered it mere minutes after it went up for pre-order and then stopped paying attention the last year and a half. I got an email a couple of weeks ago our if the blue from Jim Jannard himself saying the titanium model I ordered was even more delayed, so they sent a free aluminum version to keep and the titanium model will come later. One of the best things about Red is how they try and do right by customers, and that was quite the gesture. Honestly, I’m very skeptical that the titanium model will ever be made, I’m skeptical that the modules will ever be made, and I’m unsure of whether Red will even make a second generation phone.
  14. https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/24/18018322/apple-samsung-italy-phone-slowdown-fine-antitrust
  15. I just can't even. This commercial makes me want to start a cult and commit mass suicide.
  16. It looks like most of the information from the leaks was accurate, though of course there were a few features that weren't really revealed. This site seems to have a good summary of the new features, as well as video from the event. Hardware specs, from the article: So the hardware specs aren't especially groundbreaking, but it seems to have quite a few cool software features. The more interesting features are linked to above, but for anyone who doesn't want to check out the link, the big things appear to be: Top Shot: The camera takes multiple pictures and then uses machine learning to recommend what is likely to be the best shot. Super Res Zoom: The camera takes multiple photos and then these are algorithmically combined to create a high res zoomed shot. Night Sight: Uses machine learning to choose the right pixel information for low-light shots. Dual front-facing cameras: Ultra-wide selfie mode (they're claiming 184% more scene content than Apple's iPhone Xs). Pixel Stand: A wireless charging base ($79) allows your Pixel 3 to basically become a Google Home hub. Call Screening: If you don't want to or are unable to take a call you can screen the call, which lets the caller know they're speaking with Google Assistant and they can say their name and why they're calling, with this information being displayed to you. I had a Nexus 5 way back when which I was happy with until it had the ubiquitous power button problem, and since then I've been using a Huawei P9 Lite for a couple years, which even when it came out was pretty basic. I can't wait to make this my next phone.
  17. deal here Notes: They're not the newest version (they're one version behind) but there shouldn't really be a discernible difference AFAIK. It's not shipping for 1-2 months.
  18. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/samsung-galaxy-x-foldable-patent,news-28164.html
  19. Amazon held an event yesterday and released a deluge of new Alexa enabled devices, many expected, some rather surprising. Not surprising: New versions of the Echo Dot and Echo Plus (an Echo with smart home radios). More fabric, supposedly better speakers, pretty much exactly what you'd expect. They also released an updated Echo Show with a 10" screen that no longer looks like an engineering sample. Amazon is also going after Sonos and Chromecast Audio by releasing products designed to plug into your existing speakers. There's the Echo Input, which is pretty much just the microphone array from a dot with bluetooth and audio connections, so you can turn any speaker into an Echo. They're also going after higher end audio by releasing the Echo Link, which is designed to plug into your existing home amplifier setup. They also put out the Echo Link Amp, which is the same thing with a 60W 2-channel amp. For some reason they also put out an Echo Sub, just in case you need to add some base to your otherwise poor sounding Echos. They put out an Echo smart plug, which is exactly what it sounds like. Then Amazon went a little bit overboard. On one end you have the "silly, but still maybe a good idea" Echo Wall Clock. It's a basic wall clock, but it connects to your Echo over bluetooth. It will automatically set the correct time, including for daylight savings, but the big pitch here is the ring of LEDs around the edge that will show a visual indication of the timers you set on your Echo. As someone that uses the Echo for cooking timers daily, this might be worth the $30. Then Amazon put out a freaking microwave. It's a basic, $60 microwave that, like the clock, connects to an Echo over bluetooth, allow you to add time or start a preset. I hardly use our microwave, but it's hard to imagine this being very useful to anyone. Just in case having Alexa everywhere in your house, talking to all your appliances isn't quite enough, they also put out an Echo for your car. It pairs to your phone and your car speakers, so you can ask for directions, start a call, or do any other Alexa commands. It seems to me that the only thing that this will do that your phone won't do with its native voice assistant is connect to your smart home. I suppose having a better mic is something, but still it seems pretty questionably worthwhile. The last thing that I think is actually kind of cool is the Fire TV Recast. It's basically a hard drive with an OTA tuner that you plug into your network and an antenna to get a DVR for OTA TV. It doesn't plug into your TV. You'll need a Fire TV that this box will stream to. It's probably not going to be the best OTA DVR you can get, but it might be a really good, simple solution for many.
  20. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2018/09/20/apple-macbook-pro-discount-sales-release-date-update/
  21. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/09/ios-12-on-the-iphone-5s-iphone-6-plus-and-ipad-mini-2-its-actually-faster/
  22. https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/31/17803728/wireless-headphones-usb-c-google-assistant-siri-ifa-2018
  23. https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/9/3/17814936/google-pixel-3-xl-leak-found-in-lyft these phones should be more popular than they are