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Ways to Enjoy Televison and Movies

Times sure have changed…. I remember the days of standing in super long lines (especially on Friday and Saturday nights) at Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video. We can no longer do that anymore and it’s a good thing. Instead we can now instantly watch whatever we want whenever we please. This includes both movies and television without having to leave our homes to do so. Now all you have to do is pick your monthly subscription service to stream it all to you tv, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

There are lots of choices including Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu+, or your cable or satellite provider. If you feel nostalgic you can even go to a Red box location found inside and outside of many stores and rent a movie there. However you choose, why not watch something today?

Home theaters can be setup on virtually any budget and truly enhance the tv and especially movie experience! This can be accomplished in many ways:

Check out these FREE diagrams for ideas of how to setup your own home theater today and then sit back, relax and enjoy the tv show or movie! 

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Connect your tablet to your stereo if streaming music is not an option for you

I was sitting around playing a game on my tablet when it hit me…there is so much more I can do with this tablet! Like most  people, I use Android tablets for the free apps on the Google Play Store. Sorry Apple, Androids are more affordable. Free is a wonderful price so why not take advantage of it and download a music cloud app of your choice? I dabble so I currently have Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify and Slacker Radio all installed on my tablet. You can do the same thing and use whichever you like, or all of them if you so choose.

When I am writing these blogs or updating inventory or just tinkering with the look and feel of this site more often than not I am listening to music. Why? Because I like to hear music playing in the background; it helps me to relax and allows me to pass the time. It would not be nice of me to crank up music late at night (I frequently will stop working on this site around 3am), so I end up either using my basic computer speakers or a portable stereo with no CD player or input to connect an MP3 player to it or use my receiver and listen CD’s or my MP3 player with the subwoofers turned off to keep it quite.

Over the weekend it occurred to me that I could connect my tablet to my surround sound receiver and enjoy a totally random mix of music based on either a single genre of my choice or all of them. Some more expensive model receivers offer the ability to stream from Pandora already built in or they are Bluetooth capable for streaming anything to them; mine is neither. To connect my tablet to my receiver, I had to run a cable out of the only output I could find on my tablet, the headset spot. Since the wire would not reach to connect the tablet to the receiver I had to improvise. Creativity can be soo much fun at times! I took a wire that is a headset input on one end and a RCA connector (red and white wires) on the other end. Since it would not reach the receiver, I then connected another RCA cable to it. This second wire is 25ft long and reached the receiver with no problem so I connected it to an input on the receiver. Now when I turn on the receiver and select the appropriate input I can make all my song selections from my tablet play thru my speakers connected to my receiver.

Mind you this is not a digital sound. It is analog to stereo and then the receiver works it’s magic to simulate stereo with the existing analog sound quality. Granted this is not outstanding sound quality, but it is much better sounding then the tiny built in speaker included in the tablet. Now I can sit at my desk (yes, I use a desktop and not a laptop) and type and be able to change the songs on the tablet (which sits on my desk) and hear the music out of my speakers connected to my receiver. I then took it one step further and also attached the power cord to the tablet so I can charge it while it plays. This is important to remember because when playing music for several uninterrupted hours it tends to drain down the battery.

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Christmas is almost here

Bunch_of_Gift_Boxes_PNG_ClipartChristmas is almost here

Another year is about to be over, where does the time go? If you are like us, you have been super busy. We are still ramping up our inventory just in time for the holidays. Click here to see our store for great gift ideas.

Other things we have done just this month were to add sub-categories to our store to make shopping much easier by narrowing down your search. Also we have just added an additional way to purchase thru our site…..introducing Stripe. Stripe is one of the most trusted credit card processors and we now have our site enabled to use them! Whenever you order you now have your choice of using either Paypal or simply doing a debit or credit card payment thru Stripe.

Coming in January we will be exploring a new pricing structure that will be much better for you…..more to follow next month in our blog about this. We will also have our first video available on You Tube and on our site in the coming year too!

Happy Holidays – Premium Audio

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