Essential tech for your home

Whaddup, world! Ya boy is back!!

*suppresses inner gangsta for the duration of the post*

Actually, I didn’t go anywhere, and I’m not back from anything. I just hit a bit of writer’s block for a couple of weeks in a row. Shouts out to Ruth Jeremiah and Lii for the suggestions last week. I’ll eventually use both.

One of the suggested topics for this week was as follows:

Since I just happen to be kind of a tech nerd, I think I can help with that. Here we go…

HDTV – It’s 2013. The days of those huge (or tiny) TVs with wooden frames are gone. Don’t you dare invite someone over to your house, and you have a TV that also serves as a shelf and has knobs to change the channel. Your friends will laugh at you. I’ll laugh at you. You’ll fall into a state of depression, start taking Zoloft, forget to check-in with your mom, she’ll get worried about you and start calling every 15 minutes… All bad. Just upgrade. Flat screens aren’t just more stylish and modern, but they help conserve space. They don’t even have to be mounted onto the wall. There are plenty of options for newer, more modern, entertainment centers that will allow you to display your TV in style.

Some kind of HD service – You can have the HDTV as well as the HDMI cables to hook it up (which you will need in order to have true HD), but if you don’t have HD service it’s all for nothing. What do I mean? Well, if you have cable, it usually cost extra to have HD service. You’ll need an HD cable box in order to view HD channels in actual HD. Otherwise, you just turn a blurry, little picture on a big screen into a bigger, blurry picture. Also if you’re streaming Netflix or Hulu, you have to make sure your internet connection is fast enough to stream in HD. If not, you run into the same problem. The bottom line is that the TV alone doesn’t make the picture high definition, it’s the signal coming into the TV.

Some kind of Blu-Ray player – A Blu-Ray player is essential. Whether it be a PS3 (my personal choice) or just a regular Blu-Ray player, you need one. You need it because of its versatility. It’ll play your old DVDs just fine, and it’ll also play your newer Blu-Ray movies. Of course, to enjoy the HD of the Blu-Rays, you’ll need an HDTV and an HDMI cable to connect the player to the TV. The other thing that a Blu-Ray player will afford you is streaming access to Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, etc. You may not feel like you want Netflix, but it could honestly be your substitute for cable if you wanted it to be. It could change your life… or something.

Wifi – Get [your own] wifi. It’s 2013. Stop mooching off your neighbors.

A high-quality VCR – Yep. A VCR. Sit your cable box on top of it. Use it as a coaster on your coffee table. Use it as a conversation starter with your children/nieces/nephews as they ask you “what is this?!” “What is a ‘cassette’?” What is tracking?” “What is rewind?” …You’ll feel old. It’ll be awesome.

Roku (or some sort of stand-alone streaming device) – If you have TVs in more than one room and want to enjoy streaming in those rooms, this is the best thing ever. Roku’s have no monthly fee and are inexpensive.

A sound bar – A sound bar is a pretty easy and inexpensive way to achieve great sound in your home. Gone are the days when you have to install surround sound speakers all around the room. You still can if that’s your steez, but you don’t have to. These things work pretty well.

Did I forget anything? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Until next time…

-Erik (@WalkSays)

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7 Comments

    • Ruth Jeremiah
      April 11, 2013

      What will enable me to play Netflix on my television from my computer?

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      • Erik
        April 11, 2013

        If your TV has a VGA input, you can use your TV as a monitor for your computer. The VGA cable is the 15-pin cable you use to plug in your regular monitor–the one that you have to screw in after you plug it in. If your TV has an input for that, you’re set.

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    • Lii
      April 11, 2013

      Ok, ou were very thorough but I still need to walk myself through this so bear with…ok so first I get a flat screen (that I knew haha) but someone told me to get LED or LCD? but does this really matter since it seems that i’m forced to second get HD wires. What i’m saying is can i get a cheap TV add HD wires and still have good pic? ok so 3rd i should get a blu-ray and I can stream NEtflix or whatever (but u still have to subscribe to all that right- or is there like a bundle pack?), anyhow I don’t need Roku if i have blu-ray (oh can i play regular DVD on blu-ray – don’t laugh at me), ok then I need to get a VCR as basically a history lesson for guests lol (actually its still useful – or I can sell it at an antique show when i’m 110 and give the money to my great-greats),,, and lastly which i think is great idea i need to get a sound bar …and i’m good?

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      • Erik
        April 12, 2013

        I haven’t looked at TV prices lately, but I’d guess an LED TV would cost more than LCD because it’s newer. Unless you’re a stickler for a crisp picture, it shouldn’t matter. You could get a cheaper TV and be fine, but it’s up to you. Not all HD screens are created equally (HDMI cables or not). But again, if you can’t notice the difference, go cheaper. If you can notice the difference, then you may want to shop around until you find one you like… Yes, Netflix requires an $8/month subscription. No bundle pack that I know of… No need to get a Roku if you have a Blu-ray connected to the same TV… Yep, the VCR is purely so you can sell it for a pile o’ cash on your 110th birthday! No other reason… Yeah, sound bars work well. If you want high quality sound without speakers and wires everywhere, it’s a good way to go.

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        • lii
          April 12, 2013

          Great…thx

    • Lii
      April 11, 2013

      oh and it was very helpful, thx *non-mischievous grin* ….lol

      Reply

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