Category: Notes From The City


Are you looking to upgrade your TV for less? Are you ready to save some money by cutting the cord to cable once and for all? The Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player is designed to make the most of the apps and entertainment already on your phone. Shows, movies, live TV, YouTube, photos and more. It’s all just a tap away from all of your family’s devices. It’s so simple to set up that anyone can use it! Plug Google Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. And while streaming, you can use your phone as you normally would. This portable device is also great for traveling, I don’t leave home without it! You can enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports, and more from over 2,000 apps including Netflix, HBO Now, YouTube, and YouTube TV. Find more at google.com/chromecast

Another great feature is the voice control, you can stream with just your voice! Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together. For example, you could say “Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV.” The Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity and is so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house! It has a built-in 802.11 ac Wi-Fi that connects to the internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately). Subscriptions are required to view some content such as Netflix, HBO Now, and PlayStation Vue. Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home. Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription. Come check out your local Best Buy for all the latest and greatest gadgets which are sure to upgrade all of your entertainment needs!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Only Music. Nothing Else. Sony’s industry-leading noise cancellation evolves to further immerse you in your music with a proprietary noise cancellation processor, quick charge capabilities, and an updated comfortable design. The over-the-ear design is ideal for extended listening periods and provides comfort and stability. These wireless headphones have a rechargeable battery that offers up to 30 hours of use on a single charge.  This means you can literally listen to your music all day before a charge is needed! And once the battery finally does run out, quick charging gives five hours of playback with just a 10-minute charge. The Bluetooth interface enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. But what really separates these amazing headphones from competitors is the noise cancellation feature. It doesn’t matter how loud you turn up the volume if you can still hear background noise. These wireless noise cancellation headphones effectively blocks out distracting background noises so you can enjoy a focused, immersive sound environment. Whether your on an airplane with a hysterical baby, in a noisy gym, or any crowded public space and can barely hear yourself think- sometimes you need to take a step back and relax. The Sony Wireless Noise Cancellation Headphones allow you to do this whether you want to listen to your favorite music, immerse yourself in an action packed movie with ultra realistic sound, or simply relax by tuning out the surrounding noises!

 

These headphones come in two colors, black and silver. The headset controls include volume, next/previous track, voice assistant, and phone button. What’s great about taking calls on these headphones is the crystal clear sound quality. It feels like the person is standing right next to you and the noise cancellation blocks out all other distractions which makes it ideal for very important calls such as job interviews. If you travel a lot and find yourself in an airport regularly, these headphones are a must. Airports can tend to be a stressful experience if you’re not equipped to sit back, relax, and kill some time. The best way to do that is have a great playlist of your favorite music on deck, a couple fun games, and some great movies on your iPad or laptop. But the icing on the cake is what truly brings these things to life which is an immersive sound environment. These headphones easily fold up into each other and fit perfectly into a small case which is ideal for traveling or for people who are on the go! Come check out all of Sony’s industry-leading headphones at your local Best Buy today!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


When it comes to every day tasks such as cleaning, you need to have the proper tools. The right equipment can simplify these tasks by saving you time and effort. Wash more, work less with the world’s #1 dishwasher brand. The Bosch dishwasher has enough space for 16 place settings, and the racks can be positioned in up to 9 different ways. Fit more dishes into each load, even those bulky cookware or fragile stemware , for a faster clean up. But what really makes Bosch the World’s #1 Dishwasher Brand? Well for starters, it is the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S. It has 18 sound reducing technologies so you can wash dishes in peace or even run it at night time while you sleep without being disturbed. Bosch dishwashers are so quiet, you have to check the exterior Infolight to know they are on. Bosch Premium Dishwashers are the most reliable dishwasher brand with the lowest repair rate according to a leading consumer publication. Another great feature is the design and flexibility. A variety of designs and door handles are available to fit any kitchen. The 3rd rack adds 30% more loading area and the adjustable Rackmatic rack provides 9 adjustable positions giving you maximum loading flexibility.

Bosch Premium Dishwashers own 5 out of the top 10 drying scores out of 160 tested dishwashers by a leading consumer publication. Condensation drying sets Bosch apart from all other competitors. One of my personal favorite features is The Touch Control feature which allows you to program a cycle quickly. The integrated controls make it easy with simple touch technology. Plus, choose from 6 wash cycles including five-level wash, 5 options like Extra Dry, and more. The EasyGlide rack lets you load and unload smoothly. It’s easy to adjust and move the racks, even while they’re full of dishes. This product will even protect your floors with 24/7 Aquastop. This 4-part leak prevention system uses sensors to detect and stop leaks, and can even turn on by itself. Dishwasher hookup kit is not included, but is sold separately.

Bosch Premium Dishwashers come in four different finishes including Black, Black Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel, and White. Some of the key specs are as follows: Product Height: 33.875 inches, Product Width: 23.5625 inches, Product Depth: 23.75 inches. The Operating Sound Level is 42 decibels. All of these incredible features come together for a highly effective yet simple dish washing experience. You’ll forget your dishwasher is even running until your dishes come out cleaner than ever! Come by your local Best Buy and check out some of these great deals on start-of-the-art Bosch Premium Dishwashers.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

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Do you enjoy a voluminous, rythymic and harmoniously clear music experience? Are you looking for amazing quality with crisp sound and stunning clarity? Then you need to check out the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST portable speakers available at Best Buy right now! Play your favorite music with this Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST wireless speaker. It lets you make voice commands via Amazon Alexa within its 330-ft Wi-Fi range, and Bluetooth connectivity lets it pair with up to eight compatible devices. The MegaBlast is Ultimate Ears most powerful speaker with stunning clarity and deep, heart-pounding bass, brings music to life. This rugged, water-resistant wireless speaker withstands drops from up to 3 ft high. Enjoy up to 16 hours with a large built-in battery. Play and charge the speaker simultaneously using the optional cradle or included wall charger. You can also ask Alexa to blast tunes, discover new music, crank the volume, or discover new restaurants.

The Ultimate Ears BLAST portable speaker allows you to take hands-free mobile calls and play great music. This water-resistant Ultimate Ears BLAST wireless speaker delivers 360-degree immersive sound for up to 12 hours on a single charge. Its dual-band Wi-Fi lets you access Amazon Alexa’s voice command features, and it’s multiple microphones with beam-forming technology and noise cancellation provide accurate voice capture. The water-resistant and dust proof design make this the perfect device to use outside at pool parties, graduation parties, bbqs, picnics, or at the beach. My biggest concern in the past with taking quality speakers to the beach or to the pool, was that they might get wet, damp, sand in the cracks, or some sort of damage jeopardizing the integrity of the speaker. But the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST AND BLAST portable speakers were designed and tested against these very elements to ensure they could withstand the stresses of everyday life, inside or outside, while still maintaining the best possible sound quality.

 

Just in time for summer, Ultimate Ears announced new updates for MEGABLAST AND BLAST portable speakers to help them get smarter and better over time. Some of my personal favorite experiences for MEGABLAST AND BLAST include:

Enhanced Controls on the Ultimate Ears App– You can now control volume remotely from the app, which is especially useful if you have your music cranked up loud and want to use Alexa. You can also check the battery status in one of two ways- either through the app, or right from the speaker by pressing the “+/-” volume buttons simultaneously. Starting in May, you can personalize your sound for any artist or music genre with custom equalizer (EQ). For example, if you’re listening to some Hip Hop and want some earth shattering bass- customize it. If you’re listening to some R&B and want some clear, clean vocals- customize it.

New Grouping Experience for smart speakers (coming soon)- You can group up to eight MEGABLAST or BLAST speakers on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Stereo mode is supported when you connect two MEGABLAST or BLAST speakers. Optimized to take advantage of the speakers built-in Wi-Fi capability, you will experience greater range for grouped speakers and improved connection reliability. Grouping is expected to be available later this year.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

 

If you like to keep up with all the latest and greatest gadgets that help simplify all of your entertainment needs, then look no further. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote unifies control of your expanding universe of home entertainment and smart home devices into one powerful yet effortless experience. Before I had this remote here’s what I had to do in order to watch TV. First I had to turn on the TV with my LG remote, then I had to turn on the soundbar with the smaller Samsung remote, and finally I had to use another remote for the cable box to navigate channels. And that’s just for watching cable, if I wanted to watch a Blu Ray DVD then I would need to use yet another remote. The Logitech Harmony Elite remote can replace up to 15 remotes so say goodbye to that jumble of remotes once and for all. Harmony remote controls let you combine your old remotes into one advanced universal remote that works with more than 270,000 devices from more than 6,000 brands. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, Harmony Activities let you control multiple devices as one. Press Watch TV and the right devices power on and automatically switch to the right settings / input. Channel buttons control the cable box while volume buttons control your AV settings.

The Harmony Hub, included with Harmony Elite and Harmony Home Control remotes, gives you control over devices hidden inside closed cabinets or behind walls , whether you’re using the remote or Harmony app. You can also adjust devices when you’re away from home using your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The remote itself is sleekly designed featuring a color touchscreen with motion-sensing backlit keys and one touch automation. It has a comfortable design for easy handling. The remote also comes with a charging station and has a rechargeable battery pack which provides reliable operation. No more desperately trying to find two AA batteries hoping they haven’t already been used up.  It has a very simple online set up for PC and Mac and is compatible with Windows 7, 8, or 10 or Mac OS X 10.7 or later with an Intel processor. Included in the Logitech Harmony Elite Remote box is the Harmony Elite Universal Remote, Harmony Hub, charging station, two IR mini-blasters, USB cable, 2 AC adapters, and the owner’s manual.

But I saved for the best part for last. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote makes a great companion with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. With the Harmony Elite Remote and Amazon Alexa you can control your entire home entertainment experience with just your voice. Turn on your TV, change channels up or down, fire up a playlist or set the mood for movie night. Harmony Elite and Alexa let you start your favoirte activities no matter what they are. Start an activity like “Sports Night” to turn on ESPN, dim the smart lights and even crank up the subwoofer to make it feel like your practically at the game. When it’s time to switch gears and turn on “Date Night”, just say the word and it will automatically switch inputs to your Roku home menu where you can select Netflix or Amazon Prime. But my favorite activity would have to be “Game Time” which turns on my TV, PS4 and surround sound, brightens my Philips Hue smart lights that creates an aura behind the TV, and even sets my Nest Learning thermostat to a cool 70 degrees so I can comfortably play God of War or FIFA World Cup in peace while being fully submerged in the experience. Did I mention that the Harmony Elite works with over 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices so you can enjoy single-touch  control with your favorite brands, right out of the box? From your TV, cable and gaming console, to your AV receiver and Roku media player- all the way your smart lights, locks, thermostats, even your Alexa- Harmony Elite proudly works with just about everything. Go check out your local Best Buy to find this amazing device along with all of your other home entertainment needs! Don’t delay, pick up the Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote and leave the chaos of multiple apps and remotes behind, and let peace reign supreme!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

If you’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest technology like I am, then look no further. The Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker sits comfortably on your shoulders while delivering deep, clear sound. The SoundWear Companion speaker is designed to keep you connected to to your music, calls, and the world around you. As much as I love listening to my favorite music with headphones, it’s very important that you remain self aware in certain situations such as walking across the street, exercising, or driving. This product allows you to experience music the way it was meant to be heard while still being able to mind your surroundings. These speakers are packed with technologies that give you immersive experience while limiting what others can hear. There are two 11-inch waveguides in the neckband that push air to opposite ports for deep lows while cancelling out bass for anyone nearby.Through a combination of acoustic technologies and unique design the quality of the music is simply breathtaking. The design makes conversations over the phone feel as natural as they do in person, plus calls stay clear when it’s windy or noisy. And since it form-fits your shoulders in whatever position you leave it, you’ll hardly know you’re wearing it. It’s extremely lightweight weighing only .57 lbs. The ergonomic neckband is coated with soft-touch silicone, and is so comfortable you can wear it all day. Sweat- and weather-resistant design (IPX4-rated) keeps you worry-free if you’re caught in the rain.

Amazing sound quality and comfort aside, another one of my favorite features is the voice prompts that make Bluetooth pairing simple. You can also download the Bose Connect App to personalize your experience, plus easily manage Bluetooth connections.  Answer calls, or access your phone’s Siri or Google Assistant through the speaker with the press of a button. You can tell Siri to play Pandora or a certain playlist from your iPhone. Another great feature is the battery life. Enjoy up to 12 hours of play time from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. You charge it up with a Micro-B USP port and plugging it in for only 15 minutes will give you another two hour play time. You can also customize your speaker with a four-way stretch cover that adds a layer of protection without affecting sound. It comes with a black cover but optional fabrics in additional colors, such as blue and purple, are sold separately. Stop by at Best Buy to check out all of the latest and greatest gadgets  including the brand new Bose SoundWear Companion. This product is sure to turn heads, deliver deep, clear sound, and allow you to be more present and aware in every day situations. Learn more about the new Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker, available at Best Buy here.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Are you tired of choosing between great weather or watching the game inside? The problem with watching indoor TVs outside is that you have to deal with the glare from the sun, the unpredictable elements such as dust, rain, and insects, as well as a less sharper image. To put it simply, indoor TVs don’t belong outside. SunBrite TVs are true, made-for-the-outdoors products. The SunBrite TV Veranda series is a family of weatherproof televisions designed for full-applications: Full Shade (Veranda), Partial Sun (Signature), and Full Sun (Pro). Outdoor living trends are strong, and all-weather TVs enhance the outdoor living style. Creating an outdoor home theater is the most affordable room addition you can make , and the best seat in the house is in your backyard! They’re engineered for permanent outdoor installation and are more durable, safer, and higher performance than using indoor TVs outdoors.

Are you ready to upgrade your patio yet? Allow me to explain what makes the SunBrite TV Veranda series perfect for outdoor conditions. First off, the outdoor TV is engineered for use in different climates which allows for operation in low temperatures from -24 degrees Fahrenheit and high temperatures up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has a large weatherproof media bay which allows for plenty of storage for many popular media players and cables. It has a powder-coated rust-proof aluminum exterior that protects internal components from rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air. The Veranda Series outdoor TV is for use in full shade (patios, porches, sunrooms). The weatherproof TV is built for full shade outdoor living areas such as covered, screened patio, garage, covered deck or porch. Now that we’ve established that it is safe to use outdoors, how is the picture quality? The Veranda Series outdoor TV is 30% brighter than indoor TVs for improved viewing for brighter outdoor environments. The premium 4K UHD screen with direct LED backlight performs well in all lighting conditions. It also delivers plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors. It also has 2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images. Watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD, and upscale your current HD content to gorgeous, Ultra HD-level picture quality. Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV. With an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content. The sound quality is also breathtaking. The advanced TV sound has built-in 20W down-firing speakers for in all-in-one sound solution. The TV has 4 HDMI inputs for the best home theater connection. High-speed HDMI delivers up to 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable (HDMI cable not included). It also has 2 USB inputs where you can easily connect your digital camera or other USB devices to view compatible JPEG files.

Another great feature about the SunBrite TV Veranda series is that you can enjoy the picture from multiple angles. 178 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen. So whether you are watching a movie with the family, a favorite TV show during a neighborhood BBQ, or the big game while hosting a huge party- everyone will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment! Right now, when you purchase the SunBrite TV Veranda series at Best Buy, you get an outdoor weatherproof tilting TV wall mount for FREE which fits most 32″-80″ TVs. The SunBrite TV tilting mount has a weather-resistant coating on its stainless steel frame to prevent scratches and increases durability. This mount can be angled forward or backward to present the best viewing option. If you enjoy watching TV while sitting outside in the beautiful weather but don’t want to sacrifice the picture quality of your television then the SunBrite Veranda TV is a must have item. This summer if you plan to upgrade the patio, the garage, the backyard, or any outdoor area- the center piece to these renovations should be the SunBrite TV Veranda series! Come in to your local Best Buy and experience the SunBrite TV Veranda series first hand and ask a blue shirt why this product is a must have for outdoor applications.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

With more premium finishes than anyone, GE Appliances can offer the perfect match to your personal taste. From modern to traditional, comfortable to contemporary, you’ll find stylish options designed to go beyond the kitchen and compliment your entire home. First up, is the Stainless Steel that has a gloss finish which is elegant and timeless. The neutral, glossy finish creates an elegant, modern look. It is available across all GE Appliance brands. Next up, is the Black Stainless Steel which has a high gloss finish which is sleek and shiny. The Black Stainless Steel has a bold and sophisticated appearance. It is fingerprint resistant and easy to maintain and clean. This finish makes a statement in any kitchen and is available on GE and GE Profile Series Appliances. Next up, we have Slate which is a matte finish. This rich, stone-inspired finish provides a warm matte appearance. It is smudge proof, durable and can hold magnets. It is available for GE and GE Profile Series Appliances. Last but certainly not least is my personal favorite. Black Slate has a distinctive charcoal, matte finish. This dark matte contrasts bold color choices. It also holds magnets and is available on GE and GE Cafe Series Appliances.

No matter what your personal preference, GE has the perfect match. Whether your looking for a refrigerator, wall oven, microwave, dishwasher, or ranges these finishes stand out and really bring the room together. The Slate finish blends perfectly with any of the following styles: coastal contemporary, modern eclectic, rustic chic, or classic contemporary. Aside from style and personal appearance, the functionality is also a huge plus. Smudge proof finishes resists fingerprints which means less time cleaning and wiping down appliances. Come check out your local Best Buy and see for yourself all the great deals on GE Appliances with customized finishes.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

The new Google Pixelbook is the first laptop with Google Assistant built in, so you’ll be able to get more done faster and smarter. Pixelbook is amazingly versatile and effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And because it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features. Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. It measures at 10.3 mm and weighs only 2.45 lbs. The 12.3″ 360 degree touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design will seamlessly adjust to whatever task your trying to achieve. It has an absolutely stunning display perfect for watching movies, sketching or editing photos, or playing games.  This laptop is built for speed and features a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with 8GB of memory. It also starts up in less than 10 seconds, stays fast throughout your day, and won’t slow down over time.

The Pixlebook Pen, which is sold separately, is a smart, responsive stylus designed to enhance the way you work and play. The Google Assistant is easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using the “Ok Google” wake word. You can even access it with the Pixelbook Pen: simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your assistant. Enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red. Do more of what you love with apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Photos and more. You can always download your favorites from YouTube Red or Google Play Movies to enjoy even without Wi-Fi.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

If you have ever visited a Best Buy location I’m sure you have checked out the Magnolia Room. This is where all of the top-of-the-line equipment for home entertainment can be found. This area has some of the worlds most sought-after speakers, receivers, headphones, hi-res audio products and so much more. Magnolia’s March AudioFest is one month of remarkable deals of the premium audio gear of your dreams! With weekly savings, great deals online and other amazing offers they can only offer in their stores, you’ll want to check back often. Some notably home audio deals include 30% Off Select Klipsch Speakers, Up to 50% Off Sony Core Series Speakers, Save up to $100 on Select Onkyo, Denon, and Sony Receivers, Save $200 on Combined Bose Purchase, and Featured Sound Bars Starting at $39.99.

 

Audio is at the heart of who Magnolia is. Because even though they offer plenty of video gear, it’s the audio that takes you from just watching, just listening, just playing, to experiencing your movies, music, and video games like never before. I was once skeptical and thought a sound bar is a sound bar, a receiver is a receiver, and a speaker is a speaker. Until one night I walked into a Best Buy right before they were about to close, I walked into the Magnolia Room and asked an employee to show me the best sounding system they had. I’ll never forget the smile on his face as he slowly shut the doors and turned up the volume. It’s not that the sound was earth shattering and the bass vibrated through your bones but rather the quality and ability to bring the music to life. We also watched an intense space battle that took place in Star Trek Beyond and I felt as if I was fully submerged in the movie. By the end of the night the kind employee was basically dragging me out of the store. Quality makes all the difference in the world, especially when it comes to audio. When you’re ready to experience premium audio at amazing prices, stop into your nearest Magnolia store and start hearing things in a whole new way.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.