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The Sound Bar: A New Definition of Quality Sound

The Sound Bar: A New Definition of Quality Sound

So your brand new TV sounds like something that is not original?  You don’t need to be worried. It wasn’t that you are inexperienced in shopping. There are few things that TV manufacturers always omit when it comes to projecting audio from today’s LCD TVs. The truth is that they never pay attention to sound quality, even when those aren’t limiting factors. The good news is that it is very easy to add a unique sound to your LCD TVs. You don’t need to use almost a year of savings to purchase a good multi-channel surround sound system, but if you simply would prefer not to trouble yourself with hanging wires everywhere throughout the room and hanging bunches of boxes on the wall, you ought to consider a sound bar.

What is a sound bar?

A sound bar encompasses multiple speakers. You can find this in a surround sound environment, which is arranged into one horizontal component. This in turn reproduces the surround sound feel without needing speakers everywhere in your room. Thanks to the unified design, a sound bar is fast and straightforward to set up and won’t consume too much room on your wall or entertainment center. Before you buy one, there some factors to keep in mind that will enable you to pick the best device for your needs.

Do you have enough space?

There are lots of benefits of owning a sound bar, from the uniformity to the balance. However, this innovation is especially appropriate in certain circumstances.

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Even though you may currently have a high-end HDTV, they tend to have small built-in speakers, which can produce a powerful sound through the external speakers. However, you will notice the lack of the low bass production during a concert DVD or stock-car race. A sound bar will beef up the bass without a lot of setup time.

If the place where you live is small, a surround-sound speaker setup is large enough to take up a significant amount of space that could be used for essential items. Sound bars are produced to be unobtrusive and can even be wall-mounted if entertainment center space is at a premium.

Looking for the low price? A sound bar is the best option to cut cost. They’re much cheaper than a full surround sound setup, with comparable quality, and there are various places where you can get them online.

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Where do you plan to place it?

Surround sound systems are typically placed in front of the TV or on the wall. However, sound bar speakers are long and slim and designed to take up little space. You do not need to put them on the base of a TV screen or mount them on the wall above.

Advantages

  • Modern design with small footprint
  • Easy to install on a wall or placed in front of the TV

Considerations

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  • Often includes an external subwoofer, which will take up more space
  • It can block the remote control of the TV when it is in front of the screen.
  • It can be placed under the TV, pedestal style

Professional tip: Consider mounting (or try a pedestal style)

True to its name, a pedestal-style sound bar features a flat, square housing designed to provide a frame on which to place your television. They might not appear as stylish, but they have a few benefits that their other counterparts don’t have.

Benefits

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  • They take up minimal space, as it will be placed where the TV is already sited.
  • They do not require an external subwoofer.
  • It will not block the remote control sensor on the TV.

Considerations

  • Not wall mounted
  • Not as elegant and sleek as traditional styles

If you are a sound lover, and you want to have a good and clean sound in your home, you need a sound bar to do the job.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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