On the floor at CES 2014

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January 13th, 2014 by

As part of our ongoing mission to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest developments in technology, we've once again dispatched representatives to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the latest and greatest in gadgets go on display to strut their digital stuff. Giving us a little glimpse into 2014's technological future, our AV guru Jamie Dickson ... Read more

Five more forgotten formats

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July 11th, 2013 by

The world of technology is an evolving, ever-changing one, which is great if you become an early adopter of what becomes the Next Big Thing, but not so great if you find yourself on the losing side of a format war. After our last look at five media formats that have been lost to the annals of history, here are five more for your perusal: Music boxes The delivery ... Read more

Samsung buys Boxee

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July 5th, 2013 by

Media-streaming technology developer Boxee has reportedly joined the family of technology juggernaut, Samsung. It is understood that Boxee had been on the hunt for funding for a while now, before offering itself up for sale to the right backer, which led to its purchase for approximately $30 million. By joining with Samsung, Boxee should be able to benefit from additional support in the further development of PVRs and ... Read more

How to make your home theatre more like the movies

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June 28th, 2013 by

I like the experience of going out to the movies, but it’s far from the simplest or most cost-effective way to enjoy entertainment.  After all, if all I wanted to do was watch something cool, why would I travel through potentially awful winter weather so I can stand in a long line and pay big bucks for the privilege of sharing space with a bunch of ... Read more

Top ten vintage TV ads

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June 18th, 2013 by

Back in the olden days, the days before Big Brown Box, when the Internet was just a twinkle in Al Gore's eye (yes, he didn't actually invent the Internet, but it's funnier to imagine he did), televisions and other electronic entertainment equipment was primarily marketed through print ads. It's interesting to look back on these vintage TV ads through our modern eyes and pick up on the ... Read more

How to enjoy the Xbox One’s functionality today

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May 28th, 2013 by

Last week, Microsoft officially announced its latest gaming console, the Xbox One – which is, somewhat confusingly, the third Xbox to hit the market, after the original Xbox and the Xbox 360 (which early in its development, was known as the Xbox 2, just to confuse matters). It looks a little bit like an old VCR In addition to its improved gaming specs, the Xbox One is making ... Read more

Scam website alert: www.wholesaleelectronicfactory.com

Do NOT trust www.wholesaleelectronicfactory.com!

May 24th, 2013 by

Dear customers, This morning we became aware of a scam site that is using the credentials of Big Brown Box: www.wholesaleelectronicfactory.com Please DO NOT give this website your credit card details. This is a SCAM website and they are phishing for the credit information of Big Brown Box customers. www.wholesaleelectronicfactory.com is NOT part of the Winning Group of companies – Big Brown Box and Appliances Online are not associated with ... Read more

World’s weirdest audio speakers

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May 17th, 2013 by

Here at Big Brown Box, we like it when AV equipment is either cleverly designed or ridiculously over the top.  Preferably both.  Just look at our collections of extreme home theatres and weird headphones. But what about speakers and other audio systems?  After all, the sound is just as important as the visuals in a home theatre setup, and there's just as much potential for wacky customisation. Here's ... Read more

What the heck is UltraViolet & how will it change your movie viewing?

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May 9th, 2013 by

The latest instalment in Big Brown Box’s “What The Heck” series (having covered noise-cancelling headphones, Freeview and PVRs), today we’ll be looking at UltraViolet – the latest development in digital distribution to arrive in Australia, and what it means for you and your home theatre. If like me, you’ve become a bit confused by all the DVDs being displayed near the checkout in the supermarket now having ... Read more

Alternative Mother’s Day gift ideas: here’s why we think mum will love a Smart TV

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May 7th, 2013 by

Really want to spoil her this Mother's Day? Wanna make up for all those times you didn't get her anything (under the pretence that you reckon these "special" days are just a marketing con – when the truth is, oops, you just forgot)? Well, here’s where we think a Smart TV will be an AWESOME Mother's Day gift. And no, we don't think it's a bit O.T.T.. Smart TVs ... Read more