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Last Updated: 02/22/2017 09:50:01 AM EST

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Hands On: Sony 65X930D UHD TV

Hands On: Sony 65X930D UHD TV

Now that Sony is deep into the UHD TV space, how do its latest models stack up? I took an in-depth look at the 65X930D XBR-series UHD TV to gauge.

David Susilo Published: 02/22/2017 09:50:01 AM EST

 

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David's Take: The Spin-Clean Record Cleaner is for ‘The Rest of Us'

David's Take: The Spin-Clean Record Cleaner is for ‘The Rest of Us'

Chances are that if you have a serious vinyl collection, you've thought about getting a record cleaning machine at some point. However, once you begin checking out the prices of machines from companies like Nitty Gritty ($900) or VPI ($550-$4,000), you start to think twice.

David Susilo Published: 02/22/2017 08:00:01 AM EST

David's Take: Pixelgen Design's Made in Canada PXLDrive 4K HDMI Extender is a Dream Come True

David's Take: Pixelgen Design's Made in Canada PXLDrive 4K HDMI Extender is a Dream Come True

I don't care what people claim, not all HDMI cables are created equal. Years of my installation experience is all the proof I need. And now with UHD resolution, Wide Colour Gamut, and High Dynamic Range, the quality of HDMI cables has become even more important.

David Susilo Published: 02/16/2017 08:32:19 AM EST

Rek-O-Kut Phono Pre-amp: The Ugly Duckling That Performs

Rek-O-Kut Phono Pre-amp: The Ugly Duckling That Performs

For a very long time, I've been using various phono pre-amps for my main turntable set up. Some of them sound decent, but too many of them carry a "signature sound" of the item's engineer. I don't like that.

David Susilo Published: 02/01/2017 09:49:41 AM EST

Throw Me a (Dog &) Bone: Hands-On With the LockSmart Travel

Throw Me a (Dog &) Bone: Hands-On With the LockSmart Travel

Amidst the various phone cases on display at the Dog & Bone booth at CES a few years ago was a Bluetooth-enabled padlock. That's nothing new, but the weatherproof design caught my attention. And this year, so did the LockSmart Travel travel-friendly version.

David Susilo Published: 01/18/2017 03:12:28 PM EST

Hands-On the HifiMan SuperMini Digital Audio Player

 Hands-On the HifiMan SuperMini Digital Audio Player

I have to admit, as someone from the Walkman generation, I can't fathom the idea of spending megabucks for today's equivalent to the device: a Digital Audio Player.

David Susilo Published: 01/17/2017 07:50:02 AM EST

Polaroid Zip Portable Printer: What a Wonderful Gadget!

Polaroid Zip Portable Printer: What a Wonderful Gadget!

At CES 2017, I was invited by Polaroid to "experience" the company's instant photo product line, which includes three digital cameras with built-in photo printer and a pocket-sized photo printer. All share the same printing technology, which uses ZINK (Zero-INK) photo paper.

David Susilo Published: 01/12/2017 08:38:27 AM EST

DBZdress Extended Battery iPhone Case - Perhaps The Slimmest and Smartest of Them All

DBZdress Extended Battery iPhone Case - Perhaps The Slimmest and Smartest of Them All

Remember when mobile phones were marketed based on their battery life? That was more than a decade ago. Now, the marketing is based on how thin they are. That's foolish, I feel, as we are becoming more and more dependent on our phones, yet, in some cases, the battery life gets shorter by each generation.

David Susilo Published: 01/05/2017 06:00:01 AM EST

Exclusive! First Canadian Hands-on Review of the Oppo UDP-203 Blu-ray Player

Exclusive! First Canadian Hands-on Review of the Oppo UDP-203 Blu-ray Player

There's a crowd that is waiting to satiate their hunger for a dream UHD Blu-ray player. Enter Oppo Digital's UDP-203. Jason Liao, CTO of Oppo Digital offered me a unit for review - reportedly the first to make its way to Canada. That's a good sign. In my years of doing reviews, the companies that actively want their products to be reviewed are usually pretty confident in the products' performance. Would this theory hold true with the UDP-203?

David Susilo Published: 12/21/2016 08:54:31 AM EST

Hands-On: Linksys EA9500 MU-MIMO Router

Hands-On: Linksys EA9500 MU-MIMO Router

Belkin’s Linksys EA9500 is a solid new addition in the high-end home and SMB router market. It offers tri-band wireless, plus more wired ports than most routers in its class. Not to mention top Internet performance and full support of the emerging MU-MIMO wireless standard.

Frank Lenk Published: 12/15/2016 04:12:19 PM EST

Hands-on Review: Bryston BDP-π Digital Music Player

Hands-on Review: Bryston BDP-π Digital Music Player

This compact digital music player from Bryston delivers excellent sound, fully comparable with a carefully tuned Mac. But compared to a general-purpose computer, software glitches are much less likely with dedicated component like the BDP- π.


Gordon Brockhouse Published: 12/14/2016 09:59:05 AM EST


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