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Last Updated: 04/25/2017 10:20:01 AM EST

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Hands-on Review: Pioneer Elite SX-S30 2-Channel UHD Receiver

Hands-on Review: Pioneer Elite SX-S30 2-Channel UHD Receiver

For the longest time, I haven't been happy with my TV's sound. Who is anyway? There are several options to get around this. You could get a soundbar/soundbase, which I have in my bedroom. But this can often mean a compromise in sound quality for music listening (though it's more than acceptable for movie watching). Plus, I still need to connect my turntable, run my music from a USB key, and listen to Australia's Boom Radio from TuneIn.

David Susilo Published: 04/25/2017 10:20:01 AM EST

 

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David's Take: Chipolo Plus Tracking Pendants

David's Take: Chipolo Plus Tracking Pendants

At CES 2017, Chipolo handed me four Chipolo Pluses in four different colours for review. Italian for onion, Chipolo devices are Bluetooth key finders, similar to the TrackR devices. Considering how I tend to misplace my house or car keys at least once a week, and I haven't had success with other options, I welcomed the invitation.

David Susilo Published: 04/18/2017 01:37:42 PM EST

David's Take: The Gutwire Notepad 2 to Absorb Vibrations

David's Take: The Gutwire Notepad 2 to Absorb Vibrations

About five years ago, I bought a couple of Gutwire Notepad vibration absorbers to place above my speakers. They worked remarkably in reducing speaker vibrations, resulting in wider imaging and more focused vocals. Too bad, however, that after about four years, the mass and its vibration absorption properties dissipated to virtually nil.

David Susilo Published: 04/12/2017 10:07:11 AM EST

David's Take: Rapoo A200 Micro Bluetooth Speaker

David's Take: Rapoo A200 Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Rapoo announced a slew of wireless portable audio products at CES 2017 earlier this year, including Bluetooth portable speakers in various sizes. Among those in the line, I decided to take the new A200 cube-like, micro-sized speaker for a spin.

David Susilo Published: 04/05/2017 10:30:01 AM EST

David's Take: A Quick Look At Parasound's ZDAC Version 2

David's Take: A Quick Look At Parasound's ZDAC Version 2

If you're going to listen to great CDs, you'll need a worthwhile CD player, and they tend to run in the $4,000 range (take the Bryston BCD-3, for example). But how about if you already run a pretty decent transport, such as the Pioneer BDP-09FD universal player, and you want to improve on the sound?

David Susilo Published: 03/22/2017 02:13:11 PM EST

DVDO iScan Mini Offers Gigantic Performance

DVDO iScan Mini Offers Gigantic Performance

While 4K/Ultra HD televisions have been around for years and native 4K sources are starting to grow (with approximately 400 titles from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Ultra HD Blu-rays combined available in Canada), 4K cable TV offerings are still scarce, and limited only to things like sports and demo channels.

David Susilo Published: 03/15/2017 09:42:43 AM EST

David's Take: Linksys 3200ACM Wi-Fi Router - Two Bills That Fit The Bill

David's Take: Linksys 3200ACM Wi-Fi Router - Two Bills That Fit The Bill

I bought my house 14 years ago, long before the idea of the smart home was on the horizon. So no part of my house is wired for Internet. Instead, like many others, I rely heavily on Wi-Fi performance for virtually all of my Internet-connected peripherals.

David Susilo Published: 03/08/2017 10:00:02 AM EST

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

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


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