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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.