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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.