Since product review samples are a little more difficult to come by as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, I have had to get creative. This week, while waiting for an official review sample to arrive from Creative Labs, I borrowed a new pair of Creative Outlier Gold true wireless earbuds my neighbour brought from Singapore.
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I'm a simple person. When I bought the AudioQuest DragonFly Red for $249, I bought it not because of the specifications but because of the colour. It turns out among the three options, Black, Red, and Cobalt, the Red is the mid-level, perfect choice.
Recently, Creative Labs has been turning heads again with its Super X-Fi (SXFI - pronounced "sex-fy") headphone technology. At CES 2020, I was handed the SXFI Amp, a tiny dongle touted to recreate a surround-sound holographic environment with headphones.
It has been more than a year since the last time I looked at a new LG LCD TV. The last time I checked, the NanoCell TVs are pretty good for the money. But as you know me, I'm looking for a product that's a true performer.
Austere, a home theatre accessories company from Portland, OR, sent me a 2.5-metre Austere V (MSRP $130) 4K-rated HDMI cable to play with after I expressed my excitement at the designs when meeting with them in a private suite at CES 2020.
I was recently offered a Hyundai Palisade for a week in order to review the upgraded sound system in the top-line seven-seater vehicle. So I took it out on the open road, tweaked settings, cranked up the volume, played some of my favourite tunes, and here's my report.
As I was browsing online for another fully automatic turntable and speakers to replace the ones in my bedroom, I came across the MSRP $1,499 German-made Thorens TD240-2. Meanwhile, the Totem KIN Play speakers ($1,250), which were first shown at CEDIA 2018 in early September, also sounded intriguing. The combination of the two? I was eager to try it out.
Not long ago, I was loaned a Hyundai Palisade SUV by Hyundai Canada so I could write a review of the vehicle's factory sound system. During the week-long review process, I also used the time to review the Nextbase 222 dash cam, which I first saw at CES 2020.
Last year around CEDIA 2019 in late September, Hollywood and display manufacturers teamed up and announced Filmmaker Mode to the public. The idea behind it is that by having that mode, viewers can easily watch their movies and TV shows as directors intended.
I have a weird hobby. I like to sort of collect small Bluetooth speakers then complain about how bad they sound. I probably inherited the habit from my grandfather who used to do the same thing with tiny AM/FM radios. Nonetheless, it means I have tried tons and tons of them.
BluOS is now a mature streaming and multiroom platform, with Bluesound as is its lead brand. Its ecosystem includes compatible products like wireless speakers, soundbar/subwoofer combos, and streaming amplifiers made by manufacturers like Rotel, NAD, Dali, and a slew of other boutique brands. As a platform, BluOS has a reputation (and rightfully so) for sound quality above all rivals.