Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to try out the Amazon Echo Link and Amazon Echo Amp, designed as Amazon's first foray into the hifi streaming game. Both can connect to your existing stereo system to purportedly offer high-fidelity music streaming along with Alexa voice controls.
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The UBP-X1100ES is Sony's premium 4K UHD Blu-ray offering, replacing the X1000ES that came before it, a higher-end stablemate to the unfeasibly fine UBP-X800m2 ($400). In terms of performance and value, the latter is one of the best value UHD Blu-ray players available, so clearly this more expensive sibling needs to be truly special to warrant a premium $900 price.
The NVIDIA Shield TV (starting at $229) is a full-featured streaming box that runs on the latest Android TV software. Many users and reviewers have classified it as the "King of Android TV". So I bought one a while back, but I didn't agree...until now.
You would be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn't associate the cinema with popcorn. It doesn't matter if you're watching a film at the local cinema or at home, having a handful of the sweet or salty treat is always the perfect complement.
I browsed through my local Best Buy and found the Samsung HW-MS650, which is sold at an MSRP of $600. It caught my eye for being very attractive, with no-nonsense, industrial rectangular sculpting. Add to that the brushed finish on the top, and the industrial-style grille over the speakers, and everything harmonized together beautifully. So I brought it home with me.
I've been saying for more than two decades that just because the specifications are the same, it doesn't mean the end result will be the same. This is true with everything. In the last year alone, I've been attacked by keyboard warriors in online forums for being a fanboy of certain brands. In a way, it's true. I am a fanboy. However, I'm a fanboy of quality, not brands.
After reviewing a Pioneer car audio system as an upgrade to my 2018 MK7 Golf R, I received an invitation from Mapletech Audio, a BC-based Canadian car speaker company that does its design and engineering here in Canada.
There's a bucketful of dashcam brands out there. Unfortunately, most of them are of questionable quality. That includes major brand dashcams that are no more than mediocre (or worse) quality units being slapped with big brand logos.
In the first three parts of this series, I discussed three critical factors to consider when choosing a screen for your home entertainment room: size and viewing distance, screen gain, and aspect ratio. In this, the final instalment of the series, I'll finish the discussion off with details on acoustically transparent screens, using specialty paint for your screening wall, and other alternatives worth considering.
When I bought my 2018 Volkswagen Golf R, I was disappointed that VW no longer offers Dynaudio audio as a factory upgrade option in Canada. It was offered for my 2010 Golf GTI, but now, Fender Premium Audio is the upgrade option for the GTI line.
In the first two parts of this series, I discussed two critical factors to consider when choosing a screen for your home entertainment room: size and viewing distance and screen gain. In this, the third part of the series, I'll continue the discussion further, this time tackling screen aspect ratio and screen installation types.