David Susilo

Last Updated: 03/22/2017 02:13:11 PM EST

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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

 

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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

David's Take: The Need for Clean Power

David's Take: The Need for Clean Power

It is easy to forget that the AC power coming out of your wall outlet is unimaginably "dirty." Ideally, the AC power should look like a perfectly smooth sine wave. In reality, the AC can be corrupted with noise and distortion.


David Susilo Published: 03/01/2017 01:24:18 PM 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

The Power Outputs Of Your Amps - Beyond The Marketing Hype

The Power Outputs Of Your Amps - Beyond The Marketing Hype

Too many receivers, amplifiers, and soundbars list bloated power ratings. One home theatre in-a-box, for example, notes its power to be 1,000 Watts, which is impossible for something that tiny in a plastic box that isn't a digital amplifier.

David Susilo Published: 02/08/2017 08:45:24 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

Crowdfunding: Buyer Beware!

Crowdfunding: Buyer Beware!

The popularity of crowdfunding Websites has offered entrepreneurs and innovators a way to fund projects and ideas by acting as a sort of conduit for online donations. Crowdfunding platforms raised over US$16 billion in 2014 and US$32 billion in 2015, and the estimated forecast is that the figure could hit around US$50 billion in 2016

David Susilo Published: 01/25/2017 12:01:28 PM EST

Throw Me a (Dog &) Bone: Hands-On With the LockSmart Travel

Throw Me a (Dog &) Bone: Hands-On With the LockSmart Travel

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.

David Susilo Published: 01/18/2017 03:12:28 PM EST


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