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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.