Every person and his uncle claims that sales of physical media is on a decline. Perhaps that's the case in terms of percentage of sales, but not in sales numbers. In fact, in looking at the first nine months following introduction of the format, sales of UHD 4K Blu-ray discs have actually surpassed the sale of regular Blu-ray discs by a rate of two-to-one, according to Blu-ray Forum statistics.
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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.
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.
Through my nearly 4,500 calibrations over the past 20 years, I have encountered many head-scratching things about TVs. Here are the top 10, some of which have been around from the beginning of TV technology.
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.
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.