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.
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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.
In Part 1 of this four-part series, I talked about some basic yet critical factors that will impact which projector screen you should buy, including viewing distance and screen size. In Part 2, I'll look solely at screen gain, as it is an extremely important factor, especially in today's 4K HDR world.
In the last decade, as movie theatre tickets soar sky high, more and more people are using front projection systems at home. And I've been asked many times for advice on which projection screen to buy.
Back in the early days of the compact disc, SPARS (Society of Professional Audio Recording Services) identified if a particular production stage was accomplished in the analog or digital domain. A track that was recorded on an analog 24-track machine and edited/ mixed using analog equipment and then mastered for CD release was identified by the letters AAD. A purely digital recording would use the designation DDD.
For the last week, I've been reading articles with people complaining that the third episode in the eighth and final season of HBO series Game of Thrones, which aired on Sunday, April 28, was too dark. The first three things that immediately came to mind were 1) people are watching their TVs in too bright of an environment; 2) they didn't calibrate their display; and 3) people are using streaming as their source, legal or otherwise.