I've been using an iRobot Roomba for years, and can confidently say that it's one of those high-tech devices I simply can't (or certainly wouldn't want to) live without. The concept is simple, yet iRobot has made it even simpler and more convenient with its latest version, the Roomba i7+ , along with its Clean Base and Automatic Dirt Disposal bin.
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Pioneer's mid-level Elite VSX-LX503, priced at $1,450, brings all of the great features that were found in the SC-05 mid-level receiver introduced a decade ago back to the fold, along with a better DAC.
When Edifier sent me an e-mail with the title "$100 speakers that don't suck," my first thought was: challenge accepted! They're about $130/pr. in Canada with a straight price conversion, so they still fall into the sub-$150 category. What could I expect? A lot, apparently.
I heard the name Roksan when I was growing up in Australia. Some of my friends' parents owned the company's CD player and integrated amps, usually coupled with the Dual turntable, wired with Monster Cables, and set up with Monitor Audio speakers. I never really had the chance to carefully listen to the systems, but I remember wondering why so many people were buying that combination.
I've said in the past that it is impossible for a cable to improve the input signal. But I've also noted a caveat, that this is unless the cable applies some kind of processing. Well, I've found such cable. The Marseille internal chip in this cable, marketed under several brands, including Marseille's own mCable, Philips, and Seiki, is certified by the Technicolor 4K Image Certification program.
I don't like driving. I find it to be a chore. So the only way for me to cope with the stress of driving is to have a good audio system. Factory basic audio systems are often not ideal, so I usually upgrade my cars' system using gear from companies like Clarion ProAudio, Alpine, and Pioneer.
Samsung's early launch yesterday of the flagship Galaxy Note9 smartphone is welcome news to fans of the Korean phone maker.
Pop culture has made robots fun and interactive companions, be they virtual pets or helpful assistants. And Anki is hoping its upcoming Vector smart robot will fall right in.
Looking for a great subwoofer is actually pretty easy. You want lots of boom? Get front-ported ones. Tight bass? Get one with sealed enclosures, or one with a down-firing port. Sprinkle $1,200 worth of loonies, and it's actually difficult to get a bad one.
Has any subject created more controversy among audiophiles than MQA? Developed by Meridian Audio and announced in late 2014, MQA purports to deliver master-quality audio in files that aren't much larger than CD-resolution. Not just CD-quality, not just high-resolution, but audio that matches, as closely as possible, what the microphones picked up at the recording venue.
Streaming TV is the future. Whether you're looking to subscribe to a service alongside traditional satellite/cable TV, or have officially cut the cord, there are three notable service providers in Canada: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Bell CraveTV, all of which are accessible in a variety of ways and on different devices.