David's Take: Hands-On the Sony WH-1000XM3 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones - The Roaring Sound of Silence
Sony has released the third iteration of the WH1000s headphones. Typical of YouTube hyperbole, online posters claimed this version 3 is amazing. I was guarded, but as I become curious, I took the bait and bought myself a pair to see if all the hype was justifiable.
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Being a member of various discussion groups, I always encounter so many people with false logic. In some cases, it's clearly due to stubbornness. And that simply can't be helped. But in all too many cases, the falsities are the result of a lack of available information, or a misunderstanding of facts.
Kanto recently released the SYD powered speaker, with stereo-in-a-box configuration, for a MAP of $430, which fit right into my budget. So I decided to try it out.
I'm always on the hunt for a good pair of earphones that can easily fit into my jeans pocket, and are easy of use, but also boast good sound quality.
About five years ago, Meridian released MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), promising that when you listen to audio in that format, it would be the absolute best, true-to-life version of the recording. But has it lived up to the hype? I have my reservations.
There's no better place to try out noise cancelling/isolating headphones than on a plane. And I had a couple of great opportunities to test several active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones and noise isolating earphones earlier this year during travels to CES 2018 in Las Vegas followed by a trip to Indonesia.
It's been nearly a full decade since I built my dedicated home theatre. Since that day, it keeps evolving. It was first an LCD HD theatre, than 3D, then I added some upgrades to the subwoofer, including added DSPeaker Antimode 8033s, speakers, projection screen, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The latest upgrade is full-spec UHD with Wide Color Gamut and High Dynamic Range. That's when I procured a JVC X750R projector.
During my visit to Indonesia back in February, I ended up reviewing two speaker systems handcrafted there, with pricing at either end of the spectrum. On the starting end, I tested Aurel Bryan speakers, which I will report on in a different article. And on the top end, I tested the Vermouth Audio Little Luccas mkII Limited Edition Upgrade 2. Both speakers are famous beyond Indonesia, in places like Australia and European countries.
Just because your TV says it has a refresh rate of 120Hz or 240Hz, does that mean it's actually refreshing at 120Hz or 240Hz? Not necessarily. One of the latest techniques is using different technology to approximate the effect of a higher refresh rate, without actually driving the TV at the higher rate.
Last year's 900E series was Sony's hottest television, offering the best price-to-performance ratio amongst the entire Sony TV line-up. How does the latest model stack up? I took an in-depth look at the 55X900F XBR-series UHD TV to gauge.
It came as a surprise that my articles on the things I packed for CES has helped quite a number of readers plan for their own trips to CES. One reader suggested I expand on the topic, and write a similar article with tips on what to bring along for overseas trips, and some of my favourite gear.