Sound Advice: What is a receiver?

Q. I read your recent column about receivers and amplifiers. I have a Sony Blu-ray equipped BDV-E500 Home Theater System. I don't have a receiver or amp, that is, unless one is built into the Blu-ray system. Am I missing something? What is a ...

Sound Advice: Headphones worth the extra money

Q. I read your recommendation of the Grado headphones and noticed that the SR80e headphones are only $20 more than the $79 SR60e model. That's not much more if the headphones are noticeably better. How do they differ? Are they worth the extra $20?...

Sound Advice: Small camera, high quality

Q: I am looking for a small camera for travel and want the best image quality available. What is your top recommendation, regardless of price?

--David A., San Antonio, Texas

A: It used to be the Sony RX100 series, but now that I have tested the ...

Sound Advice: Small brands that outperform

Q. You touched on bigger companies providing better value than some small high-end companies. What are some photo and audio products from smaller companies that outperform more expensive, bigger brands?

-- Donald Carl, Plantation, Fla.

A. This ...