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Sound Advice: Vinyl vs. digital doesn't have to be a fight

Last week I bumped the planned column forward so I could tell everyone about the Emotiva Airmotiv T-Zero speakers. I had to bump the column forward again as it has involved a bit more research than anticipated. It is about cable and satellite television, DVR recording and consumer satisfaction with pay TV. Stay tuned!

Q. Does anyone really ...Read more

Sound Advice: New Emotiva Airmotiv T-Zero speakers are affordable upgrade

Q. I need a new stereo receiver to use with Acculab 340 speakers and Koss Electrostatic headphones. The headphones are powered by an energizer box that connects to the receiver's speaker terminals with spade connectors. Based on your columns I am considering the Outlaw Audio RR2160. Is it compatible with spades, and would it be a good choice?

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Sound Advice: Technics SL-1200 turntables 2018 Product of the Year

Other than the iconic looks, the latest Technics SL-1200 turntables share nothing in common with the SL-1200 turntables of years ago. The original SL-1200 was introduced in the early 1970s as a hi-fi turntable. It was later adopted by DJs because of its performance and durability, and over time it became regarded as a "DJ turntable." The new ...Read more

Sound Advice: LG OLED, Sony OLED and Samsung's Q9 series of QLED are best TVs

Q. I have a Pioneer Elite plasma TV and am doing research now, so as not to be blindsided when it dies. I love its bright colors and sharp contrast and want a top-of-the-line viewing experience.

What are the very best TVs you can buy? Any advice or other suggestions would be appreciated.

-- D.S., Milwaukee

A. You definitely have a taste for ...Read more

Sound Advice: Nero Video, Toast 17 Pro good options for burning camcorder video to Blu-Ray

Q. I want to take AVCHD video recorded with my Canon HFR400 camcorder and burn it to Blu-ray discs. I have a computer running Windows 10 software with an LG Blu-ray writer and blank Verbatim BD-R discs. The files each fill a 16 GB SD card and will each be burned on a 25 GB BD-R disc. I can import the video files to the computer via SD card slot ...Read more

Sound Advice: Technics has two exciting new turntables

Q. I have a vintage high-end sound system made up of Crown, Nakamichi and dbx components. I am looking to replace my old Bang & Olufsen turntable and would consider spending up to $1,500. What is your top recommendation in that price range?

-- D.B., Milwaukee

A. Typically I would encourage you to spend an extra $200 plus the cost of the ...Read more

Sound Advice: Expensive speaker wire is a shameless rip-off

Q. I have high-end stereo components and want to move the speakers (4 ohms) away from the amp. It will require about 20 to 25 feet of cable, run through the wall. I have some expensive cables, but they are way too short. What do you recommend for these longer runs?

-- J.G., Brookfield, Wis.

A. I have not had a question about high-end speaker ...Read more

Sound Advice: 720p resolution is enough for small screen sizes

Happy New Year, everyone! I've received a very large quantity of email recently, with lots of really great questions about lots of different subjects. I am falling a bit behind in my replies but am working hard to catch up so if you have written to me and I did not reply yet, please be patient. If it has been more than a week or two, don't be ...Read more

Sound Advice: TCL 5 Series TV has passable sound

Q. In your review of the 55-inch TCL 5 Series 4K Roku TV, you didn't rate the sound quality of the television. I have read that some folks end up using aftermarket speakers for their TVs due to poor sound. How is the TCL's sound?

-- K.T., Minneapolis

A. I don't know of any flat panel television that has great sound from the built-in speakers. ...Read more

Sound Advice: TCL 55-inch 5 Series 4K Roku TV a perfect under-$500 pick

Q. We want to buy televisions for our kids and their families this Christmas. We have $500 per television budgeted and would like at least a 50-inch screen size. Any recommendations?

-- L. A., San Antonio, Texas

A. Go straight to the TCL 55-inch 5 Series 4K Roku TV, $449. I love finding exceptional values for my readers, and this is one of ...Read more

Sound Advice: These LP Gear turntables come pre-mounted with A3S3 cartridge

Q. I would like to buy a new turntable that includes the highly recommended LP Gear The Vessel A3SE cartridge. It seems like all the turntables I am considering include some sort of Audio-Technica cartridge or an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. Am I forced to buy the A3SE cartridge separately and mount it myself? I don't know how to mount and align a ...Read more

Sound Advice: These cooking machines make great gifts

Culinary additions to my holiday gift guide: I love to cook and every once in a while I find something that warrants inclusion in the column, like the Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven I raved about in 2017. Here are two nifty cooking machines that will make great gifts.

Panasonic High Speed Toaster Oven NB-W250S with Convection, $99: This ...Read more

Sound Advice: GoldenEar's Triton Tower speakers favorably compare to much more expensive models

Q. I have a 25-by-25-square-foot listening room with a high-end sound system. I have had my system for many years and would like to upgrade to get better sound. I currently have Avant Garde RX20 speakers and the amplifier (a Simaudio Moon model with a separate preamplifier) is only 100 watts per channel. Is it possible to upgrade everything and ...Read more

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