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Sound Advice: Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 Mk. II camera a delight

Q. I have a Nikon D5100 DSLR and would like to get a longer lens for wildlife and landscapes. I was looking at the Nikkor 24-300mm FX lens but don't know how it would pair with the D5100, which is a DX camera body. What about the Sony RX10 IV camera as an alternative? It has a fixed 24-600mm zoom lens with a 20 megapixel, 1-inch sensor. How do ...Read more

Sound Advice: Denon DRA-800H recommended full-featured HDMI stereo receiver

Q. I haven't spent any money on stereo equipment for what seems like forever! I find myself listening to Pandora through my TV, but I would like to set up a stereo system. I have a pretty decent number of vinyl records and would like to listen to the TV through the stereo if possible.

Rather than listen to music through the TV, is there a ...Read more

Sound Advice: TVs today not known for their outstanding tuners

Q. We do not have cable and use a roof-mounted, medium-sized antenna to receive TV broadcasts. The picture on our 32-inch Insignia breaks up and freezes when it is windy. The TV has a few other issues so we are going to replace it. What TV has the best over-the-air tuner for receiving broadcasts? We would like a 43-inch screen and can spend up ...Read more

Sound Advice: Upgrading turntable offers bigger audio boost than improving CD player

Q. I recently took advantage of Emotiva's "30% back in Emobucks" promotion and bought the $399 T-Zero speakers. I then used the resulting 30% credit towards their $399 TA-100 receiver. Now I want to get a turntable and upgrade my CD player, which is an old Technics SL-PG100 from the 1990s. I have $1,000 total to spend and figured I would spend $...Read more

Sound Advice: 8-Series is TCL's best television

Q. After reading your positive review (as well as many other reviews) I decided to order the 65-inch TCL 8-Series television from Best Buy. I went to their website to order and to my surprise the price was $1,249.99 with free delivery, reduced from $1,999.99. It will be delivered this week and needless to say, I am very happy with this deal! Do ...Read more

Sound Advice: SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter is perfect for wireless subwoofer operation

Q. Do you have a wireless subwoofer recommendation? I'm hoping to find one under $400, with reliable wireless connectivity and solid performance.

-- R.P., Pleasanton, Calif.

A. I prefer to avoid subwoofers with built-in wireless unless it is part of a package like a soundbar with a wireless subwoofer. You can use an adapter to make almost any ...Read more

Sound Advice: More electronics deals worth checking out

More deals: This week I answer two questions that led me to find exceptional offers you would not have seen if not for the pandemic. One motivation behind these very special deals is the simple desire to bring a little joy to people who can really use it now. There is a business motivation as well. In these uncertain times, businesses of all ...Read more

Sound Advice: These devices are recommended for cleaning vinyl LPs

Q. What do you recommend for cleaning vinyl LPs?

-- C.K., Zephyrhills, Fla.

A. Good record cleaning devices start under $50 and go up into the many thousands of dollars. My favorites range between $40 and $1,000.

First up is the Allsop Orbitrac 3. To clean with it you put the record on the supplied non-slip pad, spray it with the included ...Read more

Sound Advice: Polk Audio Legend series bookshelf speakers highly recommended

Q. My husband has large planar speakers (6 feet high, 3 feet wide) and we are moving to a condo. It will be impossible to use them in the smaller space. Can you suggest small speakers that would provide the same quality when he plays his classical records? We are willing to spend up to $3,000 total for the speakers and amplifier.

-- C.S., ...Read more

Sound Advice: ZVOX AV50 AccuVoice noise-canceling headphones still available at reduced price

Q. I was looking for reasonably priced noise-canceling headphones when I read your column about the ZVOX AV50 AccuVoice noise-canceling headphones for $69.99, reduced from $149.99. I went to the ZVOX website and they are showing sold out already. Bummer!

-- K.S., San Jose, Calif.

A. I received many emails like yours over the weekend. You will ...Read more

Sound Advice: Samsung's The Frame Customizable Art TV's picture is truly worth 1,000 words

Q. I need a 55-inch TV for my kitchen remodeling project. I wanted a Samsung Q60 but unfortunately they are sold out. Any recommendations? I would like to stick with Samsung as I have an all-Samsung home.

-- J.M., Upper St. Clair, Pa.

A. Since you are remodeling I would check out Samsung's The Frame Customizable Art TV. It has the guts of a ...Read more

Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio Yoyo Bluetooth speakers a great deal

Second chance department: Nothing generates as much excitement among readers as when I uncover an exceptional deal on something highly desirable. These columns also generate a lot of incoming email, which starts with people writing to say how thrilled they are with the product and the price, gradually transitioning to emails of frustration from ...Read more

Sound Advice: Component sound systems work best at $500-plus range

Q. I currently have a 5.1-channel receiver and a surround speaker setup for my large screen TV. It is plenty adequate for the 15-by-15-foot room it is in. I do think it is time to upgrade the receiver and would like to know what my options are for a receiver or even a whole new home theater system for under $1,000.00. (As far under $1,000 as I ...Read more


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