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Sound Advice: Kicker Bullfrog BF400 weatherproof speakers are a great buy

Q. I want to upgrade my patio sound system. I have been using a pair of outdoor speakers connected to a receiver, but now I want a portable, wireless solution that can fill a large area with sound. What are your recommendations for weatherproof speakers in the $500 price range?

-- B.G., Somers Point, N.J.

A. The Kicker Bullfrog BF400 is a ...Read more

Sound Advice: These noise-canceling headphones could negate need for hearing aid when listening to audiobooks

Q. I read your columns about ZVOX AccuVoice AV50 noise-canceling headphones and VoiceBud VB20 hearing aids and I have something of an odd question. Can they work together? The reason I ask is I fly from California to Pennsylvania often to see my children and grandchildren, and would like to enjoy some audiobooks during the long flight. Given my ...Read more

Sound Advice: New TCL 8-Series TVs intriguing

Q. I am looking for a high-end TV and do not want an OLED model because of burn-in concerns. I read your review of the Samsung Q90 television, but unfortunately my cabinet will only accommodate a 55-inch television and the smallest Q90 has a 65-inch screen. I am taking a hard look at the 55-inch Sony X900F, and have also seen your reviews of the...Read more

Sound Advice: Anker's Nebula Capsule Max quality home entertainment system the size of a soda can

Q. Some time ago you wrote about a tiny, battery-powered projector that will fit in a briefcase. As part of my job I do presentations to small groups of people, and such a projector would be perfect for showing pictures and videos of our beautiful facility. What was the name of the projector, and is it suitable for this purpose?

-- L.P., ...Read more

Sound Advice: Olympus Tough TG-6 offers more than a smartphone camera can

Q. You recently answered a question saying most smartphones provide better picture quality than a $300 pocket camera. Is this because camera manufacturers are unable to produce such a camera, or because they are unwilling to do so for that price?

-- D. M., Concord, Calif.

A. It is probably a bit of both. When you consider the cost of a good ...Read more

Sound Advice: Bookshelf speakers and outdoor cooking gadgets

Q. When I read about the Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelf speakers I inferred that the 25 watt Cambridge Audio AM5 amplifier is adequate for them. Then I saw that the speakers require 50 watts at a minimum. Did I misinterpret that?

-M.S., Concord, CA

A. The Q Acoustics 3020i speakers are recommended for use with amplifiers 25 watts per channel and ...Read more

Sound Advice: Q Acoustics 3020i speakers combine best characteristics of British, American speakers

Q. Your travel camera recommendations are all too expensive for me. Can you recommend a pocketable camera with a long zoom that sells for under $300 that takes better pictures than a smartphone?

-- MV, Pittsburgh

A. Actually, I can't. A modern smartphone has much better picture quality than a $300 camera. The $369 Sony RX100 will take great ...Read more

Sound Advice: Samsung Q90 QLED TV is Don Lindich's top pick

Q. In my opinion, my seven-year-old Panasonic 50-inch plasma has the most accurate color of any TV I have ever seen. Of course, most of my viewing of the latest TVs is in showrooms where they play demo material optimized to make the TV look its best. This is not a good way to judge accurate color or overall picture quality.

Your reviews and ...Read more

Sound Advice: Needing only two remotes is lucky

Q. Our TV was over 20 years old, and I wanted to start using the multitude of streaming services that are now available. So, I purchased a new Sony TV based on good past experience. I hoped it would be completely compatible with my other devices, but this did not happen. My experience with all the associated remotes has been very unsatisfactory....Read more

Sound Advice: Epson Ecotank printers are the way to go

Q. I would like to start printing photographs at home. Can I get the same quality at home as I get from the drugstore or an online service? What about the expense?

-- J.T., Bethel Park, Pa.

A. When I first started writing the column back in 2002, I got lots of questions about printers, especially color inkjets for printing photographs. In ...Read more

Sound Advice: Dayton Audio DTA-1 amplifier will power two pairs of speakers

Q. I just received the $100 Cambridge Audio Topaz AM5 amplifier to use with my Emotiva T-Zero speakers. All is well, except it will only power one pair of speakers. I have a pair of outdoor speakers that we really enjoy when outside on the patio. Unfortunately, I assumed that the AM5 would have connections for two pairs of speakers. Is there an ...Read more

Sound Advice: Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 MK II superzoom camera best for travel

Q. I am going to Europe in September and might take a camera on the trip instead of using my smartphone. Do you think it is worth buying and carrying a camera, and if so what model do you suggest?

-- L.D., Brooklyn, N.Y.

A. I recommend you get a camera. While modern smartphones take great pictures and video, they can't replace the ergonomics, ...Read more


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