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Sound Advice: Don't table this tablet gift idea

Just one gift recommendation this week, as next week I will have a lot of them, all under $100!

TCL Tab 10s 10.1-inch tablet, $199.99: This excellent Android tablet provides a lot for the money, with a very high-quality display that is excellent for displaying photographs, good battery life and the ability to expand the memory up to 256GB with ...Read more

Sound Advice: Wood pellet grill a sizzling gift idea

Regular readers know I love to cook, and this week’s gift recommendations will be sure to be loved by any home chef.

Camp Chef Woodwind Pro 24 pellet grill, $1,199.99: I have had good (actually, great) experiences with Camp Chef pellet grills, having purchased one for both myself and then later for my sister as a gift several years ago. The ...Read more


Sound Advice: High-end turntable makes great gift for audiophiles

If you are looking for a turntable for yourself or someone else, you will love this week’s gift recommendation!

Cambridge Audio Alva ST turntable, $499: This British belt-drive turntable is incredibly solid and reeks of quality. It weighs 20 pounds with a beautiful brushed aluminum top plate, heavy synthetic base and a high-quality tonearm ...Read more

Sound Advice: Thrifty, splashy holiday gift ideas with discount

One of this week’s gift recommendations is a reader favorite for under $100. The other is a prime example of go big, or go home!

ZVOX AV100 TV Speaker, $89.99: ZVOX TV speakers are very popular with readers of the column because they make television audio sound better while making dialogue easier to understand. This popularity makes sense ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Some early holiday gift ideas and cartridge stylus upgrades

It is November already and with it, the holiday season. Through the end of the year I will have a few gift recommendations at the beginning of each column, featuring products from many different categories and price ranges. Hopefully there will be a little something for everyone, and I will frequently have recommendations under $100.

Kicking ...Read more


Sound Advice: A smart projector deal for Amazon Prime members

A Goldilocks projector — Cibest is just right! Over the past few years I have shared my love of video projection and the big-screen experience for movies, sports, video games and even general TV watching, enjoyed both indoors and outdoors.The projectors I have discussed have typically cost $400 and up, and I recently mentioned an adequate ...Read more

Sound Advice: Smaller RF skin tightening device an outsized bargain

Q. I have not seen you write about radio frequency skin machines in a while. Have you tested any new models or alternatives to what you have recommended in the past?

—T.B., Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

A. Many readers have asked me for recommendations for a smaller RF skin machine that is suitable for travel. After years of searching I ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Bluetooth adapter options for listening to music in the car

Q. We just purchased a 2005 Acura TL for our son and he would like to be able to play music from his phone over the car audio system. I received a $350 quote from a car stereo shop to install a device that will play the music from his iPhone over Bluetooth, using the auxiliary port. Do you think this is a good buy and do you have any experience ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Consider these printers for home office needs

Q. I occasionally (and by occasionally, I mean not often at all) need a printer to print out documents. Do you have a recommendation? I saw your 2019 column recommending the Epson EcoTank printers. Is this still the best choice? I don't want to spend a lot of money, but I also don't want the ink to dry up or spend a lot of money on cartridges. I...Read more

Sound Advice: Good turntables, speakers for an entry-level record player

Q. I'm in the market for a beginner record-playing system with a turntable and speaker. I'm a grad student in my late 20s and fairly transient, so I don't want to invest in an expensive setup with too many components. I was thinking about a $149.99 Audio-Technica AT-LP60X turntable and a $249 Sonos Era speaker.

What do you think? Any advice on ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Best home theater receiver and finding good deal on equipment

Q. I read your column about matching speakers to a receiver and have some questions. I currently have a Rotel RSX-1067 receiver powering a surround system of five speakers and a subwoofer. The speakers are small home theater speakers made by Bowers & Wilkins. The receiver is quite capable in terms of power and sound quality, but limited in terms...Read more


Sound Advice: Educators can take advantage of Samsung discount program

Q. Which sound bar do you think would be best for my 2020-vintage 85-inch Samsung Q80T QLED 4K TV? We mainly watch sporting events and movies with the kids, and the room is about 20 feet by 20 feet. My budget is $1,200 or under but I am willing to pay more based on your recommendation. I am not sure how the Samsung sound bars test out, but I can...Read more


Sound Advice: Earbud alternatives and finding optimal receiver-speaker pairing

Q. Do you know if people are having trouble with Apple AirPods making their ears drain excessively? I found that whenever I used AirPods my ears would end up completely full of fluid. My wired earbuds do not bother me. I gave my AirPods away and swear I will never purchase or use them again.

—K.W., Farmington, Minnesota

A. I did some ...Read more



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