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Sound Advice: Determining the best home projector option

Q. I am interested in the Optoma HD28HDR, Nebula Solar Portable and Nebula Cosmos projectors you reviewed recently. The Optoma needs an external sound system for home entertainment use, as well as a signal source such as a streaming box or Blu-ray player. The Nebula projectors have built-in streaming and fairly loud speakers. How much better of ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Is electric razor safe to travel with?

Q. I am interested in the Panasonic ES-LV97 Arc5 shaver that you wrote about last week, but I am concerned about traveling with it. Wouldn’t the recharging and cleaning cradle with the fluid reservoir be troublesome to carry, given the potential for a spill? How would you clean and recharge it on the road without the cradle?

— P.S., ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Ways to get around poor radio reception

Q. I need help with my stereo receiver’s FM reception. I listen primarily to WQED in Pittsburgh, approximately 35 miles away, but the direct line of sight to the transmitting tower is blocked by a hill. I reside in an apartment and cannot install an outside antenna. I have tried mounting am indoor wire antenna but it is of almost no help. Our ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Ways to get around poor radio reception

Q. I need help with my stereo receiver’s FM reception. I listen primarily to WQED in Pittsburgh, approximately 35 miles away, but the direct line of sight to the transmitting tower is blocked by a hill. I reside in an apartment and cannot install an outside antenna. I have tried mounting am indoor wire antenna but it is of almost no help. Our ...Read more

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Sound Advice: The best way to play streaming music using a stereo system

Q. Apple and Amazon now offer lossless streaming, and Spotify will supposedly offer a similar service later this year. What is the best way to play high-resolution streaming music using a traditional stereo system consisting of a receiver and floorstanding speakers? For example, I have seen the "BlueSound Node" highlighted in the media, and I ...Read more

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Sound Advice: A home hair removal device that works

AODAYS IPL Hair Removal Device: The columns about the TLOVII Sonic Electric Toothbrush were the most popular I have written this year. There is a lot of reader interest in home health and grooming products, and I have located a few more to tell you about in the coming weeks.

The first is an intense pulsed light (IPL) hair remover, a category ...Read more

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Sound Advice: There can be more to an amplifier than sound quality

Q. I am currently powering my B&W 702 S2 floorstanding speakers with an Outlaw Audio RR2160 receiver. Would an upgrade of the Outlaw Audio RR2160 to a McIntosh 5300 integrated amplifier provide a noticeably better sound experience? The McIntosh lists for $5,500, the Outlaw Audio RR2160 for $1,000. It would cost five times more for the McIntosh! ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Looking for unobtrusive home sound system

Q. A few years ago you gave me great advice when I bought my home sound system. You recommended GoldenEar Triton floorstanding speakers with built-in subwoofers, and they are excellent! We are building a vacation home and my wife has declared absolutely no speakers on the floor or mounted on walls — everything needs to be built into the walls....Read more

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Sound Advice: Audio receivers and vacuum sealers

Q. I use an Onkyo TX-NR676 receiver to power speakers in the garage (Zone 1) and patio (Zone 2). I would like to replace the DVD player with an Apple TV, but the receiver requires a separate audio source for each zone and the Apple TV does not have secondary audio-out ports. Do I need a new receiver?

— M.S., Maple Grove, Minnesota

A. You can...Read more

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Sound Advice: Quality tower speakers on a budget

Q. My 87-year-old dad saw your Q&A column in the paper and asked me to forward you photographs of his custom-built system. He built this whole system into a custom cabinet and would like you to recommend appropriate floorstanding speakers to purchase to get this old thing working again. I have a photo of the back of one of the speakers, and it ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Looking for a USB turntable upgrade?

Q. I am in the market for a new USB turntable to convert vinyl into high resolution sound files. My Sony PS-LX300USB has been perfectly serviceable, but I'd like to upgrade to something better with the same ease of digitizing. Ideally I'd like to stay under $400, but I'd consider spending more if the sound output was worth it. Any ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Improving poor television sound

Q. I would like your opinion on the Majority Bowfell soundbar. Amazon is selling it for $38 and it has many four-star reviews. I’m looking for a soundbar that makes TV dialogue very clear, and this one claims to do that.

— M. M., San Jose, California

A. I have not reviewed this soundbar or heard it in a show setting, so I cannot comment on...Read more

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Sound Advice: Repair speakers damaged by rats?

Q. A friend recently gave me a pair of ADS CN-6 bookshelf speakers, both of which have audible faults caused by rats. One tweeter makes an improper bird-tweet sound on high notes, and one woofer has rat nibbles in the cone. I am using them with a Denon AVR-1200 receiver and they still perform to a level I consider almost acceptable. I think both...Read more

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Sound Advice: Home projector options, including R2-D2

R2-D2 Nebula Capsule II Projector, special deal on Nebula Cosmos: I am very fond of the Nebula Smart Projectors I reviewed recently. They are complete entertainment packages that bring big-screen experiences to everyone, and they include high-quality sound and autofocus as well as LED light sources, meaning no expensive lamps to replace. They ...Read more

 

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