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Sound Advice: iPhone can be used in place of discontinued iPod touch

Q. I read your recent article about playing iTunes music without an iPod. I am in a similar situation but want something more mobile. Would buying an iPhone SE with enough storage capacity to fit my needs be a good idea? I would not get phone service, but just use it as my iPod. I have around 55 GB of music.

B.G., Minneapolis

A. This is indeed...Read more

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Sound Advice: Bone conduction headphones worth checking out

Q. Unfortunately I have some damage to my auditory canal and ear drum. I have never found any earbuds or headphones that were tolerable for more than a few minutes. What is the sound quality of bone conduction headphones?

—E.H., St. Paul, Minnesota

A. Bone conduction headphones are used by those who want to enjoy music or other programming ...Read more

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Sound Advice: A standout option for tower speaker upgrade

Q. I have a pair of entry-level GoldenEar tower speakers and while I liked them initially, over time I have become dissatisfied. The tweeter has a lovely high end and great imaging, but despite a lot of experimenting with speaker placement something is lacking in the lower midrange that leaves me cold to the point I am not listening much. I ...Read more

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Sound Advice: How to convert home movies from tape to digital format

Q. I have quite a number of home movies recorded on VHS and VHS-C camcorder tapes. I would like to transfer them to a USB drive so I can show them on a computer and transfer them to other family members’ computers. Years ago I purchased a device that used a converter box and software, a package that was supposed to work with a PC. It was ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Looking for an iPod replacement and comparing similar soundbars

Q. I have had an iPod Nano for many years and have loved it. I teach classes where I play music from my iPod (7th Generation) with it connected to a speaker via Bluetooth. I populated the music by copying music from the many CDs I own to my Windows PC and iTunes, and then use iTunes to populate my iPod. I like having the separate iPod as then I ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Looking for an iPod replacement and comparing similar soundbars

Q. I have had an iPod Nano for many years and have loved it. I teach classes where I play music from my iPod (7th Generation) with it connected to a speaker via Bluetooth. I populated the music by copying music from the many CDs I own to my Windows PC and iTunes, and then use iTunes to populate my iPod. I like having the separate iPod as then I ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Finding the right receiver, turntable for new setup

Q. I have been reading through your audio equipment recommendations and I like the looks of the Cambridge Audio AXR100 receiver for my Dynaco A-25 speakers and Velodyne subwoofer. For a turntable I was considering the Fluance RT81 or the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB "improved by LP Gear" with the Vessel A3SE cartridge. However, they both have ...Read more

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Sound Advice: A soundbar deal that will make your ears perk up

Better TV sound, terrific price: I usually lead off the column with a Q&A and if I have one, I put the capsule review or exceptional value afterwards. This week’s exceptional buy merits putting it first however.

By far the most frequent questions and complaints sent to this column regard difficulty hearing voices on television programs and ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Turntable upgrades to consider for digitizing music

Q. I saw your recent column on digitizing music from a turntable with a built-in USB output. I have an old Sansui turntable with red-white analog outputs. What do I need to digitize my hundreds of albums?

—L.J., Minneapolis

A. You need a phono preamp with a USB output. Connect the ground wire and red-white cables from the turntable to the ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Breaking down TV formats and a cooler too cool to pass up

Q. Could you explain the television high dynamic range formats HDR10, Dolby Vision and HDR10+? It is confusing and I am angry there are now three competing HDR standards/formats.

—K.B., Santa Clara, California

A. It is indeed confusing, but there is no need to be angry as there is compatibility between the formats.

High dynamic range (HDR) ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Selecting the right earbuds depends on how you plan to use them

Q. I saw your recent article about the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ earbuds and am very interested. Prior to the article I planned on buying the $149.99 Technics EAH-AZ40 earbuds, but getting the $139.95 Cambridge Audio earphones for $59.95 strikes me as too good of a deal to pass up. I don’t want this to be all about the money though and it ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Consider OLED TVs for best viewing angle

Q. We have a 2011 Insignia 720p plasma TV that has served us very well. We went with plasma for the superior off-center viewing qualities compared to the LED-LCD TVs available at the time. Over 50% of our TV watching is from a 40-45 degree angle. Given this, off-center picture quality is critically important to us and in addition, in my opinion ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Listen up for this bargain on high-end wireless earbuds

Q. I’m looking for Bluetooth earphones to use with my phone and iPad. I previously bought several pairs of Helm Audio sports earphones for myself and family members, but after several years of constant wear and tear it is time to replace them. I would have been happy to go with Helm Audio again but they appear to be sold out. Do you have any ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Sizing up soundbar deals, and tips for Costco, refilling propane tanks

Q. What is your opinion of the Vizio M51a-H6 soundbar system? It is on sale at Costco for $269.99, reduced from $329.99. I have a TCL Roku TV.

—M.A., San Jose, California

A. I have not tested this model but I think you are on to a good buy if you are looking for home theater sound in a small room. Vizio has earned a reputation for ...Read more

 

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