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Sound Advice: Edifier S350DB good choice for use in a home music system with multiple source components

Q. I just completed a home music studio for practicing drums. It is small, about 12-by-7 feet, and I need to install some speakers so I can play the songs while drumming because I don't always like practicing with headphones on. Is there a set of speakers you could recommend with big sound and quality that will work through Bluetooth from my Mac...Read more

Sound Advice: VAVA Security Vehicle Dascham Swivel 360 one of the best dashcams around

Dynamite dashcam deal: I don't get a lot of questions about dashcams, but they do come in from time to time. If a dashcam is something that you have thought of trying, it may now be time to make a move.

The VAVA Security Vehicle Dashcam Swivel 360 can rotate to capture either what is going on inside or outside the vehicle. It captures 1080p ...Read more

Sound Advice: Sling TV best value for cutting cable costs while keeping live TV

Q. I am tired of paying my cable bill and feel the expense has gotten out of hand. I want to cut the cord but don't want to give up my favorite cable channels. I see these ads for "magic boxes" that say you can stream everything without paying for it. Is it really possible to get rid of cable and stream everything for free?

-- D.P., Atlantic ...Read more

Sound Advice: How to tweak settings for better dialogue quality

Q. I have an Integra DTR-30.7 receiver connected to a B-I-C brand surround sound ensemble with five speakers and a subwoofer. The overall performance is excellent, but dialogue is difficult to understand. Would a different center speaker help?

-- T.F., Gilroy, Calif.

A. A better center speaker might help, but if you are happy with the system's...Read more

Sound Advice: Pair Cambridge Audio Topaz AM5 amplifier with Emotiva T-Zero speakers for a great-sounding system

Q. I love my SoundWorks Radio CD 745, but the CD player no longer works. Is there anything you recommend as a replacement? I was mostly using the CD player, and really miss it.

-- B.S., Bloomington, Minn.

A. These days there is not much available that plays CDs. The Insignia NS-HAIOR18 ($149) at Best Buy is the closest thing I have seen to ...Read more

Sound Advice: AxiomAir N2 wireless speaker has excellent sound

Q. My receiver is a Yamaha RX-397. In addition to listening in my living room, I would like to listen to records in the next room and do so wirelessly. Is there a way of making that connection via Bluetooth, and if so what speaker would you recommend? I also need a turntable, and think the Fluance RT81 is the best option under $300 as I value ...Read more

Sound Advice: Panasonic new 4K UltraHD Blu-ray players great alternative to discontinued Oppo players

Q. Now that Oppo discontinued their 4K UltraHD Blu-ray players, what would you recommend that comes close in picture and audio quality for around $500?

-- M.P., San Jose, Calif.

A. The whole audio/video enthusiast community was in a state of mourning when Oppo USA closed up shop. I took it hard myself and wondered if we would ever see such ...Read more

Sound Advice: These ZVOX soundbars make for clear-sounding dialogue

Q. We purchased the ZVOX AccuVoice TV speaker and are very happy with both the clear dialogue it produces and the affordable price. However, I know it is optimized for clear dialogue over music and home theater performance. What soundbars have clear sounding dialogue as well as top quality music and home theater sound, preferably for under $600?...Read more

Sound Advice: Vinyl vs. digital doesn't have to be a fight

Last week I bumped the planned column forward so I could tell everyone about the Emotiva Airmotiv T-Zero speakers. I had to bump the column forward again as it has involved a bit more research than anticipated. It is about cable and satellite television, DVR recording and consumer satisfaction with pay TV. Stay tuned!

Q. Does anyone really ...Read more

Sound Advice: New Emotiva Airmotiv T-Zero speakers are affordable upgrade

Q. I need a new stereo receiver to use with Acculab 340 speakers and Koss Electrostatic headphones. The headphones are powered by an energizer box that connects to the receiver's speaker terminals with spade connectors. Based on your columns I am considering the Outlaw Audio RR2160. Is it compatible with spades, and would it be a good choice?

-...Read more

Sound Advice: Technics SL-1200 turntables 2018 Product of the Year

Other than the iconic looks, the latest Technics SL-1200 turntables share nothing in common with the SL-1200 turntables of years ago. The original SL-1200 was introduced in the early 1970s as a hi-fi turntable. It was later adopted by DJs because of its performance and durability, and over time it became regarded as a "DJ turntable." The new ...Read more

Sound Advice: LG OLED, Sony OLED and Samsung's Q9 series of QLED are best TVs

Q. I have a Pioneer Elite plasma TV and am doing research now, so as not to be blindsided when it dies. I love its bright colors and sharp contrast and want a top-of-the-line viewing experience.

What are the very best TVs you can buy? Any advice or other suggestions would be appreciated.

-- D.S., Milwaukee

A. You definitely have a taste for ...Read more

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