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Sound Advice: Getting just the right picture setting

Q. What picture settings would you recommend for a TCL 6-Series television?

--J.M., Orlando, Fla.

A. Typically I am unable to answer a question this specific because I do not have access to every make and model of TV. You are in luck though because after my very positive review of the TCL 5-Series televisions, I decided to review the 65-inch 6...Read more

Sound Advice: ZVOX AV50 Noise-Cancelling Headphones with AccuVoice best headphones for flying

Q. In July I am flying to California on a flight that is quite long, almost 7 hours with connections. I have not flown in quite a few years so I am not up to date on the whole flying experience. A friend of mine who is a frequent flyer checked my airline and flight number and told me the airplane has personal in-flight entertainment screens for ...Read more

Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio Tompaz AM5 high quality 25-watt amp

Q. I have a new Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable with an LP Gear Vessel A3SE cartridge. I am ready to upgrade my Onkyo amplifier and large floor speakers, both of which are quite old. Can you give me some options for an amplifier and matching speakers, up to $1,500 total?

-- M.O., Union City, Calif.

A. Last month I hinted at an upcoming ...Read more

Sound Advice: Audio-Technica AT-LP7 great turntable under $1,000

Q. I read your review of the $1,699 Cambridge Audio Alva TT turntable with interest as I have been looking for a high performance plug-and-play turntable package. As much as I would like to buy an Alva TT, $1,000 is my max. Is there anything else you can recommend for me?

-- D.K., Washington, D.C.

A. A great turntable under $1,000 is something...Read more

Sound Advice: Wyze Cam has everything you could ask for in a small security camera

Q. I need to put a small and discreet security camera in my office, something that can record in the dark and is motion activated. What would you recommend?

-- J.M., Atlantic City, N.J.

A. I recommend the $19.99 Wyze Cam, which has just about everything you could ask for in a small security camera. The Wyze Cam is a small cube about 2 inches ...Read more

Sound Advice: Cambridge Audio Alva TT produces world-class quality from vinyl

Q. How do I know if turntable technology has progressed to the point where I should invest in something new? I have a 1980s Revox B791 turntable and a 1970s AR turntable, both with Shure V15 cartridges. Both still work great and sound great. Has turntable technology surpassed what I have, and at what price point?

-- G.R., San Jose, Calif.

A. ...Read more

Sound Advice: Sbode Sport Bluetooth earphones have excellent success rate

Q. Last year you wrote about some Bluetooth sport earphones that are good for running. I think they were priced under $30. What earphones were they and do you still recommend them?

-- D.A., San Antonio, Texas

A. You are asking about the Sbode Sport Bluetooth earphones, typically listed on Amazon as the Sbode Wireless Earbuds with Microphone. ...Read more

Sound Advice: Radar detector may bring peace of mind

Q. I recently ordered the VicTsing Car Bluetooth Transmitter for my husband. After I ordered it I realized he has a satellite radio that plugs into the car's lighter socket to play Bloomberg and some sports stuff when he's on the road. How would he use both, and how would he power both from a single socket?

-- M.S., Minneapolis

A. To use both ...Read more

Sound Advice: Here's why sleep sound machines are worth the investment

Q. I read your recent column about the LectroSound sleep sound machine and have a question. Why recommend a $20 device when you can set your smartphone to play one of the many apps that produce sleep sounds? As I recall, even Pandora has a sleep sound station.

-- M.T., Aventura, Fla.

A. That is an excellent point, and many people may be ...Read more

Sound Advice: UPstage 360 speaker lives up to its high-end promise

Q. I have a 2000 Toyota Celica that I have kept completely stock in appearance. Unfortunately the sound system is not very good and I would like to upgrade it. Would a bigger amplifier, hooked up to the factory head unit, make the most difference?

-- J.A., West Newton, Pa.

A. I would not add an amplifier yet. The first and best thing to do is ...Read more

Sound Advice: Speed Queen machines designed to last 25 years or more

Q. I read your review of the VAVA dashcam and tried ordering from Amazon using the discount code NC58Z5UC. The code is not valid. What's up with it not working?

-- K.K., Milwaukee

A. I received many emails about the excellent VAVA dashcam and the $40 coupon code, which reduced the price from $119 to $79. For the first week the code NC58Z5UC ...Read more

Sound Advice: LectroFan Micro2 sleep sound machine highly recommended

Q. I travel a great deal for my job and have trouble sleeping away from home. You once wrote about a sleep sound machine that is small enough to take anywhere, and I would like to try it. What was the model?

-- T.G., Augusta, Ga.

A. The model I wrote about in 2017 was the LectroFan Micro. It has since been replaced with the LectroFan Micro2. ...Read more

Sound Advice: Place bookshelf speakers on stands for best results

Q. I recently fell in love with the MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESL X floorstanding speakers. They have a very warm, rich sound and the best soundstage I've ever heard. My problem is placing them properly, as ideal placement in my room would have the sound blocked by furniture that I would rather not relocate. Do you have any recommendations for ...Read more


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