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Sound Advice: The TCL 6-Series 4K TV stands alone as product of year

Sound Advice Product of the Year 2023: My annual product of the year goes to the single product that impressed me the most over the prior 12 months. This year there were several standouts but only one clear winner: the latest TCL 6-Series 4K smart television. Incorporating advanced technologies like a QLED display, Mini-LED backlighting along ...Read more

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Sound Advice: Smart TV recommendation and upcoming Super Bowl sales

Q. I’m looking for a small (24-inch or 32-inch) smart TV and am finding that many cannot add streaming apps. Do you have a suggestion for a small model with streaming?

—J.S., Milwaukee

A. Check out the 24-inch Westinghouse Roku TV sold at Best Buy. It is $159.99 and often on sale for much less. (I just picked one up for myself for only $79...Read more

Sound Advice: Knowing when it's time to replace vintage audio gear

Q. I have a Sunfire True Subwoofer Junior that needs repair or replacement and wanted to get your thoughts before I proceed. Bill Flannery (now retired) at is a personal friend of the designer Bob Carver, and a mastermind regarding Sunfire and Carver gear. The website states, “all subwoofers with serial numbers ...Read more

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Sound Advice: USB flash drives are long lasting, but you should still have a backup

Q. I have many important files and photographs backed up on a USB flash drive. I am worried about losing them due to data corruption with age. How long do these drives last?

—U.L., San Jose, California

A. A quality flash drive will last more than 10 years or 10,000 usage cycles if stored properly, in a dry place away from temperature ...Read more


Sound Advice: Will new headphones need an amplifier to work?

Q. After reading your recommendation I ordered the Hifiman HE400se headphones from for $109. Now that my order is placed I am reading that a headphone port is insufficient and you really must use a headphone amplifier with these planar magnetic models in order to get adequate loudness. Is this true and if so, what do you recommend...Read more

Sound Advice: A standout speaker option for high-end stereo systems

Q. I am building a stereo system ($18,000 budget) for a room 18x22 feet in size, using a CD player and turntable as music sources. In the past I have seen you recommend Ohm Acoustics Walsh speakers for high-end applications — isn’t that what you use yourself? Would they be a good choice for me?

—L.R., Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

A. I ...Read more


Sound Advice: Where to shop for headphones and wireless speaker options

Hifiman HE400se headphones and, continued from last week: The Hifiman HE400se headphones are old-school, high-fidelity over-ear headphones for dedicated music listening. They use exotic planar magnetic drivers known for their agreeable, effortless sound, and feature an open-back design so these drivers can radiate freely to ...Read more

Sound Advice: Holiday gift guide 2022

This year’s gift guide not only features exceptional products, but some exceptional deals that are sure to be appreciated this year.

Cooking gadgets

MEATER wireless smart thermometer, $99.95-$277.95: This excellent wireless thermometer is available in many different versions, with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options in both single and ...Read more


Sound Advice: A beauty product rebrand and deals on speaker, headphones

Q. I was all set to order an AOGNY skin tightening machine on Amazon, but found that it’s “currently unavailable” and “We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.” What a disappointment! Any idea what’s going on?

—S.K., Minneapolis

A. The machine is still available, but the AOGNY brand name has been discontinued. As...Read more


Sound Advice: Holiday gift ideas and audio system upgrades

Updated for the holidays: A few noteworthy products I reviewed and recommended earlier this year have been updated or had new models added to the product line. I will highlight them here for holiday shoppers, starting with audio products and moving on to food/cooking products.

Mojawa MOJO2 bone conduction headphones: These headphones are a new ...Read more

Sound Advice: Good earbuds for sleeping and best turntable under $1,000

Q. Have you come across good earbuds for sleeping? I have searched for recommendations and read reviews and gotten overwhelmed, never purchasing anything. I finally thought to send you an email and ask if you might steer me in the right direction. As a side note, I have Apple AirPods, and love using those.

—M.E., Minneapolis

A. The best ...Read more

Sound Advice: A portable speaker that packs an auditory punch

Tribit StormBox Blast speaker: With the holidays coming up I will be highlighting gift ideas over the next few weeks, starting with this very fine portable speaker from Tribit.

Though Tribit markets the StormBox Blast as a “party speaker” with a colorful light show and powerful bass, I found it to be an exceptionally good high-fidelity ...Read more


Sound Advice: A refresher on RF skin tightening machines, options

Q. I have seen your columns about the AOGNY skin tightening machine and what it did for your jawline and under your chin. Have you tested any other models and how do they stack up? Do you use the AOGNY anywhere else besides the face? Are there other applications?

—S.K., Pittsburgh

A. Before I answer your question I will start with a ...Read more

Sound Advice: Explaining different charging options with electric vehicles

Q. In a recent column you answered a question about a Hanasco toothbrush charging with different USB chargers. You said, "This scenario is pretty common with charging sources and devices that use a similar connection but with different charging capabilities, including plug-in electric vehicles, something of which many in the public are unaware."...Read more



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