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Sound Advice: ZVOX AccuVoice AV200 TV Speaker lifts dialogue out of soundtracks

Q. My 94-year-old mother-in-law can only hear out of her right ear, and only with a hearing aid. Can you recommend a Bluetooth speaker that can connect to her TV, a speaker that doesn't mute the TV sound for others in the room when it is connected? It would be located on a table next to her chair where she watches TV. We tried a few soundbars ...Read more

Sound Advice: Tamrac ZipShot, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX85 help prevent camera shake

Q. I have tremors (not Parkinson's) that keep me from taking clear pictures. Are cameras with advanced stabilization features enough to overcome this problem? Is there another solution, or do I just have to watch other people taking pictures? Please recommend something in the $500 price range if possible.

-- Name withheld for privacy

A. There ...Read more

Sound Advice: Small speakers, big sound

Q. I have an OontZ Angle 3 Ultra that I love very much, but it takes up a bit too much space in my purse to take with me every day. Last year you wrote about a small speaker that is unobtrusive in a purse or bag. That is what I am looking for, and I want the highest quality. What do you recommend?

-J.K., Sam Mateo, Calif.

A. The Soundmatters ...Read more

Sound Advice: Music Hall MMF-1.5 turntable will provide unmatched satisfaction

Q. My son recently appropriated my albums from my college days and he and his friends are playing them on, shall we say, less-than-optimal equipment. I would like for him to have something better-sounding, and I also don't want my records damaged on that cheap turntable! What is the best we can do for $1,000 or a little more?

-- W.V., Cape May,...Read more

Sound Advice: Hudly Classic adds head-up display to any vehicle

Q. I purchased the VicTsing Bluetooth adapter you recently recommended and it felt great to bring my older car into the 21st century. Are there any other products you have tested that can add safety features to my car, like blind spot warning?

-- J.T., Flushing, NY

A. I have not tested any aftermarket blind spot warning systems, but I did try ...Read more

Sound Advice: Bosch dishwasher clear that rinse aid is needed

Q. Your answer to the "wetness" with Bosch dishwashers is not entirely correct. Plastics like Tupperware will almost always have some residual water droplets due to the surface of the product. It is also imperative to use a drying agent like Jet-Dry rinse aid to ensure the best results. Did you know about the importance of rinse aid?

-- J.L., ...Read more

Sound Advice: Buying a quality, long-lasting washing machine will alleviate headaches later

Q. Is it really practical to adopt the attitude you are espousing for washing machines? Having used both types for years, without a doubt I prefer the front loader because in addition to using less water, the tumble action of the front loader avoids the tugging and rubbing of top loader agitator vanes, which damages fabric.

People are being ...Read more

Sound Advice: VicTsing Bluetooth FM adapter is a winner for hands-free calls

Q. Have you ever reviewed Bluetooth hands-free car kits? With more states requiring hands-free phone use, I am looking to purchase a Bluetooth car kit where the callers not only sound great but also can hear me just as well.

-- D.W., Savage, Minn.

A. Yes, I have evaluated Bluetooth car adapters. I have an older car without Bluetooth that I ...Read more

Sound Advice: VicTsing Bluetooth FM adapter is a winner for hands-free calls

Q. Have you ever reviewed Bluetooth hands-free car kits? With more states requiring hands-free phone use, I am looking to purchase a Bluetooth car kit where the callers not only sound great but also can hear me just as well.

-- D.W., Savage, Minn.

A. Yes, I have evaluated Bluetooth car adapters. I have an older car without Bluetooth that I ...Read more

Sound Advice: Olympus Tough TG-5 is best rugged camera phone

Q. I want to buy a rugged stills camera that can take the shock of a fall when skiing. I've been taking my old iPhone 6 Plus with me as I consider it somewhat expendable, but still feel like I am courting disaster and want to get something dedicated to the task. I also imagine such a camera would be easier to operate with gloves on. Price is ...Read more

Sound Advice: JBL Flip 3 speaker sound better than Amazon Echo

Q. How does the JBL Flip 3 speaker sound compared to the Amazon Echo? Which is better?

-- P.K., Cedarburg, Wis.

A. For pure sound quality, I would say the JBL Flip 3. The Amazon speakers sound OK, but are not known for class-leading sound quality. The Alexa Voice Assistant is the reason to buy them. The $39 OontZ Angle 3 Ultra has better sound...Read more

Sound Advice: Oppo 4K Blu-ray players are the best on the market

Q. I just purchased a 55-inch LG OLED TV and I love it! I want to get a 4K Blu-ray player now. What do you recommend and will I see much of a difference with 4K Blu-rays compared to regular Blu-rays?

-- N.L., Eden Prairie, Minn.

A. Oppo makes the best disc players on the market and are well worth the investment. Oppo players are built like ...Read more

Sound Advice: More washing machine recommendations

This week I have lots of questions and comments about appliances. Readers love this topic!

Q. What model Speed Queen washer do you have? I am interested in learning more.

-- C.O. Boise, Idaho

Q. We bought a new low-water top loading washing machine after being told that in the state of California, these machines are now law. I washed most ...Read more

 
 

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