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Don Lindich

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Don Lindich writes about consumer electronics. Submit questions at www.soundadviceblog.com.
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Sound Advice: Portable CD player/FM radio is answer to audio dinosaur's dilemma

Sound Advice: Portable CD player/FM radio is answer to audio dinosaur's dilemma

Q: I have been searching for a quality shelf stereo that has FM radio and can play music CDs. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t…
Sound Advice: Gadget users can get a charge out of bicycling

Sound Advice: Gadget users can get a charge out of bicycling

I’ve gotten a lot of reader questions about chargers recently. Some of these products will be highlighted in upcoming columns, but let’s start with a…
Sound Advice: Pricey Blu-ray upgrade is worth it — if your system can handle it

Sound Advice: Pricey Blu-ray upgrade is worth it — if your system can handle it

Q: Some time ago you wrote about the Oppo BDP-103D Darbee Edition Blu-ray player. It sells for $599. On the Oppo website (www.oppodigital.com) I also…
Sound Advice: Connection between TV and a receiver can be done a variety of ways

Sound Advice: Connection between TV and a receiver can be done a variety of ways

Q: I have an LG 65-inch Smart TV and a Marantz 6008 receiver. When I want to watch TV, should I select “TV Audio” or…

Sound Advice: Occasional problems crop up with all portable chargers

Q: I read your columns about the jHub power banks from Modern Portable and bought one to take to Europe because I was hesitant to…
Sound Advice: SVS Prime Tower speakers put out highest level of sound

Sound Advice: SVS Prime Tower speakers put out highest level of sound

Q: I recently purchased the Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo Receiver based on your recommendation and would like to purchase speakers that complement it. What do…
Sound Advice: Listen to this advice on ultra-high-resolution headphones

Sound Advice: Listen to this advice on ultra-high-resolution headphones

  Q: I have $300 budgeted for headphones to use with my CD player (which has a headphone output), iPad and iPhone. Would I get…

Sound Advice: For top-of-the-line TVs, they don't make them the way they used to

Q: You’ve written about the best Blu-ray players and home audio speakers recently. How about televisions? What would you recommend as the very best for…
Sound Advice: Cellphones making small cameras an endangered species

Sound Advice: Cellphones making small cameras an endangered species

Q: What camera would you recommend as a good point-and-shoot camera for my mother? She is older and does not want to have to learn…
Sound Advice: Tight budget now doesn't preclude planning for an upgrade later

Sound Advice: Tight budget now doesn't preclude planning for an upgrade later

Q: A friend bought the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB record player, but has only enough money to invest about $100 on speakers and another $100 on a…
Sound Advice: Change formats when shooting videos for a computer

Sound Advice: Change formats when shooting videos for a computer

Q: I have an older iPad with the digital camera USB adapter and a Sony NEX-5 camera. I use my camera to make videos as…
Sound Advice: One upscale Blu-ray player stands way above the rest

Sound Advice: One upscale Blu-ray player stands way above the rest

There’s only one brand of Blu-ray player I recommend above the entry level: Oppo Digital.
Sound Advice: Old habits, marketing cloud the picture on SLR cameras

Sound Advice: Old habits, marketing cloud the picture on SLR cameras

Q: I know you are a proponent of the mirrorless camera systems in general, and the Micro Four Thirds camera system in particular. Why do…
Price is the same but one Bluetooth speaker sounds much richer

Price is the same but one Bluetooth speaker sounds much richer

Q: I’m in the market for a Bluetooth speaker and was intrigued by your recommendation of the Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100 for $299. I was…
Listen carefully: Don't judge speakers by their loudness

Listen carefully: Don't judge speakers by their loudness

Q: I want to get a big Bluetooth speaker. What do you think is the loudest one?A: I have not tested enough of…
Options abound when building a digital system on a budget

Options abound when building a digital system on a budget

Q: I read your story about building a vinyl system on the cheap and found it very interesting. I’d like to do something similar, but…
Sound Advice: Sales clerk needs to dial down his alarmist advice on power chargers

Sound Advice: Sales clerk needs to dial down his alarmist advice on power chargers

Q: I am considering a jHub power bank as an additional charging source for our two cameras when we travel. However, I do not…
Stereo speaker doesn't sound like a speaker; it sounds like music

Stereo speaker doesn't sound like a speaker; it sounds like music

Q: I loved your column last week on cost-no-object amplification. What would be your top recommendation, cost no object, for stereo speakers for music…
You don't have to be a billionaire to afford a high-end amp

You don't have to be a billionaire to afford a high-end amp

Q: I need a stereo amplifier and preamplifier for my Polk RTA-12C speakers. What is your top recommendation? Cost is no object.A: Be careful when…
Line of portable mini chargers has gotten even mightier

Line of portable mini chargers has gotten even mightier

Q: I recently read your review of the jHub Ultra power bank from Modern Portable. In checking the company’s website, I discovered that a new…
One-piece speaker mimics the sound of dual components

One-piece speaker mimics the sound of dual components

Q: I read your column about the Mass Fidelity Core, the small single-piece Bluetooth speaker that sounds like a pair of speakers placed 8 feet…
Budget turntable sounds too good to be true — but it is

Budget turntable sounds too good to be true — but it is

Q: I want to build a system to listen to vinyl records but don’t have a lot of money to invest. I’ve seen you warn…
Just winging it doesn't work when photographing birds

Just winging it doesn't work when photographing birds

Q: I am an avid bird-watcher and photographer. I use a Canon 7D and have been trying to get pictures of purple martins in flight,…
Cartridge issues are needling a turntable owner

Cartridge issues are needling a turntable owner

Q: I decided to pull out my old Technics SL-B20 turntable and hook it up to the phono input on my Pioneer SC-25 receiver. Unfortunately,…
Misbehaving classic turntable can be returned to working order

Misbehaving classic turntable can be returned to working order

Q: I have a Technics SL-10 turntable that looks pristine and sounds fine, but it intermittently ends playback early. My local repair guy couldn’t fix…
Portable power bank charges back after marketing snafu

Portable power bank charges back after marketing snafu

I’ve been trying to order a jHub Ultra power bank since your column ran in early December. The manufacturer’s website says “sold out,” and it does not show up on Amazon. How do I get it?
Take a long-term approach to updating amp, turntable

Take a long-term approach to updating amp, turntable

Q: I want to improve my record playback system. Would I be better off spending $150 to $200 on a better phono pre-amp for my…
Speakers' old-style power rating isn't an issue in picking new receiver

Speakers' old-style power rating isn't an issue in picking new receiver

Q: I have some 1970s-vintage small Advent speakers. They are in great shape and are rated at 15 watts. I’m in need of a new…
New line of Panasonic cameras are picture perfect

New line of Panasonic cameras are picture perfect

Q: I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. Will the jHub Ultra power bank charge it? You mentioned only iPhone in your column.A: Any USB outlet,…
Classic speakers' efficiency makes them easy to pair with new receiver

Classic speakers' efficiency makes them easy to pair with new receiver

Q: My wife and I have a pair of 1982 Klipsch Heresy speakers that she bought new. Our vintage Yamaha R900 receiver (also bought new)…
New technology makes this a good time to look at a quartz watch

New technology makes this a good time to look at a quartz watch

Q: I purchased an Orient watch, as per your suggestion. After a week, it is off by a bit less than a minute when compared…
A SoundBase and soundbar sound alike in name only

A SoundBase and soundbar sound alike in name only

Q: My son would like a sound bar for Christmas. He has a 47-inch flat-screen TV. Which one would be a good fit at a…
Sound advice: Portable recharger belies its pocket-perfect size

Sound advice: Portable recharger belies its pocket-perfect size

Q: I have an older iPhone 5 and am saving for an iPhone 6. Unfortunately, my battery does not last long these days. Do you…
These electronic gift ideas are sound choices

These electronic gift ideas are sound choices

Are you looking for an electronics-related gift for the holidays? Here are picks from the best products of the year. Prices start as low as $15, and most things are under $100.
Sound Advice: Name glitch left good camera vulnerable to bad knockoffs

Sound Advice: Name glitch left good camera vulnerable to bad knockoffs

Q: Earlier this year you wrote about an action camera that was less than $100 and had very good video quality comparable to the GoPro…
Exercise your option for good headphones for working out

Exercise your option for good headphones for working out

Q: I need some headphones or earphones to use while I run, preferably something that stays in my ear and sounds good. Bluetooth would be…
Budget system doesn't have to result in cut-rate sound

Budget system doesn't have to result in cut-rate sound

Q: I just started collecting old and new records. Record Store Day sparked me, and I love my new hobby. I teach history, and…
Matching cartridge to turntable is the key to best sound

Matching cartridge to turntable is the key to best sound

Q: I came across your website while researching a cartridge upgrade for my Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable.I am looking at the Audio-Technica AT-440MLA and Denon DL-110,…
One-size-fits-all isn't always a good rule for camera lenses

One-size-fits-all isn't always a good rule for camera lenses

Q: I have a Sony Alpha digital SLR camera with the 18-55mm lens that came with it in the kit. My daughter performs in gymnastics,…
Sound Advice: Big sound comes at a small price in Bluetooth speaker

Sound Advice: Big sound comes at a small price in Bluetooth speaker

Q: My son called last night and asked me to buy a Bluetooth speaker. He will use it with his iPhone and iPad. I remember…
Sound advice: Before adding a zoom lens, focus on image stabilization

Sound advice: Before adding a zoom lens, focus on image stabilization

Q: Your column led me to purchase the Panasonic DMC-GM1 a few weeks ago. I took it on a trip and shot photos and videos,…
Sound Advice: Movie discs still offer some advantages over streaming

Sound Advice: Movie discs still offer some advantages over streaming

With the popularity of streaming movies, when do you think buying movie discs will become a thing of the past?
Stereo receivers offer few choices for shoppers

Stereo receivers offer few choices for shoppers

Q: Can you recommend a low to moderately priced stereo receiver?A: These days it is hard to find stereo receivers, and selection is severely lacking.…
Sound advice: Defining a stereo receiver

Sound advice: Defining a stereo receiver

Q: I read your recent column about receivers and amplifiers. I have a Sony Blu-ray equipped BDV-E500 Home Theater System. I don’t have a receiver…
Stereo amplifiers do differ —but not as much as some think

Stereo amplifiers do differ —but not as much as some think

Q: You wrote in a previous column that you do not think all amplifiers sound the same. Do you think there are extremely large differences…
Sound Advice: Consider room size and speaker sensitivity when buying a receiver

Sound Advice: Consider room size and speaker sensitivity when buying a receiver

Q: I want to buy a new receiver and am confused by the amplifier specifications. How do I know what they mean and what I…
Sound Advice: Headphones worth the extra money

Sound Advice: Headphones worth the extra money

Q: I read your recommendation of the Grado headphones and noticed that the SR80e headphones are only $20 more than the $79 SR60e model. That’s…
Sound advice: Panasonic's latest small camera worth its price

Sound advice: Panasonic's latest small camera worth its price

I am looking for a small camera for travel and want the best image quality available. What is your top recommendation, regardless of price?
Sound advice: Lesser-known audio products can provide a bigger bang for your buck

Sound advice: Lesser-known audio products can provide a bigger bang for your buck

Q: You touched on bigger companies providing better value than some small high-end companies. What are some photo and audio products from smaller companies that…
Sound Advice: With sound systems, big prices don't always mean big sound

Sound Advice: With sound systems, big prices don't always mean big sound

Q: In a recent column you said that very high priced audio gear is often outperformed by less expensive gear produced by larger, better known…
Sound Advice: Headphones come to the rescue of apartment dweller

Sound Advice: Headphones come to the rescue of apartment dweller

Q: I just moved to a one-bedroom apartment, and I’m interested in options for music listening aside from using speakers. I was thinking about connecting…
Sound Advice: 'Enthusiast compact camera' fills void when SLR is too big

Sound Advice: 'Enthusiast compact camera' fills void when SLR is too big

An enthusiast compact is a step above a point-and-shoot and a stepping stone to an interchangeable lens camera.
Sound Advice: Recording TV programming isn't as easy as it used to be

Sound Advice: Recording TV programming isn't as easy as it used to be

Q: I read your column about DVR recording with great interest. I can record shows on the cable company’s DVR, but if something happens to…
Sound Advice: Don't buy into high-end hype when it comes to turntables

Sound Advice: Don't buy into high-end hype when it comes to turntables

Q: I read your column about turntables and the relative insignificance of cartridges when purchasing a new turntable. I find it interesting that magazines such…
Sound Advice: Affordable sound system improves quality of TV audio

Sound Advice: Affordable sound system improves quality of TV audio

Q: I’m interested in your take on the ZVOX SoundBase 320, which you mentioned a few weeks ago.A: The ZVOX SoundBase 320 has everything going…
Sound Advice: Turntable, not just cartridge, has a big impact on sound

Sound Advice: Turntable, not just cartridge, has a big impact on sound

Q: I have an old Toshiba turntable and am looking to upgrade because I don’t like the sound at all. Should I get a new…
Sound Advice: $40 device can record TV shows to an external hard drive

Sound Advice: $40 device can record TV shows to an external hard drive

I was intrigued when I received reader e-mails recommending the Mediasonic HomeWorx HW-150PVR. Its low price (under $40 online) and capabilities make it a godsend to home-recording enthusiasts.
Sound Advice: Flat-panel TVs' audio can always be improved with add-ons

Sound Advice: Flat-panel TVs' audio can always be improved with add-ons

Q: The sound I get from my TVs isn’t good, at least to my ears. We have two TVs, both flat-panels. One is a smart…
Sound Advice: Buying a new TV? Plan for the future by considering a 4K set

Sound Advice: Buying a new TV? Plan for the future by considering a 4K set

If I were buying a new top-of-the-line TV set, I’d almost certainly buy a 4K set, especially because Panasonic is not making its amazing plasma TVs anymore.
Sound Advice: High-quality Polk speakers call for a receiver that can power them

Sound Advice: High-quality Polk speakers call for a receiver that can power them

Q: A year or so ago, you recommended Polk LSi25 speakers as a great value on closeout for $1,299 a pair. I managed to find…
Sound Advice: Be careful when buying a vintage turntable from an online seller

Sound Advice: Be careful when buying a vintage turntable from an online seller

What do you think of buying a budget turntable new, instead of a vintage turntable from Craigslist or eBay for the same amount or less?
Sound Advice: Negatives outweigh benefits of full-frame digital SLR cameras

Sound Advice: Negatives outweigh benefits of full-frame digital SLR cameras

What do you think of full-frame digital SLRs? Are they worth the extra cost?
Sound Advice: Determine value before selling old audio gear

Sound Advice: Determine value before selling old audio gear

Q: Could you offer advice on what to do with all of the leftover sound equipment we have accumulated over the years? There are big…
Sound Advice: Full-featured DVR can record over-the-air TV programming

Sound Advice: Full-featured DVR can record over-the-air TV programming

Are there any companies manufacturing video recorders with tuners that work in the digital over-the-air TV environment, as VHS recorders did in the old analog environment?
Sound Advice: No need to replace sought-after vintage speakers

Sound Advice: No need to replace sought-after vintage speakers

Q: We have a new 50-inch Panasonic TV and are looking to replace our sound source from the 1970s Kenwood stereo in our small sunroom,…
Sound Advice: Regular computer backups can bring peace of mind

Sound Advice: Regular computer backups can bring peace of mind

There really isn’t any excuse for not backing up your computer. It’s just plain good practice, and it’s so easy to do these days.
Sound Advice: Tabletop radios with CD capability are becoming rarer

Sound Advice: Tabletop radios with CD capability are becoming rarer

CD capability in tabletop radios is becoming rarer as people switch to digital media on their phones and computers. There are still some models out there, though.
Sound Advice: Home flight simulators realistically re-create flying experience

Sound Advice: Home flight simulators realistically re-create flying experience

Q: On your Facebook page, there’s a picture of you at the controls of what looks to be a large airplane. Is that an actual…
Sound Advice: Most modern receivers don't handle AM-FM reception well

Sound Advice: Most modern receivers don't handle AM-FM reception well

Q: The tuner section of my 10-year-old Onkyo TX-SR602 receiver is fizzling out. It just can’t seem to grasp FM stations. I love the old…
Sound Advice: GoPro makes best action cam, but there's a much cheaper option

Sound Advice: GoPro makes best action cam, but there's a much cheaper option

Q: You’ve never written about GoPro or other action cameras. I have been looking for one and am confused about which to buy. Any advice?A:…
Sound Advice: Older lenses aren't always compatible with new digital cameras

Sound Advice: Older lenses aren't always compatible with new digital cameras

Q: I have two old 35-millimeter cameras. One is a Nikon Pronea-S camera with a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 4-5.6 lens. The other is a…
Sound Advice: Bracket can help solve tricky soundbar-mounting problems

Sound Advice: Bracket can help solve tricky soundbar-mounting problems

I have a soundbar that needs to be mounted on the television, because when it’s on the stand it blocks the TV’s remote IR receiver. What do you recommend?
Sound Advice: Vintage lenses aren't always a good fit for new digital cameras

Sound Advice: Vintage lenses aren't always a good fit for new digital cameras

Q: I have a 35-millimeter Pentax K1000 SLR camera body and ZX-7 body with lenses. Which Pentax digital SLR should I get to use with…
Sound Advice: High-quality lens can improve performance of entry-level camera

Sound Advice: High-quality lens can improve performance of entry-level camera

Q: I have a base-level digital SLR camera (a 10.1-megapixel Canon XTi) that’s about five to six years old. Are there any advantages to updating…
Sound Advice: Speaker upgrade is easiest way to give old audio system a boost

Sound Advice: Speaker upgrade is easiest way to give old audio system a boost

Q: My audio system is old but still puts out good sound. (At least, it sounds good to me.) I’m wondering if it is a…
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