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Don Lindich

Columnist | Consumer electronics
Don Lindich writes about consumer electronics. Submit questions at www.soundadviceblog.com.
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Sound Advice: Repairing worn-out portable speaker rarely worth the cost

Sound Advice: Repairing worn-out portable speaker rarely worth the cost

Q: We have a Bose SoundLink Mini that we use with our iMac desktop computer. Recently the speaker has performed erratically, requiring lots of setting…
Throwback FM tuner dials up an audiophile's wish list

Throwback FM tuner dials up an audiophile's wish list

The Emotiva BasX TA-100 combines past with present as it marks the return of the affordable high-end stereo receiver.Years ago there were dozens of stereo…
There's more than one way to send video

There's more than one way to send video

Q: I want to send a high-def home movie of a vacation to someone overseas so they can have it on their computer. At 7.5…
Going Bluetooth for video? To be safe, get a wired a connection as backup

Going Bluetooth for video? To be safe, get a wired a connection as backup

Q: I would like to get headphones to use with my tablet. I will mostly use them for watching videos and listening to music in…
Sound Advice: Before buying new TV, check for a cheaper fix to tuning problem

Sound Advice: Before buying new TV, check for a cheaper fix to tuning problem

Q: I have a cabin in the middle of nowhere and we use a big outdoor antenna to receive TV. Our old TV died, and…
Connecting TV to stereo sounds like a great idea

Connecting TV to stereo sounds like a great idea

Q: I recently got a used JVC EM39FT flat-screen TV that I use with a Comcast DVR box via HDMI. I have a vintage stereo…
Sound Advice: Don't invest a lot refurbishing a turntable until it's been fully tested

Sound Advice: Don't invest a lot refurbishing a turntable until it's been fully tested

Q: I purchased a Garrard Lab 95 turntable in 1968, and it has been stored away since 1970. With vinyl records all the rage these…
Sound Advice: Mourning the death of plasma TVs? Check out OLED sets

Sound Advice: Mourning the death of plasma TVs? Check out OLED sets

Q: My 65-inch Panasonic plasma TV appears to be on its last legs. What TV of the same size would you recommend for the best…
Sound Advice: Dealing with variables makes comparing video streaming tricky

Sound Advice: Dealing with variables makes comparing video streaming tricky

Q: I have a Roku 4 streaming box, Samsung 4K Blu-ray player and Samsung JS8500 TV, all used with a Marantz 1606 receiver. Which device…
Sound Advice: Powered speakers are convenient, but look elsewhere for great sound

Sound Advice: Powered speakers are convenient, but look elsewhere for great sound

Q: I want to play music from my laptop and phones. The room is small to medium-sized, and I'm trying to get the most bang…
Sound Advice: An upgrade to a better detector should be on your radar

Sound Advice: An upgrade to a better detector should be on your radar

Q: I read your column about radar detectors and am torn between two Uniden models, the $79 DFR3 and the $199 DFR6. I've read about…
Sound Advice: Match your choice of an outdoor antenna to your TV needs

Sound Advice: Match your choice of an outdoor antenna to your TV needs

Q: Does the part of the country in which you live make a difference in what type of outdoor antenna you use?A: No matter where…
Sound Advice: A TV without a tuner isn't really a TV

Sound Advice: A TV without a tuner isn't really a TV

Q: Your recent column about broadcast TV had a statement that I feel needs correction or at least more detail. New flat-panel TVs do not…
Sound Advice: Adding antenna to a TV to get extra channels is quick and easy

Sound Advice: Adding antenna to a TV to get extra channels is quick and easy

Q: I would like to get the local digital subchannels you mentioned in a recent column. How do I connect the antenna to the HDTV…
Sound Advice: Streaming media device is easy add-on to Blu-ray player

Sound Advice: Streaming media device is easy add-on to Blu-ray player

Q: I get Amazon Prime Video through my smart TV, and the TV's audio quality is horrid. I also have an Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray player…
Sound Advice: Small TV antenna gets shows that cable and satellite don't carry

Sound Advice: Small TV antenna gets shows that cable and satellite don't carry

Q: In our bedroom we have an old CRT TV connected to a digital converter box and rabbit ears. I have noticed that picture quality…
Sound Advice: Headphones' benefit limited by the quality of the sound source

Sound Advice: Headphones' benefit limited by the quality of the sound source

Q: I have a Nobsound 6J9 headphone amplifier, Grado SR60e headphones and an Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB record player, all purchased based on your recommendations. I also…
Sound Advice: The best radio antenna might not even be a radio antenna

Sound Advice: The best radio antenna might not even be a radio antenna

Q: I need an indoor AM/FM antenna for my 30 year-old Technics receiver. It works well enough for the most part, but I have trouble…
Sound Advice: Multiple-headphone system uses radio, not Bluetooth

Sound Advice: Multiple-headphone system uses radio, not Bluetooth

Q: I would like two wireless headphones for me and my husband to use with two televisions, an Insignia and an LG. The LG has…
Sound Advice: Radar detectors come in a wide range of features, prices

Sound Advice: Radar detectors come in a wide range of features, prices

Q: Does your expertise in things electronic extend to radar detectors? I've been thinking about getting one, but there are a lot of choices in…
Sound Advice: In comparing speakers, make sure they're aimed at the same market

Sound Advice: In comparing speakers, make sure they're aimed at the same market

Q: In past columns you have spoken highly of the OontZ Angle 3XL and Fluance Fi50 Bluetooth speakers. Does the Oontz take the crown for…
Sound Advice: Soundbar vs. DIY surround sound comes down to personal preference

Sound Advice: Soundbar vs. DIY surround sound comes down to personal preference

Q: I'm buying a sound system for my 55-inch TV. My wife and I are avid movie watchers, and I am interested in either a…
Sound Advice: Before tossing beloved old turntable, check for after-market parts

Sound Advice: Before tossing beloved old turntable, check for after-market parts

Q: I am looking to replace my 30-year-old Bang & Olufsen RX-2 turntable because its MMC3 cartridge is fading out. My preamp has a phono…
Sound Advice: Broken older speaker is still usable

Sound Advice: Broken older speaker is still usable

Q: I purchased my sound system in 1998. It uses a Cambridge SoundWorks Ensemble surround sound speaker system, which is now discontinued. I am having…
Sound Advice: Antenna deal turned out to be case of UHF – ultra high frustration

Sound Advice: Antenna deal turned out to be case of UHF – ultra high frustration

Q: I had a very bad experience with Channelmaster "Free Antenna Day." I called beforehand and asked what would be most expeditious, to call or…
Sound Advice: Plugging in to new tech requires figuring out which plugs are which

Sound Advice: Plugging in to new tech requires figuring out which plugs are which

Q: I just joined the 21st century and got rid of my CRT television. After connecting a high-definition set-top box from my cable company, I…
Sound Advice: Tips on boosting sound levels were misconstrued

Sound Advice: Tips on boosting sound levels were misconstrued

Q: You recently wrote about amplifying sound through headphones to drown out airplane noise. It would have been helpful for you to point out that…
Sound Advice: Some bright ideas for avoiding sun glare on a cellphone camera

Sound Advice: Some bright ideas for avoiding sun glare on a cellphone camera

Q: When taking pictures in bright sunshine with the sun above or behind me, I can't see the screen on my cellphone to compose a…
Sound Advice: Refurbishing beloved speakers can be done economically

Sound Advice: Refurbishing beloved speakers can be done economically

Q: I’ve had a pair of Boston Acoustics A60 speakers for more years than I can remember. The woofers’ rubber surrounds are disintegrating after all…
Sound Advice: Read my lips – what's a 'perfectly matched' TV speaker?

Sound Advice: Read my lips – what's a 'perfectly matched' TV speaker?

Q: In your review of the new ZVOX soundbars, you used the term "matched perfectly to the source." Does this mean that while watching TV,…
Sound Advice: Many ways to crank up headphone volume

Sound Advice: Many ways to crank up headphone volume

Q: Is there a way to increase the maximum volume on my headphones? I need it to be louder when watching a movie on my…
Sound Advice: New sound bar speakers live up to their hype

Sound Advice: New sound bar speakers live up to their hype

Q: I planned to purchase a ZVOX SoundBase 570 to complement my new wall-mounted OLED TV. I see ZVOX has some new sound bars, the…
Sound Advice: Going to separate DVD recording, playback units is a smart move

Sound Advice: Going to separate DVD recording, playback units is a smart move

Q: My old DVD recorder no longer works. I used it with an antenna to record over-the-air broadcasts. The only comparable option I could find…
Sound Advice: Nearly identical headphones come with different prices

Sound Advice: Nearly identical headphones come with different prices

Q: A few months ago I saw your column about the $39.99 Riot Audio headphones and thought about buying them. Since then, I saw an…
Sound Advice: Listen to reason when setting prices on your used gear

Sound Advice: Listen to reason when setting prices on your used gear

Q: I have a pair of AR3a speakers that I no longer need. The drivers are original, the walnut exteriors are excellent and everything works…
Sound Advice: There are times high-end speaker wires do sound like a good idea

Sound Advice: There are times high-end speaker wires do sound like a good idea

Q: Based on your recommendation I purchased a ZVOX SoundBase 570. I'm extremely pleased by the product and thank you for the recommendation. I'm now…
Sound Advice: Update of the Olympus PEN camera is almost picture-perfect

Sound Advice: Update of the Olympus PEN camera is almost picture-perfect

Q: I have been digitizing my cassette tapes using Audacity. The LPs are next. What is the best way to store and listen to these…
Sound Advice: There's no need to invest in a power zoom you shouldn't be using, anyway

Sound Advice: There's no need to invest in a power zoom you shouldn't be using, anyway

Q: I am buying a mirrorless camera and plan to use it primarily for moviemaking. Since I will mostly be making movies, how important do…
Sound Advice: Older stereo amp can be updated with extra inputs

Sound Advice: Older stereo amp can be updated with extra inputs

Q: We have a classic Yamaha A1 stereo amplifier that still works well. It is great for vinyl because of the direct connection to the…
Sound Advice: GPS units can still find a place in your electronic repertoire

Sound Advice: GPS units can still find a place in your electronic repertoire

Q: Do you have a recommendation for a GPS navigation system with maps of the United States and Canada? Do the promised lifetime map updates…
Sound Advice: Experiment with existing speaker before buying a new one

Sound Advice: Experiment with existing speaker before buying a new one

Q: I saw your article about using a Bluetooth speaker on the other side of the room (away from the TV, near the listening area)…
Sound Advice: Good portable turntables went the way of the dinosaur

Sound Advice: Good portable turntables went the way of the dinosaur

Q: I want to buy a record player for my granddaughter. She likes the Crosley, but the reviews are terrible. She will need something compact,…
Sound Advice: Cutting-edge video system outpaces its source material

Sound Advice: Cutting-edge video system outpaces its source material

Q: I just set up a new 4K OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) TV with an Oppo BDP-103D Darbee Blu-ray player. It looks good, but the…
Sound Advice: Need a new remote control? Your smartphone may be the right call

Sound Advice: Need a new remote control? Your smartphone may be the right call

Q: I have been using a Harmony USB remote for years but am not completely happy with it. Though it is USB, it is not…
Sound Advice: Instead of expanding, replace an outdated Blu-ray player

Sound Advice: Instead of expanding, replace an outdated Blu-ray player

Q: I have a very early model Blu-ray player without Internet connections, hooked up to a Samsung plasma TV by HDMI. The TV has two…
Sound Advice: Headphones that don't cost a fortune – does that sound good?

Sound Advice: Headphones that don't cost a fortune – does that sound good?

Q: I considering buying two pairs of Super 66 headphones (one as a gift, the other for myself). I want good comfort and clarity, and…
Sound Advice: Don't get tangled up in the confusion over HDMI cables

Sound Advice: Don't get tangled up in the confusion over HDMI cables

Q: I'm currently using a Sony 3-D TV. I'm considering a change to a Sony XBR 4K TV, and the salesperson said I would have…
Sound Advice: After saving money on a soundbar, don't blow it on expensive accessories

Sound Advice: After saving money on a soundbar, don't blow it on expensive accessories

Q: In your column a few weeks ago you mentioned the Insignia NSB-314 soundbar as a bargain. And it certainly was. The Black Friday price…
Sound Advice: Amazon's bestselling Bluethooth speaker is No. 1 for good reason

Sound Advice: Amazon's bestselling Bluethooth speaker is No. 1 for good reason

Q: I ordered an OontZ Angle 3 from Amazon. Do you have any comments about this new Bluetooth speaker?A: You made a great choice. OontZ…
High-tech gifts don't have to be high-priced

High-tech gifts don't have to be high-priced

You don't have to spend a lot of money to give a fantastic technology gift. Here are 10 products under $100 that are sure to bring a smile to the recipient, while delivering lasting performance and value. ( Careful -- you might find something for yourself here, too.)

Sound Advice: Want to improve TV's sound? SoundBase tops soundbar

Q: About a year ago I considered the ZVOX SoundBase you reviewed to enhance TV sound quality. More recently, you also recommended a considerably less…
Sound Advice: If price is no object, these headphones are a sound investment

Sound Advice: If price is no object, these headphones are a sound investment

Q: You mostly review low- to midpriced headphones. Could you take it up a notch and recommend a high-end headphone with a $500 price tag?…
Sound Advice: Price comparisons are impressive, but headphones' sound is more so

Sound Advice: Price comparisons are impressive, but headphones' sound is more so

Q: I purchased the $79 Grado SR60e headphones you recommended and am very pleased. Unfortunately, the open-back design leaks too much sound to be usable…
Sound Advice: There's no one best camera, just a best one for what you need

Sound Advice: There's no one best camera, just a best one for what you need

Q: I know you love mirrorless cameras and have recommended the Micro Four Thirds cameras, one of them being the Olympus E-M1. Sony now has…
Sound Advice: Good Bluetooth speakers come in a wide variety of sizes

Sound Advice: Good Bluetooth speakers come in a wide variety of sizes

Q: My wife wants to get me a Bluetooth audio speaker. Have you tested anything lately that you can recommend?A: It depends on what you're…
Sound Advice: Installing a TV soundbar is a relatively easy DIY project

Sound Advice: Installing a TV soundbar is a relatively easy DIY project

Q: I am interested in the Insignia NS-SB314 television soundbar you wrote about three weeks ago, but I don't feel confident setting it up. Is…
Sound Advice: New and improved? Well, this version is new, anyway

Sound Advice: New and improved? Well, this version is new, anyway

Q: I clipped and kept your article from last year about the SJCAM SJ4000 action camera. I think I am ready to buy one, but…
Sound Advice: Updated version of classic '70s headphones pass every test

Sound Advice: Updated version of classic '70s headphones pass every test

I recently got an e-mail from a reader suggesting that I review the classic Koss Pro4AA headphones. “They are the headphones everyone wanted when I…
Sound Advice: Budget TV soundbar sounds like a terrific deal

Sound Advice: Budget TV soundbar sounds like a terrific deal

Q: You occasionally write about speakers that are designed to be companions to a TV and improve the sound. I think you call them soundbars…
Sound Advice: Nostalgia for film cameras can't offset the many advantages of digital

Sound Advice: Nostalgia for film cameras can't offset the many advantages of digital

Q: In your review of the Sigma DP2 camera with the Foveon sensor, you imply that the image quality of film is inherently superior to…
Sound Advice: Bad earphones sound like a manufacturing snafu

Sound Advice: Bad earphones sound like a manufacturing snafu

I need to is­sue a fol­low-up to a re­cent col­umn on Modern Port­able HiFi Pro Sport ear­phones. I re­cent­ly re­ceived a hand­ful of e-mails from…
Sound Advice: Apps show channel and link to DVR

Sound Advice: Apps show channel and link to DVR

Q: We keep background music going all waking hours. We use dedicated boxes for both DirecTV (SonicTap) and Comcast (Music Choice) and send the signals…
Sound Advice: Column on scanners generated flood of reader questions

Sound Advice: Column on scanners generated flood of reader questions

Every once in a while I write a column that opens the floodgates of reader e-mail, and my column about the Epson Perfection V550 recently…

Sound Advice: A higher TV hertz rating doesn't always mean the picture is better

Q: I am looking for a 240 Hz 47-inch LED/LCD TV. Not one of the retailers I visited is displaying anything 240 Hz. All the…
Sound Advice: New budget Bluetooth earphones sound like a great idea

Sound Advice: New budget Bluetooth earphones sound like a great idea

Q: I was reading your old columns and saw your recommendation for the BlueAnt Pump. I would like to have something like this, but $79…
Sound Advice: Unique headphones, wired earphones that really impress

Sound Advice: Unique headphones, wired earphones that really impress

Q: In light of Oppo's great performance with Blu-ray players, what do you think of the company's headphones and headphone amps?A: I love Oppo (oppodigital.com)…
Sound Advice: Creating digital backups of photos is a relatively easy task

Sound Advice: Creating digital backups of photos is a relatively easy task

Q: I have 30 years' worth of pictures, taken of my family and places we visited. I used a 35mm camera and have both…
Sound Advice: New camera technology is stunning but of limited use

Sound Advice: New camera technology is stunning but of limited use

Q: I have seen some of the enthusiast cameras — so called to differentiate them from entry-level cameras — with noninterchangeable, non-zoom lenses selling for…
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…
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