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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: 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…

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…
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