Archive for the 'Computers' Category

Product Review: Epson Stylus Photo RX580 All-In-One

Epson Stylus Photo RX580 Scanner/ Photo Printer/Copier Sound Buys Product Review By Don Lindich An all-in-one scanner/printer/copier is an excellent choice for many home computer users, though some compromises are usually involved. Most all-in-ones don’t perform quite as their standalone counterparts, especially in terms of photographic print quality. A dedicated photo printer usually produces more […]

Sound Advice Week 21: Using computer and turntable with sound system, Apple iMac computers and digital video

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 21, 2007 Q: I’m interested in getting my computer and my turntable (I have a Pro-ject Debut III) to use the same speakers in my sound system. Of course I don’t need it to be simultaneous but I’d like to not have to fuss with cords if its possible. […]

Buying an inkjet for photo prints? Get one with at least six ink colors

Today’s inkjet printers can create photographic prints that rival or beat the image quality of a photo lab.   Some high-end inkjets produce the best image quality you are likely to find anywhere, and under proper storage conditions the prints will last as long as conventional photographs.     Six individual ink cartridges in a […]

Transferring cassettes to CD, FM reception and antennas, Bose and Google Ads

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 19, 2007 Q: I have a laptop Mac running OS 10.3 Panther. Is there any way I can transfer cassettes of my parents voices to CD’s? -Virginia Patton, Minneapolis, MN A: Yes. You can buy the $39.95 Griffin iMic I mentioned in last week’s column and use it with […]

Analog vs. digital sound, Ray Charles vs. David Pogue

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 18, 2007 Q: I have many old record albums which I no longer listen to, mainly because I only have the time while driving. Recently I saw an ad for   the Teac model GF350. Is it a worthwhile for transfering my records to CDs?   Is there a […]

Changing sound level with HDTV vs. satellite, 35mm slides to CD/DVD

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 15, 2007 Q: We recently purchased our first HDTV. I haven’t converted my satellite to HD yet, but watch the local channels in HD via your recommended Phillips Silver Sensor antenna. I route all sound through the TV back to my old receiver and listen in simple ol’ Pro-Logic […]

Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0

Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 Sound Buys review By Don Lindich Though most digital cameras come with a basic digital photograph editing program, I usually recommend that readers interested inadjusting their photographs on a computer invest in a copy of Photoshop Elements and pass up the included software or competing products. The reason is simple- Adobe’s […]

Editing home movies, the easiest way to make DVDs from VHS tapes, Don’s new blog

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week of October 29, 2006 Q: I just read your column about using a DVD burner to make DVDs. My question comes before this. How do I EDIT my old home movies that are on VCR tapes and then burn them onto a DVD? -B.A.Kieffer A: There are two ways […]

Transferring cassettes to computer, recording high-numbered channels on satellite or digital cable

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 12, 2007 Q: I have several cassette tapes that I would like to transfer to my computer, which uses Windows xXP Media Edition. I am using a laptop and the only audio imput that I have is the mic jack. How can I connect my cassette deck to my […]

Making DVDs at home

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 10, 2007 Q: My wife bought Pinnacle Studio to burn home movies to disc. I am attempting this on a Dell Dimension computer outfitted with a CD burner. So far I have been unable to burn DVDs and obtain poor quality burning to CD-Rs. Do I need to buy […]

Backing up from a camera to a flash drive, car stereo woes

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 3, 2007 Q: I have a 2GB portable flash drive. Is there any way to backup my digital camera pictures directly to the drive when I’m on vacation? -Ken Byrom, Cranberry, PA A: Wow, this is a great idea! I do not know of a way and as far […]

Erasing camcorder tapes, quality speakers, black and white digital photography

Week 1, 2007 Q: Is there a cheap way to completely erase used 8 mm camcorder tapes so I can reuse them? When I looked on line for the handheld magnetic erasers they were rather expensive.   -Doug Sneddon A: Take your camcorder and put on the lens cap, rewind to the beginning, press record […]

Digital camera memory cards: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Week 47, 2006 Q: On the last hour of the last day of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Greece and Turkey, a new 2 GB SD card containing 350+ pictures from the whole trip failed, and the camera screen read: Memory Card Error. I could neither take more pictures nor could I view the shots onscreen […]

DVD media compatibility, single-piece surround units, record players and receiver volume settings

Sound Advice Week 41, 2006 Q: I have a Sony digital camera and I use a 512 MB memory stick, which will record 30 minutes of video in movie mode. I download the memory stick into an iMac computer and then burn the video on a DVD-R disc My problem is that the DVD will […]

Radio reception underground, is iTunes the best for digitizing your music collection?

Week of October 29, 2006 Q: I work in what is basically a concrete bunker. Radio reception is terrible. I’ve done a little reading on the internet and also picked my dad’s brain (he’s an electrical engineer) and I still can’t tell if the reception would be any better with HD Radio, or satellite for […]

Adding accessory power outlets to your car, putting LP songs on an iPod

Week of October 22, 2006 Q: I have an iPod and I wanted to listen to it in my car while traveling.   I purchased an FM transmitter which slips over the docking connection and adds very little size or weight to the iPod. I like it very much except for one aspect. In order […]

Can you convert FireWire to USB? CD vs. LP sound quality

Week of October 1, 2006 Q: Is there an adapter that will convert FireWire connections to USB? I recently acquired an older iPod and it is FireWire-only. My Dell laptop only has USB connections, so I need to convert the signal somehow. -Steven Lee, Shadyside, PA A: No such adapter exists- USB and FireWire are […]

Sending a TV program to another room, Easy Media Creator, poor-looking DVDs

Week of August 27, 2006 Q: I want to have a TV in my garage, but don’t want to wire it for satelite. (That is what I use in the rest of the house.) Is there a product that can project the signal from the house to the garage? -Don Anderson, Minneapolis, MN A: The […]

Changing cameras and memory card formats

Week of August 20, 2006 Q: I purchased a Sony DSC-F717 digital camera in April 2003 and it is broken. The repair outlets say pitch it- the problem is with the lens and repairs are too costly. I find it hard to trash such a beautiful camera. What do you suggest? I own 2 other […]

Circuit City’s bad service

Week of August 6, 2006 Q: I recently went to a Circuit City store to purchase a Toshiba laptop computer that was advertised for only $499.   When I stopped in to buy it, I asked the salesperson if they had it in stock. They checked inventory and told me they had five. I said […]