Archive for the 'Vinyl Records' Category

Inexpensive surround receivers, record cleaning machines

Week 42, 2006 Q: You recently mentioned Insignia speakers in your column. What is your opinion of the Insignia home theatre receiver selling for $129.99? It is rated at 100 watts per channel over 6 channels. Is this a good buy or should I spend a little more ?   -John Jambo, Pittsburgh, PA   […]

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 […]

Jerry’s Records in Pittsburgh, PA… “Records for people to listen to”

I have long been a lover of vinyl records and all they offer… sweet, rich, natural sound quality that CDs can’t match, an incredible variety of music available spanning decades (make that hundreds of years) of American and world culture, and low cost that allows one to build an amazing collection for much less than […]

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 […]

SXRD vs. DLP, stereo receiver recommendations

Week of October 15, 2006 Q: I am confused by the difference between the SXRD and DLP technologies that compete in the rear projection TV market. What is the difference and is one better than the other? What is the big deal about “1080P” that I hear about with these new TVs? -G. Frank, Ridgeland, […]

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 […]

Using a turntable with a table radio or surround receiver, Pro-ject’s incredible RM-5 turntable

Week of August 13, 2006 Q: I’d like to get a table radio/CD player like the Polk i-Sonic or Cambridge Soundworks you’ve mentioned in your columns, but I’d also like to be able to use it with an LP turntable. Is that possible with either of these products? If not, is there anything similar on […]

Building a system to play back vinyl records

Week of May 7, 2006 Q:   I want to buy a new stereo system, for music reproduction only not TV or movies.   My music is still primarily on my record albums which are in great condition. I like my old rock music and enjoy classical music, especially sad violins played really loud.   […]

Rediscovering your vinyl records

Q: We have tried unsuccessfully to have our Technics turntable repaired at the local authorized repair shop.   Could you advise us where-oh-where we could buy a new turntable, and which brand you would recommend?   We still have many LP records which we would love to be able to listen to, although when CDs […]

Importing video into a computer, turntable hum

Q: I have a lot of Hi8 and VHS tapes I want to import into my computer for editing and burning to DVD. I have a Canon ZR70 digital camcorder that apparently can be used ti convert analog video to digital. How does one go about this? Hyunchul Shin, Pittsburgh, PA A: The camcorder works […]

Decorating and room acoustics, converting LPs to CD with a component CD recorder

Week of April 24, 2005 Q: My husband has a home office in a bedroom upstairs in our home. He has converted the closet into an entertainment center and set up a TV/surround sound system in it. The room currently has carpet. I’d like to put in hardwood floors and a real brick veneer along […]

Adding a phono input to a receiver, Adobe vs. Corel

Week 8, 2003    Q)   I would like to know if I can connect my turntable to any   of the   audio input jacks in the back of my Sony receiver, which does not have a phono input connection. -Mike Naper A)   You cannot connect a turntable directly to a receiver lacking […]

Converting LPs to CDs and MP3

Original publication August  31, 2002 Q.   There is a whole bunch of folks who have LP’s that they would like to transfer onto new formats like MP3 or hard drives.  They also have VHS video of their families that is starting to degrade due to its age.  How can we convert VHS to DVD, […]