Archive for the 'Advice on Purchasing' Category

Ohm Acoustics Black Friday Sale

Regular readers know I am a big fan of the Ohm Acoustics Walsh Speakers. They have a special Black Friday sale coming up so if you have been thinking of giving their speakers a try it would be a good time to check them out. Visit their site at Questions? Email Don

Craigslist Chutzpah : sellers without shame

My $175 Olympus E-PL1, a good Craigslist find If you ever buy or trade electronics or photo gear on Craigslist… especially if you are looking to buy and find a bargain… this is for you. It seems like a lot of people out there think that writing a Craigslist ad over-hyping their old gear is […]

Ohm Black Friday Sale is on!

Ohm MicroWalsh Short Speaker Long time-readers know how much I love Ohm Acoustics Walsh speakers.  You can read what I have to say about them at the links below: If you want to treat yourself to the best, Ohm is having a Black Friday sale this weekend, including Thanksgiving hours! I have copied […]

Great new $350 turntable setup from

  LP has a new turntable package available, one I am proud to have had a hand in putting together. The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is an excellent direct drive turntable with built-in phono preamp and USB connection.  It’s a great value as it ships from the manufacturer but the DJ-oriented cartridge is the weak link.  […]

Kodak Easyshare Max: A great superzoom camera for only $220, on sale at

The Kodak Easyshare Max has proven to be an excellent superzoom camera with a very impressive specification. It has a clear and sharp 30x optical zoom lens from top-tier lens manufacturer Schneider of Germany, optical image stabilization, 1080p HD video, fast shooting speed, good low light capability and a f/2.8 28mm lens at the wide […]

Sound Advice #14, 2011: Video connections, supreme home theater with 3D and gaming

Q. I recently purchased the Samsung PN42C450 after reading your blog. With my PlayStation 2 hooked up, I get sound with a black-and-white picture. I am using the regular red/white/yellow cable that came with the PS2. What do I need to get a color picture? JIM HONDLIK A. Your TV does not have a composite […]

Sony NSX-32GT1 32-inch LED-LCD Internet TV only $499, reduced from $799

Sony’s nifty 32-inch Internet TV just received a price drop to $499, almost 50% off of its original price of $799.  It’s a good LED-LCD TV in its own right, the Internet capabilities are a huge bonus!  It makes for a nice bedroom TV given the picture quality and web functionality. If you can find […]

Casio Exilim EX-FH100 : Get one while you can!

Here’s a sneak peek at a product higlighted in my upcoming column, in which I mention the Casio Exilim EX-FH100.  The EX-FH100 has recently been discontinued and if you can find one on sale it represents an excellent buy.  (I have seen it as low as $227, down from the regular price of $299.)  It […]

Olympus E-PL1 on sale this week for under $400

Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four-Thirds interchangeable lens camera with 17mm lens (zoom lens also available in $399 kit) I have written about digital photography a good bit recently, which is natural with summer here and lots of people going to weddings, going on vacation, etc.  Many readers are sending questions about cameras and photography. Ever since […]

3D is here to stay

I get quite a few emails from readers regarding television purchases. Some are eager to embrace 3D, others emphatically state “I don’t want it/I don’t need it” or “I don’t want to have to deal with glasses.  Some think it will be a passing fad, as it was years ago.  That is one of the […]

Pentax X90 megazoom camera for only $264.60 on

The Pentax X90 is a very nice, capable megazoom camera with very good image quality.  (It is a megazoom with its 26-676mm equivlaent.)  I reviewed its predecessor, the Pentax X70, on a trip to South Florida a couple of years ago and was quite impressed with the results, which have the beautiful, colorful “Pentax look” […]

Super home theater surround sound system for $1,250 complete

Lately I’ve received more than a few emails from people either upgrading their existing sound system to match a new HDTV added over the holidays, or who simply want to add surround sound to their home entertainment system for $1,000 or a hair above.  I’ve emailed this recommendation several times recently so I am going […]

Arx Speakers Now Shipping

I just got the news- the long-awaited Arx speakers from The Audio Insider are shipping starting today, June 16, 2010. I have my order in and will be reporting on them soon.  This product has been anxiously awaited by many of your readers and I am happy to report that you can finally give these […]

Creative Vado HD (Older model) for under $75

Creative Vado HD The original Creative Vado HD can now be had for under $75 online.  That is a far cry from the original $229 MSRP or even the $156 and change it sold for not long ago.  If you want a pocketable HD camcorder and don’t have to have the absolute latest model you won’t […]

Blu-ray player and movie prices dropping

  If you have been wanting to get into the high-def audio and video goodness that is Blu-ray, the timing is good.  You can get a passable player for as little as $78 at Wal-Mart and movies are regularly selling for around $20 or even less on  In fact, Wal-Mart has some movies selling […]

Paradigm Atom Monitor Bookshelf Speakers : Product of the Day 20, 2010

Paradigm Atom Monitor Bookshelf  Speaker The Paradigm Atom Monitor has long been loved by audiophiles for its fine sound and its  affordable price.  I’ve spent a lot of time listening to the Atom Monitor lately and though they sounded good out of the box, after around 30 hours of break-in the sound opened up and […]

Klear Screen HD Screen Cleaner : Product of the Day 18, 2010

If it is good enough for the Guggeheim Museum, the FAA, the United States Air Force and Navy, Panasonic, Dell,  the Smithsonian, and NASA, it should be good enough for you.  Klear Screen products are the choice of these companies and many others who read like a who’s who of technology.  The Klear Screen HD […]

Panasonic DMP-BD70V Blu-ray/VHS player on sale today for $179.99

Panasonic DMP-BD70V Blu-ray/VHS player If you have VHS tapes you still enjoy this is a great way to go if you want to add Blu-ray, or even if you just want to play your tapes and want an easier, better way to do it.  The Panasonic DMP-BD70V is a top-rate, full featured Blu-ray player that […]

Audio-Technica ATH-M35 Headphones: Product of the Day 17, 2010

Audio-Technica ATH-M35 Headphones Audio-Technica of Japan is well known for their outstanding transducers.  And what is a transducer?  A transducer converts electrical energy into mechanical (sonic) energy, and vice-versa… the hardest tasks in audio reproduction.  Besides speakers, some examples of transducers are microphones, phono cartridges, and headphones… with Audio-Technica being well-represented in all of the […]

Samsung LN40B630 LCD HDTV : Product of the Day 11, 2010

Samsung LN40B630 LCD HDTV Regular readers of my column and this site know I much prefer plasma TVs over LCD TVs.  There are still LCDs I like and would not mind owning, and the Samsung LN40B630 LCD HDTV is one of them.  I may still buy one yet, given the current $849 price, which makes […]