Whitson Gordon
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Whitson Gordon is a writer, gamer, and all-around tech nerd. He eats potato chips with chopsticks so he doesn't get grease on his mechanical keyboard.
Jul 2
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And speaking of insurance, check your car insurance! We were able to lower our premium significantly with the same company now that we’re barely driving anywhere. There’s a good chance your premium is based on your monthly miles when you were commuting to work, not sheltering in place.

Jun 30
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Sigh, such is life in the land of TVs...always moving! I’m excited to see how the 2021 M-series performs as well...not really expecting a huge upgrade over this year’s (it’s still a budget model, after all), but HDMI 2.1 and variable refresh rates would be nice inclusions.

Sigh, such is life in the land of TVs...always moving! I’m excited to see how the 2021 M-series performs as

Jun 30
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I’m seriously impressed by mine. I was just using it as a stopgap until I got something better, but honestly, I’m not sure I feel like I need to upgrade. It’s not without flaws or sacrifices, but most are ones I’m very willing to make--and higher end TVs have their own flaws too (I can’t stand the stutter on OLEDs, Read more

I’m seriously impressed by mine. I was just using it as a stopgap until I got something better, but honestly, I’m

Jun 30
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I fully agree. However, when you’re on a strict budget, an extra $50 to $100 for a streaming box could lower the budget you have for the actual panel, which isn’t ideal. The Roku in the TCL TVs is basically the only exception to my “get a streaming box” rule, and only if you’re on a really strict budget. Otherwise, Read more

I fully agree. However, when you’re on a strict budget, an extra $50 to $100 for a streaming box could lower the

Jun 5
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YES! I actually thought about mentioning the rain scene where Neo meets the gang, but I could only prattle on for so long before this article became 5000 words :-D But you’re absolutely right, and I mentioned this in my previous Atmos comparison guide—you come for the distinct overhead effects, but you stay for the Read more

YES! I actually thought about mentioning the rain scene where Neo meets the gang, but I could only prattle on for so

Jun 5
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I haven’t used any mobile apps for Atmos myself. If you have an Atmos speaker setup with a dedicated receiver, it should come with a microphone for room calibration. Some may have mobile apps too (and I think some soundbars used to, but that’s less common these days), but the on-screen menu should give you most of Read more

I haven’t used any mobile apps for Atmos myself. If you have an Atmos speaker setup with a dedicated receiver, it

Jun 5
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Right?? I was surprised at how much I enjoyed some of the intro logos in these movies. The Paramount logo in Transformers is particularly fun with Atmos, too.

Right?? I was surprised at how much I enjoyed some of the intro logos in these movies. The Paramount logo in

Jun 5
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Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it in Atmos. Just wait til you see the Star Wars Holiday Special in 7.1.4, total game changer.

Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it in Atmos. Just wait til you see the Star Wars Holiday Special in 7.1.4, total

May 15
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Yup, this changed the game for me. Cook with a bit more oil and 1) your food won’t get stuck and 2) you’ll never have to season. It’s not even that much oil, no more than I’d have to use in a stainless steel or non-stick pan. Just enough to keep the food from sticking. My cast iron was in slightly rough shape a year Read more

May 1
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My “new” Galaxy S10e was a refurb from Back Market too, and after a few weeks of use, I can confirm it was pretty much flawless. Even the battery seems to be new (or close to it), if the battery health testing apps are to be believed. I’ve been a fan of buying used and refurbished for a few years now, and to be fair, Read more

My “new” Galaxy S10e was a refurb from Back Market too, and after a few weeks of use, I can confirm it was pretty

Apr 1
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I’m about a week and a half into my beard. Only second time I’ve grown one, and the first was about 10 years ago, so I’m a noob. My main concern is not being able to reach the skin for exfoliation and moisturization. I’ve got the first part covered though, with—believe it or not—a baby hair brush. Only works if you’re Read more

I’m about a week and a half into my beard. Only second time I’ve grown one, and the first was about 10 years ago, so

Mar 27
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My understanding is that in-ceiling will not work with vaulted ceilings. You could do front and rear heights, though.

Also, if you were adding the rears in-ceiling, I don’t know if you’d want the height channels also in-ceiling. If you’re set on doing rears in-ceiling, just stick with those—it’ll add some of that depth  Read more

My understanding is that in-ceiling will not work with vaulted ceilings. You could do front and rear heights, though.

Mar 27
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I tried this a while back and I could never get the Atmos for Headphones plugin to work properly. Or maybe it just isn’t very good. But I couldn’t notice a difference between Atmos on and Atmos off in my headphones, so I’m pretty sure I was doing something wrong.

That said, I’ve never been a huge fan of virtual Read more

I tried this a while back and I could never get the Atmos for Headphones plugin to work properly. Or maybe it just

Mar 27
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Haha, such is the problem with audio—once you start upgrading, you never want to stop.

Honestly, it’s probably closer to the ballpark than you think. (Maybe it’s in the nosebleed section of the ballpark, or just inside the parking lot.) Don’t get me wrong, in-ceiling is definitely the best way to go, if you can manage Read more

Haha, such is the problem with audio—once you start upgrading, you never want to stop.

Honestly, it’s probably closer

Mar 27
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I did not test those, but I mentioned them in the middle section—I imagine they’ll perform like a better version of the up-firing soundbars. The principle is the same, you’re just using better speakers. I think it’s a great route to go if you can’t do in-ceiling.

I did not test those, but I mentioned them in the middle section—I imagine they’ll perform like a better version of

Mar 19
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Don’t worry Gabe, I’ll be playing Doom Eternal instead of Animal Crossing, so you won’t be alone. Someone has to defeat the legions of Hell or there won’t be any sunny islands for animals to play on.

Don’t worry Gabe, I’ll be playing Doom Eternal instead of Animal Crossing, so you won’t be alone. Someone has to

Feb 18
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Honestly, I think this is even more true for Doc in this video. Sure, the face looks like Downey, but the mannerisms are so Christopher Lloyd I still see Christopher Lloyd.

Feb 4
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I understand the linguistics but I still disagree

I understand the linguistics but I still disagree