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Whitson Gordon
whitsongordon
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.
Sep 22
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Good question! I haven’t heard virtual atmos on any 5.1 receivers, but there are a few things we need to lay out here.

First of all, I wouldn’t reduce the number of speakers you have just to get atmos. A 3.1.2 soundbar is going to be a big downgrade from a decent 5.1 setup—so don’t go with that. (I’m not saying a 3.1.2 Read more

Good question! I haven’t heard virtual atmos on any 5.1 receivers, but there are a few things we need to lay out

Sep 11
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I almost included these, but decided against it, and now two people have asked about it—guess I should have included them! Read more

I almost included these, but decided against it, and now two people have asked about it—guess I should have included

Sep 11
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Oh I have no idea, when it comes to retro keyboards I think customizations like keycaps get a lot more dicey. I doubt the stems were standardized like today’s Cherry-style switches are (unless of course they used Cherry switches, which have been around for a long time!). You’d probably have to pop off a keycap and Read more

Oh I have no idea, when it comes to retro keyboards I think customizations like keycaps get a lot more dicey. I

Sep 11
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Nice, that’s a cool looking compact board! Do you know if you can actually find an aluminum case that’ll fit? Mixing and matching cases is, from what I understand, one of the hardest parts of modding—I don’t think you can generally swap them in and out that easy unless a certain case was made for that specific Read more

Nice, that’s a cool looking compact board! Do you know if you can actually find an aluminum case that’ll fit? Mixing

Jul 30
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Hey, this guide is up now! Sorry it took so long, it was in limbo for a bit—but if you haven’t set up your speakers yet, now’s the time :-)

Hey, this guide is up now! Sorry it took so long, it was in limbo for a bit—but if you haven’t set up your speakers

Jul 29
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Okay Jolie but why is it a banana

Okay Jolie but why is it a banana

Jul 10
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Okay but David, now I have to know: What was Jon’s problem? did you ever figure it out??

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