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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.
Jan 22
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I almost included Shadow of Mordor on this list except it got a pretty decent amount of attention when it came out, so it didn’t quite fit in with the others. But yes, I had so much fun with that game. Way better than I expected.

I almost included Shadow of Mordor on this list except it got a pretty decent amount of attention when it came out,

Jan 22
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Having personally been to a GWAR concert before...yeah this sounds about right. I mean the whole 40k lore is basically GWAR, so I’m surprised I didn’t draw this connection years ago.

Having personally been to a GWAR concert before...yeah this sounds about right. I mean the whole 40k lore is

Jan 22
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I wouldn’t call Doom underrated, so I didn’t include it in the piece, but it is friggin’ incredible. That’s pretty great performance for such old hardware though, nice!

I wouldn’t call Doom underrated, so I didn’t include it in the piece, but it is friggin’ incredible. That’s pretty

Jan 22
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Woah, didn’t know about that bundle! Thanks for mentioning, I’ve added a link to the article.

Woah, didn’t know about that bundle! Thanks for mentioning, I’ve added a link to the article.

Jan 14
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I owned those Klipsch ProMedia speakers for years and loved them. When they broke, I replaced them with some studio monitors, but sometimes I still think about going back to them to save some space on my desk. For that size and price, it’s hard to do much  better—and I’d take them over the more expensive Audioengines Read more

I owned those Klipsch ProMedia speakers for years and loved them. When they broke, I replaced them with some studio

Jan 1
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Yep, and I think the onus should be on TV manufacturers—that “audio sync” setting needs to be able to go in both directions to account for soundbars receiving audio over optical or ARC.

Yep, and I think the onus should be on TV manufacturers—that “audio sync” setting needs to be able to go in both

Dec 31
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I mean, I’m always down for Lifehacker-style tricks like this.

I mean, I’m always down for Lifehacker-style tricks like this.

Dec 31
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Interesting; I’ll have to check it out. I’m skeptical, especially given a lot of people (including myself) do not have a room with symmetrical walls on either side to “bounce” side-firing sounds off of, but color me intrigued.

Interesting; I’ll have to check it out. I’m skeptical, especially given a lot of people (including myself) do not

Dec 31
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I don’t usually link to my work at other publications, but for the sake of brevity in this comment, I’m going to do so—I’ve written about this delay issue at length here.

In short, yes, it’s an extremely common issue on soundbars, not because of a problem with the soundbars themselves, but just due to the way audio is Read more

I don’t usually link to my work at other publications, but for the sake of brevity in this comment, I’m going to do

Dec 31
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Yes! Great point! It may give you a bit of extra height, but you won’t get the full effect with vaulted or textured ceilings. That’s where that Yamaha or similar Sony bars can come in handy, since they use virtual processing rather than up-firing drivers—though that usually comes at the expense of sound quality.

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Yes! Great point! It may give you a bit of extra height, but you won’t get the full effect with vaulted or textured

Dec 31
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Samsung’s high-end soundbars, in terms of sound, do sound better than most other soundbars out there. But I have a big problem with the surround versions, at least the ones I’ve used in the past.

A few years ago, when they upgraded the K950 to the N950, they changed it from a 5.1.4 bar to a “7.1.4” bar—with the side Read more

Samsung’s high-end soundbars, in terms of sound, do sound better than most other soundbars out there. But I have a

Dec 31
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I said this at least twice in the article, but here we go again: THIS IS MISSING THE POINT.

Yes, a soundbar will almost always be inferior to a proper surround setup. But surround setups are not practical for everyone. Maybe you have a small apartment and don’t have room for a proper setup, or maybe your spouse is not Read more

I said this at least twice in the article, but here we go again: THIS IS MISSING THE POINT.

Yes, a soundbar will

Dec 17
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Yeah, that’s what I meant about their search being terrible--4K being a separate listing is just nonsensical, and has been a source of frustration for me on many occasions. I don’t know why they’re the only ones that don’t get it. It’s too bad too, because my understanding is that Amazon actually does a pretty decent Read more

Yeah, that’s what I meant about their search being terrible--4K being a separate listing is just nonsensical, and

Dec 17
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Oh man, that sounds awesome. You’re gonna love the Atmos in both Fury Road and The Matrix, too—I talked about great Atmos movies in another article here if you need more ideas. (Spoiler alert: watch Gravity. Blew my freaking mind. Also Pacific RimI used to think it was just a so-so movie, then I got an Atmos system Read more

Oh man, that sounds awesome. You’re gonna love the Atmos in both Fury Road and The Matrix, too—I talked about great

Dec 17
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I almost included this one, because yes, the HDR and color in Mulan is insane. Absolutely worth checking out for the movie’s 4K/HDR presentation alone. (And I thought it was fine as a movie--not amazing or anything, but enjoyable enough.)

I almost included this one, because yes, the HDR and color in Mulan is insane. Absolutely worth checking out for the

Dec 17
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While I don’t fully agree, I totally understand this preference--film grain isn’t for everyone, and I do think it’s a bit TOO apparent in some movies. You might be able to tone it down by turning on the de-noise setting--on my Vizio set, the “Reduce Signal Noise” setting (meant for analog sources and transfers) Read more

While I don’t fully agree, I totally understand this preference--film grain isn’t for everyone, and I do think it’s

Dec 17
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Yeah, I found Amazon’s library was kind of hit or miss for these movies. Their library/search engine is also terrible for finding 4K movies to begin with...not sure what they’re doing over there.

Yeah, I found Amazon’s library was kind of hit or miss for these movies. Their library/search engine is also

Dec 10
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Wow, way to call me out for not reading the site I work for, thanks for throwing me under the bus! I’ll keep an eye out.

Wow, way to call me out for not reading the site I work for, thanks for throwing me under the bus! I’ll keep an eye

Dec 9
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I keep seeing this “hack” mentioned in a lot of places, but I’ve never seen Xbox Live Gold go for such cheap prices—where are these sales happening?!

I keep seeing this “hack” mentioned in a lot of places, but I’ve never seen Xbox Live Gold go for such cheap prices—w