Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar review: A sound fit for small spaces

When I used to review more TVs than I used to now, readers would ask me “Which TV should I get to fit inside my media cabinet?” I was reminded of this question by the tiny Yamaha SR-C20A ($180 at Amazon). If your main criteria for choosing a soundbar is its ability to shoehorn inside a particular space, then this compact speaker could be for you.

Like

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Sound great with movies and music
  • Plenty of connection options

Don’t Like

  • No ability to add a subwoofer or rears
  • No DTS playback limits DVD watching options
  • Vizio V21 beats it for home theater use

The C20 is the smallest soundbar I’ve seen from Yamaha at just 23 inches wide. Its sonic chops are still decent, however, and it sounds better than the even-smaller Roku Streambar ($130 at Amazon) ($130) with more prominent bass and a smoother high end. While it lacks the Roku’s streaming capability, the Yamaha does offer more connection options.

The problem is that the Yamaha C20 is just too expensive for what you get. If you’re not constrained by size then there are plenty of great-sounding options available

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2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe review: Raw and riveting

This is one of the best sports coupes around.


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There’s a route I like to use for testing cars late at night. It’s a mixture of bumpy and smooth surface streets as well as a few freeways, including on- and off-ramps, cloverleaf interchanges and long, straight shots to see how a car behaves at speed. These exploratory expeditions really let me get to know a car, and the late-night timing means there’s very little traffic. With most vehicles, I make the run once and head home for the night. But cars like the 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe goad me into staying out longer.

Like

  • Powerful and sweet-sounding V8
  • Engaging handling
  • Wicked looks

Don’t Like

  • Rough ride
  • Advanced driver-assist technology is mostly optional
  • Very tight backseat

Twin-turbo V8 heart

Things get interesting from the moment you push the C63’s engine start button and the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine roars to life. Its low, rumbly exhaust note at idle lets you know that 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque are wide awake and ready to party. That’s in the S model, anyway, which has a nice increase over the 469 hp and 479 lb-ft in the regular C63.

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2021 Ram 1500 TRX first drive review: Yep, we got it airborne

“Now as you come around to the ramps, you’ll want to be doing about 55, 60 miles per hour,” my co-driver shouts over the roar of the engine while rocks and dirt blast the pickup’s undercarriage. “That’ll get you the best height and distance for the jumps and set you up to start braking for the next turn.”

Yes, jumps. I’m behind the wheel of the 702-horsepower 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, one of the most extreme and overbuilt performance trucks Ram has ever produced. And as the wheels leave the ground and the cacophony is replaced with an eerie silence, I’m starting to understand just how insane this apex predator really is.

Heart of a Hellcat

Ram’s engineers followed a familiar formula: Take a popular Fiat-Chrysler product and dump the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats into the engine bay. Pat yourself on the back; you’ve earned a beer.

Of course, there’s so much more to it than that. In the Ram TRX, that engine breathes through a new dual-path induction system that mixes air drawn through its functional hood scoop and with intake from the grille at the underside of a massive

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Best Tablets for Holiday Gifts 2020

These tablets from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, and Lenovo are sure to satisfy anyone on your gift list this holiday season.

‘Tis the season of gift giving. Tablets make great holiday gifts, but there are a lot to choose from–this tech gift guide can help take some of the guesswork out of which tablet to pick. With tablets from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and more, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one. 





Apple iPad Air (2020)

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With a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, A14 Bionic chip, and a 12-megapixel back camera and 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, this tablet makes a great gift for the Apple enthusiast in your life. The tablet is available in 64 GB or 256 GB options, comes in an array of colors, and has multiple accessory options like the Magic Keyboard attachment or the Apple Pencil (sold separately). Pricing for the iPad Air starts at $599 (64 GB) and $749 (256 GB). 


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Apple iPad Mini

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Another option from Apple is the iPad Mini. The smaller iPad has an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, 7.9‑inch Retina display with True Tone, has an 8-megapixel back camera and 7-megapixel FaceTime

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