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When I was asked recently if I wanted to do a hands-on review of a VIZIO Quantum Dot LED TV, I didn’t want to appear too eager. I am, after all, a professional… but it’s certainly not an everyday occurrence to be asked to take home such a lavish piece of equipment. VIZIO decided to let me try the ...
9 months ago
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Apple makes good stuff. At least I think so. Enough that I have an iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iMac in my house and have recently been gifted an Apple TV to help finish out the set. The only thing missing was a HomePod, until a Black Friday sale made it too tempting to pass up. Ever...
9 months ago
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In the hazy fog of ancient history, yours truly was among the millions of kids who rode their bikes to pizzerias and arcades to play video games. Yes, physically travelling to wait your turn and maybe play a handful of games. So, when the 2nd-gen consoles hit, you can imagine the shock that came with realizing we could now play games at home whenever we wanted, and for as long as we wanted. That’...
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Like most people, I wasn’t in a huge rush to upgrade to a 4K TV. The resolution bump didn’t really feel the same as the standard to high-definition move. Plus, I didn’t really have any 4K content and my aging Samsung TV was handling my Full HD 1080p content just fine. However, that all changed when I scored an awesome deal in October, trading my launch-day OG Microsoft Xbox One for the more...
1 year ago
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Even by its own lofty standards, the Bose® Home Speaker™ 500 is fantastic. The setup, soundstage, and digital assistant support rank as high or higher than the other leading smart speakers. Combine that with stunning looks and arguably the most user-friendly app on the market, and it’s fair to judge...
1 year ago
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Even though it was released in February, the Apple HomePod isn’t exactly a new product. According to a recent report in Bloomberg, some version of the HomePod has been in development since 2012. Back then, the speaker market was a different arena, with a different set of standards—most of...
2 years ago
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Wouldn't it be great to have Amazon's Alexa built into a Sonos speaker? Well, they've done it—Sonos has just unveiled the new Sonos One. Featuring the same footprint as its popular PLAY:1 speaker, the digital-assistant-enabled Sonos One is available in black or...
2 years ago
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When I was given the assignment to do a hands-on review of a VIZIO SmartCast wireless soundbar system, the SB4551-D5, I was a bit apprehensive. I’ve always considered myself a bit old school when it comes to home theater; I’m used to the receiver doing its job routing the video signals...
2 years ago
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In my humble opinion, there have been three things keeping OLED TVs from reaching the maximum fandom they deserve in the consumer space—price, a sales pitch, and availability. For starters, OLED TVs are expensive. While it’s easy to argue that premium performance demands a premium price tag, an argument I’ve made more than once, you need the right sales pitch to convince customers to shell out...
2 years ago
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Smart is a term tech manufacturers throw around a lot these days. It’s found on everything from watches to appliances, signifying a product’s ability to do more and go beyond its core capabilities. In fact, you can argue that being smart has, in itself, become a core capability—but what does being smart really mean? Well, we can usually expect Internet connectivity, for starters, which allows the...
3 years ago
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As a writer who has covered multiple categories over the years, including audio, video, computer, and mobile technologies, it’s my duty to keep personal excitement at bay before taking pen to paper. As I have developed a particular fondness for home entertainment gear, this time around has proven to be more challenging than ever. Of all the converging technologies that have entered the tech space...
3 years ago
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When it comes to streaming devices, the Apple TV has established itself as a power player in the home entertainment category, with its ability to stream movies, TV shows, music, and more effortlessly from a centralized location for big-screen enjoyment. Even better, it offers this content in a way that Apple and iOS users are accustomed to, delivering a consistent experience across their devices...
3 years ago
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The Bose® brand has long been synonymous with innovation. Every one of its speaker systems is as surprising as it is impressive. Bose systems are continually evolving and the company is always at the forefront of the latest trends. As wireless music systems continue to grow in popularity, Bose continues its tradition of releasing Internet-connected audio systems that offer a keen balance of sound...
3 years ago
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We love our flat-panel TVs, but we don't always love the paltry speakers with which they're equipped. Sometimes, underwhelming sound quality is the trade-off we have to make for sleeker and slimmer television cabinets. Luckily, this is a trade-off we can easily remedy. The simplest way to upgrade your TV’s sound reproduction is to couple it with a soundbar. When pairing your flat-panel TV with a...
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3 years ago
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Need to display high-resolution content on multiple screens? Take a look at this 1:8 4K HDMI Splitter from Gefen. It’s wall-mountable, and features both UHD (3840 x 2160) and DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution support, HDCP compatibility, multi-channel audio,...
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