Richard Stevens

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3 months ago
When ELAC introduced its original Debut ConneX DCB41 powered speaker system, it was met with much of the same praise the brand has become accustomed to hearing. Terms like “expansive soundstage, detailed high frequencies,” and “value leader” have practically become synonymous with ELAC. As great as the original design was and is, it’s hard to stand out in a crowded speaker landscape that’s filled…
1 year ago
Whether you use a Network Attached Storage (NAS) system for surveillance, managing a media server, or creative professional use, keeping an eye on your internal drives is a necessary maintenance task to ensure your NAS is performing at its best. Some NAS systems make this easy by allowing you to monitor the health of your compatible drives actively and, if you’re like me, you check this often.…
1 year ago
At CES 2023, Hisense continued its mission to deliver high-end TV technology at all price points. There's no better example of this than the company's newest U6K series TV, which features Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR 10+, Quantum Dot, and mini-LED backlighting technology, starting at under $500, and display ranges between 50 and a whopping 85 inches. Hisense's new U7K series pushes the envelope even…
1 year ago
A few years ago, I realized my family had a media problem: our movies, home videos, music, and pictures were scattered all over the place. Some media was stuck on physical discs, a bunch of it was stored on unlabeled thumb drives, and some were even trapped on old, obsolete computers. Even worse, it was all dumb; we had no sensible way of accessing and managing our multimedia library. Like many…
1 year ago
It’s hard to feel inspired when considering the soundbar landscape. In most cases, you simply get a wide, black box that’s designed to sit near your TV. You connect the soundbar to your home entertainment system and expect to be treated to an elevated audio experience—and for the most part, it delivers. If you’re being honest, though, rarely would you expect a soundbar to compete with larger…
2 years ago
From entry level to high end, there’s no shortage of soundbars on the market. Each promises to deliver an elevated audio experience compared to your TV’s built-in speakers. As TVs have gotten thinner over the years, sacrifices have had to be made, and sound quality has often suffered as a result. Thankfully, brands like Bowers & Wilkins, often referred to as B&W, offer solutions that not…
3 years ago
There’s no shortage of smart home tech these days. From light switches to thermostats, we’ve covered a great deal of it here at B&H. In fact, we’ve become spoiled by it. It’s no longer impressive to simply connect to the Internet and offer iPhone or Android control; manufacturers now have to push the envelope to get our attention. That’s the great thing about tech—it drives forward. Brilliant…
3 years ago
This isn’t the article I planned to write when I was offered an opportunity to review the new Arc from Sonos. Soundbars aren’t a new concept, in fact this is Sonos’s 4th-generation model following the highly lauded…
4 years ago
My speaker system was a mess, but when Sonos released its portable Move speaker, I was comforted. You see, not only do I have some high-end legacy gear that I refuse to part with, but I was also an early smart-speaker adopter (perhaps too early) and most recently, a Sonos owner.…