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Every year, around the time that people start gearing up for the Big Game, TVs seem to go on sale everywhere. And similarly, every year, I try to caution friends, before you run out and grab the lowest-cost model you can find at your local big-box store, you may want to look beyond price to ensure that your new TV serves you adequately in the short and long run. Is the TV the right size for your...
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Whether you're watching the Big Game with friends, family, or all by yourself, there are a couple of key essentials for having a good time: a comfortable setting, solid TV setup, and plenty of quality snacks. But if you're looking to make your watch party truly memorable, you might need to call an audible or two to go beyond merely the status quo. To help you out, we've compiled a list of tech...
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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...
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The upcoming release of NVIDIA’s push into the home automation market comes in the form of a very small accessory: the NVIDIA Spot. Announced at CES, this compact device enables voice-activated control over your connected home setup. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in functionality. Powered by Google Assistant, Spot features a built-in microphone with far-field processing and echo...

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As TVs get thinner, it becomes harder and harder to equip them with good speakers. In this video, we check out Sony’s new Bravia OLED, the company’s first 4K OLED, which turns its entire panel into one large speaker. We also hear about new LCD TVs, the CLEDIS modular display, and coding for kids. 

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One of the top trends of CES 2017 is smart-home technology. In this video, we take a first look at some of the best gadgets in home automation, including MySmartBlinds, ShadeCraft, Kevo, and more.
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Beoplay just announced its new M5 speakers, and what we’ve heard sounds good so far! Available in black and what Beoplay refers to as “natural,” the M5 speakers feature...

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CES 2017 is awash in the glow of magnificent TV displays, with innovative models that are brighter and thinner than ever. Our top picks include Sony’s first consumer OLED 4K HDR display, the Bravia XBR A1E; Sony’s new 4K short throw projector, the VPL-VZ1000ES; the incredibly thin Xiaomi MI TV 4; Samsung’s extremely bright QLED TV for extraordinary HDR images; and the HD10 from Hisense, an...
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AT CES, Sony recently announced its new A1E-series OLED TV, which features an HDR-compatible UHD panel with the Android TV OS built-in for smart TV functionality. Physically, the TV is designed with a virtually invisible stand and speaker; while I couldn’t pinpoint the speakers in the available images, the stand extends directly from the back of the TV, similar to a photo frame. The stand also...
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Ahead of the official start of CES this week, Samsung unveiled its new QLED 4K product line, which is being touted as having a “remarkable picture, the deepest black levels, and most of all, pure and rich colors, thanks to our new Quantum Dot technology,” according to Samsung’s President of the Visual Display Business, Hyun Suk Kim. The Q9-, Q8-, and Q7-series seem poised to challenge the OLED...
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At CES, LG has released a plethora of information about its new 2017 home entertainment product lineup, including what the company is referring to as a “wallpaper-thin” or “picture-on-wall” TV, and with a depth of only 2.57mm, it’s difficult to argue with that analogy. The W7 OLED will be available in a variety of sizes, including 65 and 77", and can attach directly to a wall with specialized...
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NVIDIA just announced its two newest streaming media players, the 16GB SHIELD TV and the 500GB SHIELD TV Pro, and they both up the game for the entertainment world...
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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...
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Bose unveiled a number of new home theater products last week, and the company has the Internet buzzing like a piezo. Two of these are home theater in a box (HTiB) systems and the other is modular, consisting of a soundbar, wireless rear speakers, and the (you guessed it!) Acoustimass module, all of which are sold separately, allowing you to...
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Our computer and home entertainment systems are similar in the way they display content and allow us to immerse ourselves in the experience. Even with that pretty big similarity, they can sometimes feel like two completely different and incompatible worlds, and unnecessarily so. Add a smartphone or tablet to the mix and things can become even more fragmented. Each of these devices offers audio...

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