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We are so past baby monitors these days. There used to be a time when a good baby monitor with two-way audio (what was the baby going to do, we wondered—tell us why they're gassy at 2:00 in the morning?) was expensive, difficult to set up, and easily interfered with. These days, with advances made in home surveillance, you can probably hook yourself up with an indoor security camera and just as...
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ome security systems are increasingly popular and sales are skyrocketing for home surveillance and theft prevention systems. Along with the advent of popular home automation digital assistants like...
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SVS just announced its new app-controlled 4000-series subwoofers, and with 1200W of RMS power and a 13.5" driver, they just might literally raise the roof. The SB-4000 (SB referring to its sealed-box design) is available in black ash or...
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We’ve all seen the YouTube videos showcasing strangers driving around neighborhoods and stealing packages from random porches and driveways. What are you supposed to do if you are out all day? What if you don't have the time to spend jockeying for position in the shops and department stores? For those who work all day and don’t have a choice except to shop online (like 46% of shoppers in the US...
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You’ve just seen a commercial showing a homeowner having a friendly exchange with their package delivery person via camera while they’re not at home, or another commercial showing a homeowner scaring away would-be burglars by shouting something witty into their smartphone’s microphone, sending the culprits scurrying into the night. You think to yourself, “That would be awesome—I need that, I can...
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Remember when Google was associated only with how you navigated the Web? It wasn’t too long ago that the software giant decided to enter the hardware game, catching the attention of nearly everyone. When the king of search makes a move, heads turn. Google’s hardware release was fairly modest for a company of its size, releasing a slow drip of Internet-connected devices over the past few years....
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When you hear the term “home theater accessory,” it’s natural to think of the usual suspects: universal remote controls, high-speed HDMI cables, maybe an advanced surge protector or articulating wall mount. Those accessory options are perfectly fine and, depending on your setup, that item may just be what your gear needs to take its performance to new dimensions. After all, that’s what we’re...
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One of my favorite things about this time of year is “best of” lists. You can find them for nearly every product category, ranging from smartphones, computers, headphones, and of course, one of my personal favorites—televisions. Not only do I enjoy manufacturers receiving the accolades they deserve, but I also have a fondness for looking back at some of the year’s best tech. In my line of work, I...
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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...
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Google’s new generation of virtual assistants have arrived, with two models designed to fit into nearly any home setting. The Google Home Mini sports all the hands-free features you already love about its big brother, but in a smaller form factor. Available in Chalk or...
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JBL and Harman Kardon just unveiled their new line of virtual assistant-compatible speakers, and with two portable and two stationary models available, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The AC-powered Harman Kardon Invoke, available in...
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For audiophiles on the go, the new Bose® Soundlink™ Micro Speaker delivers high-performance sound in a compact, travel-friendly design. This portable, mobile music machine utilizes Bluetooth technology to stream audio from compatible devices, such as smartphones and tablets. As its...
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With rumors circulating, the new Apple TV 4K (which will be available in 32GB and 64GB models) was announced today via live stream, and its features seem to live up to the hype. Powered by the new A10X...
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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...
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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...

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