China’s LeTV expected to unveil affordable VR headset, 4K TVs, and more in big event

LeTV, a major player in the Chinese online video and consumer electronics markets, has made no secret of the fact that it plans to bring more products and services stateside, but the company has remained tight-lipped about just when that might happen. Now, the day seems to be nearly upon us, as LeTV has been teasing “something big” landing at its ecommerce website, LeMall, on Nov. 11, while Variety reports that the company has been busy getting approvals from the FCC for numerous products.

Among the products expected to land are a VR headset based on LeTV’s smartphone; two 4K Ultra HD smart TVs in 55 and 65 inch sizes that come with 3D glasses and microphone-integrated smart remote; and the LeTV Box U3 set-top box, which is capable of 4K video streaming. The products are showcased in the above video, alongside a GPS-integrated bike, and the Le1 Pro smartphone.

As LeTV looks to compete with U.S. companies, it’s interesting to note that the LeTV Box U3 currently only supports voice control for Mandarin-speakers. This could be indicative of plans to focus on native speakers in the U.S., Variety suggests.

Another possibility, however, is that the company believes that voice-activated control — while useful and certainly convenient — is not absolutely necessary as an update for English speakers. Consumers may be willing to make sacrifices in certain areas — if the price is right.

Although LeTV hasn’t developed widespread name recognition yet in the U.S., the company appears poised to enter the American electronics fray with a vengeance.

To give an idea of the size of the brand, LeTV’s 2014 revenue was estimated to be at $1.6 billion; 2015 has been a noteworthy year as well, with the launch of the Le 1s smartphone racking up 11 million pre-orders.

Currently, U.S. buyers can only purchase headphones and speakers from LeMall, so it will be interesting to see what exactly LeTV adds. Fortunately, Nov. 11 is almost upon us, so we won’t have to be curious for long.

Deals

The best 4K TV deals under $500 and over 50 inches

Big-screen TVs with high-resolution displays and 4K color have dropped so far in price that you can find highly rated 50 to 55-inch models under $500. We searched major retailers for the best deals on 4K UHD TVs.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Home Theater

Looking for the best 4K Ultra HD TVs you can buy? Here are five great options

If it's time to upgrade your old 1080p to a new 4K model but you don't know what to look for, fear not, as we're here with a list of the best 4K Ultra HD TVs to help make your buying process as easy as possible.
Home Theater

Step aside set-top boxes, the best streaming sticks are tiny and just as powerful

Which streaming stick reigns supreme? We pit the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra against the Roku Premiere, Roku Streaming Stick+, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K to help you decide which one will be the best fit in your living room.
Home Theater

5 sonic stocking stuffers to improve your loved ones’ listening life

Looking for some simple and affordable gifts to get the music nerd in your family? Here are five great gift ideas that will improve their listening life -- and won't cost you an arm and a leg to give them.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Home Theater

Streaming services blast past networks for the most scripted TV shows in 2018

For the first time in history, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, produced more original scripted series than broadcast or cable channels, setting a new record for the number of TV shows on the air.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Movies & TV

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes

The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.
Movies & TV

Can't get enough lightsaber action? Here's how to get your Star Wars fix online

Few of us want to deal with DVDs or Blu-ray discs anymore. Unfortunately, the Star Wars movies are few and far between when it comes to streaming. If you want to watch Star Wars online, check out our guide on where to find the films online.
Home Theater

Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Battle of the streaming giants

Trying to figure out which subscription streaming service to use while sticking to a frugal entertainment budget? Check out our updated comparison of the big three: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu.
Home Theater

How to master your equalizer settings for the perfect sound

You may know what an EQ is, but do you know how to adjust equalizer settings for the best possible sound? We go through the basics of the modern EQ and lay out some guidelines for how to achieve tip-top sound from your system.
Home Theater

Confused about LED vs. LCD TVs? Here's everything you need to know

Our LED vs. LCD TV buying guide explains why these two common types of displays are fundamentally connected, how they differ, what to look for in buying an LED TV, and what's on the horizon for TVs.