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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review

Amazon’s third-generation Echo Dot puts on some weight and comes dressed in a warmer, more welcoming design. The result is a better-looking Alexa device with good enough sound quality to deserve being called a speaker. In our Amazon Echo Dot review, we dig into what’s new and discuss whether this speaker deserves a home within your home. Turns out, the answer is probably yes.
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TCL 6-Series 4K HDR TV Review: Heir to the value throne

TCL's much-lauded 6-Series TV got an update in 2019, primarily with the addition of quantum dots, which are designed to offer a wider color gamut and richer color volume. But what else changed, and were those changes for the better? We dissected the TV to get you the answers you need.
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LG C9 OLED 4K HDR TV Review: Second best

We evaluate the new LG C9 OLED in the context of its 2019 competition, focusing on new features like HDMI 2.1 and WiSA compatibility along with a newly refined user interface.
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Sony Master Series A9G 4K HDR OLED TV review: The best TV

Sony proves it's still got the goods when it comes to brilliant picture processing in the new A9G. With incredible picture performance, great upscaling, and even an impressive sound system from its innovative speaker design, the A9G is the finest 4K HDR TV we have reviewed yet, OLED or otherwise.
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TCL 8-Series mini-LED 4K HDR TV Review: Next-gen LED

It came as a surprise that TCL was the first to bring a mini-LED TV to market, but we're even more bowled over by how well this TV performs. Learn what mini-LED is, how it works, and why this TV is such a big deal.
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Sony X950G series 4K HDR Smart LED TV Review

Sony continues to stick to its studio-based roots with the X950G, a beautiful LED/LCD which brings cinematic performance at a relatively approachable price. Our full Sony X950G review digs deep into this affordable flagship.

Beats Solo Pro review: Better Beats

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LG Nano 9 (SM9000) Series 4K HDR TV review

The LG SM9000 might be a top choice for gamers, but LG's second-best LED TV leaves a lot to be desired. While there are plenty of new features, including HDMI 2.1 across all ports, there are also some troubling picture quality issues in the dark. Here's why you may want to spend your money elsewhere.
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Ultra HD Blu-ray: Everything you need to know

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players are a killer way to beef up your home theater. Offering high-end video and sound, from HDR to Dolby Atmos, Ultra HD Blu-rays are all about the wow factor. Here's everything you need to know about one of the most significant advances to hit home entertainment in years.
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LG Z9 88-inch 8K HDR OLED TV review: The future of television

LG's Z9 is the largest OLED TV you can buy. It also happens to be an 8K TV. At $30,000, and with no 8K content available, it's hard to imagine why anyone should buy this TV. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth a close look. We literally get up close with the TV so you can see what we saw.
Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II review

Bose QuietComfort 35 II review

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphone 700 may be the latest and greatest, but don’t count the company’s QC35 II out just yet. At $50 less than Bose’s new flagship, these mainstay cans still make the most sense for most people. We’ll explore just why that is in this review.
Samsung Q90R 4K HDR QLED TV Review

Samsung Q90R 4K HDR QLED Review: The best LED TV

Samsung’s best 4K LED/LCD TV for 2019 is a stunner. We put the premium TV through its paces to help determine if it is the best choice for you.
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Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K HDR Smart TV Review: Mic drop

The P-Series Quantum X takes Vizio into previously uncharted territory. This is a flagship TV with impressive picture performance that is capable of competing against the best from brands like Samsung, LG, and Sony. But should you buy it? Our full review explores the TVs merits and pitfalls.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick review

Amazon is giving Roku a run for its money with the Fire TV Stick, a $40 device about the size of a pack of gum that grants 1080p HD access to a wide array of content and games. If you’re an Amazon Prime member already, this is a no-brainer.

Samsung’s TVs are the first to get AirPlay 2, Apple TV app, plus iTunes movies

Samsung is now the first manufacturer to offer the Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 to TVs outside of Apple's own Apple TV boxes. Starting today, all 2019 models and select 2018 models will be updated with these key Apple services and technologies. Samsung's search, Bixby, and Universal Guide will work with the Apple TV app.
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The Long Night: Why Game of Thrones’ great war looked so bad on your TV

The quality of HBO's epic battle scenes in the third episode of Game of Thrones' final season had some viewers upset because it was too dark on their screens. Here's how (and why) you might have missed some key moments in the Battle of Winterfell, and what you can do to ensure a better viewing experience.
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Sony Z9G 85-inch 8K HDR LED TV hands-on review

We spent two hours staring down the Sony Z9G 8K TV, and it stared back at us. Hard. We answer two burning questions with this review. Is it awesome? Should I buy one? You might be surprised by the answers.
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Sony’s 2019 TV lineup includes a 98-inch 8K LED that costs more than a Corvette

The Sony 2019 TV lineup is revealed, including 8K and 4K models ranging in size from 43- to 98-inches and in price from $650 to a number much, much larger. The models will be available soon and look to be some of Sony's best yet.
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Sonos Beam review

Sonos makes some of the best single-speaker home theater products, but they’re expensive. A more affordable model would help a lot of people make the jump to Sonos. The Sonos Beam looks to be that product, with Alexa built-in. But did Sonos remove too much in the effort to keep the price down?
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Sonos One review

To compete in the smart speaker space, Sonos could have just made a better-sounding Alexa speaker. But the company has a reputation to uphold, and went much further than that. Our Sonos One Review reveals how Sonos does Alexa better than Amazon. The Sonos One remains one of the best you can get.
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We were wrong. Samsung is ready to put OLED on notice with a 75-inch MicroLED TV

Last year at CES, Samsung revealed it was working on an OLED rival by showing off a massive MicroLED display that was literally the size of a wall. This year, it has shrunken the technology down from 146 inches to 75 inches to prove it can produce TVs ready for consumer homes.
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Vizio P-Series Quantum (PQ65-F1) review

Vizio’s premium TVs have been making huge strides over the last two years, culminating in the P Series Quantum, a 65-inch TV with picture quality that challenges that of the best TVs from the biggest brands at a remarkably low price. Our review will help determine if this is the right TV for you.
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Netflix’s rate hike is a good thing. Wait, wait, hear us out

Nobody likes a hike in subscription prices, but that doesn't mean they are a bad thing. Netflix raising its rates is a smart and necessary business move. Here's why, as a subscriber, you will ultimately benefit.
Vivint Smart Home Security System Review

Vivint Smart Home Security System review

As smart home and security devices become increasingly common and consumer-friendly, one might be inclined to try to DIY their smart home. But once security is tossed in the picture, monitoring and customer service become essential. We explore Vivint’s smart home security system to rank it among its peers.
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The best TVs of CES 2019, from 8K to 219-inch Micro LEDs to roll-up OLEDs

We pounded 16 miles of CES 2019 show floor, carefully considered each TV from every major manufacturer, and have compiled the best into this one handy guide, with plenty of pictures and links to our videos diving deep into each model.
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At CES 2019, LG’s new 8K TVs push the edge of the technology envelope

Details on the premium TVs LG will bring to CES 2019 include more than just bigger screens and higher resolution. HDMI 2.1, eARC, and Amazon Alexa are all exciting new features making an appearance, too. We discuss all the key elements you can expect in LG's sparkling new TV lineup.
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LG’s new projector uses two freakin’ laser beams for punchy color

LG's new Cinebeam projector uses a dual-laser light system for improved color accuracy and punch. With integrated speakers and WebOS installed, it's a one-and-done for home theater enthusiasts who can't install a conventional projector.
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LG Display’s latest 8K OLED TV screen is also a Dolby Atmos speaker

LG's latest move in OLED TVs sees an 88-inch 8K screen become the TV's speaker system. Though this technology has been seen before in Sony televisions, LG is now delivering Dolby Atmos sound from the display. The technology is expected to be seen in upcoming Sony OLED TVs.
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Samsung’s blistering 219-inch Micro LED TV will cook your eyeballs, blow your mind

No, you will never fit a 219-inch TV in your living room. But don't let that stop you from drooling over Samsung's 219-inch Micro LED showstopper of a screen, on display at CES 2019 for the first time. If you wanted to see a true, mind-blowing spectacle at CES, this is it.
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LG’s roll-up OLED TV is every bit as magical as you’ve imagined

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It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation in your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a helpful guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect".

LG C8 Series OLED TV review

LG’s C8 OLED sets the standard by which other OLED TVs are judged and tops our list of the best TVs you can buy. This beauty from LG earned the title thanks to stellar picture quality, excellent ease of use, rich features, and a relatively approachable price point.
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LG price cuts on C8 OLED TVs for Black Friday are more of a sliver than a slash

LG has cut prices on its vaunted C8 series OLED TVs, but the deals aren't as good as last year, and therefore are less compelling. Still, if you're in the market for a new TV this year and want to get the best overall TV money can buy, we still suggest giving these deals a serious look.

What you need to consider before buying a projector

There's an allure to owning a projector, but figuring out if your home theater can accommodate one can be overwhelming. So should you buy a projector or not? There's a lot to consider, including lightinbg and adequate space, so we've put together this explainer to guide you through the process.