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How to watch Major League Baseball online without cable

Are you looking to keep up with MLB games without having to pay an enormous monthly cable bill? You might think cutting the cord means saying goodbye to baseball, but that’s not the case. Not only can you watch MLB games online, but there are tons of ways to do so, though some will cost more than others.
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Hisense’s new 80-inch laser TV brings projector-sized picture without the hassle

Hisense showed off its 100-inch Laser TV at CEDIlast year. It had some impressive features, but the most notable aspect to consumers was its $10,000 price tag. Now the company has released a much cheaper 80-inch version in China that will begin shipping globally in the near future.
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Sennheiser’s CX Sport in-ears are tough enough to keep up with your daily run

Sennheiser’s CX series of headphones have always been for people on the go, and the new CX Sport in-ear Bluetooth headphones combine a tough build, lightweight construction, and customizable fit to make sure they can keep up with your fitness regime, no matter how intense it might get.
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AirFly connects wireless headphones to wired-only devices

There are plenty of gadgets out there that will help you use your wired headphones with a Bluetooth device, but what about the other way around? The AirFly does exactly that, letting you use your wireless headphones with any device that has a headphone jack, even your old Walkman.
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Master and Dynamic’s MW50+ are a flexible take on already-great headphones

Master and Dynamic released its MW50 wireless headphones in 2016, and when we got our hands on them we found they both looked and sounded great. Now the company has released a follow-up in the MW50+, which keep the look and sound but offer a more flexible experience than the original.
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Yamaha’s new Aventage RX-A 80 Series A/V receivers are its smartest yet

Surround sound can take your home theater experience to a whole new level, but it’s not always easy to set up and calibrate. Yamaha’s new Aventage RX-A 80 series of A/V receivers aim to make surround sound easy by using artificial intelligence to automatically adjust audio levels on the fly.
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TCL’s fantastic P-Series Roku TV gets a huge price cut at Best Buy today

TCL’s 55-inch P-Series Roku TVs is one of the best affordable TVs we’ve ever seen, blowing us away with its price-to-performance ratio when we reviewed it in 2017. You’ll have the chance to get it for the cheapest price ever today, but you'd better ready your wallets: The sale lasts for a single day on Saturday, May 12.
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Plex for Sonos unlocks your music library’s full potential

While you probably think of Plex as a video-centric service, it can also be used to manage and stream music. For Sonos users, it opens up the doors to audio files that could previously not be played. Once the service is set up, you’ll be able to browse your collection by artist or album.
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Polk Assist is the audio company’s next step into the smart speaker market

If you’re an audio company in this day and age, you better have a smart speaker, and now Polk Audio is getting into the game with the Polk Assist, a smart speaker powered by the increasingly ubiquitous Google Assistant that also features multiroom wireless audio courtesy of Chromecast built-in.
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Technics’ gorgeous new compact speaker is a powerhouse of audio tech

Technics unveiled its new premium class Ottava S SC-C50 compact speaker system at the High End 2018 show in Munich, Germany, and while the system may be housed in a relatively small package, it looks like the audio power the 3.1-channel system reproduces will be anything but.
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With Astell & Kern’s latest hi-res audio players, there’s something for everyone

Astell & Kern is known for its excellent high-resolution audio players, and now the company has given audio enthusiasts even more options for portable listening with the launch of two new lines of players in the premium A&futura line and the more affordable A&norma line.
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PS Audio’s new regenerators clean up your A/C power for audio perfection

If you’ve gone so far down the audiophile rabbit hole that you can hear dirty A/C power interfering with your otherwise perfect signal chain, PS Audio has just the thing for you with its new DirectStream Power Plant power regenerators, which makes for the cleanest, distortion-free audio possible.
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Como Audio debuts a new streaming Wi-Fi music system and a turntable to match

Como Audio has announced a new streaming Wi-Fi multiroom wireless music system called the SpeakEasy. To make sure you can play your entire music collection through the SpeakEasy, the company is also debuting its first turntable, which can stream your records to the SpeakEasy via Wi-Fi.
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Tivoli Audio makes its signature style portable with its new Go collection

Tivoli Audio is known for its products that not only sound great but look great as well. Now the company has introduced its new portable Go collection, which takes its stylish audio gear on the move, as well as new models in the company’s home décor-matching ART collection.
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Hisense’s latest 4K UHD Roku TV models are big on features, small on price

If you’re looking for a TV that will let you kick back and watch without having to plug anything else in, Hisense’s new R7 series of 4K UHD Roku TVs has you covered. You'll find plenty of streaming channels, as well as DTS TruSurround for up to 30 watts of audio power -- no soundbar necessary.
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Marshall’s Major III headphones crank up audio quality, keep classic design

Marshall’s Major III headphones are the company’s third take on the line, and it seems the company doesn’t want to fix what isn’t broken, as the headphones offer improved audio quality while keeping the design and 30-hour battery life of the previous Major II Wireless model.
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LG’s great 2018 UHD TVs get even better with the arrival of Google Assistant

At CES 2018, LG and Google showed off Google Assistant running on LG’s 2018 Ultra HD TV lineup, which includes its stunning OLED TVs. Now that feature has arrived, bringing voice control for the TV and letting you control your smart home from the comfort of your living room couch.
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Vudu update finally lets Apple TV users stream Marvel, Disney films in 4K

The Apple TV was late to the 4K game, only arriving last year, but it was still a major upgrade for movie lovers invested in the Apple ecosystem. The only problem was try as you might, there was no way to watch Disney or Marvel movies making use of 4K and HDR. Fortunately, that is no longer the case.
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The Onkyo TX-NR787 has a secret weapon and it’s not THX Select certification

If you’re looking for a new A/V receiver to sit at the heart of your home theater setup and don’t want to have to replace it for a while, Onkyo’s new TX-NR787 9.2-channel network A/V receiver has got everything you need, plus a few things you might not know you need yet.
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Fluance’s new bookshelf speakers pack major performance into a small package

Bookshelf speakers are among the most versatile type of speaker, capable of producing serious sound without filling a room full of speakers. Fluance’s new Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers are just this type of speaker, making for a great music experience, no matter how small a space you have available.
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PS Audio’s Sprout100 doubles the power on an already impressive amplifier

PS Audio’s Sprout digital integrated amplifier impressed us with its combination of great-sounding audio and ease of use. Now the company is back with a next generation version in the Sprout100 that keeps everything great about the original while doubling the power output.

Dish Anywhere app now brings live TV and DVR recordings to Android TV

The free Dish Anywhere app is now available for devices powered by the Android TV platform, giving you much more flexibility in how you watch live TV, your DVR recordings, and on-demand content, with support for devices like media players or Sony Bravia and Sharp Aquos smart TVs.
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Hulu passes 20 million subscribers, says offline downloads on the way

At an event in New York, Hulu announced that it had passed 20 million subscribers, but that’s far from the biggest news. The company announced that offline viewing, a feature Netflix has had for some time now, is coming to its service to make viewing on mobile devices easier, with a slight catch.
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Sling TV’s Cloud DVR is now on almost all of the service’s supported devices

First introduced in beta form in 2016, Sling TV’s Cloud DVR has been slowly expanding to more and more users. Now Sling TV has expanded support to a bunch of new devices, making the handy feature available on almost any device supported by the live TV streaming service.
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Pioneer’s latest midrange A/V receiver offers plenty of multiroom flexibility

After offering up big home theater sound on a budget earlier this month with the VSX-993, Pioneer has turned its focus to the midrange. The new Elite VSX-LX303 not only covers all your home theater needs but can handle your whole-home audio as well, supporting multiple different multiroom technologies.
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Denon’s X and S-series A/V receivers get new models, bells and whistles included

Denon has expanded its A/V receiver offerings yet again, with additions to both its X-Series and S-Series lines. The new models offer all the bells and whistles you could ask for, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Alexa voice control, and they’re more affordable than you might have guessed.
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IMAX with laser will bring a major visual upgrade to theaters starting this year

IMAX is debuting a new technology that it says is its most significant development since it introduced its digital projection system. It’s called IMAX with laser, and it will bring a significant visual upgrade to theaters in the United States and Europe starting this year.
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TCL has priced its impressive 6-Series Roku TVs, and they’re unbelievably cheap

We’ve been waiting for TCL’s 6-Series 4K Roku TVs to get official pricing ever since they first impressed us on the show floor at CES 2018. Today the company finally put the series up for pre-order, and if you’ve been holding off on buying a 4K TV, this may be the right time.
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Yamaha ditches the wires with new MusicCast Surround receivers and speakers

Yamaha has taken a major step forward with both its music and home theater offerings, as the company has announced three new A/V receivers, two new speakers, and a new subwoofer, all of which use its MusicCast Surround technology to wrap you in sound without the need for so many wires.
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AT&T has a cheap streaming service on the way, but it’s not for sports fans

While in court defending his company’s proposed mega merger with Time Warner, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed that the company has a $15 per month live TV streaming service in the works that will launch soon. It won’t be for everyone, though, as it won’t include any sports offerings.
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Bose patent filing points to sport earbuds that can keep themselves cool

Do the headphones you wear on your run get more uncomfortable as you start to warm up? Bose could be working on a solution to this very problem, as a patent application filed by the company points to the development of sport earbuds that could be able to cool themselves down when you start heating up.
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Take Netflix’s video previews on the go in a mobile-friendly format

If you’ve ever spent more time choosing what to watch on Netflix than actually watching something, you’re not alone. That could be a thing of the past however, as 30 second video previews have come to the Netflix mobile app, helping you choose what to watch before you even turn on your TV.
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Pioneer’s VSX-993 receiver dishes up 4K video and hi-res audio for under $500

Today Pioneer announced U.S. availability for its VSX-993 7.2-channel network A/V receiver, which boasts 165 watts of power per channel and can handle all of your video needs from 4K to high dynamic range, as well as high-resolution audio, all for a surprisingly low price.
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Sonos One speakers are getting a new splash of color later this year

If you love your Sonos speakers but wish they were just a little more colorful, your wish is about to come true. On April 17, the company announced it has partnered with Danish design brand Hay to produce colorful new limited-edition models of its Sonos One multiroom speakers.