Parker Hall

Parker Hall

Parker Hall is a writer, musician, and home brewer from Portland, OR. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he studied jazz percussion with Billy Hart (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock). Now a freelance writer and professional member of the city's jazz and indie rock scenes, he spends most of his days writing, playing music, or tasting beers in his spacious North Portland basement.
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Home Theater

Got a long plane ride ahead? Here's how to download movies from Netflix

If you want to watch your favorite films and TV shows but you don't have a data connection, you need to download them to view offline. Here, we show you how to save movies and TV series from Netflix for iOS, Android, or Windows 10.
Movies & TV

HBO Go vs. HBO Now: Which streaming service is right for you?

If you're looking to subscribe to HBO, you might be comparing HBO Go and HBO Now. We break down the differences between the twin streaming services and see how they compare to one another.
Movies & TV

How much does Netflix cost? A pricing breakdown of the streaming giant’s plans

Wondering how much a Netflix subscription costs? You're not the only one. That is why we put together a quick-hit guide covering all the Netflix plans, whether you want to opt for 4K streaming or a disc-based option.
Photography

Get your Sagan on with 60 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the final frontier. The best space photos show off the beauty of Earth, our solar system, and the far corners of the universe. Here are our current favorites.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for pure power, slick style, or a full set of features.
Home Theater

Qualcomm’s new fully wireless in-ear chip makes banded Bluetooth buds obsolete

Qualcomm's new QCC3026 chip will take fully wireless headphones to the next level, offering up to 50 percent more battery life, more powerful audio processing, and a slew of other exciting features.
Home Theater

RHA’s MA390 Wireless are classy, banded in-ears with a working-class price

RHA has created a banded wireless version of its popular MA390 in-ear headphones, offering jackless listeners the same elegant looks and shocking affordability as the original, and great sound to boot.
Music

The best albums of 2018 (so far)

We've spent the year listening to new albums, digging deep and culling our master list into 30 favorites. From huge blockbuster releases to hidden indie gems, these are the best albums of 2018 so far.
Home Theater

Get your vinyl spinning (and sounding) right with the best phono preamps

Whether you're looking for a quick fix to set up your first turntable or a long-term audio upgrade for higher-quality sound, here are the best phono preamps you can buy that won't empty your wallet.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in July 2018

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for July 2018 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your binging, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Home Theater

Here’s how to convert your vinyl into a digital format

There are all sorts of reasons for ripping records and storing them digitally, but what's the best way to do it? We cover the different types of equipment and software available for ripping records at any price in this guide.
Home Theater

5 gorgeous turntables that will spin stacks of wax in style for less than $500

Vinyl records are awesome, but they're also finicky. To get the best out of your stacks of wax, it's best to play them on a quality turntable. Here are the best turntables to be had for under $500.