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Here are the best Blu-ray movies to show off your home theater

What's the point of having all of that awesome home theater gear if you can't breed a little jealousy in your friends and family? We've put together this list of incredible Blu-rays that have the goods to drop a few jaws, and show off everything your home theater is capable of.
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Focal’s new crazy-expensive Stellia headphones are utterly clear, remarkably open

Focal unveils its latest testament to mobile audiophilia in the new Stellia, a $3,000 pair of closed-back headphones. It's no surprise that the Stellia are luxurious inside and out, but what is surprising is the vast openness of the sound. The Stellia make their official debut at CanJam in NYC this week.
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SVS Prime Wireless speakers review

The latest from SVS, the Prime Wireless speakers, are a new and convenient way to enjoy the incredible sound of the Prime Series speakers without the need for amplification. While they do come with a few caveats, those looking for gorgeous sound in an equally gorgeous package will want to give them a long look.
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Audio-Technica ATH-CKR7TW true wireless headphones review

Like virtually every other headphone maker before it, Audio-Technica has brought its signature audio profile to a pair of true wireless headphones. We’re overall fans of the sound, but a lack of features and some surprising flaws make these pricey new headphones difficult to take home.
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Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ is dead, but star Charlie Cox wants Disney to resurrect it

Charlie Cox became a bona fide star playing the tortured superhero Daredevil before the show was canceled by Netflix after three seasons. We recently spoke with the actor about life after Daredevil, his new play in London with Tom Hiddleston, and his new project working with the legendary Michael Caine.
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NuForce and Massdrop’s new wireless earbuds pack clear sound at a nice price

The latest from Optoma's NuForce headphone line, the Stride wireless headphones are on offer for an impressively low price from the electronics dealmakers at Massdrop. At just $75, these affordable buds pack a lot of features into a solid little package. We've got all the info you need right here.
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Netflix’s latest price increase heralds the end of streaming’s golden age

Netflix’s recent price rise is just the latest in a string of signs that streaming’s golden age is nearly over. As more services emerge, content will be further partitioned, signaling the end of streaming’s good old days. Soon, we’ll all need to make some serious choices about where to spend our streaming dollars.
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Sony’s 360 Reality Audio is the epic sound revolution you didn’t know you needed

After Sony’s utterly bizarre press conference, I almost missed what was perhaps the most impactful sonic experience at the show. Luckily, I went back to Sony’s booth on the last day of the show, only to have my mind blown. Sony’s new 3D audio system could be a quantum leap forward for stereo headphones.
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Say goodbye to the box: The future of home theater has no use for receivers

One of the most intriguing new trends to come out of CES 2019 comes from a technology that has been around for years. WiSA, supported by new LG TVs, PCs, and Xbox consoles, has the potential to cut the wires and change the home theater landscape forever. This could mean the beginning of the end for the A/V receiver.
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These loaded cans bundle a wireless stand that even charges your phone

We thought we'd seen just about every kind of wireless headphone feature under the sun, but HiVi's new AW-85 active noise-canceling headphones come with a cool new trick: A charging stand that wirelessly charges the headphones and your phone. What's more, they sound pretty good, too.

From Atmos to WiSA: These are the coolest soundbars of CES 2019

While some companies chose not to play this year, CES 2019 still had a ton of impressive soundbars at the show. From Klipsch to Vizio, the soundbars at this year's show brought a ton of new features and plenty of power. We've rounded up the coolest soundbars we saw at the show.
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Klipsch’s new Reference home theater system does hi-fi surround without wires

At CES 2019, Klipsch showed off its fantastic new Reference Wireless speaker system, a wireless surround sound setup that uses a re-emerging wireless technology called WiSA to produce hi-fi surround sound without the need for speaker wires. We got a chance to listen to the speakers and we're already smitten.
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JBL’s CES lineup scoffs at wires with four new pairs of true wireless buds

JBL is going big at CES by going small with four new pairs of true wireless earbuds that can fit in your pocket and rock out for hours on end. The company has also introduced a new line of workout cans in multiple sizes and styles to get your new year started off right.
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Vizio shakes up its TV lineup, including blazingly bright P-Series Quantum X

Vizio's new TV lineup offers a major shakeup in its standard collection, from the ultra-premium P-Series Quantum X to the entry-level new V-Series TVs. With quantum dots across three lines, Dolby Vision HDR, 4K, and local dimming, there's a lot to like in Vizio's 2019 TVs.
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TCL plays it safe on audio for 2019 with new super-simple soundbars

TCL has had a banner year in the TV world, and now the company is introducing two new soundbar lines to pair with its popular Roku TVs. The budget bars will be looking to upset Vizio and others as the best way to upgrade your new TV. But can TCL make as big a splash in audio as it has in video?
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Vizio’s latest soundbars double down on Dolby Atmos — again

Vizio brought a myriad of new soundbars to CES 2019, including two new Dolby Atmos bars that offer big sound in a smaller profile, bringing the brand's Atmos offerings to five. Smaller bars fill out the line for a versatile collection. We've got all the details of the lineup here.
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We pit the two best-sounding wireless earbuds against each other

There are only two pairs of true wireless earbuds currently on the market that we've put on a pedestal for sound quality: Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless, and Master and Dynamic's MW07. Both pairs cost a pretty penny, but which is the best? We pitted them against each other to find out.
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The best Christmas TV episodes and specials

To help get you in the spirit of the season, we've compiled a list of some of the best Christmas TV episodes and specials you can stream online.
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Roku Wireless Speakers review

Roku boldly steps into audio with its new Roku Wireless Speakers, an affordable, tailor-made sound solution for your Roku TV. But do they hold up under sonic scrutiny? We put them to the test to find out if these speakers are worth choosing over a soundbar or other audio solution.
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Vizio 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundbar review

Soundbars with true Dolby Atmos surround sound have historically been a rich man’s game, often costing well over $1,000. Vizio’s new 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundbar undercuts similar competitors by hundreds of dollars, so we spent some quality time with the system to find out if it can hold its own.
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AT&T’s new three-tiered streaming service will include movies, possibly HBO

AT&T has laid out new details for its planned streaming service set to launch in 2019. The service will include three different price tiers and will stream movies, original programming, and content from its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., likely including HBO and DC superhero movies.
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Don’t hold your breath! Apple won’t make a cheap streaming stick anytime soon

A new report emerged ahead of the Thanksgiving-day holiday, alleging that Apple may be contemplating the creation of an affordable streaming stick alongside its pricey Apple TV 4K to compete with devices from Roku, Amazon, Google, and others. Here’s why we wouldn’t expect one anytime soon.
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Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 (YAS-408) review

Yamaha’s latest soundbar is all about multiroom audio, offering multiple ways to play including creating your own surround sound system using MusicCast speakers. We spent a week with the bar to see if its chameleon ways make it worth its $500 price. The answer is a bit more complicated than expected.
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Hisense H8E Series (55H8E) review

Budget TVs continue to get more attractive and that includes the latest from Chinese TV maker Hisense. The company’s new H8E offers 4K resolution, HDR, and a slick design for well under $500. We spent some time with the latest H8 to find out if it’s worth making the leap to Hisense.
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Home theater calibration guide: Manual speaker setup

Make your home theater rumble just right with our manual speaker setup guide, a simple, step-by-step walkthrough to getting the most from your audio equipment without needing to rely on automatic calibration, which often can't produce the same stellar results as manual calibration.
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Dolby Dimension wireless headphones review

After years on the sidelines, storied audio and video innovator Dolby has taken its first step into product design with the new Dolby Dimension wireless headphones. Offering tons of features, supreme comfort, and a shocking price tag, the Dimension are a unique new take on audio in the home, and out.
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Stan Lee has died: Marvel Comics icon and legendary creator dead at 95

Legendary Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee has died at age 95. He leaves behind a long list of famous creations known around the world, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Black Panther, and countless other heroes, villains, and supporting characters who have appeared in comics and on the screen.
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The ‘Toy Story 4’ teaser trailer is here to fork with your emotions

Disney today released the first teaser trailer for its latest addition to the Toy Story franchise, Toy Story 4. The quick glimpse of what's to come shows all our favorite toys back in action, as well as a strange new character; a googly-eyed spork who seems to be having a personality crisis.
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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ turns Jemaine Clement into a creature of the night

With a career as unique as the man himself, Jemaine Clement’s star is still rising. From his HBO show (and band) Flight of the Conchords to his TV spinoff of What We Do in the Shadows, we dig deep into the funnyman’s many roles. From writing and directing, to acting and singing, he’s a true renaissance man.
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There are too many streaming options, and it’s only getting worse

Streaming services are everywhere, as virtually every entertainment-adjacent company, no matter how minor the connection, tries to create its own Netflix. But with so many services vying for content, competition has never been fiercer -- and in this battle, it’s the viewers who stand to lose the most.
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Roku Premiere+ (2018) review

When it comes to streaming devices, the sheer volume of choices these days can be daunting, and Roku has more models than anyone. While you really can’t go wrong with any Roku, the company’s new Premiere+ stands out in the crowd, expertly balancing affordability and performance for impressive value.
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LG Tone Platinum SE review

The latest in LG’s Tone wireless headphones series, the new Tone Platinum SE, offer some impressive audio performance and Google Assistant access, but the real prize here is the 13-hour battery.
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Vizio P-Series (P65-F1) review

Vizio’s P-Series TV line has always been the best among the brand’s long run of budget-friendly TVs, but this year’s model has really stepped up. With impressive HDR, killer contrast, and brilliant colors, it’s an LED TV wonder to behold.
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SVS’ new Prime Wireless speakers and amplifier make hi-res streaming simple

SVS brings its penchant for high performance and affordability to its powered bookshelf speakers, the SVS Prime Wireless, along with a new streaming amplifier, the Prime Wireless Soundbase. Both offer high-res streaming, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection, and much more at a nice price.