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Simon Cohen

Simon Cohen

Contributing Editor, A/V

Simon Cohen covers a variety of consumer technologies, but has a special interest in audio and video products, like whole-home music systems, true wireless earbuds and headphones, 4K HDR TVs, and surround sound technologies like Dolby Atmos. He has written for, Mobilesyrup,, and VentureBeat, and appeared as a guest tech expert on international TV and radio programs, including BBC Radio, CTV News Channel, and CBC Radio. He is currently a full-time contributor to Digital Trends' Audio/Video section.

1More PistonBuds Pro Q30 in black/gold.

1More’s PistonBuds Pro Q30 look like great budget buds at $50

1More's new wireless earbuds focus on ANC and sound quality at a very affordable price.
Fiio KB3 mechanical keyboard and DAC.

Fiio KB3 infuses a mechanical keyboard with a hi-res DAC

Fiio's KB3 is an RGB mechanical keyboard that includes an audiophile-grade DAC and two headphone jacks.
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: Earcup/logo close-up.

The best wireless headphones for 2023 from Bose, Sony, 1More and more

Can you get great sound quality and wireless freedom in the same set of headphones? Absolutely. These are the best wireless headphones you can buy right now.
A Marantz AV 10 receiver displaying Dolby Atmos text on front panel.

The ultimate guide to Dolby Atmos: what it is and how to get the best possible sound

Dolby Atmos can be a great surround sound experience. But just because your gear bears an Atmos label, that doesn't mean you've got Atmos sound. Here's why.
Amazon Fire TV Streaming Stick 4K.

How to get Amazon Fire TV working on a hotel room television

Your Amazon Fire TV Stick is your gateway to all of the best streaming media on the planet, and it's easy to set up on a hotel TV. We explain how to do it.
JBL Authentics 300.

JBL Authentics 300 review: portable power, retro style

JBL's Authentics 300 portable Wi-Fi speaker can run two voice assistants simultaneously, but how do its other features compare to Sonos – the current Wi-Fi king?
harman acquires roon software on tablet

Harman buys audiophile darling Roon

Like Sonos on steroids, Roon is the music management and multiroom solution favored by audiophiles, and it's now owned by JBL's parent company, Harman.
Master & Dynamic MW09 case charging wirelessly.

Wireless earbuds case won’t charge wirelessly? Try this fix

Got a set of wireless earbuds that simply won't recharge when you drop them on a wireless charger? This might help.
The YouTube TV on a Roku TV.

YouTube TV: plans, pricing, channels, how to cancel, and more

YouTube TV plans come in a single flavor — $73 a month. But one of the leading streaming options also has a number of optional add-ons available.
Wiim Amp in space grey.

Wiim’s new amplified streamer mimics the Sonos Amp, for $299

The Wiim Amp is the latest network music streamer from Wiim to take the Sonos formula and make it far more affordable.
Sonos Era 300

Sonos headphones to make 2024 debut, and a video streaming device is set for 2025

In addition to the widely rumored Sonos wireless headphones, the company is planning a Roku-like set-top box, according to Bloomberg.
Astell&Kern AK HC4 USB DAC and headphone amp.

Astell&Kern’s latest mobile DAC gets dual outputs, AKM chip

Astell&Kern has joined the ranks of companies making portable headphone DACs with both balance and unbalanced outputs.
Hisense 110UX ULED X mini-LED 4K TV.

Hisense teases 110-inch, 10,000-nit TV ahead of CES 2024

Hisense's 110UX will be the brightest consumer TV ever made when it debuts at CES 2024.
Senic MoodPlay.

Senic MoodPlay review: a fun but pricey toy for the Sonos fan who has everything

Senic's MoodPlay is like a digital turntable for Sonos, giving you access to your favorite music with a tap of a card.
Sharp Roku TV OLED 4K UHD.

Sharp’s promised Roku OLED TV is now available and deeply discounted

Sharp has released its promised OLED-powered Roku TV in both 55- and 65-inch screen sizes.
Two xMEMS Cypress drivers seen sitting on a U.S. dime coin for scale.

Your next noise-canceling earbuds may use Navy sonar tech

Next-gen driver technology from xMEMS uses ultrasound technology developed in the 1960s by the U.S. Navy.
Amazon Fire TV Soundbar right side view.

Amazon Fire TV Soundbar review: surprisingly immersive

Amazon's new Fire TV Soundbar might not be an actual Fire TV device, but it delivers decent sound for the money.
Platin Audio Monaco 5.1 Tuned by THX WiSA wireless speaker package.

Ultimate surround sound guide: DTS, Dolby Atmos, and more explained

Surround sound is a great add-on to any TV setup, but the jargon is enough to make you dizzy. From DTS to Dolby Atmos, we demystify the tech and its terms.
Tech of the Week JLabs

JLab jumps into hi-res and Bluetooth LE audio with $200 Epic Lab Edition earbuds

JLab's latest wireless earbuds promise its best audio quality yet, with hi-res support and compatibility with Bluetooth LE Audio.
Creative Aurvana Ace 2 wireless earbuds.

Creative’s Aurvana Ace are the first wireless earbuds to use MEMS drivers

Creative's Aurana Ace and Ace 2 wireless earbuds will be the first to use drivers built like microchips when they start shipping in December.
Hand carrying Porsche Design PDS20 Bluetooth speaker in front of a Porsche car.

Guess how much this tiny Porsche Design speaker costs

Porsche Design's new portable Bluetooth speaker is tiny and rugged, but its price is anything but small.
Soundfun Mirai Speaker.

Can curved speakers make TV dialogue easier to hear?

Soundfun's $300 Mirai Speaker has two curved-diaphragm drivers that it claims can enhance dialogue and create better sound for everyone.
Master & Dynamic MW09 sitting in open case, held by hand.

Master & Dynamic MW09 earbuds review: wireless objects of desire

Master & Dynamic's MW09 are gorgeous noise-canceling wireless earbuds that sound out of this world.
Toshiba 55-inch-class C350 series 4K smart Fire TV on a gray shelf and light gray background.

The hidden costs of buying a 4K TV are way higher than you think

It's a great time to buy a 4K TV. But if you want 4K quality, count on spending a lot more every month.
Soundcore Motion 300 top view.

Soundcore Motion 300 review: great sound, even better price

Soundcore's Motion 300 might be similarly equipped to other Bluetooth speakers, but its price and sound set it apart.
Plex Discover Together.

Plex is now a social media platform for movie and TV fans

Plex's new Discover Together feature lets you add your friends on the platform so you can see, share, and comment on your shared love of movies and shows.
Man wearing Soundcore AeroFit Pro in Electric Purple with the optional neckband.

Soundcore’s first open-ear earbuds come with an optional neckband

Anker's Soundcore brand has entered the open-ear earbuds race with two new models, including the AeroFit Pro, which has hi-res, spatial audio, and a neckband.
Earfun Free Pro 3 wireless noise-canceling earbuds in three colors.

Earfun Free Pro 3 wireless earbuds will make you question Apple’s prices

Earfun's Free Pro 3 once again challenges the notion that you need to pay big dollars for big wireless earbud features.
Klipsch City Series Bluetooth Speakers.

Klipsch takes on Marshall with three new portable and rugged Bluetooth speakers

Klipsch has added three new portable and rugged Bluetooth speakers that bear a striking resemblance to three of Marshall's models.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5 in Spaced Aluminium.

B&O’s latest speaker is a love letter to aluminum

Bang & Olufsen's Beosound A5 portable wireless speaker is now available in an all-aluminum finish with 3,500 floating discs.
Samsung Galaxy Buds FE in open case, sitting among plants.

Samsung Galaxy Buds FE review: a rare case of Android envy

Samsung's most affordable noise-canceling wireless earbuds are so good that it's a shame they only make sense for Android users.
Sony WF-1000XM5 in silver.

Best noise-canceling earbuds for 2023: from Sony, Soundcore, Jabra, and more

Are you looking for a set of noise-canceling earbuds, but you're not sure where to start? We've picked the best models for every activity and every budget.
Anker Soundcore Motion X500 speaker in three colors.

Anker Soundcore’s Motion X500 packs spatial audio into a more portable package

Anker Soundcore's latest Bluetooth speaker packs hi-res audio, spatial sound, and a mini light show in a very portable shape.
Image of Qualcomm-branded earbuds with tiles for Qualcomm's S7 and S7 Pro Gen 1 sound platforms.

Qualcomm’s new Wi-Fi chips are poised to revolutionize wireless audio

Qualcomm's latest chips for wireless earbuds and headphones add Wi-Fi connectivity, expanding wireless range and vastly increasing bandwidth.