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Sony's 2018 OLED TV starts at $2,800

They're decidedly more affordable than last year.<p>To call Sony's original OLED TV expensive would be an understatement -- when they started at $5,000 brand new, you had to be a huge fan of the design and image processing to ignore the affordable alternatives from brands like LG. That won't be quite …

OLEDs

The best 4K Blu-ray player

Sony and Samsung both make the shortlist.<p><i>By Chris Heinonen</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After researching every …

Blu-Ray

Review: Sylvania Smart+ LED flexible light strips are made for HomeKit

Sylvania’s Smart+ LED flexible light strips work with Apple HomeKit right out-of-the-box without requiring a hub. They’re also $30 cheaper than the comparable Philips Hue solution, so what’s the catch? If you only care about the HomeKit experience, there really isn’t one. Here’s my experience:<p>Light …

Sonos One review: The best-sounding smart speaker you can buy

If you want clearer music than you can get from an Echo or Google Home, look no further.<p>When Sonos released the Play:5 speaker in late 2015, the Amazon Echo was still an unproven tech curiosity. But since then, Alexa and the Echo have grown rapidly in both popularity and functionality, inspiring …

The best 4K TV on a budget

Wirecutter would even go so far as to say it's the best TV, period.<p><i>By Chris Heinonen</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their</i> …

4K Ultra HD

Amazon's new Fire TV supports picture-in-picture and recording

Don't expect your older devices to get these upgrades, though.<p>Amazon is mainly selling the new Fire TV's hardware-dependent features, such as 4K HDR video and Dolby Atmos sound, but there are some key software improvements, too. The online shopping giant has revealed that the device's Fire OS 6 …

Dolby Atmos

Roku made a 4K streaming stick

Its new product range also includes two new budget players.<p>Fresh off a successful IPO, Roku is keen to keep the momentum going. And what better way to do that than to launch a set of new devices, packed with a bunch of free (ad-supported) channels. The company tends to refresh its line-up in the …

Smart TV

Sony unveils its 'true 4K' projector that costs just $5,000

But $25,000 buys a compact projector with a laser light source.<p>Buying a "4K" projector can be tricky since many companies have displays have lower resolutions and use technology like pixel shifting (JVC and Epson) or special processing (Optoma) to make up for the missing dots. Sony's SXRD …

San Diego

Upcoming Apple TV will likely offer HDR as well as 4K resolution – here’s why that could be big

While it seems pretty clear that the upcoming Apple TV will support 4K resolution – aka Ultra HD aka UHD aka UHDTV – this likely won’t be the only improvement offered to the image quality thanks to High Dynamic Range (HDR) video.<p>The good old HomePod code suggested that it would support HDR, as did …

4K Apple TV with Dolby Vision/HDR10 seemingly confirmed by HomePod code

The Apple HomePod firmware is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving. Today, developer Guilherme Rambo dug up the following strings inside seemingly confirming the upcoming HDR 4K Apple TV and some other details.<p>We’ve long expected/hoped for/wondered where the 4K TV was and we first heard …

Samsung OLED production lines dedicated to iPhones ramping up to full capacity

Samsung is ramping-up manufacturing volumes on seven separate OLED production lines dedicated to panels for the iPhone 8, according to a Korean report. While the panels are described as ‘flexible,’ this simply refers to the type of screen needed for an edge-to-edge display.<p>The report says that …

Samsung topples Intel as world’s largest chipmaker

The Korean tech titan's semiconductor department alone beat the veteran chip company in revenue this quarter.<p>Samsung registered a record profit of $12.6 billion in its second quarter earnings report, but hidden in those numbers lies another milestone. Of its $54 billion in revenue, $15 billion came …

The best audio gear for back to school 2017

LG shrank its dual-screen V20 to make the Q8

It'll probably be good for audiophiles, just like its parent.<p>If you hankered after LG's V20, but wanted it to be a bit smaller and a bit cheaper, then you should probably take a peek at the new Q8. It's the company's latest mass-market smartphone for the sort of folks who don't want to splash out …

Mobile Technology

Samsung's 'The Frame' TV doubles as an art piece

The company is also shipping its QLED TVs in the US.<p>Samsung has hyped its 2017 TV lineup to the Moon and back, but it still has room for a few surprises. The tech giant has offered more details about its previously-teased The Frame, a TV that's designed to (you guessed it) double as a picture …

Gear & Gadgets

NVIDIA's original Shield TV gets the new model's smarts (updated)

Android 7.0 Nougat, Amazon Video and more.<p>NVIDIA unveiled a new Shield TV box at CES, but the list of upgrades was pretty slim. It has a funky new controller, with a mesh of triangles peppering the grips, but otherwise it's the same hardware with some extra software bells and whistles. If you have …

Comedy Central

LED lights could get better with self-assembling particles

Perovskites could do for LEDs what they did for solar cells.<p>LEDs have dramatically transformed the lighting world over the past few years, thanks to their increased efficiency and life-span over past technologies. But LEDs could see even more upgrades with perovskite particles, a self-assembling …

Particles

8K TV: Everything you need to know about the futuristic resolution

Like it or not, 8K is coming. IFA 2018 was the proving ground for the technology set to invade your home over the coming years, with all the major …

What the Hell Is HDR?

If you followed the news out of CES closely you probably heard the word HDR tossed around a lot. This coming year we’ll see TVs for under $500 with …

OLED TVs will finally take off in 2017

At long last, they're within reach.<p>After years of taunting consumers with incredible picture quality but insanely high prices, OLED TVs are finally coming down to earth. Prices are falling, there will be even more models to choose from and, at least based on what we've seen from CES this year, LCD …

OLEDs

CES 2017: Sony unveils speakerless 4K TV you have to see to believe

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is one of the biggest events in the consumer tech world. Each year in January, thousands and thousands of tech fans and pundits gather to view showcases of new gear, gadgets, cool ideas and concept products.<p>At this year's CES, the big names of …

4K Ultra HD

Elac's New Adante

There's a rumor that Andrew Jones, first with TAD and now with Elac, is incapable of designing a mediocre-sounding speaker. This rumor was confirmed …

Sony's First OLED TV Is Freaking Gorgeous

Watch out, LG. Sony is entering the OLED television arena with a fetching TV.<p>We've long known Sony could build a sweet OLED. It rolled into CES a few …

Sony's Gigantic Space Wall Is Actually Hundreds of Tiny LED Tiles

That image above appears to show one giant seamless LED display, but Sony’s new CLEDIS system, presumably intended for use in convention centers like …

Sony's New OLED TV Is Both the Screen and the Speaker

True to rumors, Sony revealed a new OLED TV tonight at CES. The display itself appears to be just as thin as LG’s new 2.5mm-thick OLED W7, but where …

These Are the Only Cables Coming Out of Samsung's New TV

The idea is so simple it’s kind of amazing no TV maker thought of it before. A TV mounted on the wall should, theoretically, look gorgeous, but the …

AT&T to conduct 5G streaming tests with DirecTV Now

The goal is to see how millimeter wave tech handles heavy video traffic.<p>In a simultaneous test of wireless broadband and net neutrality, AT&T will test its upcoming 5G tech with DirecTV Now video streaming. Trial customers in Austin, Texas will be able to stream the services on a variety of devices …

Net Neutrality

Live from LG's CES 2017 press conference!

CES

LG Display's new OLED TV panels bake in the sound system

These "Crystal Sound" displays reportedly make for more-immersive audio.<p>It wouldn't be CES without LG Display wheeling out its latest panel tech and forward-looking prototypes. This year is no different, with the company announcing it's got all kinds of displays to show off at the convention, …

Gear & Gadgets

LG's new OLED TVs are so thin they have to be wall mounted

LG has made a habit of wowing us with new 4K OLED TV sets at CES for the past few years, and this year isn't any different. With its insanely thin W-series, the company has managed to outdo its still-impressive G6 "Picture on Glass" TVs. LG's tagline for the W-series 4K sets -- "Picture on Wall" -- …

Dolby Atmos