Steve Cooper

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Yamaha RX-V385 AV Receiver Introduced

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Yamaha introduced the RX-V385 AV receiver. Intended for use in a home theater setup, the Yamaha RX-V385 is a discrete 5.1 …

Audiophile

Better Router Solves Music Streaming Problems

A new customer’s MusicCast speakers kept dropping Pandora – A better router fixed this annoying issue.<p>She loved the Yamaha MusicCast speakers in her …

Wi-Fi

Kodi Playlist Download The Breakfast Club

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is the soundtrack for the movie, “The Breakfast Club.”<p>“The Breakfast Club” is a Universal Pictures film written …

The Breakfast Club

ecobee Switch+ Now Available

On Monday, March 26, 2018, ecobee, Inc. made available its new ecobee Switch+ smart light switch. The switch includes built-in far-field voice …

Home Automation

3 Ways to Hide a Wall Mounted TV

We have all seen flat screen TV’s mounted on walls. It’s a great way to maximize space in a room and free up space on furniture. Aesthetically, …

TV

Apple HomePod review: For ardent Apple fans only

Apple planted its HomePod smart speaker deep inside a walled garden: You must have an Apple-branded mobile device just to set it up, and you can …

Audioengine Introduces the A5+ Wireless Music System

Audioengine has introduced a wireless version of its popular A5 active bookshelf speakers. The A5+ Wireless system features a pair of powered …

Amazon Alexa now supports music streaming from Deezer

Those with a Premium+ subscription will be able to control their songs and play their Flow playlist using voice commands.

Music Streaming

Bose SoundSport Free review

BeatsX vs. Bose SoundSport Wireless: Headphones battle it out

Which wireless headphone is right for you? Find out how the BeatsX and Bose SoundSport Wireless stack up in our real-world comparison.<p>If you're looking for a new wireless Bluetooth headphone, you've probably looked at one of the two big names out there: Beats and Bose.<p>Both the BeatsX and the Bose …

Consumer Tech

HiFiMAN Sundara Around-Ear Open Planar Magnetic Headphones

Like pretty much all headphone makers, I've found HiFiMAN planar magnetic headphones a little hit and miss. Some have been a too bright and sizzly, …

Como Cambiar la Configuración Automática de su Samsung Smart TV Para Bajar el Nivel de Brillo

Recientemente, Next Step Audio Enhancement instaló un televisor nuevo inteligente para un cliente (Smart TV-Model #UN48J5500). En menos de hora y …

Harman Kardon's Traveler speaker puts detailed sound in your pocket

I’m all about wireless speakers that let you start a party anytime, anywhere – they’ve livened up many a trip to mountains and beaches over the past few years. But when it comes to portable gear, you’re often forced to compromise on audio quality.<p>Not so with Harman Kardon’s Traveler, which debuted …

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Best big TVs for the big game 2018, starting at just $370

The Philadelphia Eagles will play the New England Patriots in the most-watched TV event of the year. Here are eight big, beautiful TVs on which to enjoy the game.<p>Looking for an excuse to finally buy that big-screen TV you've been coveting? Look no further than a certain upcoming football game, …

Televisions

Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless wants audiophiles to cut the cord

I went hands-on with the new headphones at CES and was duly impressed.<p>On display in a glass case at Beyerdynamic's booth here at CES 2018, is the company's Amiron Wireless, a new wireless headphone that's among the best Bluetooth headphones yet.<p>Scheduled to ship this spring, the around-the-ear …

Consumer Tech

Philips Hue Entertainment is a smart lighting game-changer

Hue adds new ways to sync your color-changing lights with movies, music and video games, plus new outdoor lights and a major update to the app.<p>It's been a busy CES for color-changing light. Nanoleaf made a splash by teasing its newest color-changing, touch-sensitive light panels. Then, Lifx …

Home Automation

Google takes on Echo Show with four new smart displays

Google Assistant-enabled touchscreens unveiled Monday at CES are made for your kitchen countertop and will compete against Amazon's Echo Show.<p>Chris Turkstra, director of Google Assistant, sat on a couch in a Renaissance hotel suite in Las Vegas on Sunday and started to chat with what was …

Smart Homes

Samsung Q9S 85-inch TV uses AI to make its own 8K video at CES

Sure, 8K sounds like a logical step up. But is it really twice as good as a 4K TV?<p>Now that 4K TVs are dirt cheap, it's apparently time for the next step in resolution.<p>Samsung is unveiling the Q9S, which it calls the first 85-inch 8K TV with artificial intelligence.<p>With a futuristic design that …

Artificial Intelligence

Sennheiser HD 820 goes all out with Gorilla Glass covers at CES

The Sennheiser HD 820 looks set to redefine luxury closed-back headphones at CES 2018 with its unique Gorilla Glass transducer cover and appropriately high price.<p>After essentially reinventing the luxury headphone market with the HD 800, where was Sennheiser to go next? I'll tell you: It came up …

Consumer Tech

Roku Tips 'Connect' Smart Speaker Software

The media streamer company is rolling out a new audio-focused connected speaker platform to work alongside Roku TV, as well as a more powerful voice …

Smart TV

LG 2018 TVs tap Google Assistant, Alexa for voice control

LG has announced that its high-end 2018 TVs will include voice control via Google Assistant built in and Amazon Echo skills, too.<p>LG has announced that select 2018 televisions will feature Google Assistant built in, which will enable users to issue voice commands directly via the remote.<p>LG's …

Smart Homes

LG Display throws down concept 88-inch 8K OLED TV at CES

The Korean display powerhouse gave us all a peek into the future of huge, extremely high resolution OLED TV here in Vegas.<p>OLED TV technology provides the best picture quality we've ever tested, but until now it's been limited to 77-inch TVs and 4K resolution.<p>A new concept set by LG Display blows …

Televisions

Status Audio CB-1 headphones are affordable excellence

Status Audio's $69 full-size headphones sound better than they have any right to, the Audiophiliac says.<p>Status Audio may be a new name to me, but I'm so glad it sent its CB-1 headphones over for review. They're affordable and ruggedly built, and the sound quality is as good as I've heard for the …

Audiophile

Samsung Icon X 2018: AirPod alternatives get a battery boost - CNET

Samsung wireless headphones now a stronger rival to AirPods<p><b>The Good</b> Samsung's Gear Icon X 2018 is a small, comfortable-to-wear, totally wireless earphone that has improved battery life and a smaller charging case than the previous model's. They fit discreetly, sound decent for this type of …

Consumer Tech

Q Acoustics 3020 review: Mini price, mini size, maxi sound - CNET

Mini price, mini size, maxi sound<p><b>The Good</b> The affordable Q Acoustics 3020s bring a dynamic and detailed performance to your favorite tunes. Construction is excellent, and there are four color options. Their compact size makes it a good fit if you don't want a bigger speaker box.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Q …

Audiophile

Apple TV finally gets SiriusXM streaming

A little potential bonus for those thinking of picking up an Apple TV for the holidays. As of this week, streaming from the satellite radio giant SiriusXM is available to owners of the 4th generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K — assuming, of course, you’ve already got a subscription to the …

Smart TV

Vizio M-Series (2017) review: the foolproof choice for great 4K and HDR

To get a better TV, you’d have to spend much more money<p>Vizio’s 2017 M-Series is an excellent choice if you’re in the market for a 4K HDR TV, need something 65 inches or bigger, and want to get the most value for your dollar. If you’d be satisfied with a 55-inch set, I’d still push you toward the …

Televisions

These are the best wireless headphones you can buy

Bowers & Wilkins, Audio-Technica, Sony, Beats, and a whole lot more<p>One of the ironies of headphones is that we often end up owning multiple pairs while busily pursuing the single ideal set of cans that will suit all our needs and circumstances. Never mind that the perfect headphones don’t exist; we …

Audiophile

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, finally

How long until the Apple TV is again on sale at Amazon?<p>It's here at last: the Amazon Prime Video app is now available for the Apple TV. The app arrives six months after Apple CEO Tim Cook said it would arrive “later this year” and with just days to spare in 2017. The iOS app was just updated to 5.0 …

Smart TV