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NAD Masters M10 streaming amplifier review: Great sound, Dirac room correction, and lots more

The NAD M10 streaming amplifier sounds great, is extremely versatile and offers Dirac so you can tune it to your acoustical space. But despite a large colorful touch display, setup and some other functions rely on a phone app or web browser.

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

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Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung's Q80R is a bargain in the land of top-tier TVs. It has a great picture, but saves you money by omitting unnecessary (albeit nifty) top-of-the-line design flourishes.

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Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

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Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD Q900.

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Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

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Best NAS drive for media streaming and backup

If you rip and library your own media, there's no better tool for storing and streaming it than a NAS box. These versatile storage devices also serve as the perfect personal, secure cloud for backing up your PCs and other devices.

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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. But it's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. But it's not dead easy to use.

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Sony Extra Bass WH-XB900N Bluetooth headphone review: Good sound, major thump, and noise cancellation

The Sony Extra Bass WH-XB900N low-latency Bluetooth headphones sound good and effectively cancel noise, and you can crank the bass up with the phone app. They also support Google Assistant and Alexa.

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Samsung RU8000 4K UHD TV review: A good-enough smart TV, but not one that's keeping up with the times

By last year's standards, Samsung's RU8000 is a good TV; but this year, it's eclipsed in terms of both color and HDR performance by less-expensive competitors.

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Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Designed for 2.5-inch drives, including SATA SSDs, the Synology DS419slim is a mighty mite with a cornucopia of media-serving features, including the power to stream 4K video.

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Sony SRS-XB32 Bluetooth speaker review: Flashy lights, fun, amazing sound—and it's waterproof!

The Sony SRS-XB32 is a fun Bluetooth portable speaker with a nice amount of thump and great overall sound. And its IP67 rating means it's submersible up to three feet.

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LG E9 4K OLED smart TV review: The real deal gets brighter

LG's top-of-the-line 4K OLED remains a velvety, colorful, and now slightly brighter viewing experience.

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Samsung Q900 smart TV review: This 8K TV will make you forget all about 4K

Samsung's best TV yet shows what's possible with 8K video. It also upscales lower-resolution material with aplomb.