Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living in the San Francisco bay area.

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Pioneer DJ VM-70 powered speaker review: This versatile speaker delivers accurate sound at a reasonable price

The VM-70 offers pleasing sound for recreational listening along with the sonic definition and connections you look for in a studio monitor—all at an affordable price.


Monoprice BT600ANC Bluetooth headphone review: These bargain-priced cans will be hard to beat

Monoprice's BT600ANC might not offer the best automatic noise cancellation we've heard, but it's the best we've heard for less than $100

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Sony Bravia XR Master Series A90J 4K UHD OLED TV review: Luscious picture quality and fantastic design

Sony's latest Master Series OLED offers a lush picture; great audio; and a fantastic, nearly bezel-less design.

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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.


Drop + THX Panda wireless headphone review: Supremely clean sub-bass

These planar ribbon headphones sound fantastic, especially in the sub-bass region, but they could use more padding on the headband.


Caixun Series S Android TV review: A reasonable choice for budget shoppers

Caixun's model EC55S isn't a great 55-inch TV, but for the price, you get a pleasing picture with no real annoyances—and that's not a given in this price class.

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TCL 6-Series 4K UHD smart TV review: An impressive entertainment value

TCL's 6-Series delivers mini-LED contrast and brightness and rich quantum dot color at a very affordable price.

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iClever BTH13 headphones for kids review: Sonically safer for junior

These headphones will appeal to kids of a certain age and type. They sound remarkably good for the price and allow parents to lock down the volume.

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How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.

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TCL adds 8K models to its 6-series smart TV lineup and moves to a gap-less mini-LED backlight array

TCL will ship its first 8K TVs later this year and it feature the company's third-generation mini-LED technology—OD (Optical Distance) Zero. Zero is the number of millimeters between the backlighting and LCD layers.

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There's a new player in the OLED TV market: Skyworth will offer OLED and LCD smart TVs in the U.S. in 2021

U.S. newcomer Skyworth's 2021 smart TV line-up will hit the states later this year, including an OLED model featuring a panel built in a fab it co-owns with LG.

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LG delivers next-gen OLED, mini-LED backlighting, WebOS 6.0, and a new Magic Remote for 2021

LG has improved its OLED pixel elements, redesigned its Magic Remote, and added Mini-LED backlighting to its LED/LCD TVs. Version 6.0 of WebOS is also on board.

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Sony TVs boast faster, smarter processing and improved audio, but there are no major technology changes

While competitors move to mini LED tech, Sony sticks with its current backlighting and color while focusing on image processing and sound.

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Samsung edges its MicroLED TV line a tiny bit closer to mainstream at CES

Samsung is finally incorporating its self-emissive Micro-LED technology into TVs that deep-pocketed early adopters will be interested in buying.

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Konka TV goes upscale with quantum-dot TVs at CES 2021

Konka is looking to expand its presence beyond the entry-level in the United States with quantum dots, and is adding a second operating system, WebOS to the low-end lineup.