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. jjacobi@pcworld.com

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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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LG C1-series 4K UHD OLED TV review: The lushness of OLED for a lot less green

LG's OLED65C1PUB smart TV delivers the lush picture that OLED is famous for. It has most of LG's bells and whistles and good sound, but its image processing falls in line with its lower price tag.

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Marshall Monitor II ANC headphone review: Fantastic sound and noise cancellation

Marshall's handsome Monitor II ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) headphones sound great, and offer excellent noise reduction. They're among the best we've heard, but they're only mid-pack comfortable.

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Speaqua Barnacle Pro Bluetooth speaker review: Weatherproof fun

We don't often see IP68 ratings, but darned if Speaqua's Barnacle Vibe 2.0 doesn't carry one. It also has internal storage. As long as you're not looking for thump, it's a fun, if a tad pricey pool and shower accoutrement.

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BuddyPhones Cosmos+ ANC headphone review: Sonorous safe listening for your child

BuddyPhones Cosmos+ kid's headphones limit volume and offer active noise cancellation, but just as importantly—they sound excellent.

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iLive Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth speakers review: Genuine stereo—on stakes

The stakes are more than a gimmick, and the speakers sound pretty good for the money.

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TCL 6-series (2021) 8K UHD TV review: Excellent 8K quality at a remarkably affordable price

TCL's 6-series (65R648) may be the least expensive 8K UHD TV on the market, but it's also one of the best.

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Tronsmart Splash 1 Bluetooth Speaker review: Good on-the-go audio, on the cheap

The small personal speaker is IPX7 water resistant, sounds good, and is about half the price of the brand-name competition.

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Tronsmart Studio review: A small, handsome Bluetooth speaker with surprisingly good sonics

This small but powerful wireless speaker defied exceeded our fidelity expectations—especially its 3D faux surround.

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Hot-rod your home network with multi-gig wired ethernet—for far less coin than you might think

Falling prices for multi-gig (2.5/5/10GbE) equipment make upgrading your network to a faster standard very affordable.

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Sony Bravia Master Series Z9J 8K TV review: Great picture, but where's the onboard 8K?

Sony's Z9J delivers a great image and upscales lower-res video with aplomb, but it won't play local or YouTube 8K videos, and Sony makes no promises that it ever will.

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Samsung is finally offering its top-of-the-line 4K TV tech in smaller sizes

Addressing TechHive's long-standing complaint about behemoth top-tier TVs, Samsung announced at CEDIA that its Neo QLED Q90A series will now be available in apartment-friendly sizes.

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Edifier D12 review: A classy, affordable, tabletop Bluetooth speaker

Edifier's single-body stereo D12 Bluetooth speaker is handsome, sounds good, and is far more affordable than it looks.

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Anker Soundcore Life Q35 headphone review: Great looks, sound, and noise cancellation

Anker has delivered undeniably stylish headphones that also serve up very good sound and superior ANC at a decent price. With EQ, the sound is also very good.

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Vizio P-Series 4K UHD TV review: Vizio has upped its image-processing game. Color us impressed

This is the first Vizio 4K UHD TV we've tested whose video processing chops match, and in some cases, surpass those of the competition.