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.
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.
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.
LG's top-of-the-line 4K OLED remains a velvety, colorful, and now slightly brighter viewing experience.
Samsung's best TV yet shows what's possible with 8K video. It also upscales lower-resolution material with aplomb.
Though definitely on the pricey side, Etymotics ER4 XR's deliver the musical goods, and the flanged tips are more comfortable in the ear than the standard memory foam types.
Hisense's H8F has upped its game with array backlighting, more vivid color, and true HDR pop.
Cyberlink's PowerDVD series just keeps getting better, with PowerDVD 19 adding 8K video playback to its bag of tricks. Don't have an 8K display? The new 4K True Theater color, lighting, and HDR are worth a look.
WiSA is a wireless audio standard that promises hassle-free setup for up to 7.1-channel surround with latency as low as 2.6 millisecond, lag that's barely perceptible to humans.
As long as movies have been distributed on home media, buyers have wanted to back them up or copy them to media that's more convenient for playback or streaming. We trace the history, how copy protection works, and how to circumvent it for legitimate purposes.
This second-generation speaker is smarter, more capable, and better-sounding than the model it replaces.
The Marseille mCable Cinema Edition is great for upscaling DVD, Blu-ray, and even TV, but we can't recommend it for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players because it doesn't support HDCP 2.2.
TaoTronics TT-BH060 headphones feature noise cancellation and a very comfortable design, as well as supporting Bluetooth 5.0. But the sound leans heavily towards the bottom end of the spectrum and lacks high-end brilliance.
LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio all announced plans to support Apple's Air Play 2 streaming technology and HomeKit smart home protocol. But only Vizio says it will do so for (some) existing models.
Sony goes 8K UHD with its 98- and 85-inch Z9G models, and it revs its 4K UHD OLED TV from the A9F to the A9G