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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Tribit QuietPlus 50 headphone review: Active noise cancellation on the cheap

Tribit's QuietPlus 50 offer good sound without ANC and passable sound with it. Considering the low price tag, that's pretty remarkable.

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Vizio V-series 4K UHD TV review: Even entry-level TVs are good these days

Vizio's 50-inch-class V505-H19 smart TV offers slightly better processing than the similar, recently reviewed Konka U50, although it lacks its rival's Bluetooth capabilities.

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iLive Bluetooth Tailgate Party speaker (model ISB380B) review: Cheap, light, and fun

With USB and SD card playback, as well as a microphone input, the iLive Tailgate Bluetooth speaker (ISB380B) is a versatile party animal. It's also surprisingly light. Just don't expect audiophile sound.

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Konka U5-series 4K smart TV review: The (street) price is about right

This Android TV delivers an average picture at best, but you won't encounter a lot of 50-inch 4K TVs at this price.

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Vizio OLED TV review: Velvety blacks and effective HDR, but a wee bit lacking with fine detail

Vizio's high-end smart TV offers the lush picture you'd expect from OLED for less money than LG or Sony, but this isn't the best OLED TV you can buy.

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Phiaton 900 Legacy headphone review: Fantastic noise cancellation, classy design

This Bluetooth headset delivers excellent active noise cancellation and stylish industrial design.

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Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones review: Startlingly affordable

These headphones use both active and passive means to filter out as much noise as anything we've heard, and they cost just 50 bucks.

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Samsung The Frame 4K UHD TV review: Refining the art of wall-art TV

The Frame TV brings fine decor and art to your wall. It's excellent in that role, though it doesn't deliver Samsung's very best motion video technology.

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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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Terramaster F2-422 review: This two-bay NAS box offers fast 10-gigabit ethernet streaming

Terramasters' $350 two-bay NAS box offers affordable 10Gbe/multi-gig connectivity, and good performance overall. But the competition in this space is stiff.

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Marshall Major IV headphone review: On-ear sonic sweetness

On-ear headphone pads are smaller and sit on top of rather than over your ear. It's more comfortable than you might think, and the Marshall Major IV's excellent sound helps the experience.

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Mackie Freeplay Live Bluetooth speaker review: A mini PA system for refined listeners

This portable public-address system works nearly as well for simple listening as it does amplifying voices or instruments for small gatherings.

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The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are almost here. Find out if your TV can handle them

Most TVs will be compatible, but you’ll want a set with certain features to enjoy the ultimate gaming experience.

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Asustor AS6602T (LockerStor 2) review: This NAS box is a super streamer

It provides fast network storage and a great feature set, but NVMe caching adds a lot to its price tag without delivering much in the way of hard benefits to the home user.

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Synology DS720+ review: A fast NAS box with NVMe caching, but where's the multi-gig?

This box supports NVMe SSDs for accelerating small transactions, but the lack of multi-gig ethernet (2.5/5/10GbE) leaves some performance out of the equation.