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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TV tech terms demystified, part one: Screen size, resolution, and speed

Don't be befuddled by the alphabet soup of acronyms, spec charts, and feature lists you'll encounter when shopping for a new TV. This guide series explains it all in plain language.

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IP ratings explained: What those codes tell you about how well a device is protected from water and dust

What separates a product with an IP67 rating from one rated IP66, IP68, or IPX6? Our simple guide tells you everything you need to know.

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TCL 5-Series 4K TV review: This 43-inch smart TV delivers a good picture for minimal moola

This bargain-priced smart TV features surprisingly good color, Dolby Vision, and the Roku interface.

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Sony adds a 48-inch OLED and a new 8K UHD LCD to its 2020 TV offerings

Sony continues to improve its highly rated top-of-the-line TVs and adds a new 8K UHD as well as a 48-inch OLED to its lineup

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TCL talks Roku TV Ready tech, 8K UHD for the U.S., and mini-LED strategy for 2020

TCL also announced an update to its HDMI 2.1/eARC/variable refresh-rate firmware, and a THX certified game mode for the coming year.

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Hisense says it has a dual-cell LCD panel at CES that will compete with OLED tech—for a lot less cash

Quantum dots invade Hisense's H8 series, and the dual-cell (two LCD layers) LED TVs are slated to arrive for the fall football season.

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LG says 'let's get small' at CES, shows a 48-inch OLED TV

If you're one of the many who don't want a massive TV dominating your space, but still want top-notch image quality, LG's new 48-inch OLED may be what you're looking for.

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Samsung ups its 8K UHD game at CES and extends its Frame and The Wall lineups, too

Samsung updates its 8K UHD, adds additional size options to its Frame and micro-LED 'The Wall' series, and improves the brains in its smart TVs.

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Vizio trumpets its move into the OLED TV market at CES

Vizio says it has improvements across its A/V product line for CES, but the company's first OLED TV is the really big news.

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Relative unknown Konka jumps into the U.S. TV market with quantum dot and OLED models

A newcomer to the U.S., Konka is the fifth largest TV manufacturer in China.

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LG expands its 8K smart TV lineup and gets "real"

If LG's new OLED and LCD TVs deliver "Real 8K," does that mean every other TV manufacturer is faking 8K? Nope. There is no new standard, This is simply marketing.

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Best Ultra HD Blu-ray players

An Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.

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PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT speakers review: The convenience of Bluetooth, the accuracy of studio monitors

The PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT are Bluetooth speakers aimed at owners of home music and video studios, but anyone who wants good sound can use them.

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House of Marley Positive Vibration XL headphone review: Eco-friendly, good features, good sound

House of Marley's Positive Vibration XLs are environmentally responsible headphones that deliver good sound a very comfortable fit.

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How to calibrate your TV to get the best picture possible

A few simple tweaks can wring out the absolute best quality from your TV. We'll show you how.