Samsung's entry-level QLED is edge-lit, but still delivers a very bright and detailed image—albeit without the deeper blacks provided by the company's pricier array-lit and mini-LED QLEDs.
House of Marley's Positive Vibration XL ANC's offer very good sound and excellent noise cancellation. They're a major improvement over the previous generation.
The M-Series Quantum remains basically the same as it was in 2019: A good lower-mid-range TV. New for 2021: eARC support for uncompressed 7.1 surround sound, along with FreeSync and HDMI variable refresh rates.
Vizio makes incremental improvements to its smart TV lineup, beefing up processing power and offering FreeSync support and 120Hz refresh rates at the top end.
This entry-level 4K UHD TV has some positive attributes, including Vizio's excellent SmartCast user interface and an easy-to-use voice remote, but its image is mediocre at best.
The Enhanced Audio Return channel delivers higher-quality movie soundtracks and music, too—and you won't need a new cable. What's not to like?
Cyberlink's industry-leading PowerDVD 20 movie disc/video player adds cloud sharing and streaming to the mix. Not to mention a super-handy resume-from-last-position function.
Hisense's U8G is a nice improvement over the H series, including a 120Hz refresh rate. Picture quality and HDR performance are top-notch, although its blacks can't match those of pricier mini-LED sets.
Samsung's QN90A Neo QLED TV marries mini-LED backlighting and quantum dots to produce the company's most vivid 4K UHD image yet.
Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense revealed its first 8K UHD smart TVs for the U.S. market, along with a new line of proprietary dual-cell 4K sets.
Newly added FireTV, Apple TV, and cloud versions of PowerPlayer let you stream and share your movies via Cyberlink's Cloud service with anyone on nearly any device. PowerDVD 21 itself offers only mild improvements.
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'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
Sony's latest Master Series OLED offers a lush picture; great audio; and a fantastic, nearly bezel-less design.
These planar ribbon headphones sound fantastic, especially in the sub-bass region, but they could use more padding on the headband.