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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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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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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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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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.

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Hisense H9G 4K UHD TV review: Excellent color and HDR performance for the price

Hisense's H9G 4K UHD TV offers an excellent picture for the price. It's available only in 55-inch and 65-inch flavors, but if that's what you're shopping for, it should be on your short-list.

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TCL 8-series 4K UHD TV review: This TV gets as close to OLED as any LCD has come

With thousands of mini LEDs forming its backlight array, TCL's 8 series delivers outstanding black without the usual artifacts. It's the first LCD TV we've seen that rivals OLED for picture richness.

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QNAP TS-253D NAS review: 2.5GbE, PCIe expansion, and HDMI output make for a kickin' home server

QNAP's handsome NAS box offers dual 2.5GbE ports and a PCIe slot for adding 10GbE, SSDs, or both. It can also play multimedia directly to an attached 4K display.

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Asustor AS5202T (Nimbustor 2) NAS review: Media storage and streaming that's a cut above

The AS5202T's dual 2.5GbE performance and agile interface make it a real competitor for the title of best home NAS box.

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Tribit XFree Go headphone review: Amazing sound, great price, and one glaring flaw

The Tribit XFree Go headphones punch far above their weight, sonically: sadly, the controls locked up after an hour or so of sustained use.