Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart home and home entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

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Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

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Q Acoustics Q Active 200 review: This high-end powered bookshelf audio system delivers impeccable performance

Wired or wireless, this audio system can accommodate nearly any source: high-res streaming services, a local server, a TV, Bluetooth, even an old-school turntable.

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How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)

Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.

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Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

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The Owl Wired could be the ultimate smoke detector

That’s because it can also sense carbon monoxide, analyze sound and motion, and track humidity and temperature.

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Samsung SmartThings, Google Nest partnership kicks off

Smart home products from two of our favorite brands now work together.

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The Sense Energy Monitor gets two new and valuable upgrades—at no added cost to the buyer

The system can now analyze the quality of a home’s incoming electrical power and alert homeowners to potentially hazardous wiring faults.

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Sonos announces new artists contributing to its Sonos Radio services

Both the free Sonos Radio and subscription-based Sonos Radio HD will feature contributions from the likes of Björk, D’Angelo, and FKA twigs.

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Hex Home Security monitors Wi-Fi radio waves to detect intruders

The system analyzes how Wi-Fi radio waves are disrupted as people move around your home and is supposed to be smart enough to ignore pets.

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Sonos introduces a replacement battery kit for its Move portable smart speaker

Updates to the Sonos Radio service are also in the works.

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The first Linksys Wi-Fi 6e router is a mesh network model

The Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E System is aimed at smart home enthusiasts and is backward compatible with earlier Linksys Intelligent Mesh products.

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Netgear has one of the first Wi-Fi 6e routers: The Nighthawk RAXE500

The router taps the newly opened 6GHz frequency band and promises to deliver massive bandwidth with little latency. Netgear also unveiled a new cable modem.

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Lutron adds its first outdoor smart home device to its Caséta product line

The Caséta Outdoor Smart Plug lets you control and automate landscape lighting and other outdoor gadgets.

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Roku rescues Quibi’s entertainment content

Quibi’s business model turned into a joke, but there was nothing wrong with much of its content.

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Roku has developed a soundbar reference design specifically for Roku TVs

The company is also trumpeting its number one position in smart TV operating systems, as determined by the market-research firm NPD Group.