Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-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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Blue Microphones Satellite wireless headphones review: Active noise cancellation you can celebrate

These cans don’t offer every state-of-the-art feature, but they’re supremely comfortable and they sound delightful.

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Securifi Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System review: An okay router bolted to a strong smart home hub

There are better mesh Wi-Fi routers out there, but none with a strong smart home hub built in.

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Sonos Playbase review: Oddly enough, it sounds better playing music than movie soundtracks

The Playbase fits conveniently under your TV, but it’s not the best home theater speaker we’ve heard.

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Netgear expands its Orbi Wi-Fi system into a product family, adding two less-expensive models

For one SKU, the router manufacturer shrunk its satellite to fit a wall plug.

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Vifa Oslo portable Bluetooth speaker review: A Danish delight for the deep-pocketed

Vifa's Bluetooth mobile sound system offers a luxurious design and fabulous sound for its fat price.

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Smart bulbs that work with Amazon's Alexa

Here’s how Amazon's digital assistant can light up your smart home.

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Como Audio Duetto radio review: Retro done right

The tabletop radio might seem like a relic of the past, but this one delivers every modern convenience and high-fidelity sound, too.

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The new Sonos Playbase is an amazingly thin speaker for flat-screen TVs

The $699 Playbase packs 10 drivers and 10 discrete amplifiers into a cabinet that’s just 2.28 inches high.

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Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi HD Wi-Fi router review: There are better Wi-Fi systems for your Mac

It's an interesting take on mesh networking topology, but there are better solutions in this price range.

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Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi router review: It doesn’t create a mesh network, but it’s so fast you won’t care

Orbi satellites communicate with the router, not with each other; but 4x4 backhaul enabled best-in-class performance in most of our benchmarks.

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Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

The music-streaming service will make exclusive content available to the mobile phone service’s customers.

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Linksys Velop Wi-Fi router review: One of the best mesh network systems to date

It might be a little late to the mesh-networking party, but Linksys is showing a winner at CES.

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HomeKit-compatible sensors from Fibaro bring new capabilities to Apple’s smart-home platform

Motion, flood, and door/window sensors help protect your home and can interact with other smart devices.

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Google Wifi review: Mesh networking made easy

It’s not the right router for everyone, but there’s plenty to like and it’s priced right.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) review: This is the Echo most people should buy

The least-expensive Echo does everything its pricier siblings do, but you should spring for an outboard speaker if you want it to play music.

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