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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Enclave Audio CineHome HD review: Plenty of bang for the home theater buck

The 'wire-free' claim is a wee bit overblown, but that doesn't mean this system isn't a good value.

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Nest Cam Outdoor with Nest Thermostat

Nest ships its Nest Cam Outdoor and shows off new colors for its Nest Thermostat

Nest Cam users will need a subscription to get all the new features, but non-subscribers aren't left totally in the cold.

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Sony MDR-1000X

Sony has Bose and its Quiet Comfort noise-cancelling headphones in its sights

Coming soon from Sony: New wireless and wired headphones, an audiophile headphone amp, and a gold-plated Walkman machined from solid copper.

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Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-home standard

Sigma Designs has released crucial software elements of its Z-Wave technology into the public domain.

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Mass Fidelity Core

Mass Fidelity Core and Core Sub review: Exceptional Bluetooth speakers

The diminutive Core is one of the best Bluetooth speakers ever. The Core Sub is icing on that sonic cake.

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Behmor Brewer review: A connected coffeemaker for coffee geeks

Wi-Fi connectivity and a smartphone app help deliver a precisely calculated brew.

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Optoma NuForce BE6i

Optoma NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones review: You won't believe they're Bluetooth

The aluminum enclosures are pretty and all, but it's the sound that makes these headphones worth the price of admission.

Naim Mu-so Qb

Naim Audio Mu-so Qb wireless speaker review: It sounds as beautiful as it looks, it just doesn’t get loud enough

It’ll fill the smaller spaces in your home with sound, but you’ll need its bigger sibling for the living room.

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Fender FXA6 Pro in-ear monitors review: These earphones are something special

You might think they’re expensive at $400, but their sound and fit rival custom-made monitors that cost nearly three times more.

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Enterprise-network builder Ubiquiti Networks to offer home Wi-Fi routers

The unusual-looking AmpliFi 802.11ac Wi-Fi router series will ship with two pre-paired range extenders.

Securifi’s Almond 3 connected-home router is now available for pre-order

This 802.11ac router has a ZigBee radio built in, and you can add support for Bluetooth and/or Z-Wave with USB dongles.

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Bowers & Wilkins is the trophy acquisition of a startup with high-end audio ambitions

Venerable British audio company Bowers & Wilkins has been snapped up by a startup that's flush with Silicon Valley cash. Little-known Eva Automation has no publicly announced products, but it has top-notch management and superstar backing. Better still, B&W's Joe Atkins will remain as CEO.

PillDrill kit

Did you take your pills? The PillDrill medication tracking system will help you remember

This innovative device could lead to better medical outcomes while reducing family friction.

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Krups EA815050 Essential Espresso Machine review: It makes great coffee with very little effort on your part

For those who’d rather spend their time drinking great coffee than learning how to be a barista.

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Libratone Zipp (right) and Zipp Mini (left)

Libratone Zipp wireless speakers review: Great looks, good sound, lots of features

The Zipp and Zipp Mini sound good, but they illustrate the distinction between a multi-room audio system and a whole-home audio system.