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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Braven BRV-XL Bluetooth speaker review: Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy—and with a built-in bottle opener, too!

Zagg says this large weatherproof Bluetooth speaker is "Rocky Mountain Tested."

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Samsung Q60R 4K UHD smart TV review: The QLED color experience for less

The Q60R delivers Samsung's full quantum dot color experience and lux QLED features at an affordable price point. But there are trade-offs

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

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HDMI ARC and HDMI eARC explained: The evolution of the Audio Return Channel

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?

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Samsung CJ791 QLED review: Thunderbolt meets curvy, ultra wide-screen display with quantum dots

Though a step down in DPI from Apple's Retina displays, the Samsung CJ791 ultra-widescreen display offers excellent color and a panoramic viewing experience.

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Vizio M-Series Quantum 4K UHD smart TV review: Great color, moderate HDR

Vizio's M-Series Quantum delivers outstanding color and decent HDR for not a whole lot of cash. But there's no motion compensation, native DLNA streaming, or Bluetooth output.

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NAD Masters M10 streaming amplifier review: Great sound, Dirac room correction, and lots more

The NAD M10 streaming amplifier sounds great, is extremely versatile and offers Dirac so you can tune it to your acoustical space. But despite a large colorful touch display, setup and some other functions rely on a phone app or web browser.

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Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung's Q80R is a bargain in the land of top-tier TVs. It has a great picture, but saves you money by omitting unnecessary (albeit nifty) top-of-the-line design flourishes.

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Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

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Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD Q900.

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Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. But it's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. But it's not dead easy to use.

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Samsung RU8000 4K UHD TV review: A good-enough smart TV, but not one that's keeping up with the times

By last year's standards, Samsung's RU8000 is a good TV; but this year, it's eclipsed in terms of both color and HDR performance by less-expensive competitors.

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OWC unveils its Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C, an external NVMe drive promising 980MBps speed

OWC's Envoy Pro Ex with USB-C is an external NVMe SSD with a weather-resistant case and capacities up to 2TB, as well at 980MBps speed.

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