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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Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker review: Good sound in a super small, very affordable package

Compact, with good sound for its size, the SoundCore 2 is a bargain at $39.

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Samsung wants your TV to disappear

A new 8K UHD, microLED, ambient mode, and smart features for your phone were all touted at today's Samsung 2018 TV press presentation

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The HDMI 2.1 low-down: Don't dump your legacy cables

If you have quality HDMI cables, they'll likely pass muster for the new HDMI 2.1 standard, as might some of your gear.

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Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker review: Rugged, loud, and fun, but also pricey and only marginally portable

The absence of a battery leaves the thumpy Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker reliant on AC power.

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JBL Pulse 3 review: This weatherproof Bluetooth speaker puts on a fun light show

An IPX7 weatherization rating means this speaker can survive a dip in the pool, but it's audio performance left us wanting.

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Samsung's ginormous 'The Wall' TV is the first consumer display to use micro-LED technology

Like OLEDs, mLEDs enable deeper blacks because they don't need a separate backlight.

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Edifier Luna e25 HD Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, sci-fi looks, surprisingly affordable

These speakers show that you don't have to sacrifice sonic quality or break the bank to enjoy wireless sound. They're not portable, but for static installations they're fantastic.

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LG gets a jump on CES by announcing its 2018 smart TV lineup early

LG's 2018 smart TVs will offer improved support for high dynamic range. support for higher refresh rates on its high-end models, and better color mapping and color correction. But it will continue to use replacement RGBW (2.88K) in some of its cheaper models.

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Some LG 4K LCD TVs still deliver only 2.8K resolution

Many of LG's 2017 LCD TVs use subtractive RGBW which steals every 4th subpixel and changes it to white. It helps with brightness and contrast, but reduces the TV's true resolution from 4K to 2.8K.

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Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth speaker review: This Alexa-enabled speaker is loud and proud

This smart speaker is expensive, but it delivers a sonic performance you won't get from any Echo.

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Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision)

With 32-bit DACs and other upscale components, you won't hear better analog audio from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's also the first player we've tested to support Dolby Vision 4K UHD discs.

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TouchJet Wave review: This pricey gadget can make your dumb TV smart—and touchable

Android and infrared come together to convert your big-screen TV into a massive tablet.

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Cambridge Audio CXUHD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A classy chassis with Dolby Vision

This handsome device is a top-notch disc player that's great for digital audio systems, but it doesn't off any type of analog output.

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Dolby Vision vs HDR10: Which is best?

Round 2 of our HDR video comparison sees Dolby Vision come out way on top.

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HDMI 2.1 specs and features: Everything you need to know

Higher resolution audio and video, faster refresh rates, and more bandwidth will enable better experiences with movies, games, VR, and more.

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