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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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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Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

Designed in the classic style of Fender's guitar amps, the Newport delivers solid quality, very good audio, and fun analog controls.

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Hex TLS Bluetooth speaker review: 808 Audio delivers solid mono thump and good looks, but few amenities

This speaker is attractive, rugged, easy to pack, and it delivers an authoritative thump, but it's missing a few key features, including speakerphone functionality and the ability to charge other USB devices.

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Vizio SmartCast P-Series 4K UHD Display review: Great color and HDR overcome a few minor issues

The P-Series color and HDR puts just about everything else in its class to shame.

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Sharp Roku TV review: A good entry-level 4K UHD TV

The LC-55 is a basic LED-backlit 4K UHD TV that offers about as good a picture as you'll find for less than $500.

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VaVa Voom 22 Bluetooth speakers review: Affordable true stereo

Sold as a self-linking pair, VaVa's attractive Voom 22 puts the stereo into Bluetooth wireless audio. Loud, nice-sounding, and easy to set up.

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Netgear ReadyNAS 422 review: This box is fast and built to last

An improvement in almost every regard over Netgear's previous-generation network-attached storage this is a great box if you can afford it.

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Samsung UN55MU9000 smart TV review: No quantum dots, but silky smooth motion

Samsung's mid-range MU9000 series gives Sony's 930E a run for its money, thanks to a very smooth and even image.

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