Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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Vaux speaker dock review: Add battery power and an improved speaker to your Echo Dot

Its acoustic performance won’t knock your socks off, but this combo is vastly superior to the Amazon Tap.

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JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker review: Better-than-expected sound in a compact, waterproof enclosure

$100 isn’t chickenfeed, but this small speaker sounds like it should cost a lot more.

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V-Moda Remix review: A little too much of a good thing

Thumbs up on the integrated headphone amp, thumbs down on the exaggerated bass.

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Netgear Orbi RBK30 WiFi System review: It's not bad, but it's not great

It's still not a mesh system, but this time you might care.

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Libratone One Click Bluetooth speaker review: Fun design and very good sound

Swappable accessories make it easy to take the music with you.

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Tivoli Model One Digital

Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint

Many won’t miss the extra features this tabletop radio is missing.

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Smart Home

Wi-Fi Alliance introduces a certification program for new smart home construction

Wi-Fi Certified homes will feature integrated wireless networks designed with the same level of detail as the home’s electrical and plumbing systems.

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Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation Eero Home WiFi System

Touting onboard Thread radios, Eero’s CEO says this is the beginning of a new smart home platform.

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Logitech’s new Circle 2 home security cameras can be used indoors or out

Buyers will need to choose between wired and wire-free models, along with a host of accessories.

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Nest Cam IQ marks a clean break from the Dropcam platform Nest acquired in 2014

The new indoor security camera boasts a 4K image sensor, HDR imaging, and the ability to recognize and remember faces.

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DirecTV Now on Roku

DirecTV Now is now available on most Roku streaming devices

Compatibility goes back as far as the Roku 2.

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Meridian Audio Explorer2 USB DAC review: An inexpensive path to high-resolution audio

Decoding MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) tracks is this DAC’s raison d’être, but it can do more than that.

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Linksys jumps into the cable modem market and announces the all-new mid-range EA9300 Wi-Fi router

Mesh routers are the hot new thing, but the latest conventional routers are delivering some supremely powerful features.