Roon Labs’ Nucleus music server review: Exquisite hardware for exceptional software

Roon Labs’ Roon music server software is is unparalleled in terms of its performance, its robust metadata support, and its flexibility. You can integrate any AirPlay, Chromecast, or native Roon RAAT (Roon Advanced Audio Transport) speakers and other audio gear for multi-room streaming. The high-end music-streaming services Tidal and Qobuz …

Is it a good idea for Apple to buy exclusive rights to podcasts?

The podcast industry has been flooded with big money over the last few years, as businesses and investors seek to get in on a rapidly growing media business that’s got a lot of room for audience and revenue growth. (Spotify alone is spending $500 million on podcast companies and exclusive …

Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild: A behind-the-scenes look at the advanced audio technology in a very unique live show

Unless you’ve been living off the grid for the last 50 years, you know that Aerosmith is one of the most popular rock bands of all time. Megahits like “Dream On,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” and many others have permeated pop culture during the …

Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild: A behind-the-scenes look at the advanced audio technology in a unique live show

Unless you’ve been living off the grid for the last 50 years, you know that Aerosmith is one of the most popular rock bands of all time. Megahits like “Dream On,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” and many others have permeated pop culture during the …

Sling TV would be great if it wasn’t so chintzy

Of all the live TV streaming services that want to replace your cable bundle, Sling TV is the one I’d love to recommend most. While other services have larded on more mandatory channels—and raised prices accordingly—Sling TV has tried to preserve some semblance of cost control with its lower base …

FitzyTV review: A neat but shaky workaround for streaming TV annoyances

As liberating as cord-cutting can be, it can also introduce some frustrations. The live TV streaming service you’re paying for might not let you record certain channels or skip through commercials, or its TV program guide might be less intuitive than what you had with cable. Meanwhile, subscribing to more …

Bose Home Speaker 300 review: A versatile smart speaker begging to be compared to the Sonos One

Have a cigar. There’s a new baby in the Bose smart speaker line. The Bose Home Speaker 300 is the littlest and least pricey of four models in a rapidly expanding talk-to-me speaker family first announced in August 2018. The 300’s kinship to its siblings is unmistakable in both industrial …

6 ways to find the perfect TV show or movie on Netflix

Netflix offers an embarrassment of video riches considering its modest monthly price tag, but picking just the right TV show or movie on a given night isn’t the chillaxing experience it should be. Indeed, the busy Netflix interface frequently pushes the same recommendations over and over, leaving the false impression …

Judges named the best high-end TV at the Value Electronics TV Shootout during CE Week 2019

As we have come to expect, the picture quality of flat-panel TVs improves with each generation, while their performance differences diminish. This was clearly demonstrated at the 2019 Value Electronics TV Shootout, held June 12 during CE Week, a mid-year gathering of consumer-electronics companies and professionals held at the Javits …

TVision by T-Mobile review: This streaming TV service shows promise, but it’s not what cord-cutters want today

TVision by T-Mobile sprang from T-Mobile’s acquisition of streaming TV service provider Layer3 TV earlier this year—a move that left a lot of people scratching their heads over T-Mobile’s strategy. TVision, after all, depends not on wireless service but on wired broadband, and it’s currently available in just a few …