Hisense H8F 4K UHD TV (2019) review: Better color, better blacks, and better HDR

I was skeptical about Hisense’s move to array backlighting for its 2019 H8F 4K UHD TV series. Just last year, even the company’s second-tier H9F was side-lit, and first forays into technology don’t always turn out so great. Well, the H8F may not be “great”—that’s $2,000 LG E8 and Samsung …

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Table of Contents Show More You only know for sure that you needed a surge protector after your equipment fries. Then it’s too late. For a very reasonable amount of money, you could put an almost literal firewall between your expensive (and cheap) electronics and the juice coming in from …

Bowers & Wilkins announces its Formation Suite, a very high-end wireless multi-room audio system

Bowers & Wilkins has been relatively quiet since its acquisition by EVA Automation in May 2016, bringing just a few new products to market since then. That changes in a very big way today with B&W’s announcement of the Formation Wireless Music System, a robust multi-room audio system that targets …

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

There was a time when being an audio enthusiast meant living with wires. Lots and lots of wires. That was the price you had to pay for quality audio, especially if you wanted a home theater system with true surround sound. Well, if WiSA (Wireless Speaker & Audio Association) has …

Q Acoustics Concept 300 loudspeaker review: Grand sound in a compellingly intriguing package

Do you believe in levitation? Spend some time with Q Acoustics Concept 300 and you might. These bigger-than-your-averagebookshelf speakers deliver dynamic, detailed, wide-open performances rivaling competitors several times their size in a fashion that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. And that’s not the only feature …

IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA introduced two wireless speakers today, developed in partnership with Sonos, the market leader in multi-room audio. Information about the bookshelf speaker has been floating around the internet for several weeks, but the companies revealed today that they’ve also developed a table-lamp speaker. Both speakers will be …

Panasonic DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: Here’s one manufacturer that’s not bailing on Blu-ray

Panasonic’s DP-UB9000 bucks a trend: The company is shipping this high-end, high-performance, high-priced Ultra HD Blu-ray player at a time when some manufacturers—including Samsung and Oppo—have altogether stopped building Blu-ray players for the U.S. market. Streaming your favorite movies is super convenient, and if your ISP can deliver sufficient bandwidth, …

Apple TV+ needs a better hook if Apple expects us to pay for it

On Monday, Apple confirmed months of Hollywood scuttlebutt by announcing Apple TV+, a foray into original programming that will launch later this year. To its credit, Apple has a lot of big names on board. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will star in a show about producing the morning news. …