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Scott Owsley discusses the pros, cons, and in-and-outs of using the BenQ HT4550i UHD 4K Smart Projector in your home theater. 0:00 - Introduction 0:34 - Pros, Cons, and Advice 3:01 - LED & Laser 4:39 - Sensor 5:40 - Image Quality 8:22 - Connectivity & Accessories 11:48 - Why Projectors? Will you be adding the BenQ HT4550i to your setup? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
by Shawn C. Steiner · Posted
Setting up a functional home office space/guest bedroom has been a never-ending journey. I was sure I wanted to add a 42" OLED TV to sit beside my computer to serve as a second display (when needed) and as entertainment, but a big uncertainty was finding a sound system to work with it. The room is small, and I wasn’t going to build out a true sound system, so a soundbar became the go-to option. I eventually landed on the Sony HT-A5000, which is admittedly a bit large for the TV and desk it sits on. However, this was before the
The Hisense PX1 and PX1-PRO bring the latest advancements in projector technology, with stunning cinema-accurate images, tack-sharp 4K projection, 10-Bit, and more. Would you add either of these projectors to your home theater setup? 0:00 - Introduction 0:51 - Specs for Each Projector 2:02 - PX1-PRO 5:23 - More on Specs 7:11 - Final Thoughts
With the announcement of the XPERIA 5 IV, Sony has once again proved that access to professional content creation is possible in the form of a compact smartphone. For those who loved the XPERIA 5 III but thought its screen was too dim and bemoaned its lack of convenient charging, the upgraded XPERIA 5 IV's 6.1" FHD+ 120 Hz OLED panel is now 50% brighter and supports wireless charging. Featuring
by M. Brett Smith · Posted
The Nest Cam Wired is the latest smart home security camera from tech supergiant Google. Offering many of the same features as its wireless—but noticeably more expensive—sibling, the Nest Cam Battery, the Nest Cam Wired appears to be the perfect combination of value, convenience, and performance. To see whether it could live up to its own lofty potential, we took the Nest Cam Wired home for
It’s hard to feel inspired when considering the soundbar landscape. In most cases, you simply get a wide, black box that’s designed to sit near your TV. You connect the soundbar to your home entertainment system and expect to be treated to an elevated audio experience—and for the most part, it delivers. If you’re being honest, though, rarely would you expect a soundbar to compete with larger systems that consist of dedicated speakers powered by an A/V receiver. Well, if you want to inject a healthy dose of surprise and excitement into your
From entry level to high end, there’s no shortage of soundbars on the market. Each promises to deliver an elevated audio experience compared to your TV’s built-in speakers. As TVs have gotten thinner over the years, sacrifices have had to be made, and sound quality has often suffered as a result. Thankfully, brands like Bowers & Wilkins, often referred to as B&W, offer solutions that not only you allow you to bypass your TV’s speakers, but let you turn the experience up a notch and enjoy high-resolution multi-channel sound. As more
Create a cinema-like experience in your home with the BenQ V7050i Laser UST Projector! This ultra-short-throw laser projector uses XPR technology to create 4K UHD resolution on your screen, providing you with rich colors while you view your content. Click here to learn more about the BenQ V7050i Home UST
by Steven Wong · Posted
With wildly fluctuating weather conditions across the northeast United States and other parts of the world, perhaps it is the best time to enhance your smart home with an intelligent heating and cooling system. That’s one the reasons I decided to install a Google Nest Thermostat in my home, which is more affordable than the
The much-anticipated Sony XPERIA 5 III continues to leverage Sony’s professional camera know-how in the mobile space and is targeted at smartphone users who are serious about enjoying and creating content. Sony XPERIA 5 III Like its older brother, the XPERIA 1 III, The XPERIA 5 III is equipped with a triple rear camera system,
Introducing The Freestyle from Samsung, a portable projector that goes beyond the confines of home theater. You can take The Freestyle almost anywhere, allowing you to project your favorite content on the go, whether you're watching a movie or getting creative on a photoshoot. Tell us in the Comments section, below, what you think about this new smart projector, then learn more about The Freestyle at
by Rich R · Posted
When I was asked to test the new 2nd Generation Sonos Beam, I was excited to see how much soundbar technology has advanced since my last review. With its short width, I was concerned it wouldn’t offer as broad a soundstage as my soundbar or the soundbar I reviewed a couple of years ago―which was a 5.1-channel soundbar system―but as you’ll read, I had nothing to worry about. Whether through driver design, positioning, or other technology, the
There’s no shortage of smart home tech these days. From light switches to thermostats, we’ve covered a great deal of it here at B&H. In fact, we’ve become spoiled by it. It’s no longer impressive to simply connect to the Internet and offer iPhone or Android control; manufacturers now have to push the envelope to get our attention. That’s the great thing about tech—it drives forward. Brilliant’s line of Smart Home Control
The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is a new take on the home theater projection that we’re all used to, with brighter images and closer-than-you’d-expect projection. This laser projector has support for 4K input, HDR playback, and built-in speakers. Use the Comments, below, to share your thoughts and any questions about this versatile projector.
by Nicholas Messitte · Posted
They arrived on my doorstep nestled in a cardboard box—two Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition Speakers, offered on loan for review. These bookshelf speakers are geared for hi-fi enthusiasts who might not have the wherewithal to go full “rabbit hole” on the pursuit.