Home Entertainment Accessories

by Richard Stevens ·Posted 05/30/2022
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
by John Foldi ·Posted 05/11/2022
Improve the quality of your TV, gaming, and music experience with the Sonos Ray Soundbar. The Ray is Sonos’s budget entry into the soundbar space, fleshing out a portfolio that already includes the Sonos Beam and Sonos Arc,
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 03/28/2022
Broaden the soundstage of the movies, TV shows, and music you enjoy with the new Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Soundbar. It features three discrete front channels for stereo audio and dialogue, plus two up-firing Atmos drivers that deliver overhead sound effects to envelop you in your content. Panorama 3 has been specifically designed to offer great sound from just one component, with
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 01/19/2022
The Optoma UHD38 is a compact 4K projector designed for home entertainment and competitive gaming. According to the manufacturer, the UHD38’s unique combination of lightning-fast input, incredible color depth, and retina-searing brightness allows it to deliver an incredibly immersive experience, regardless of whether you’re enjoying the latest Hollywood blockbuster on Ultra HD Blu-ray or battling it out in Call of Duty. To verify
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 01/05/2022
LG had TVs and computer monitors great and small on display at CES 2022, and quite a few of them were headline-makers. Let’s check them out! The Largest-Ever OLED TV: 97" G2 The LG OLED G2 series features the first-ever 97" OLED TV, as well as an 83" version. The G2 series features LG’s Gallery Design, which allows the TV to sit flush to the wall. Powered by the α9 Gen 5 processor, Brightness Booster technology produces a brighter image with enhanced heat dissipation and a more advanced algorithm over previous models. The Smallest-Ever OLED
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 01/05/2022
As usual, Samsung took center stage at CES 2022 to show off some of its new upcoming consumer products, including a unique projector and new TV technology. The Freestyle Projector The Freestyle certainly looks more like a lighting fixture than a projector. With its yoke stand, you can point it in nearly any direction, including downward, to project onto ceilings, walls, the floor, or a tabletop, providing a versatile
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 01/04/2022
Projectors were never on my radar for a home theater setup. I’ve always trusted TVs and similar displays—most recently an OLED panel that I love. However, for a truly immersive large-screen experience, projectors are far more reasonable, and the Hisense L9G Laser TV seems like a steal for the 100" and 120" sizes that are available.
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 10/29/2021
The dark days and long nights of winter provide a great opportunity to reassess the safety of your home’s electrical power grid, lest your plans for seasonal lighting become worthy of a parody by National Lampoon, if not worse. To guard against such a dangerous event, we’ve gathered up the handy tips and product recommendations below to help you upgrade your infrastructure with safety and effectiveness in mind. Safety Basics Did you know that although power cords and surge protectors don’t have established expiration dates, they do have a
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 10/13/2021
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
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 09/14/2021
Sonos is a brand that’s known for breaking the mold, having originally done so by being among the first to offer multi-room speaker interoperability. The company continued to push boundaries when it broke into the home theater realm with its first soundbar products; now, rather than breaking the mold again, it’s taking the design of the original Sonos Beam Soundbar to new dimensions with the new 2nd generation Sonos Beam.
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 07/20/2021
Picture a projector. What kinds of images come to mind? School slideshows, a box hanging from the ceiling, and archaic connectivity like VGA? Maybe a rolling cart with a projector on top, loudly blowing air into your face? With its ultra-short-throw design, dual HDMI ports, and Wi-Fi connectivity via the included Android TV adapter, the BenQ V7050i will quickly dispel all of those preconceived notions.
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 07/06/2021
Expanding its C1PU smart television series, LG has added an 83" model to its ranks. Like the rest of the series, it’s a great choice for gamers, with features like Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and a partnership with NVIDIA certifying it as compatible with G-SYNC; FreeSync technology is also supported. Sports
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 05/28/2021
Though probably better known for making some of the best laptops on the planet, ASUS’s extensive consumer tech catalog also features a trove of high-end displays, including the new ASUS H1, a 1080p DLP projector with an LED light source rated to 3000 lumens of brightness. I had the opportunity to test
by Richard Risitano ·Posted 05/16/2021
Roku is expanding its lineup once again with the new Express 4K+ streaming media player, the Streambar Pro soundbar, and the Voice Remote Pro. The Roku Express 4K+ can stream and output up to 4K UHD, and even upscales Full HD video to near-4K UHD when used with a 4K TV, and 720p video to Full HD when connected to a Full HD TV. It also supports HDR10 to provide vibrant color with your HDR TV and compatible media. Roku Express 4K+
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 04/30/2021
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.