A few months ago, Matt Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg reviewed the Monoprice 9774, finding them to be incredibly similar to the Energy Take Classic. Too similar.
The product, model No. GX-SM530CF, includes more than 100 smart TV apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. It also allows viewers to access live cable content without having to pay the expensive monthly rental fees associated with a cable box.
The media player will retail for $149.99 and will be available October 23.
Currently, there are over two dozen Ultra HD "4K" big-screen displays available or imminently available. The problem is, only one TV and two projectors are fully compatible with the upcoming HDMI 2.0 standard.
So we asked all the companies making 4K TVs, what's their planned path for upgradability to the new standard?… Read more
Over the years, Sonos, once a fledgling startup, has grown up to dominate the DIY multiroom wireless audio space. Now it has some serious competition.
Bose has officially unveiled a new line of Wi-Fi speakers under its new SoundTouch brand, which features simple setup and operation, and it's definitely aimed at the same audience that Sonos has targeted.
The three new speakers that are available at launch -- you can order them today -- are the SoundTouch 30 ($699), a larger speaker designed for larger living spaces, and the SoundTouch 20 ($399) and SoundTouch Portable ($399), which are designed … Read more
The Pioneer SP-SB23W ($399) may be in a class of its own for affordable sound bar performance, but it's not quite perfect.
Shortly after posting our review of the SP-SB23W, I noticed a couple of user reviews that mentioned issues with Bluetooth audio sound quality. Specifically, the customers found that when using Bluetooth audio, only the right channel of audio was being being decoded, resulting in mono (rather than stereo) sound.
It was an easy issue to confirm, simply by connecting a MacBook Pro to the SP-SB23W via Bluetooth and adjusting the balance control. There was no mistake: move … Read more
It's no secret that we at CNET, along with most other TV reviewers who pay attention to picture quality, love Panasonic plasmas. Just look at our current "Best TVs" list. The top four are all plasma TVs made by Panasonic.
Among the ancient castles, quaint houses, and picturesque countryside, Great Britain is actually a hotbed of high-end audio. Brands big and small pepper the island country from the southern coast to the northern highlands.
On a recent trip, I had the opportunity to visit three such storied companies: Bowers & Wilkins (speakers and headphones), Meridian (electronics and speakers), and Abbey Road Studios (where the Beatles and Pink Floyd recorded).
It was a long day. OK, day and a half.… Read more
If you own a 2013 Panasonic Smart TV, which includes the Home Screen interface, you will now be able to customize it with the new "Home Screen Collection." The Collection enables you to pick new wallpapers and layouts from a selection of 20 different options, including nature scenes and even sports stars.
When it comes to customization and even just the attractiveness of its user interface, Panasonic has arguably lagged behind its competitors. The new Home Screen is a good start; the default interface was, in my opinion, rather drab.
To access the new wallpapers, first make sure … Read more
Now there are more than 20, ranging from 39 inches for barely more than $500 all the way up to 85 inches for $40,000.
On November 17 numerous major-brand models dropped their prices another $500, creating at least a $1,000 gap between the current selling price and what was originally announced. Retailers can now say stuff like: "You Save $3,501.01 (54%).&… Read more
Most TVs are perfectly fine for rooms with normal lighting situations, where a brighter TV isn't necessarily better. But if you plan to place the set where its screen can't avoid reflecting a window or other bright light source, you might want to consider one of the TVs below.
Not sure if your room is "normal" or not? Then chances are, you're fine with any TV. If you find your current TV bright enough, or reflections are only an issue during certain times of the day, then one of these TVs probably won't help much. But if you're constantly confounded by reflections or washout regardless of adjustments you make, a different TV might help.… Read more