• Q Acoustics M20 HD Wireless Music System review: Hi-Fi less the high price

    Of course the Q Acoustics M20 HD Wireless Music System supports Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 with support for aptX HD, as a matter of fact. But if you want to hear the best audio performances this high-end two-channel system can deliver, hook it up to your computer and use it as a USB audio device for listening to music, watching movies, or playing games.

  • Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

    Bluetooth speakers were once like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. And you’ll find some incredible deals from companies you might never had heard of.

  • TP-Link Kasa Smart WiFi Light Bulb (model KL125) review: Colorful and affordable, with robust scheduling options

    The most affordable color smart bulb in TP-Link’s Kasa Smart lineup, the TP Link Kasa Smart WiFi Light Bulb Multicolor model KL125 has some nifty tricks up its sleeves and deep scheduling functionality, even if other aspects of the bulb are rough around the edges.Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, the Wi-Fi-enabled Kasa Smart KL125 comes with an attractive (if sometimes convoluted) mobile app, handy one-touch shortcuts for color temperature presets, an impressive number of scheduling...

  • Why cord-cutting still beats cable, even with price hikes

    Whenever a streaming service raises prices, it’s tempting to think that you’d be better off crawling back to cable.

  • Campfire Audio Satsuma and Honeydew in-ear headphone reviews: one is refined, the other robust; both are excellent

    Campfire Audio has been designing and building high-end in-ear headphones (IEHs) in Portland, Oregon, since 2015. The current lineup on its website includes no less than 15 models, most with a price tag higher than $1,000 and many others very near that lofty figure. The company employs high-quality materials and eschews wireless connections and other convenience features in its pursuit of the best possible audio quality.

  • Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

    Headphones can be the ultimate tool for an intimate listening experience. Whether your audio is coming through your phone, a disc player, or a PC or gaming console, a great set of cans has the ability to shut out all distractions so you are fully immersed in your content. 

  • TP-Link Kasa Smart WiFi Outdoor Smart Plug (model EP40) review: A bargain in outdoor smart lighting

    Like TP-Link’s new EP10 smart plug, the Kasa EP40 outdoor plug offers little in the way of changes from its predecessor, the KP400. Cosmetically, the differences are modest, and the all-black unit retains its rather chunky, semi-circular appearance, with two three-prong outlets on the front and two individual, LED-illuminated control buttons on the top. The new IP40 maintains an IP64 ruggedness rating—though note the rubber socket cover flaps on the new hardware don’t feel very secure and have a...

  • Alexa can now listen for running water and beeping appliances

    Wish Alexa could tell you when your kids have left the kitchen faucet running, or when your latest load of laundry is ready for the dryer? Now she can, thanks to a pair of new routine triggers.Amazon just announced two additional “Sound Detectors” for Alexa: one that can detect a beeping appliance, such as a washing machine, and another that detects the sound of running water.You can use the new Sound Detectors to trigger Alexa routines. For example, you could use the beeping appliance detector...

  • Verizon unveils two Android TV-powered soundbars with Bang & Olufsen sound

    Verizon has been quietly making its way into the home entertainment space, first with an Android TV streaming player and now with a couple of Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars designed in partnership with Bang & Olufsen.Available today via Verizon, the $400 Stream TV SoundbarRemove non-product link and $1,000 Stream TV Soundbar ProRemove non-product link arrive with Verizon’s Android TV-powered Stream TV interface, along with virtualized Dolby Atmos sound and 4K passthrough.To read this article...

  • Levoit VeSync Core 300S Smart Air Purifier review: Pint-sized and packed with value

    Folks in need of an unobtrusive air purifier for a relatively small space could do worse than Levoit’s VeSync Core 300S. A cylinder just 14 inches tall and 9 inches wide—and weighing a mere 6 pounds—this purifier can easily be stashed just about anywhere.

  • Sony HT-A9 Home Theater System review: This all-in-one wireless surround system delivers

    Sony’s $1,800 HT-A9 home theater system finds a satisfying middle ground between the ease-of-use offered by a soundbar and the immersive audio experience created by a true multi-speaker surround speaker array.

  • The best air purifiers: Keep your home safe, comfortable, and odor-free

    The COVID pandemic—and in much of the country, smoke-filled air caused by rampant wildfires—has renewed interest in a formerly sleepy sector of the gadget universe: the air purifier. For those of us in California, air purifiers have been essential companions in the fall months, helping to rid the unyielding stench of wood smoke from the air while (we hope) protecting our health from the potential damages of inhaling toxic gasses and particles.