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Firmware update brings Dolby Atmos to three Onkyo A/V receivers

For the last few months, we’ve seen numerous Dolby Atmos-capable home theater audio products announced. Now we’re starting to see the actual Dolby Atmos functionality roll out.

Review: Brother MFC-2740DW Laser Printer

I’ve had the privilege of receiving a new Brother MFC-2740DW Laser Printer, part of Brother’s new line of monochrome laser printers released last month. The MFC-2740DW is a printer, copier, scanner and fax machine (35-page capacity document feeder) all rolled up in a small package. The color scanner connects to destinations such as FTP and more »

JVC latest manufacturer to offer 4K Ultra HD TV

Another big brand has joined the 4K Ultra HD TV fray, as JVC will introduce the 65-inch, $1,999 JVC Diamond Series DM65USR by the end of this month.

What is Ultra HD TV? (video)

There’s been a lot of noise about 4K Ultra HD TV this year, but not many people know exactly what it is. So we decided to make a video that can serve as a primer on the technology.

A headband that could change the way you watch TV in bed

You know when one person wants to watch TV in bed, and the other wants to, you know, sleep? The obvious solution is for the TV watcher to don headphones in order to not disturb his or her sleep partner. But lying in bed with headphones on isn’t very comfortable. Hammacher Schlemmer proposes a solution: The Comfortable TV Listening Headband.

Vizio unveils five P-Series 4K Ultra HD TVs, all under $2,500

The price floor is continuing to crumble in the 4K Ultra HD TV market — and the 4K content hasn’t even arrived yet. There will be five new 4K Ultra HD TV models on the market very soon, as Vizio today launched its P-Series of Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TVs — and they’re all priced under $2,500. Even the 70-inch model.

Notion is the Victorinox of home automation sensors

Victorinox may be more commonly known for their line of Swiss Army knives. Whichever way you recognize them, you’re likely to relate the ideas of quality and multi-function. Why have a knife, file, driver, tweezers, and bottle opener separately when a single gadget can do it all? Why, indeed. There is a growing number of more »

MartinLogan, Paradigm, Anthem latest to embrace Play-Fi wireless audio standard

The Play-Fi standard for wireless whole home audio continues to gain support, as MartinLogan, Paradigm and Anthem have joined the party, with compatible products to come in 2015. DTS, which bring audio enhancement technologies to market through various products, made the announcement yesterday.

CE industry settles on a name for 4K/UHD/Ultra HD TVs: 4K Ultra HD

We’ve been harping on this for a long time: Are the new class of super-high-resolution televisions called 4K TVs, UHD TVs, or Ultra HD TVs? This week, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which runs the yearly, epic CES show in Las Vegas and the rest of the year sets the tone for the consumer electronics industry, came up with a solution. Or maybe, more accurately, a compromise.

Super large-screen TVs get home theater love with ZVOX

Ever since TVs became a household commodity, manufacturers have continued to improve upon quality, features, and design. So far, each new year of the past few years have upped screen size by at least an inch or so. If you have the budget (and allocated space), all video  can be enjoyed to over 80 inches more »

Control lighting, privacy, temperature with TiltMyBlinds

Many of current home automation products involve the control of light. Some are wireless-enabled switches, while others are LED bulbs with Bluetooth built right in. But of the ones you could get and install today, none of them really manage any natural light in the home. That’s where TiltMyBlinds comes in. Most homes have the more »

Logitech introduces its DIY Harmony Living Home automation system

With traditional universal remote controls on the wane, Logitech is reviving its renowned Harmony brand with a DIY home control system called Harmony Living Home. Companies like URC, Savant, Crestron and more have been doing this stuff very ably for a while, only their systems are more complex and feature-rich, and must be custom-programmed by professional installers. The Harmony system, while it appears to be not nearly as capable as those systems, is aimed directly at the consumer.