Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Lutron WIDR window shades

Lutron’s new motorized rollup shades available in sizes as big as 12 feet wide by 12 feet tall

Sivoia QS Triathlon WIDR shades can be incorporated into connected-home systems, run on ordinary D-cell batteries.

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SunBrite TV

With this 4K TV, you can build your man cave out on the patio

Available in 84- and 55-inch screen sizes, these weatherized TVs can be viewed in direct sunlight.

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Sony VPLVW5000es

Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000

The entertainment company also updated its flagship home-theater A/V receiver.

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Flexson Sonos accessories

Sonos speakers and components get a makeover with Flexson’s accessories

Stands and brackets shown at CEDIA 2015 allow you to hang Sonos speakers on the wall, raise them on stands; skins let you change the colors of the speakers.

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Origin Acoustics ceiling subwoofer

New high-end subwoofers from Origin Acoustics disappear into walls, ceilings

These speakers deliver the boom without taking up space in your room.

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Electric Jukebox hardware

The Electric Jukebox: For music lovers who think Apple Music and Spotify are too expensive and too complicated

British startup has developed a music streamer that plugs into your TV (and only your TV).

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Harmony Elite

Logitech Harmony Elite remote control review: About as good as a universal remote can be

This touchscreen remote can not only control every device in your home entertainment center, but also your lighting, your thermostat, and a whole lot more.

Asus RT-AC88u rear

Asus' gamer-centric RT-AC88U packs more ethernet ports than any other 802.11ac router

The new router, designed to appeal to gamers, features an 8-port gigabit switch.

Comcast and Nest

Comcast Xfinity Home subscribers can now add Nest thermostats and other connected-home devices

Some installations can be DIY projects, but anything involving the alarm system must be installed by a Comcast technician.

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Netflix prices creep up again

Developing original TV programming like ‘House of Cards’ costs big bucks, and the streaming giant wants its customers to help with the financing.

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless review: The Brits have done it again

It’s one of the best single-cabinet stereo speakers in the world, and you no longer need to be an Apple user to enjoy it.

WRT1900ACS front

Linksys WRT1900ACS review: The best router for most router enthusiasts

There are more powerful (and more expensive) routers on the market, but this one delivers the best bang for the buck for most connected homes.

Roku 4

Roku announces Roku 4 media streamer with 4K video, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

There’ll be no confusing this new model with previous generations.

TiVo Bolt

TiVo Bolt review: The best DVR gets better

Whether you’re a cord cutter or a cable-TV devotee, this is the DVR you should be using.

Certified HDMI cable

A new HDMI certification program will make it easier to avoid crappy cables

Certified cables will have gone through expanded cable speed tests at an HDMI-authorized testing center to certify that they are capable of delivering bandwidth of 18Gbps, and that they radiate very little EMI.