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.

Yamaha WX-030

Yamaha WX-030 MusicCast wireless speaker review: Sonos draws its strongest challenger

This excellent speaker is part of a strong multi-room audio system.

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Yamaha YSP-1600 MusicCast sound bar review: Much better with soundtracks than music

This will be a big step up from just about any TV’s speakers, but it can be too bright for music.

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Yamaha MusicCast

Yamaha MusicCast review: This multi-room audio system is better than expected

There's support for Bluetooth and AirPlay in addition to Yamaha's own technology, but is it better than Sonos?

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Meet Sense. It’s like Amazon’s Echo, but with eyes and ears instead of ears and a mouth

This connected-home hub connects to the cloud, but keeps all your data local and private, including the video from its onboard security camera.

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sony x850d

Better than OLED? That’s the pitch Sony is making for its high-end LCD TVs

Sony announces pricing and availability of the TVs it announced at CES.

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Charbroil

Char-Broil Simple Smoker review: Better than any barbecue (but the app sucks)

It doesn’t entirely live up to its promise to take the guesswork out of smoking your food, but the results are delectable nonetheless.

Sunbrite outdoor TV

Sunbrite SB-4670HD review: In snow, rain, or heat; you can watch the Super Bowl from anywhere on this outdoor TV

This thoroughly weatherized display proved tough enough to survive a rare California hailstorm and tornado warning, too.

Aerelight OLED desk lamp

Aerelight A1 OLED desk lamp review: Beautiful, but not as practical as it could be

OLEDs don’t need to be small, and they’re not just for TVs.

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18 of the most-innovative connected-home products at CES 2016

Despite the standards battles being fought behind the scenes, new smart-home products were all over the CES show floor this year.

TP-Link Talon AD7200

TP-Link’s Talon AD7200 is a true tri-band router, operating on the 2.4-, 5.0-, and 60GHz bands

Home-networking device operates both 802.11ac and 802.11ad networks.

Hopper 3 with HopperGO

Dish Network’s Hopper 3 DVR records 16 TV shows at once; can display four 1080p windows on the same 4K TV

And with the satellite-TV service provider's new HopperGO, you can you take up to 100 hours of recorded content on the road.

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Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs are also connected-home hubs; among the first to earn Ultra HD Premium certification

New models feature integrated smart hubs to control more than 200 Smart Things devices.

Cassia Bluetooth Hub

Cassia Networks is building a Bluetooth router

The Cassia Hub can control up to 22 Bluetooth devices and boosts Bluetooth range up to 1000 feet.

Netatmo presence home security camera

Netatmo’s Presence is a smart home security camera/outdoor floodlight mashup

Onboard AI can distinguish between people, animals, and cars; LED floodlight activates when motion is detected, to capture full-color video at night.

Linksys CES 2015

Linksys aims to take the hassle out of home networking with new flagship router, other gear

In other news, you can finally get DD-WRT firmware for Linksys' WRT1900AC, WRT1200AC, and WRT1900ACS routers.