Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

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NAD Masters M10 streaming amplifier review: Great sound, Dirac room correction, and lots more

The NAD M10 streaming amplifier sounds great, is extremely versatile and offers Dirac so you can tune it to your acoustical space. But despite a large colorful touch display, setup and some other functions rely on a phone app or web browser.

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Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper's option in top-tier TVs

Samsung's Q80R is a bargain in the land of top-tier TVs. It has a great picture, but saves you money by omitting unnecessary (albeit nifty) top-of-the-line design flourishes.

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Sony XBR 950G 4K UHD smart TV review: Dated technology with a state-of-the-art price tag

There's a lot to like about Sony's 950G 4K UHD TV: It has that Sony style, a new more lux remote, and good video processing. But the dated color palette and blacks can't match that of TVs costing significantly less.

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Orico USB 3.1 NVMe SSD enclosure review: Fast, easy, and affordable

The finger-sized Orico M.2 NVMe USB 3.1 10Gbps enclosure is the least expensive we've seen, and performs as well as anything else we've tested.

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Polk Legend L100 review: Higher performance than you'd expect from any bookshelf speaker

Polk's Legend L100 speakers deliver well-rounded sound with generally precise renderings.

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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD Q900.

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Roku adds a soundbar and subwoofer to its audio lineup

Roku has announced the October availability of a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, as well as a subwoofer that pairs with it and the company's existing wireless speakers.

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Backup4all Professional 8 review: Easy, reliable backup

This venerable backup program has gotten better with age. Backup4All supports a variety of destinations such as online storage and optical media, and is most importantly super-reliable.

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Acronis True Image 2020: One of the best backup programs adds cloud features

Acronis True Image 2020 may seem like a minor upgrade, but the new features and improvements are more than welcome.

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Thinkware X700 dash cam review: Classy design with a few missing pieces

The Thinkware X700 dash cam has a great touchscreen and interface, but the GPS is external and the video appears overly compressed.

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QNAP HS-453DX NAS box review: The most powerful multimedia NAS box that money can buy

The QNAP HS-453DX is the most capable multimedia NAS box on the planet. It's very pricey and just how useful its direct audio/video output will be depends on your setup. It's also not dead easy to use.

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Anker Roav DashCam Duo review: Excellent video plus GPS, but no life after 12-volt

The Anker Roav DashCam Duo features front/interior, infrared interior assist and GPS. But the supercapacitor doesn't allow captures after 12-volt is removed.

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Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD: Fast and cheap, at 10 cents per gigabyte

At a mere 10 cents per gigabyte, Kingston's A2000 sets a new low price point for NVMe SSDs. Surprisingly, it does so without sacrificing much performance.

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HP Spectre x360 15t touch: Convertible, coppery, OLED goodness

With a 4K UHD AMOLED display and Thunderbolt/USB Gen 2 on board, the HP Spectre x360 15t Touch gives you lush graphics and top performance in a stylish package.

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Sony Extra Bass WH-XB900N Bluetooth headphone review: Good sound, major thump, and noise cancellation

The Sony Extra Bass WH-XB900N low-latency Bluetooth headphones sound good and effectively cancel noise, and you can crank the bass up with the phone app. They also support Google Assistant and Alexa.

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