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The Audiophiliac

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.

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Best speakers of 2014

CNET's favorite speakers, including sound bars, Bluetooth speakers, and full surround sound systems.

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Sony SRS-X5

While it doesn't play as loud when it's on battery power, the Sony SRS-X5 holds its own against the top Bluetooth speakers in its size and price class.

June 17, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 17, 2014
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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

This USB tuner means Xbox One owners can watch TV via their console without switching TV input, and use voice controls too.

August 6, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia Z1S is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever sold on any carrier, but an inferior screen makes Samsung's Galaxy handsets better deals.

January 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 13, 2014
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Xbox One Media Remote

The Xbox One Media Remote is a must-have accessory that makes it much easier to accept a gaming console as the hub of your living room.

May 7, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 7, 2014
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Quibbles aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are a modestly improved version of the already spectacular model they're based on, and among the best-sounding pairs you'll find for less than $200.

May 21, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating May 21, 2014
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NHL 15 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)

Overall, NHL 15 is a bittersweet event. It regularly exudes shades of brilliance and heightened moments of action that truly captures the best parts of hockey. But alas, it's soiled by a harsh truth: NHL 15 is missing an awful lot of features.

September 9, 2014

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X-Mini Clear

The company that makes capsule speakers has branched out with a 2.1 portable Bluetooth speaker.

August 25, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra

This phablet packs the Xperia Z's beautiful design in a supersized 6.44-inch frame and looks set to give the Samsung Galaxy Note range a run for its money.

June 25, 2013

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

January 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating January 28, 2014
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Microsoft Xbox One (without Kinect)

The cheaper, no-Kinect version of the Xbox One gives buyers a better deal by eliminating the one part of the console they probably didn't want to begin with -- but the PS4 remains a compelling alternative.

June 6, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 6, 2014