Vizio's 2015 M-series was a favorite pick of many a reviewer. We expect the same for the new Vizio M-Series TV. The 2016 model offers a number of features that are virtually unheard of at this price. For starters, there's the Android-powered, 6-inch tablet remote that uses Google Cast to send shows to the TV over the speedy dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi. Then there's the local-dimming backlight for greater contrast, Dolby Vision support for HDR content, 4K resolution, and a slim, tuner-free design with polished metal legs that recall classic mid-century design. Available in six sizes, ranging from 50 to 80 inches.
Small enough to throw in a pocket, the Cube Mobile Projector delivers a picture far beyond its size. Its silver-finished body measures just two inches on each size, yet projects a 50 lumen WVGA image at sizes of up to 120". It supports Micro SD, MHL & HDMI inputs, has a built-in speaker, an LED bulb that lasts for over 20,000 hours, and includes its own tripod, yet weighs under a third of a pound.
Built by Napster cofounder and former Facebook prez Sean Parker, Screening Room is reportedly a set top box and service that aims to bring new movies into your house the same day they hit theaters. The box is rumored to cost $150, and the movies themselves will be $50, with $20 going to the theaters, partially to cover the two real-world tickets that come with each one. It's still in the early stages, but it already has the backing of guys like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, and Ron Howard, as well of the interest of studios like Universal, Fox, and Sony, so it's also likely going to happen — and soon.
A quad-core processor. Android. 1200x800 resolution. Wi-fi and Bluetooth. It sounds like the stat sheet for a mid-level tablet — but mid-level tablets don't have wall-sized screens. The Jmgo Smart Home Theater Projector is a do-it-all theater solution with a circular aluminum body that matches the cylindrical remote control. Thanks to its built-in smarts, it can stream video straight from a variety of sources, has HDMI and USB ports for connecting other devices, built-in speakers, and DLP technology that keeps the picture looking crisp at any size.
Home Theater In A Box used to mean one of those all-in-one crates from Best Buy that had a receiver and a slew of speakers inside. The Z4 Aurora Projector is out to redefine the term, by pairing a powerful image with high-quality audio in a single package. The DLP projector has a native resolution of 720p with support for 4K sources, supports a maximum screen size of 300 inches, and offers keystone correction for ease of setup. Audio is handled by a built-in Harman/Kardon system that gets the most out of the source material, whether it's streamed to the Android-powered box wirelessly, mirrored from a phone or PC, or inputted over HDMI. At 700 lumens, it's not ideal for a well-lit rooms, but if you were looking for something to run your dedicated theater or power your backyard movie nights, it's more than up to the task, and easily portable, as well.
Projectors offer great image size for the dollar. But they generally also require a lot of room to reach their potential. The LG Ultra Short Throw LED Smart Projector displays 1080p video at sizes up to 100" while resting as little as five inches away from the screen or wall. Its LED light source delivers consistent, vivid color and will last for roughly 30,000 hours, built-in Smart TV features mean you don't need a separate box to find great content, and Bluetooth output means you can connect powerful speakers without running wires everywhere.
Sure, it supports 4K resolutions, but when a TV measures 77 — or even 65 — inches diagonally, it's going to draw a lot of attention whether it's on or off. Luckily, the new ultra-slim LG G6 OLED TV looks great either way. Thanks to a Picture-On-Glass design, it measures just 2.57mm thick, not including the integrated sound bar speaker system from harman/kardon. The set's OLED and ColorPrime Pro technologies let it take full advantage of the new HDR standard, and the webOS 3.0-powered smart interface is among the nicest built into any TV on the market.
Odds are you've seen an HDR photo, so you know what the added range can do for an image. Now imagine that image as a video in 4K resolution, and you've got an idea of what to expect from the Vizio Reference Series TV. The 65-inch set is the first on the market to Dolby Vision, using quantum dots and other cutting-edge tech to deliver a picture far beyond that of any common set, with over one billion possible colors. It's powered by a six-core processor, supports both 4K and HDR streaming content, and has a built-in 3-channel sound bar, paired with an included wireless 10-inch subwoofer and satellite speakers for out-of-the-box 5.1 surround sound. Also available in a staggeringly large, $130,000 120-inch model.
With access to more 4K content than any other streaming box, the Roku 4 makes a strong case for taking up an HDMI port on your UHD set. Its quad-core processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi let it support 4K streams at up to 60 fps, and a dedicated 4K spotlight section makes it easy to find high-res content from Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. Its remote lets you search for shows and movies using nothing but your voice and has a headphone jack for private listening, and the box has a dedicated button for helping you find it when it's slipped down between the cushions on your couch.
Cord cutting is a real trend. But if you're not ready to wean yourself off the cable TV teat just yet, the Tivo Bolt can at least improve your experience. This 4K-capable box lets you skip entire commercial breaks with a single button press, and offers Tivo's renowned universal search across all your cable channels, OTA feeds, and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Its Cable Card slot lets you ditch your crappy set top box, the new QuickMode lets you watch slow-moving recorded shows up to 30% faster without audio distortion, and it can record up to four shows at once. Available 500GB and 1TB models, with the ability to add more storage by hooking up an external drive.
It's not the first remote capable of controlling a smart home. It's just one of the first to be designed with that in mind. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote builds on the company's legacy of rock solid remotes with an improved layout and buttons dedicated to home automation control. Despite the changes, it keeps the best features of the company's prior flagships, including a color touchscreen, vibration feedback, and an included Hub that lets you control your entire setup remotely via the Harmony app, even if your gear is inside a cabinet or in another room.
It doesn't look like any set you'll find on the wall of your local big box retailer. And that's the whole point. Designed by the Parisian duo of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the Samsung Serif TV is more like a piece of furniture than a soulless black screen. From the side, the TV's shape resembles a capital "I", with the bottom serif serving as a sturdy base, and the top acting like a shelf. The collection includes three screen sizes, comes in white, dark blue, and red, can be used with optional legs, and unfortunately won't be on sale anytime soon.
One of the biggest sticking points for upgrading to a 4K set has been the lack of content. Until now. The Amazon Fire TV 4K offers access to more 4K streaming content than any other media player, supporting Ultra HD movies and shows from both Netflix and Amazon Video. It uses a new video codec to deliver higher-quality visuals without using as much bandwidth, has a microSD slot for cheap and quick storage upgrades, and ties in to Alexa, a voice-powered assistant that can do everything from queue up videos and music to check the weather right from the remote.
Before he died, Steve Jobs said Apple had "cracked" the TV interface. With the new Apple TV, we might finally get to see what he was talking about. It has a totally new user interface, controlled by a new six-button rechargeable Bluetooth remote with a glass touchpad surface at the top and integrated Siri control that searches across multiple apps, giving you the results for each movie or show on a single screen. The new tvOS is built on top of iOS, so it finally has an App Store that supports both standard apps and games, the latter of which can be controlled with the motion-sensitive remote, Wii-style, an iPhone, or iPad. Available in 32 and 64GB versions.
Turn nearly any TV into a touchscreen with the Touchjet Wave. This diminutive device uses infrared sensors to detect finger movements, letting it support both taps and gestures. It runs Android 4.4, so it supports tons of apps, includes an IR stylus, so you can save your screen from fingerprints, and clips to the top of your TV, letting it support screens up to 80 inches in size and resolutions up to 4K at 30fps over HDMI.
Small projectors are nothing new. But most involve compromises, either in the maximum resolution or brightness. The UO Smart Beam Laser Projector offers both 720p resolution and 60 lumes of brightness in a cube that measures just 2.2 inches in each direction. As the name suggests, it uses an advanced laser diode and LCOS tech to project your images up to 150" in size, accepts wireless and HDMI input, and has a battery life of up to two hours, or just long enough to catch a movie in the backyard.
You've cut the cord. Now cut down on your remotes. The Sideclick promises to turn the remote for your streaming box into the only remote you need. Available in four different variations for the most popular boxes around — those being the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Apple TV — these remotes attach to the side/back of your existing remote, adding crucial TV controls like power, channel, volume, and input that are missing from the streaming controls. Thanks to infrared learning technology, it lets you program those six buttons however you want, and ensures that it will work with your TV, whether it's a Sony or a Seiki.
Having trouble deciding between a fancy new curved TV and a standard flat set? Thanks to the LG Flexible UHD 4K Smart OLED TV, you won't have to choose much longer. Formally known by the model name 77EG9900, this 77-inch set features a flexible, WRGB OLED 4K panel, allowing you to determine the degree of curvature, or even eliminate it entirely. Other features include QuantumDot technology, the company's new WebOS 2.0 smart TV platform, and a Tru-4K upscaler to make sure that even lowly SD content looks its best.
Blu-ray offers outstanding quality, but all the hassles of a disc. Direct downloads from Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play are incredibly convenient, but highly compressed. The Kaleidescape Cinema One combines the best of both worlds. Thanks to beefy internal storage, it can store up to 100 movies in Blu-Ray quality, whether you load them in disc-by-disc or download them from the Kaleidescape Store. When it's time to watch something, the award-winning interface makes it easier than finding the remote. And should you need even more storage, you can add another unit for double the storage, or go full cinephile with the DV700 Disc Vault that holds a whopping 320 Blu-Ray discs.
There are a lot of set-top box options out there, but if we're being honest, most of us just want access to Netflix, Hulu, and maybe a couple other services without using the junky built-in apps on our TVs. The Amazon Fire TV Stick will let you do just that without the need for yet another box. Powered by a dual-core processor, it's no slouch despite its tiny size and low cost, packing 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, support for Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, and, for Prime members, access to a huge library of premium content, totally free. Just plug it in, connect it to Wi-Fi, and go.
Google's Chromecast is a great way to beam stuff from your Android to your TV, but some people have wished for something more — something like an Android console. The Google Nexus Player is exactly that. This sleek circular black box connects to your TV via HDMI, includes a simple remote with voice search, features a powerful Intel Atom processor and fast 802.11ac wireless networking, supports a wide range of apps and games, and for the latter, even supports dedicated controls for a precise gaming experience.
The original BeoVision Avant TV was certainly impressive — but at 55 inches, it was a little small for some tastes. The Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant 85 should fix that. Measuring 85 inches diagonally, this 4K Ultra HD set offers all the slick features that made its little brother so compelling, including a 3-channel speaker system that folds out on demand, the ability to expand to a full, wireless 7.1 surround system, 2D local backlight dimming for outstanding picture quality, and three sleek mounting options — on the wall, on the floor, or on the table — that are all motorized to give you the ideal viewing angle.
Forget trying to manage your DVR — with the TiVo Mega, you can record everything you want to watch and keep it around way past time for the next season to start. How does it pull this off? With a massive 24TB RAID 5 hard drive system, enough space to hold roughly 4,000 hours of HD recordings. Other features include six tuners for recording multiple shows at once, built-in streaming to your phone or tablet, both at home and over the Internet, universal search across cable, VOD, and web apps like Netflix and YouTube, multi-room, whole-home support, and a slide-out keyboard remote to make those searches a breeze.
At what point does a "TV" become a theater screen? We ask only because the Samsung UHD S9 105-Inch Curved TV is certainly straddling the line. Boasting an insane, 4K-ready 5,120 x 2,160 resolution, this massive curved panel features advanced technology like local dimming, Clear Motion Rate 1440 for crystal clear sports and action, built-in upscaling, a smart remote control, Quad Screen, a feature that lets you display four different content sourced on screen at once, and a striking, slimline stand. As for the price? Well, if you have to ask...
Way before there was HBO Go, Watch ESPN, and the countless other apps that bring live TV to your pocket computer, there was Slingbox. And while there's only so many apps for so many channels, with the Slingbox M1, you can watch anything on your DVR — live or recorded — no matter where you are. Simply hook your current set-top box into the M1, connect it to Wi-Fi, and let it intercept the signal, sending your entertainment to wherever you are, in glorious 1080p quality. It doesn't matter if you're watching on a phone, tablet, computer, or even another TV — via a Roku or Apple TV — it has you covered.
There are lots of things about the Titan Zeus 370-Inch 4K TV that are just a little bit insane. For starters, there's the size: this behemoth measures in at 370 inches corner to corner, meaning that you're going to need an awfully big room — or outdoor space — to enjoy it. It also weighs nearly a ton, so you're going to want to make sure you've got plenty of support underneath it. It's 4K resolution, so you're going to have to put in some work to find stuff to show on it, and only four are being made, so you'd best hurry. But if you've got the $1.7 million to pay for it, odds are you can get the rest of that sorted out.
4K Ultra High-Definition technology is capable of delivering outstanding picture — but as you know, the picture is only half the story when you're watching your favorite show or movie. You want it to sound great too — and that's where the Bang & Olufsen Beovision Avant TV comes in. This 55-inch set boasts a built-in 3-channel speaker system that unfolds on demand, using three tweeters, three midrange, and two powerful bass drivers to deliver theater-quality sound without filling your space with speakers. And should you want even more power, it has built-in support for the company's outstanding wireless speakers, keeping things clutter- and cord-free.
We love our Apple TVs. But we keep wondering why it doesn't play games. Apparently Amazon has been too, because its new Amazon Fire TV is a like a better Apple TV combined with a gaming machine. Powered by a beefy quad-core processor with a dedicated GPU and 2GB of memory, the Fire TV gives you access to your favorite media streaming services — including Netflix, Hulu, Watch ESPN, Pandora, and, of course, Prime Instant Video — as well as the ability to play games with a dedicated gaming controller. Oh, and it also offers voice search that keeps you from dealing with on-screen keyboards and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound support. Your move, Cupertino.
Usually, setting up a projector in your house involves measurements, mounts, and dedicated screens. Sony's out to change all that with the Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector ($30,000-$40,000). Unlike most projectors, this one is housed in a lengthy case that's worthy of display alongside the most upscale of furnishings, and uses a laser diode system to project a 4K Ultra High-Definition image up to 147-inches along any wall you set it up against. No installation, no fuss, just a huge, spectacular picture — for a spectacular amount of money.