Top 10 Tower Speakers: $3,000 or Less

Ready for a nice, new set of gleaming tower speakers? Here’s our Top 10 list of models costing between $1,400 and $3,000 a pair, complete with rationales for why each model made the cut.
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Ready, Set, Tap

I recently hung the new $14.97 60-watt Cree Connected LED Bulb on the wall above my easy chair so that whenever an idea entered my brain, I’d be able to tap my iPad and make a light bulb go on above my head. (For those unaware, the Cree is a Zigbee- and Wink-compliant light; mate it with a compatible smarthome hub, and you can control it from your phone or tablet.)

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What’s Up With HDCP 2.2-Compatible AV Receivers?

Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q I just purchased a Samsung 4K UHDTV and am now ready to spring for a new AV receiver. It’s May 2015. Are there any HDCP 2.2-compatible AV receivers available yet? —Pat Balice

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YouTube Music Key Brings Music Videos to Google Play Music

Google's new YouTube Music Key beta adds music videos to Google Play Music. Here's how it works.
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Panasonic TC-65AX900U LCD Ultra HDTV Review Settings

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Panasonic TC-65AX900U LCD Ultra HDTV Review Test Bench

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Panasonic TC-65AX900U LCD Ultra HDTV Review Specs

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New Gear

A super router, wireless high-performance home theater speakers, Sony's 75-inch UHD TV, and more.
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Panasonic TC-65AX900U LCD Ultra HDTV Review Page 2

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Panasonic TC-65AX900U LCD Ultra HDTV Review

2D Performance
3D Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $7,199

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Stunning color
Gorgeously detailed 4K playback
A boatload of picture tweaks
Minus
Not quite plasma-like blacks and shadow detail
3D ghosting
The price

THE VERDICT
Panasonic’s statement Ultra HDTV sucks you in with its alluring image and doesn’t let go, but its high price is a deterrent.

When Panasonic left the plasma market in late 2013 to the whimpers of videophiles worldwide, the company committed to delivering an LED-backlit LCD that would rival the image of their best-ever TV—the ZT60 that was their plasma swan song. The first Panny Ultra HD LCD to follow, the edge-lit TC-65AX800U, was a fine TV, though hardly a breakout set. But in late 2014, Panasonic rolled out their flagship AX900U series at 55 and 65 inches, the latter of which we now review here.

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