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7 Best Streaming Devices in 2020- Put Your Favorite Content on Your TV

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Not a lot of people can afford SmartTVs, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot supercharge your existing TV to display your favorite online content.

In this article, I will talk about the best streaming devices in 2020. They are the ones worth considering in a sea of different models, so be sure to read through the end to find out the right device for you.

Best Streaming Devices

1.Roku Streaming Stick+

Price: $50

Roku Streaming Stick+

There are SmartTVs out there that have the capabilities of a streaming device. Some displays already come with Roku as their main operating system, but if you are still using a pretty old (but still functional) TV, then I highly recommend that you get the Roku Streaming Stick+.

This particular streaming device provides a lot of content in its small form factor. Aside from allowing you to enjoy popular streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, you also have access to a lot of channels; about 5,000 to be exact.

Of course, not all of the channels it supports will look good on your TV since there are a lot of factors that contribute to how well it can receive some signals, but you get the idea that it can allow you to get as many channels as you need.

Aside from that, its performance across the board is pretty snappy. While most content out there is only maxed at 1080p, the streaming device will not have any problems running things at 4K.

You will also love the fact that the said streaming device has its remote control improved over the years. The remote that you get with this one now has volume controls so you can use only one remote control to handle the volume.

All in all, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is what I would consider to be the best overall streaming device that you should consider getting.

2.Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Price: $50

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

If you have an Amazon Prime Video subscription, then you definitely need to consider getting the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. This is the newest streaming device from the world’s largest online retailer and it is pretty good at what it does.

First and foremost, it puts all of the Amazon-related content front and center which means that it can give you what you want whenever you turn your TV on.

Of course, it does have support for other streaming platforms such as Hulu and Netflix, though you will have to go through a bunch of different things before you can get to those apps.

It is also worth noting that if you watch from Vudu, you are out of luck as the company seems to have a feud with Amazon (which sadly, has still not been resolved to this day).

You also get a remote so that you can control the device to your liking. Although it is pretty barren and only has basic functionalities, it can support voice commands if you want that.

Setting the Fire TV Stick 4K is quite easy and that is why I recommend this for people that are not savvy enough to install a streaming device.

3.Google Chromecast

Price: $69

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is arguably the most popular streaming device on the market. That is probably due to the fact that the company is quite famous.

Anyway, the installation of the Chromecast is one of the easiest out there. All you have to do is connect it to your TV via HDMI, download its companion app and install it into your smartphone or tablet, and then set things up from there.

The installation process is seamless and everything that you need to do will be outlined in the application itself.

Now, although it can support any streaming service on the market, it is important to keep in mind that it doesn’t come with a remote. That means that controlling the streaming device is entirely through your mobile device.

Other than that, the latest Google Chromecast is the best version of the device yet.

4.Apple TV 4K

Price: $179

Apple TV 4K

If you are into the iOS ecosystem and that you own an iPhone, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Apple TV 4K.

Aside from the fact that it supports all of the major streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, and so on, it has a pretty slick interface that presents all of its important features to the fore so you don’t have to go in and look for them.

Among all of the streaming devices out there, the Apple TV 4K probably has one of the simplest interfaces out there and that can actually be a good thing.

You see, you might be tech-savvy but your parents or grandparents are probably not, so having them use a simple device makes sense.

The latest version of the Apple TV 4K now supports the Roku App which means that you can also use your TV as a means of getting as many as 5,000+ channels!

Of course, since it is built and made by Apple, you can expect its price tag to be up there. However, it has a pretty good build quality that will help it last for a very long time.

5.Amazon Fire TV Cube

Price: $120

Amazon Fire TV Cube

If you want a new-age streaming device that has all of the right features, then the Amazon Fire TV Cube is a worthy contender.

Aside from the fact that it can support 4K HDR content, you also get some HDMI ports that can support any TV, as well as your TV Soundbar if you have one. The latter is thanks to its HDMI-ARC support which is a standard connection protocol used by most soundbars on the market.

Since this streaming device was made by Amazon, you can expect it to have voice recognition support as well. This just means that you can use Alexa to quickly and seamlessly find whatever content you want.

Although there are some buttons that you can press at the top of the device, most of the things can be controlled using Amazon’s AI technology, so that is the reason why this device doesn’t come with a remote.

If you are building your own smart home ecosystem, the Amazon Fire TV Cube will surely fit right in.

6.Nvidia Shield TV (2019)

Price: $150

Nvidia Shield TV (2019)

Did you know that the Nvidia Shield is actually one of the first streaming devices on the market? And, since this is one of the pioneers, you can expect it to deliver superb performance unlike any other and that is true with this one.

The 2019 version of the popular Nvidia Shield TV is a streaming device that can handle 4K content masterfully and without any lags. Just load up your favorite 4K Netflix show and it will play it almost instantly.

What I really love about the Nvidia Shield TV is its performance. You can do things seamlessly like go through its different channels and apps and you will not experience any lags whatsoever.

It can also support as many as 5,000 channels, though not every channel can be supported in your area, so just bear that in mind.

The Nvidia Shield TV doesn’t come with a game controller, but it does come with a handy remote control that will illuminate once it senses touch. This is great if you intend to watch your favorite content in your home cinema where the ambiance is dark.

Probably, the only thing that holds people back from getting this device is its price, but if you want a serious streaming device, this is a worthy consideration without a doubt.

7.Roku Ultra

Price: $100

Roku Ultra

Roku seems to know how to create the best streaming devices on the market because this next recommendation is certainly a cut above the rest.

The Roku Ultra can support any streaming service out there. This includes Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu, and any streaming platform you can think of.

Aside from that, it supports some welcome technologies that will help elevate your viewing experience, including HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and it has native 4K support.

In addition to that, the Roku Ultra also allows you to plug in an Ethernet cable for uninterrupted connections, as well as a microSD card so that you can also play some offline photos and videos as well.

The included remote control is pretty handy as well. You see, the device has a ‘lost remote’ feature that will help you find the control if you’ve lost it (a pretty common thing in most households).

Furthermore, the remote control also has a headphone jack, so if you intend to watch your favorite movies without disturbing anyone at home, then you are in luck.

All of the aforementioned features are great, but what I am really impressed with is the fact that this device has the best support for all streaming platforms compared to other streaming devices out there.

And, all of these things can be yours for the price of $100 which, for the features that you are getting, is quite reasonable if you ask me.

Bonus: TVSurf Caster

Touted as a great Google Chromecast alternative, TVSurf is a streaming device that is easy to install and has all of the features that you need in a small and convenient package.

Aside from having support for all of the popular streaming platforms, you can also play some offline files as well and you are not just limited to just movies and photos as you can also use the device to showcase your spreadsheets, PDFs, and so much more.

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Sony Announces New TVs That Are ‘Playstation 5 Ready’- from a Fast Refresh Rate up to 8K Resolution

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Sony’s upcoming game console, the Playstation 5 is just a few months away but the company wants to make sure that you are ready for what it has to offer and that is why the company is offering new TVs that will surely help you enjoy your gaming experience even more.

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Sony-X900H

The first TV on offer is the Sony X900H. It is a 4K TV that will feature a 120Hz screen refresh rate that will surely make the most out of the powerful game console.

According to Sony executives, the new TV will take advantage of the new Bravia game engine that will effectively reduce the input lag to just a measly 7.2ms, allowing your button inputs to register in real-time.

Of course, the input lag testing was done in-house with pristine conditions, so your mileage may vary upon use. But, this will certainly make you excited knowing that it has a very low input lag compared to other TVs on the market.

To be able to reach the high refresh rate, the TV is going to use the new HDMI 2.0b interface that provides more data per second, thus allowing for much smoother gameplay.

If you are interested in buying this one, you will have to spend $999 for the 55-inch model. If you want to get the biggest version (which is 85 inches), you will have to save some more because it costs a whopping $2,799.

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Sony Z8H

The next TV is quite expensive. It costs $6,000 for the 75-inch version and a whopping $9,000 for the 85-inch version. That TV is none other than the Sony Z8H. Now, what is so special about it?

Well, it will be an 8K native resolution display that provides amazing visuals. That is if you are only using this for media consumption like watching your favorite Netflix shows or from online content from your preferred streaming service.

When it comes to gaming, the Z8H can also reach a 120Hz screen refresh rate, albeit you can only do so by downscaling the resolution to 4K. This is again thanks to the Bravia game engine that was mentioned earlier.

This is actually pretty interesting as this will be the first consumer-grade 8K TV that will be released in 2020. As to how good it actually is, we will have to wait for it.

Bravia Game Mode

Bravia Game Mode

Now, I’ve mentioned this feature so many times in this article, but what is it exactly? The Bravia Game Mode is basically a specific setting in the aforementioned TVs that, when enabled, effectively reduces input lag to a mere 7.2ms.

What that means is that whenever you press a button or move your Dual Shock 5 controller, the commands and inputs will register almost immediately.

Typically, the current 4K TVs have more than 10ms input lag latency which means that although it can still provide an almost real-time response, there will be some noticeable delay if your eyes are fast enough to discern it.

Sony has also expressed that the said TVs will also unlock more features as time goes by and it will be done via firmware updates that will be released in the future.

Conclusion

At the time of writing this article, the Playstation 5 will be released sometime in the Holidays. As to whether it will be released in November or December, the company didn’t say any specifics yet.

But, since the new Xbox Series X console will be released in November, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Sony would release it in the same month as well.

Be on the lookout as Sony might give you some amazing bundles once the game console is finally released.

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The 8 Best Headphones in 2020 That Will Provide a Great Listening Experience

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Are you looking for the best headphones in 2020? If so, you’ve come to the right article. For today, I am going to be talking about top-notch headphones that will surely help you enjoy your music even more.

Before We Begin

There are different types of headphones out there and one thing that people usually ask about this topic is: What is the best pair of headphones out there?

Well, that question is actually hard to answer because there are a lot of different factors to consider. The better question would be what is the best pair of headphones for you.

You see, a lot of us are seeking so many different features. Some would prefer using earbuds when they are working out. Some would prefer noise-canceling headphones as they commute to work. And there are those that want some headphones with an over-ear design that will help isolate the sound- providing a more immersive listening experience.

That is why before heading out there and choosing the best pair of headphones for you, it is important that you jot down your preferences so that you will narrow down your choices considerably.

To help you decide, here are some of the things worth considering if you intend to purchase some headphones soon:

  • Type: As mentioned earlier, there are three types of headphones you can choose from. There are earbuds or earphones that are small sound output devices that pretty much cover your ears perfectly. There are on-ear headphones that rest on your ears providing a somewhat immersive listening experience. And there are the over-ear headphones that do a good job of noise isolation. Of course, this is a matter of preference. Personally, I like over-ears simply because they inherently have some form of noise-canceling and it truly isolates sound within your ear space
  • Drivers: These are responsible for creating the sound that you hear. Earphones typically have 8mm-13mm drivers and over-ear headphones have 40-55mm. The on-ears sit somewhere in between. The bigger the driver, the louder the sound can get and the more punchy bass you will receive. Of course, the bigger the driver, the bigger the size of the headphones will be
  • Noise Cancellation: This is a feature that is present in both in-ear and over-ear headphones. There are two types: Passive and Active. Passive noise cancellation is where the headphones do a good job of removing as much noise from the outside as possible without enabling anything. Active noise cancellation is where you will enable a feature that will basically remove any external noise. The thing that you have to remember when it comes to active noise cancelation is that not all of them are created equally. There are those that do a good job of isolating the sound in your ear space and there are those that produce mediocre results
  • Wireless Connectivity: As more and more smartphones ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth headphones have become quite popular. If you are going to buy one, it is important that you look at the audio codecs it supports. Ideally, you want to go with a pair of headphones that either supports the aptX or the AAC codecs because they produce the best sound. Android phones will have no problems supporting both, but iPhones typically only support the AAC codec. Again, if you are shopping for a pair of wireless headphones, it is important that you look at the code that it supports
  • Smart Features: Do you constantly use Siri, Alexa, or Google’s voice assistant? If so, you’d want to go for wireless headphones that support the said smart features. They typically have built-in microphones that allow you to speak freely to activate the AI technology you want to use. In addition, the built-in mic also serves as a handy microphone for calls as well
  • Price: Back then, I would typically tell people to establish a budget first before buying but I am blown away by the fact that headphones these days need not be expensive to have all of the features that you want. For example, you can get an amazing pair of ANC headphones for less than $100. Before, such an item would cost you more than $300, but that is no longer the case today.

Best Headphones in 2020

For the purpose of this article, I will only recommend over-ear headphones because I’d assume that that’s what people want to buy in this day and age. That being said, let’s go on with our top headphones list, shall we?

1.Sony WH-1000MX3

Price: $250

Sony WH-1000XM3 Review

This is what I would consider as one of the best wireless headphones in the market. The Sony WH-1000MX3 has got it all. It is comfortable, its sound quality is superb, and it has active noise canceling feature that effectively removes any external noise while you are listening to your favorite music.

These things are so comfortable that you will barely notice them on your head. It has a nice black aesthetic so that it remains subtle even if you are wearing them at night.

Among the other wireless headphones on the market, this thing makes use of a USB Type-C connection which is pretty much a futureproof device at this point.

When it comes to audio, it provides lots of detail and it uses analogue amplification that will give that immersive sound experience that you are clamoring for.

To top it all off, this thing can last up to 30 hours on a single charge which is definitely one of the best out there.

The Sony WH-1000MC3 is, without a doubt, one of the best active noise-canceling headphones in 2020. Best of all, it has received a $100 price drop and is sold for just $250 at the time of writing, thus making this a killer deal!

2.Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Price: $400

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Another amazing wireless headphones, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 is hailed by many as ‘best-in-class’. But like I’ve said earlier, what others might deem as the best might not be for you, so you will still have to try this one out for yourself to test that claim.

Anyway, this is another pair of over-the-ear headphones that are quite comfortable to wear even for hours and hours.

It has a large 43.6mm driver and it has a lot of dynamic range which means that whether you are listening to songs that have a punchy bass or those that have zapping vocals, this thing can handle it without any issues at all.

Although this is a wireless pair of headphones, there is actually an included cable that you can use that will allow you to use this thing when wired to your smartphone or game console, for example.

Just like the recommendation above, the PX7 can last up to 30 hours on a single charge which should put your mind at ease.

In terms of codecs, the PX7 uses aptX adaptive so if your phone supports it, then you will get an unparalleled sound as a result.

Although it is on the pricey side, you can never go wrong with the Bowers & Wilkins PX7.

3.Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019)

Price: $315

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019)

Sennheiser is a household name when it comes to portable audio products and this next one is definitely one of the best wireless headphones out there.

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless was deemed by sound experts as one of the best headphones of 2019, but without the massive influx of new products this year, I think this remains to be the case today as well.

What you have here is a gorgeous pair of headphones that sit over your ear and provides that level of comfort unlike any other. They are so comfortable that you do not want to remove them from your noggin.

It has superb active noise canceling capabilities and it uses the aptX codec of your smartphone for amazing sound output.

The only thing that is holding this back is that its battery life is quite mediocre. At 50% volume and without the ANC enabled, this thing can last up to 17 hours. Increase the value a bit and turn on the ANC and you will have less than 12.

It could have been rectified if it had a 3.5mm headphone cable you can use but it doesn’t support that either which is a bummer.

But hey, if you want amazing sound quality and great comfort, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019) is still very easy to recommend.

4.Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

Price: $400

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

Some Bluetooth headphones are pretty hard to pair up with your portable device, but not this next one.

The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 is expensive but for all of the right reasons. It has a stylish yet sturdy form factor. It is comfortable to wear even for hours on end. And, its sound output is definitely top-notch.

It has one of the best active noise-canceling features among the ANC headphones that you can find on the market. So much so that I will advise you not to enable the feature when you are walking down the street as you can literally not hear anything from your surroundings.

While it produces amazing sound by default, I am just saddened by the lack of EQ settings. It would have elevated this product even more if it had it but hey, I guess some compromises have to be made.

If you value punchy bass, the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 will not disappoint.

5.Beyerdynamic Amiron

Price: $620

Beyerdynamic Amiron

Typically, headphones favor one part of the frequency curve. There are those that offer a great lower frequency response. There are those that value the crispness of the mids or vocals. And there are also those that handle the treble really well.

However, if you are like me and want a pair of headphones that can support the entire frequency range, then the Beyerdynamic Amiron has got you covered.

This is one of the more balanced sounding headphones on the market. They sound fantastic no matter what genre of music you intend to listen to.

They are also quite comfortable and although this doesn’t have ANC, it does have a relatively good passive noise canceling nonetheless.

The only thing that might put you off from getting these headphones (well, aside from the price) is that it only uses a wired interface. There are 3.5mm, as well as 6.3mm cables in the box.

6.Plantronics BackBeat Go 810

Price: $45

Plantronics BackBeat Go 810

As mentioned earlier in the article, price is no longer a huge consideration when shopping for headphones. In fact, you can get a good wireless pair of headphones that don’t break the bank and this next one will surely be quite appealing to you.

The Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 is a wireless pair of headphones that can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It does so really well and you can pair it with your device quickly and easily.

It has 40mm dynamic drivers that produce a warm, more balanced sound. This is perfect if you are listening to music from all types of genres.

This thing has a very impressive wireless range. You can be 100 feet away from your device and it would still not cut off, which is unparalleled for a budget wireless headphones.

While it has active noise canceling, it is not as good as the other headphones on this list but hey, at least it is there if you want to enable it.

7.Sennheiser HD 450BT

Price: $200

Sennheiser HD 450BT

People who want a pair of headphones with a minimalist design will love the Sennheiser HD 450BT.

As you can tell by the product’s name, it is a wireless pair of headphones that make use of the aptX codec for amazing sound quality.

True enough, it produces a more well-rounded sound, so whether you want to feel the kick of the bass or the melody of the vocals, this thing can handle them very well.

This is also an active noise-canceling headphone but its implementation is not as good as the other options on this list.

Its battery life is good though as it can last up to 24 hours with the volume set at 75%.

8.MPOW H10

Price: $70

MPOW H10 Review 2020

The last pair of headphones on this list is also a budget offering. The MPOW H10 is quite popular on Amazon and that is because it is cheap but offers some of the features that are found in more premium models.

The MPOW H10 is comfortable despite it having a plastic exterior. It has active noise canceling and for the price, it is actually pretty solid.

The sound quality is okay. It favors more on the lower end of the frequency curve but it does a good enough job not to drown out the highs and the mids.

For a pair of wireless headphones this cheap, I am surprised by its impressive battery life. It can last up to 30 hours and it has fast charging so you can give it enough juice to last you a considerable amount of time.

Its downside is its build quality, but for what you are getting for $70, I wouldn’t really complain.

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Cowin E7 Headphones Review- Is This $50 ANC Headphones Worth It?

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Active noise-canceling headphones need not be expensive. There are certainly many budget offerings you can find out there, but are they really worth buying?

Today, I am going to review the Cowin E7. These are active noise-canceling headphones that you can buy for just under $50. Is it worth it or should you go for something else?

Design

As you can typically expect from a budget pair of headphones, the build quality of the Cowin E7 is not its strongest suit.

It has a predominantly plastic build that is supported by a metal frame just near the earcups. It should do the job of keeping things together but I’d recommend that you do not drop these things because there is a huge chance that it may break.

On the left side, you will find the active noise-canceling (ANC) button that you can press to turn the feature on or off.

On the right side, you will find a play/pause button directly on top of the earcup and situated at the bottom, you will find +/- controls for the volume (by tapping them) or for back/skip tracks (if you press and hold for 2 seconds).

I don’t know why but it seems that most headphone manufacturers think that all heads are created the same from an ergonomic standpoint.

I would say that these headphones were created only for those people with perfectly round heads. It is not ideal for people who have large heads like me.

In other words, this pair of cans fit perfectly for small or medium-sized heads, but they are certainly not meant for people with bigger noggins.

Because this is using faux leather earcups, it does a good job of isolating the sound inside the earcups, thereby minimizing the sound leakage, but they do tend to get warm after an hour or so of listening.

Connectivity

Cowin E7 Review 2020

The Cowin E7 is a pair of Bluetooth headphones. No, it doesn’t come with a companion app which means that you can simply connect these to your smartphone by enabling its Bluetooth functionality.

It cannot connect to multiple devices at the same time but it does a pretty admirable job of connecting to just one source.

In terms of range, it can reach roughly 10 meters away from the source which is pretty respectable and should be in line with other budget Bluetooth headphones.

The wireless latency of the Cowin E7 is 160ms which is okay, but I wouldn’t recommend this if you intend to play games on your mobile device.

It is also worth noting that if you intend to use this wired (because it comes with a 3.5mm cable), you will not be able to communicate with other people because the built-in microphones do not work while using the wired interface.

Noise Canceling

This pair of headphones has an ANC button located at the left earcup and you can enable it by just pressing the said button.

When enabled, I could barely notice that the feature was on in the first place. Technically, it can reduce ambient sound by as much as 8dB which is pretty weak in performance compared to other budget Bluetooth headphones.

Honestly, if you were to enable its ANC and you are inside a coffee shop with a lot of people, the active-noise canceling on this thing is just akin to wearing a pair of cans on your noggin and that’s it.

Audio Quality

As an audiophile, sound quality is always a very important matter and I have to say that the Cowin E7 is just so disappointing.

Sure, it heavily favors the lower frequencies which means that you get more thump every time the bass kicks in, but it is so overpowering that the mids and highs are simply muddied as a resylt.

I listen to rock and metal songs and the lead guitar solos just do not sound right. The vocals, while much clearer than the guitar solos, are also overpowered by the bass as well.

If I were to describe the audio quality, I would say that it is darker than your average pair of headphones.

I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone else other than people that want nothing but a good bass response and that’s it.

Battery

Cowin E7

The company said that these headphones can last up to 30 hours with active noise canceling on. In my testing, that is not the case.

Although, I do have to say that I was able to eke out 22 hours with ANC enabled and volume set to 75%. Your mileage may vary depending on the volume level you stick with, but at least you get a rough idea of how long-lasting this battery is when both of those things are factored into the mix.

It does come with an included microUSB cable for charging but I have to say that it’s a pretty slow one. To fully charge this thing, you have to wait for 3 hours or so for it to reach 0 to 100%, which is unacceptable for a lot of people.

Verdict

The Cowin E7 is a disappointment, to say the least. Its ANC feature is the weakest among the budget headphones I’ve tested. Its comfort is not suited for people with big heads like me and the charging time is just so slow by today’s standards.

Sure, it is a pretty enticing product since it is sold at just under $50, but you are better off saving a bit more to get a high-quality pair of ANC headphones.

I would suggest that you save up for the Sony WH-1000MX3 or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II instead as both of them have received major price drops recently.

If I were to be honest, I would stay away from the Cowin E7 like the plague.

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7 Best Streaming Devices in 2020- Put Your Favorite Content on Your TV

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Not a lot of people can afford SmartTVs, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot supercharge your existing TV to display your favorite online content.

In this article, I will talk about the best streaming devices in 2020. They are the ones worth considering in a sea of different models, so be sure to read through the end to find out the right device for you.

Best Streaming Devices

1.Roku Streaming Stick+

Price: $50

Roku Streaming Stick+

There are SmartTVs out there that have the capabilities of a streaming device. Some displays already come with Roku as their main operating system, but if you are still using a pretty old (but still functional) TV, then I highly recommend that you get the Roku Streaming Stick+.

This particular streaming device provides a lot of content in its small form factor. Aside from allowing you to enjoy popular streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, you also have access to a lot of channels; about 5,000 to be exact.

Of course, not all of the channels it supports will look good on your TV since there are a lot of factors that contribute to how well it can receive some signals, but you get the idea that it can allow you to get as many channels as you need.

Aside from that, its performance across the board is pretty snappy. While most content out there is only maxed at 1080p, the streaming device will not have any problems running things at 4K.

You will also love the fact that the said streaming device has its remote control improved over the years. The remote that you get with this one now has volume controls so you can use only one remote control to handle the volume.

All in all, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is what I would consider to be the best overall streaming device that you should consider getting.

2.Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Price: $50

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

If you have an Amazon Prime Video subscription, then you definitely need to consider getting the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. This is the newest streaming device from the world’s largest online retailer and it is pretty good at what it does.

First and foremost, it puts all of the Amazon-related content front and center which means that it can give you what you want whenever you turn your TV on.

Of course, it does have support for other streaming platforms such as Hulu and Netflix, though you will have to go through a bunch of different things before you can get to those apps.

It is also worth noting that if you watch from Vudu, you are out of luck as the company seems to have a feud with Amazon (which sadly, has still not been resolved to this day).

You also get a remote so that you can control the device to your liking. Although it is pretty barren and only has basic functionalities, it can support voice commands if you want that.

Setting the Fire TV Stick 4K is quite easy and that is why I recommend this for people that are not savvy enough to install a streaming device.

3.Google Chromecast

Price: $69

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is arguably the most popular streaming device on the market. That is probably due to the fact that the company is quite famous.

Anyway, the installation of the Chromecast is one of the easiest out there. All you have to do is connect it to your TV via HDMI, download its companion app and install it into your smartphone or tablet, and then set things up from there.

The installation process is seamless and everything that you need to do will be outlined in the application itself.

Now, although it can support any streaming service on the market, it is important to keep in mind that it doesn’t come with a remote. That means that controlling the streaming device is entirely through your mobile device.

Other than that, the latest Google Chromecast is the best version of the device yet.

4.Apple TV 4K

Price: $179

Apple TV 4K

If you are into the iOS ecosystem and that you own an iPhone, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Apple TV 4K.

Aside from the fact that it supports all of the major streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, and so on, it has a pretty slick interface that presents all of its important features to the fore so you don’t have to go in and look for them.

Among all of the streaming devices out there, the Apple TV 4K probably has one of the simplest interfaces out there and that can actually be a good thing.

You see, you might be tech-savvy but your parents or grandparents are probably not, so having them use a simple device makes sense.

The latest version of the Apple TV 4K now supports the Roku App which means that you can also use your TV as a means of getting as many as 5,000+ channels!

Of course, since it is built and made by Apple, you can expect its price tag to be up there. However, it has a pretty good build quality that will help it last for a very long time.

5.Amazon Fire TV Cube

Price: $120

Amazon Fire TV Cube

If you want a new-age streaming device that has all of the right features, then the Amazon Fire TV Cube is a worthy contender.

Aside from the fact that it can support 4K HDR content, you also get some HDMI ports that can support any TV, as well as your TV Soundbar if you have one. The latter is thanks to its HDMI-ARC support which is a standard connection protocol used by most soundbars on the market.

Since this streaming device was made by Amazon, you can expect it to have voice recognition support as well. This just means that you can use Alexa to quickly and seamlessly find whatever content you want.

Although there are some buttons that you can press at the top of the device, most of the things can be controlled using Amazon’s AI technology, so that is the reason why this device doesn’t come with a remote.

If you are building your own smart home ecosystem, the Amazon Fire TV Cube will surely fit right in.

6.Nvidia Shield TV (2019)

Price: $150

Nvidia Shield TV (2019)

Did you know that the Nvidia Shield is actually one of the first streaming devices on the market? And, since this is one of the pioneers, you can expect it to deliver superb performance unlike any other and that is true with this one.

The 2019 version of the popular Nvidia Shield TV is a streaming device that can handle 4K content masterfully and without any lags. Just load up your favorite 4K Netflix show and it will play it almost instantly.

What I really love about the Nvidia Shield TV is its performance. You can do things seamlessly like go through its different channels and apps and you will not experience any lags whatsoever.

It can also support as many as 5,000 channels, though not every channel can be supported in your area, so just bear that in mind.

The Nvidia Shield TV doesn’t come with a game controller, but it does come with a handy remote control that will illuminate once it senses touch. This is great if you intend to watch your favorite content in your home cinema where the ambiance is dark.

Probably, the only thing that holds people back from getting this device is its price, but if you want a serious streaming device, this is a worthy consideration without a doubt.

7.Roku Ultra

Price: $100

Roku Ultra

Roku seems to know how to create the best streaming devices on the market because this next recommendation is certainly a cut above the rest.

The Roku Ultra can support any streaming service out there. This includes Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu, and any streaming platform you can think of.

Aside from that, it supports some welcome technologies that will help elevate your viewing experience, including HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and it has native 4K support.

In addition to that, the Roku Ultra also allows you to plug in an Ethernet cable for uninterrupted connections, as well as a microSD card so that you can also play some offline photos and videos as well.

The included remote control is pretty handy as well. You see, the device has a ‘lost remote’ feature that will help you find the control if you’ve lost it (a pretty common thing in most households).

Furthermore, the remote control also has a headphone jack, so if you intend to watch your favorite movies without disturbing anyone at home, then you are in luck.

All of the aforementioned features are great, but what I am really impressed with is the fact that this device has the best support for all streaming platforms compared to other streaming devices out there.

And, all of these things can be yours for the price of $100 which, for the features that you are getting, is quite reasonable if you ask me.

Bonus: TVSurf Caster

Touted as a great Google Chromecast alternative, TVSurf is a streaming device that is easy to install and has all of the features that you need in a small and convenient package.

Aside from having support for all of the popular streaming platforms, you can also play some offline files as well and you are not just limited to just movies and photos as you can also use the device to showcase your spreadsheets, PDFs, and so much more.

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Sony Announces New TVs That Are ‘Playstation 5 Ready’- from a Fast Refresh Rate up to 8K Resolution

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Sony’s upcoming game console, the Playstation 5 is just a few months away but the company wants to make sure that you are ready for what it has to offer and that is why the company is offering new TVs that will surely help you enjoy your gaming experience even more.

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Sony-X900H

The first TV on offer is the Sony X900H. It is a 4K TV that will feature a 120Hz screen refresh rate that will surely make the most out of the powerful game console.

According to Sony executives, the new TV will take advantage of the new Bravia game engine that will effectively reduce the input lag to just a measly 7.2ms, allowing your button inputs to register in real-time.

Of course, the input lag testing was done in-house with pristine conditions, so your mileage may vary upon use. But, this will certainly make you excited knowing that it has a very low input lag compared to other TVs on the market.

To be able to reach the high refresh rate, the TV is going to use the new HDMI 2.0b interface that provides more data per second, thus allowing for much smoother gameplay.

If you are interested in buying this one, you will have to spend $999 for the 55-inch model. If you want to get the biggest version (which is 85 inches), you will have to save some more because it costs a whopping $2,799.

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Sony Z8H

The next TV is quite expensive. It costs $6,000 for the 75-inch version and a whopping $9,000 for the 85-inch version. That TV is none other than the Sony Z8H. Now, what is so special about it?

Well, it will be an 8K native resolution display that provides amazing visuals. That is if you are only using this for media consumption like watching your favorite Netflix shows or from online content from your preferred streaming service.

When it comes to gaming, the Z8H can also reach a 120Hz screen refresh rate, albeit you can only do so by downscaling the resolution to 4K. This is again thanks to the Bravia game engine that was mentioned earlier.

This is actually pretty interesting as this will be the first consumer-grade 8K TV that will be released in 2020. As to how good it actually is, we will have to wait for it.

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Bravia Game Mode

Now, I’ve mentioned this feature so many times in this article, but what is it exactly? The Bravia Game Mode is basically a specific setting in the aforementioned TVs that, when enabled, effectively reduces input lag to a mere 7.2ms.

What that means is that whenever you press a button or move your Dual Shock 5 controller, the commands and inputs will register almost immediately.

Typically, the current 4K TVs have more than 10ms input lag latency which means that although it can still provide an almost real-time response, there will be some noticeable delay if your eyes are fast enough to discern it.

Sony has also expressed that the said TVs will also unlock more features as time goes by and it will be done via firmware updates that will be released in the future.

Conclusion

At the time of writing this article, the Playstation 5 will be released sometime in the Holidays. As to whether it will be released in November or December, the company didn’t say any specifics yet.

But, since the new Xbox Series X console will be released in November, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Sony would release it in the same month as well.

Be on the lookout as Sony might give you some amazing bundles once the game console is finally released.

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The 8 Best Headphones in 2020 That Will Provide a Great Listening Experience

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Are you looking for the best headphones in 2020? If so, you’ve come to the right article. For today, I am going to be talking about top-notch headphones that will surely help you enjoy your music even more.

Before We Begin

There are different types of headphones out there and one thing that people usually ask about this topic is: What is the best pair of headphones out there?

Well, that question is actually hard to answer because there are a lot of different factors to consider. The better question would be what is the best pair of headphones for you.

You see, a lot of us are seeking so many different features. Some would prefer using earbuds when they are working out. Some would prefer noise-canceling headphones as they commute to work. And there are those that want some headphones with an over-ear design that will help isolate the sound- providing a more immersive listening experience.

That is why before heading out there and choosing the best pair of headphones for you, it is important that you jot down your preferences so that you will narrow down your choices considerably.

To help you decide, here are some of the things worth considering if you intend to purchase some headphones soon:

  • Type: As mentioned earlier, there are three types of headphones you can choose from. There are earbuds or earphones that are small sound output devices that pretty much cover your ears perfectly. There are on-ear headphones that rest on your ears providing a somewhat immersive listening experience. And there are the over-ear headphones that do a good job of noise isolation. Of course, this is a matter of preference. Personally, I like over-ears simply because they inherently have some form of noise-canceling and it truly isolates sound within your ear space
  • Drivers: These are responsible for creating the sound that you hear. Earphones typically have 8mm-13mm drivers and over-ear headphones have 40-55mm. The on-ears sit somewhere in between. The bigger the driver, the louder the sound can get and the more punchy bass you will receive. Of course, the bigger the driver, the bigger the size of the headphones will be
  • Noise Cancellation: This is a feature that is present in both in-ear and over-ear headphones. There are two types: Passive and Active. Passive noise cancellation is where the headphones do a good job of removing as much noise from the outside as possible without enabling anything. Active noise cancellation is where you will enable a feature that will basically remove any external noise. The thing that you have to remember when it comes to active noise cancelation is that not all of them are created equally. There are those that do a good job of isolating the sound in your ear space and there are those that produce mediocre results
  • Wireless Connectivity: As more and more smartphones ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth headphones have become quite popular. If you are going to buy one, it is important that you look at the audio codecs it supports. Ideally, you want to go with a pair of headphones that either supports the aptX or the AAC codecs because they produce the best sound. Android phones will have no problems supporting both, but iPhones typically only support the AAC codec. Again, if you are shopping for a pair of wireless headphones, it is important that you look at the code that it supports
  • Smart Features: Do you constantly use Siri, Alexa, or Google’s voice assistant? If so, you’d want to go for wireless headphones that support the said smart features. They typically have built-in microphones that allow you to speak freely to activate the AI technology you want to use. In addition, the built-in mic also serves as a handy microphone for calls as well
  • Price: Back then, I would typically tell people to establish a budget first before buying but I am blown away by the fact that headphones these days need not be expensive to have all of the features that you want. For example, you can get an amazing pair of ANC headphones for less than $100. Before, such an item would cost you more than $300, but that is no longer the case today.

Best Headphones in 2020

For the purpose of this article, I will only recommend over-ear headphones because I’d assume that that’s what people want to buy in this day and age. That being said, let’s go on with our top headphones list, shall we?

1.Sony WH-1000MX3

Price: $250

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This is what I would consider as one of the best wireless headphones in the market. The Sony WH-1000MX3 has got it all. It is comfortable, its sound quality is superb, and it has active noise canceling feature that effectively removes any external noise while you are listening to your favorite music.

These things are so comfortable that you will barely notice them on your head. It has a nice black aesthetic so that it remains subtle even if you are wearing them at night.

Among the other wireless headphones on the market, this thing makes use of a USB Type-C connection which is pretty much a futureproof device at this point.

When it comes to audio, it provides lots of detail and it uses analogue amplification that will give that immersive sound experience that you are clamoring for.

To top it all off, this thing can last up to 30 hours on a single charge which is definitely one of the best out there.

The Sony WH-1000MC3 is, without a doubt, one of the best active noise-canceling headphones in 2020. Best of all, it has received a $100 price drop and is sold for just $250 at the time of writing, thus making this a killer deal!

2.Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Price: $400

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

Another amazing wireless headphones, the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 is hailed by many as ‘best-in-class’. But like I’ve said earlier, what others might deem as the best might not be for you, so you will still have to try this one out for yourself to test that claim.

Anyway, this is another pair of over-the-ear headphones that are quite comfortable to wear even for hours and hours.

It has a large 43.6mm driver and it has a lot of dynamic range which means that whether you are listening to songs that have a punchy bass or those that have zapping vocals, this thing can handle it without any issues at all.

Although this is a wireless pair of headphones, there is actually an included cable that you can use that will allow you to use this thing when wired to your smartphone or game console, for example.

Just like the recommendation above, the PX7 can last up to 30 hours on a single charge which should put your mind at ease.

In terms of codecs, the PX7 uses aptX adaptive so if your phone supports it, then you will get an unparalleled sound as a result.

Although it is on the pricey side, you can never go wrong with the Bowers & Wilkins PX7.

3.Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019)

Price: $315

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019)

Sennheiser is a household name when it comes to portable audio products and this next one is definitely one of the best wireless headphones out there.

The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless was deemed by sound experts as one of the best headphones of 2019, but without the massive influx of new products this year, I think this remains to be the case today as well.

What you have here is a gorgeous pair of headphones that sit over your ear and provides that level of comfort unlike any other. They are so comfortable that you do not want to remove them from your noggin.

It has superb active noise canceling capabilities and it uses the aptX codec of your smartphone for amazing sound output.

The only thing that is holding this back is that its battery life is quite mediocre. At 50% volume and without the ANC enabled, this thing can last up to 17 hours. Increase the value a bit and turn on the ANC and you will have less than 12.

It could have been rectified if it had a 3.5mm headphone cable you can use but it doesn’t support that either which is a bummer.

But hey, if you want amazing sound quality and great comfort, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019) is still very easy to recommend.

4.Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

Price: $400

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

Some Bluetooth headphones are pretty hard to pair up with your portable device, but not this next one.

The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 is expensive but for all of the right reasons. It has a stylish yet sturdy form factor. It is comfortable to wear even for hours on end. And, its sound output is definitely top-notch.

It has one of the best active noise-canceling features among the ANC headphones that you can find on the market. So much so that I will advise you not to enable the feature when you are walking down the street as you can literally not hear anything from your surroundings.

While it produces amazing sound by default, I am just saddened by the lack of EQ settings. It would have elevated this product even more if it had it but hey, I guess some compromises have to be made.

If you value punchy bass, the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 will not disappoint.

5.Beyerdynamic Amiron

Price: $620

Beyerdynamic Amiron

Typically, headphones favor one part of the frequency curve. There are those that offer a great lower frequency response. There are those that value the crispness of the mids or vocals. And there are also those that handle the treble really well.

However, if you are like me and want a pair of headphones that can support the entire frequency range, then the Beyerdynamic Amiron has got you covered.

This is one of the more balanced sounding headphones on the market. They sound fantastic no matter what genre of music you intend to listen to.

They are also quite comfortable and although this doesn’t have ANC, it does have a relatively good passive noise canceling nonetheless.

The only thing that might put you off from getting these headphones (well, aside from the price) is that it only uses a wired interface. There are 3.5mm, as well as 6.3mm cables in the box.

6.Plantronics BackBeat Go 810

Price: $45

Plantronics BackBeat Go 810

As mentioned earlier in the article, price is no longer a huge consideration when shopping for headphones. In fact, you can get a good wireless pair of headphones that don’t break the bank and this next one will surely be quite appealing to you.

The Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 is a wireless pair of headphones that can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It does so really well and you can pair it with your device quickly and easily.

It has 40mm dynamic drivers that produce a warm, more balanced sound. This is perfect if you are listening to music from all types of genres.

This thing has a very impressive wireless range. You can be 100 feet away from your device and it would still not cut off, which is unparalleled for a budget wireless headphones.

While it has active noise canceling, it is not as good as the other headphones on this list but hey, at least it is there if you want to enable it.

7.Sennheiser HD 450BT

Price: $200

Sennheiser HD 450BT

People who want a pair of headphones with a minimalist design will love the Sennheiser HD 450BT.

As you can tell by the product’s name, it is a wireless pair of headphones that make use of the aptX codec for amazing sound quality.

True enough, it produces a more well-rounded sound, so whether you want to feel the kick of the bass or the melody of the vocals, this thing can handle them very well.

This is also an active noise-canceling headphone but its implementation is not as good as the other options on this list.

Its battery life is good though as it can last up to 24 hours with the volume set at 75%.

8.MPOW H10

Price: $70

MPOW H10 Review 2020

The last pair of headphones on this list is also a budget offering. The MPOW H10 is quite popular on Amazon and that is because it is cheap but offers some of the features that are found in more premium models.

The MPOW H10 is comfortable despite it having a plastic exterior. It has active noise canceling and for the price, it is actually pretty solid.

The sound quality is okay. It favors more on the lower end of the frequency curve but it does a good enough job not to drown out the highs and the mids.

For a pair of wireless headphones this cheap, I am surprised by its impressive battery life. It can last up to 30 hours and it has fast charging so you can give it enough juice to last you a considerable amount of time.

Its downside is its build quality, but for what you are getting for $70, I wouldn’t really complain.

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Cowin E7 Headphones Review- Is This $50 ANC Headphones Worth It?

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Active noise-canceling headphones need not be expensive. There are certainly many budget offerings you can find out there, but are they really worth buying?

Today, I am going to review the Cowin E7. These are active noise-canceling headphones that you can buy for just under $50. Is it worth it or should you go for something else?

Design

As you can typically expect from a budget pair of headphones, the build quality of the Cowin E7 is not its strongest suit.

It has a predominantly plastic build that is supported by a metal frame just near the earcups. It should do the job of keeping things together but I’d recommend that you do not drop these things because there is a huge chance that it may break.

On the left side, you will find the active noise-canceling (ANC) button that you can press to turn the feature on or off.

On the right side, you will find a play/pause button directly on top of the earcup and situated at the bottom, you will find +/- controls for the volume (by tapping them) or for back/skip tracks (if you press and hold for 2 seconds).

I don’t know why but it seems that most headphone manufacturers think that all heads are created the same from an ergonomic standpoint.

I would say that these headphones were created only for those people with perfectly round heads. It is not ideal for people who have large heads like me.

In other words, this pair of cans fit perfectly for small or medium-sized heads, but they are certainly not meant for people with bigger noggins.

Because this is using faux leather earcups, it does a good job of isolating the sound inside the earcups, thereby minimizing the sound leakage, but they do tend to get warm after an hour or so of listening.

Connectivity

Cowin E7 Review 2020

The Cowin E7 is a pair of Bluetooth headphones. No, it doesn’t come with a companion app which means that you can simply connect these to your smartphone by enabling its Bluetooth functionality.

It cannot connect to multiple devices at the same time but it does a pretty admirable job of connecting to just one source.

In terms of range, it can reach roughly 10 meters away from the source which is pretty respectable and should be in line with other budget Bluetooth headphones.

The wireless latency of the Cowin E7 is 160ms which is okay, but I wouldn’t recommend this if you intend to play games on your mobile device.

It is also worth noting that if you intend to use this wired (because it comes with a 3.5mm cable), you will not be able to communicate with other people because the built-in microphones do not work while using the wired interface.

Noise Canceling

This pair of headphones has an ANC button located at the left earcup and you can enable it by just pressing the said button.

When enabled, I could barely notice that the feature was on in the first place. Technically, it can reduce ambient sound by as much as 8dB which is pretty weak in performance compared to other budget Bluetooth headphones.

Honestly, if you were to enable its ANC and you are inside a coffee shop with a lot of people, the active-noise canceling on this thing is just akin to wearing a pair of cans on your noggin and that’s it.

Audio Quality

As an audiophile, sound quality is always a very important matter and I have to say that the Cowin E7 is just so disappointing.

Sure, it heavily favors the lower frequencies which means that you get more thump every time the bass kicks in, but it is so overpowering that the mids and highs are simply muddied as a resylt.

I listen to rock and metal songs and the lead guitar solos just do not sound right. The vocals, while much clearer than the guitar solos, are also overpowered by the bass as well.

If I were to describe the audio quality, I would say that it is darker than your average pair of headphones.

I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone else other than people that want nothing but a good bass response and that’s it.

Battery

Cowin E7

The company said that these headphones can last up to 30 hours with active noise canceling on. In my testing, that is not the case.

Although, I do have to say that I was able to eke out 22 hours with ANC enabled and volume set to 75%. Your mileage may vary depending on the volume level you stick with, but at least you get a rough idea of how long-lasting this battery is when both of those things are factored into the mix.

It does come with an included microUSB cable for charging but I have to say that it’s a pretty slow one. To fully charge this thing, you have to wait for 3 hours or so for it to reach 0 to 100%, which is unacceptable for a lot of people.

Verdict

The Cowin E7 is a disappointment, to say the least. Its ANC feature is the weakest among the budget headphones I’ve tested. Its comfort is not suited for people with big heads like me and the charging time is just so slow by today’s standards.

Sure, it is a pretty enticing product since it is sold at just under $50, but you are better off saving a bit more to get a high-quality pair of ANC headphones.

I would suggest that you save up for the Sony WH-1000MX3 or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II instead as both of them have received major price drops recently.

If I were to be honest, I would stay away from the Cowin E7 like the plague.

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