One of the most fun parts of Electronic House is having the opportunity to try out the latest home theater, audio and smart home gear in the industry, and then tell you all about it. This week as we begin to wrap up the year, we decided to share with you our top 15 product reviews of 2013. These are the reviews that received the most reader attention. They run the gamut from video displays to smart light bulbs.
Look for a lot more like this in 2014.
Epson 5020UBe Home Theater Projector
Epson delivers an affordable high-performance THX-level projector that’s easy to use.
Sonos PLAYBAR Soundbar
The PLAYBAR is not just a speaker for your TV room, it’s a gateway to a house filled with music.
Panasonic ZT60 and VT60 Plasma HDTVs
Both Panasonic’s VT60 and ZT60 are so close in picture quality, it’s hard to tell them apart.
Samsung’s WiFi SmartCam Security Camera
We spy on the SNH-1011, another very affordable WiFi security option.
VoicePod Voice Commands for Control4
VoicePod offers a hands-off approach to home theater and home control.
NuVo Wireless Audio System
NuVo’s system is the latest system designed to send music around the home without installing wires, keypads and racks of gear.
Meridian Explorer USB DAC
Affordable digital-to-analog converter gives computer-based music a big boost
Control4 Wireless Music Bridge
Control4 device streams your music everywhere, any way you want.
Nest 2 Learning Thermostat
We see why the second-gen thermostat is such a hot home commodity.
SpeakerCraft CS3 TV Speaker
The CS3 is an easy upgrade for your TV’s terrible speakers, plus Bluetooth for more music.
Sony STA-DA2800ES Receiver with Control4
The magic of this Sony receiver is how easily you can forget it’s even there.
Sonance Sonarray SR1 Outdoor Speaker System
Landscape lighting-style system delivers quality and clarity of indoor speakers.
Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player
Oppo’s flagship Blu-ray player stomps out artifacts like a conquering hero.
Philips Hue LED Light Control Kit
Is the Philips Hue the coolest DIY smart lighting system?
TCP Wireless LED Lighting System
A starter system for someone who wants wireless control over a few lamps and the ability to control the lights remotely.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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