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Derek Malcolm

Derek Malcolm

Contributing Editor, A/V

Derek Malcolm is a Toronto-based technology journalist, editor, and content specialist whose work has appeared in publications such as Toronto Life, Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail, Business Insider, Today's Parent, and The Huffington Post. Derek has been covering the worlds of technology and entertainment for more than 20 years and is currently a Contributing Editor for the AV and Home Theater section at Digital Trends. When he's not obsessing over turntables, projectors, speakers, vintage audio gear, or what movies and shows to binge, Derek can be found at home spinning vinyl with his daughter.

The U-Turn Orbit Special turntable with a red vinyl record on it.

The best turntables of 2024 to spin your vinyl records

Vinyl is still the physical music format of choice, so you're gonna need a turntable! From beginners to audiophiles, here are the best for every budget.
A single sage green KEF LSX II LT wireless speaker.

KEF launches a more affordable version of its coveted LSX II bookshelf speakers

KEF has taken its popular high-end LSX II wireless bookshelf speakers, streamlined them, and are offering them to audio lovers at a more manageable $1,000.
Sonos Era 100 top panel showing touch controls.

Best wireless speakers for 2024: Sonos, Apple, KEF, and more

How do you choose the wireless speaker that's best for you? Our picks offer great sound and flexible connectivity options, with each geared for different needs.
How to fix common Spotify problems

The most common Spotify problems and how to fix them

Is Spotify or one of its latest features giving you trouble? These are the common Spotify problems we've encountered and the best fixes to get your music back.
An Auracast demonstrator points to a transmitter at a mock airport gate showing the technology at CES 2024.

My flight home from CES 2024 proved that the world needs Auracast

A new Bluetooth tech we demoed at CES 2024 is going to make it easier for people to hear and share audio in public spaces like airports, auditoriums, and bars.
The Xgimi Horizon Max.

Xgimi’s new IMAX Enhanced and ceiling lamp projectors made me see the light

At CES 2024, Xgimi launched its brightest projector yet, the Horizon Max, and Aladdin, a ceiling-lamp/speaker/projector. We had to see them for ourselves.
The Govee AI Sync Box Kit 2 with a gaming monitor on display at CES 2024.

I checked out Govee’s new AI smart lights and now I want them everywhere

Smart light maker Govee adds enhanced AI capabilities to its Sync Box Kit 2 for gamers and to its Rope Light 2 for making stunning wall light art.
The Sonus faber Suprema tower speakers and dual subwoofers.

McIntosh and Sonus faber demo a $1 million anniversary sound system at CES 2024

McIntosh and Sonus faber both celebrated their 75th and 40th anniversaries at CES 2024, with new audio products that they combined in a $1 million system demo.
The Victrola Stream Sapphire turntable

Victrola unveils a Roon Ready turntable and one you can play on repeat

Victrola, the legacy audio brand, has announced two new turntables at CES 2024, including the Roon-ready and Victrola Automatic you can play on repeat.
EMBARGOED IMAGE –The JBL Xtreme 4 portable Bluetooth speaker in camoglage.

JBL brings the boom with upgraded portables and party speakers for 2024

JBL pulled the covers off of its new lineup of portable Bluetooth speakers and booming PartyBox party speakers at CES 2024 in Las Vegas.
2024 Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV.

Samsung’s 2024 TVs are bigger and packed with AI and accessibility features

Samsung's CES 2024 lineup of QLED and OLED TVs offer up some bigger sizes, advanced AI features, and accessibility features for better sound and picture.
The Samsung Premiere 8K UST projector on display at CES 2024.

Samsung adds wireless connectivity, touchscreen tech to its Premiere projectors

Samsung's 2024 Premiere projectors have gotten some upgrades, including wireless connectivity, Dolby Atmos sound, and innovative touchscreen features.
best streaming TV service

The best live TV streaming services for cord cutters in 2024

Ditching cable? To demystify the journey to independence from traditional cable and satellite providers, we present the very best live TV streaming services.
The Dyson Zone air-purifying ANC headphones on a model.

The weirdest and wildest AV gear of 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, we're looking back at some of the more interesting and weirdest audio/visual and home theater gear that wowed us throughout the year.
2023 Samsung HW-Q990C.

The best soundbars of 2024: a sound upgrade for your TV

These soundbars are guaranteed to give you way better TV sound, and some cost as little as $200. Stop listening to your TV's built-in speakers!
Anipang Match app being shown on an LG smart TV,

LG is bringing Baby Shark and high-end art to its smart TVs with a range of new apps

Today LG announced that a range of new personal wellness, educational, and lifestyle apps for kids and grown-ups will be available on its smart TVs.
Woman wearing Sony CRE-C10 OTC hearing aids.

How to buy over-the-counter hearing aids

After years in the making, over-the-counter hearing aids are now available for purchase without a prescription: Here's what to you need to know.
The Jabra Enhance Plus earbuds snap together magnetically.

Best over-the-counter hearing aids for 2023

OTC hearing aids provide hearing solutions at a fraction of the price compared to prescription versions: Here are the best on the market from top brands!
Sony WF-1000XM5in charging case with lid open, held between a finger and thumb.

Best wireless earbuds for 2023: Sony, Bose, Soundcore, and more

Looking for the best wireless earbuds, but overwhelmed by all of the choices? We've tried tons of them so you don't have to — here are the models we recommend.
FuboTV icon on Apple TV.

Fubo Radio launches with 10 AI-powered stations for your TV

Fubo, the sports-centric live TV streaming service, has just partnered with AI-based radio experience creators Super Hi-Fi to launch Fubo Radio for your TV.
The U-Turn Orbit Special turntable playing a record.

U-Turn Orbit Special turntable review: revamped and out of this world

The U-Turn Orbit Special has gotten a long-awaited upgrade that has made it one of the best midrange turntables you can buy and an absolute joy to use.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT-USB turntable on a coffee table.

I review turntables for a living — this is the entry-level deck to get on Black Friday

If you're looking to get into vinyl records, the Audio-Technica ATLP60BT-USB is one of the best entry-level turntables around, and it's $199 for Black Friday.
The MoGo 2 Pro projector with the lamp shining from the land.

The best projectors for 2023: from 4K to ultra short throw

Home theater projectors can deliver an awesome big-screen experience, offering some of the most impressive visuals out there. Here, we've rounded up the best.
JBL Reflect Flow Pro.

The best waterproof wireless earbuds for 2023

If you're planning on sweating a lot or getting rained on or splashed while listening to your music, this list of the best waterproof earbuds is for you.
The JBL PartyBox Ultimate in a living room.

JBL PartyBox Ultimate speaker review: there’s no party it can’t power

The JBL PartyBox Ultimate is the company's biggest and loudest party speaker yet, but its sound is remarkably clean and its Wi-Fi connectivity gives it an edge.
Apple Music Browse screen.

How to add family members to your Apple Music subscription

A Family subscription is a great way to save money on Apple Music. Here’s how you can add family members to your Apple Music without getting a headache.
Apple Music with lossless audio music track playing on OnePlus 11 along with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 in black color on top of a green cloth surface.

How much is Apple Music, and how can you get it for free?

How much does Apple Music actually cost, and how does it compare to the competition in terms of bang for your buck? Here are all the details you should know.
How to turn of auto-play previews on Apple TV.

How to turn off the Apple TV app’s auto-play previews on an Apple TV

Apple TV app's auto-play video previews can be annoying and potentially show kids something you don't want them to see. Here's how to turn them off.
The Nebula Mars 3 Air portable projector on a table.

Nebula’s new Capsule 3 and Mars 3 Air projectors go with Google TV

Anker's projector brand, Nebula, has just announced two new portable Google TV projectors, the Capsule 3 and Mars 3 Air, both with Netflix built in.
Apple TV+ showing the Morning Show.

How much is Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ is a solid streaming platform, but does its cost and overall value stack up to the streaming landscape competition? Allow us to weigh in.
The Apple TV+ home screen with an image from Invasion.

What is Apple TV+? Pricing, features, how to get it, and more

Apple TV+ isn't a household name like Netflix or Hulu, but high-quality, star-studded content makes it worth knowing. Here's everything you need to know.
Cambridge Audio CXN network streamer.

Best network music streamers 2023: make your hi-fi smarter

Adding a capable network music streamer to your audio system is the best way to bring hi-quality digital sound to your home from your streaming services.
A hand holding an iPhone with the Apple TV+ and other services in a menu.

Apple TV+ and other Apple One services get a price hike

Apple, today, has quietly increased the price of its popular Apple TV+ streaming service from $7 to $10 per month.
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones: Earcup/logo close-up.

The best noise-canceling headphones of 2023: Bose, Sony, and more

It's a noisy world, but our picks of the best noise-canceling headphones will help hush it for you while making music, podcasts, and other sounds even sweeter.