Michael Brown

Executive Editor

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Qobuz review: A music streaming service on the verge of greatness

Flo by Moen smart water valve review: The high price of prevention
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Flo by Moen smart water valve review: The high price of prevention

The Flo Water Damage Prevention System monitors and reports on your home’s water usage. It can also shut off the water supply to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a leak.

Philips Hue Lily outdoor spotlight review: The perfect highlight for your outdoor landscaping

Philips Hue Lily outdoor spotlight review: The perfect highlight for your outdoor landscaping

This addition to the outdoor Hue line will really draw attention to your garden (so make sure your plants look their best).

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?
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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

The first Sonos architectural speakers are available for preorder

The first Sonos architectural speakers are available for preorder

The Sonos multi-room audio company has partnered with Sonance to design in-wall and outdoor passive speakers for its Sonos Amp.

Traeger Timberline 850 Wi-Fi grill review: The ideal smoker/barbecue for the smart home

Traeger Timberline 850 Wi-Fi grill review: The ideal smoker/barbecue for the smart home

High-end materials, smart design, and quality construction combine with Wi-Fi connectivity and a strong app to make a first-class grill/smoker combo.

Abode’s new Gen 2 gateway comes with 4G cellular and Z-Wave Plus

Abode’s new Gen 2 gateway comes with 4G cellular and Z-Wave Plus

The latest iteration of the Abode home security system includes the Z-Wave Plus technology.

Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

From a smart wall outlet to a new range of smart lights to an amazing roll-up TV—and more!—we name the most impressive connected home and home entertainment gear of CES 2019.

Cambridge Audio’s exquisite ALVA TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

Cambridge Audio’s exquisite ALVA TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

The British high-end audio manufacturer shows off the most convenient way to enjoy your vinyl collection.

The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

The outdoor sensor could be a great home security offering, as well as a convenient way to turn on lights when you come home in the dark.

Third-generation Meural Canvas is like having an art gallery in your home

Third-generation Meural Canvas is like having an art gallery in your home

Meural scales up the technology in its unique digital displays after being acquired by Netgear.

Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6

Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6

The tri-band system will feature a dedicated 4x4 802.11ax network for data backhaul.

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