Michael Gowan, Tom's Guide

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Chapel Hill, NC, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

Android TV vs. Fire TV: Which smart TV OS is better?

We compare Android TV to Fire TV to find out which smart TV OS offers the better experience. → Read More

Polk React review

This Alexa-powered soundbar produces impressive bass without a subwoofer, though it lacks a truly wide soundstage. → Read More

Beats Studio Buds review: Surprisingly affordable ANC earbuds

The Beats Studio Buds is a tiny yet feature-stuffed set of wireless earbuds with very good sound — though it’s not good for calls. → Read More

Roku Streambar Pro review

The Roku Streambar Pro, which combines a soundbar and Roku streaming device, is easy to set up and has good sound — but it’s sluggish as a streamer. → Read More

Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 review

The Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 brings Atmos height, separate surrounds and a subwoofer at an affordable price — and with some effort required. → Read More

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam review

The compact JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam soundbar delivers rooming-filling Atmos audio and good bass — but you can’t make many adjustments. → Read More

JBL Charge 5 review

With a new look, a little more ruggedness and improved sound, the JBL Charge 5 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers — just not one of the cheapest. → Read More

TCL Alto 6 Plus review: A cheap but powerful soundbar

The TCL Alto 6 Plus doesn’t cost much and has few frills, but delivers impressive audio for the price. → Read More

The best computer speakers in 2021

Here are the best computer speakers you can buy now for productivity, music and gaming. → Read More

The best cheap soundbars in 2021

We tested cheap soundbars that cost less than $150 and judged them for sound quality, ease of use and design. Here are the top picks. → Read More

JBL Link 20 review

The JBL Link 20 delivers almost all the features of Google Home in a portable speaker that sounds great. → Read More

Vizio M-Series 5.1 M51a-H6 review

Vizio’s M-Series 5.1 M51a-H6 gives you a lot for the money, but you need to work to get it to sound at its best. → Read More

How to set up Bixby and Alexa on your 2020 Samsung TV

Learn how to enable a voice assistant on your Samsung TV. → Read More

How to update system software on your 2020 Samsung TV

Learn how to update the system software on your Samsung TV. → Read More

How to install and delete apps on your 2020 Samsung TV

Learn how to add and remove apps on your Samsung TV. → Read More

How to set up your 2020 Samsung smart TV

Follow these steps to set up your Samsung smart TV and you’ll be watching it in no time. → Read More

Enclave Audio CineHome Pro 5.1 CineHub Edition review

The Enclave CineHome Pro 5.1 CineHub Edition delivers better sound than a single soundbar, without sacrificing simplicity — but you’ll have to live without the latest technologies. → Read More

Best 85-inch TVs in 2021

The best 85-inch TVs for when you want a larger-than-life picture → Read More

UE Wonderboom 2 review

UE's Wonderboom 2 hits a sweet spot for small Bluetooth speakers, delivering good bass and vocals in an easily portable package. → Read More

UE Megaboom 3 review

The UE Megaboom 3 has what you want in a portable Bluetooth speaker: good sound quality, long battery life, ruggedness and more. → Read More