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Onkyo Announces New 7.1 and 5.1 HTiB Systems

Written on Feb 11, 2011 by Charles Jefferies and filed under Featured, News, Onkyo

Onkyo has announced two new home theater in a box (HTiB) systems: the 7.1-channel HT-S5400 and the 5.1-channel HT-S3400. The receivers feature four HDMI inputs and one output plus support for 3D video.

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Building a Home Theater PC Part 3 – Selecting and Installing the Components

Written on Mar 23, 2010 by Jesse Raab and filed under Knowledge Base, News

With the new HTPC all put together it was time to fire it up and see how things looked. I started by just making sure it powered up and the machine could boot. After doing that successfully it was time to get an operating system and some software on it so I could start playing my content. I chose to make this a Linux-based HTPC because its free, will easily network with my server (which also runs Linux), and there are some excellent software options for HTPC’s on Linux.

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Sony and Panasonic Lead the Charge for 3D Home Theater

Written on Sep 3, 2009 by Brian and filed under Knowledge Base, Panasonic, Sony

This year’s home theater tech shows have been quite the bed of activity around 3D technology for home theaters. By now most of us have seen a 3D movie in the theaters, though they’ve largely been geared toward kids. But if Sony, Panasonic and others have their way, you won’t have to go to the theater to get the immersive 3D experience we all enjoy. To get the message out that 3D is 2010′s big thing, Panasonic and Sony have kicked the PR engine into full gear to get the word out.

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Proper Home Theater Speaker Placement

Written on Mar 25, 2009 by Brian and filed under Knowledge Base

When it comes to home theater setups, including home theater in a box systems, we tend to over-buy. That is, we buy more specs and features than we could possibly need. In the case of home theater, this is a problem because a powerful system in a small room will result in “bad” sound. It’s important to understand your space before buying a HTiB system. Do you really need a 7.1 home theater system with 1250 watts or will a smaller 5.1 HTiB be fine, or even better?

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When Will More HTiB Systems Offer Blu-ray?

Written on Nov 2, 2008 by Brian and filed under Knowledge Base, News

After we posted a similar question about Bose specifically offering Blu-ray in their home theater in a box systems, we received several questions about other manufacturers and thought it appropriate to address the issue more broadly.

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Understanding Home Theater in a Box Systems

Written on Oct 20, 2008 by Brian and filed under Knowledge Base

Home theater in a box systems, also referred to at HTiB, are great for many home entertainment needs. They’re popular because they’re simple. HTiB systems come with everything you need out of the box, so it’s largely plug and play to get started. They’re also generally cost effective. While systems can range into the thousands of dollars, smaller systems can be had for a few hundred, meaning there’s a solution for every budget.

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