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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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Review: Asus O!play HDP-RI

Written on Jan 14, 2010 by Jesse Raab and filed under Reviews

The Asus O!play HDP-RI is not a brand new streamer, but I was recently able to test this device in my home theater systems and found it certainly holds its own against other streaming devices. From the moment I opened this box up I sensed Asus had delivered a quality device.

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Review: Netgear EVA2000 Digital Entertainer Live

Written on Dec 29, 2009 by Jesse Raab and filed under Featured, Reviews

I recently got the opportunity to spend some quality time with Netgear’s EVA2000 media streaming device. This tiny box aims to provide a convenient way to access both local media files as well as media from a wide array of Internet sources. Access to local media is provided either through an ethernet connection to your home network, or through a USB connection to an external hard drive.

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Review: Panasonic SC-BT300 Blu-Ray Home Theater System

Written on Dec 21, 2009 by Steve and filed under Panasonic, Reviews

The Panasonic SC-BT300 is a 7.1 channel, Blu-ray equipped home theater in a box system. If you’re on a budget, but still want the full surround experience, this system should be on your list. With 1250W of total output power, the system can pack a punch and sound good doing it. If you want iPod integration out of the box, the BT300 has it. If you’re looking for a network connected system, the BT300 has access to the content available in Viera Cast (Amazon on Demand, YouTube, Picasa).

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Review: JVC TH-BA1 Sound Bar System

Written on Dec 1, 2009 by Steve and filed under JVC, Reviews

The JVC TH-BA1 is a 4.1-channel home theater system that consists of a 4 speaker sound bar and wireless subwoofer unit. The system is designed for minimal hassle and easy setup with sleek styling. With an MSRP of $399, it’s in the mid-high price range for sound bar systems.

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Review: Roku HD XR

Written on Nov 20, 2009 by Brian and filed under Reviews

Roku recently updated their product line to include the Roku HD XR, which adds high speed WiFi (802.11n) to the popular HD streaming box. The upgrade gives consumers access to the fastest WiFi protocol so they can take better advantage of high speed Internet connections. This means consumers with an 802.11n router in their home and a fast broadband connection can expect the highest possible quality when streaming Netflix, Amazon on Demand and MLB.tv content.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaCentre D400 Home Server

Written on Nov 18, 2009 by Brian and filed under Reviews

With the mass of media files most of us are collecting across various computers, it’s getting more important to find a way to not only preserve that repository, but to also make it consumable on just about anything, including computers and home theaters. Lenovo has an offering to solve just that pain, the IdeaCentre D400 Home Server. The D400 features up to 8 terabytes of storage space across four disks, auto-backup options for networked computers, easy file transfer and a host of other features that make it not only easy to use, but perhaps more importantly, easy to forget about.

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Review: ZVOX 430 Sound Bar

Written on Nov 5, 2009 by Thomas S. and filed under Reviews, ZVOX Audio

The ZVOX 430 Sound Bar follows the path less taken, giving users a simple to use sound system with no compromises in quality. Where most manufactures find ways to cut costs, either by using an over abundance of plastic or cheap components, ZVOX holds nothing back in their wood enclosure speaker systems. The end result is an easy to setup speaker system that brings other “full-size” systems to their knees.

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Review: Logitech Harmony 700 Remote

Written on Oct 21, 2009 by Brian and filed under Reviews

Most home theaters suffers from excessive remotes; until you invest in a universal remote. Logitech has been the preeminent leader in the universal remote space for some time, but their product offers to this point have been aimed more at the power home theater user. The Logitech Harmony 700 addresses the more mainstream space, those have a traditional home theater setup.

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Review: Samsung HT-BD1250T

Written on Oct 19, 2009 by Thomas S. and filed under Reviews, Samsung

The Samsung HT-BD1250T is an all new Blu-ray home theater system that now includes full Netflix and Pandora streaming integration. Starting at an MSRP of $549.99, Samsung includes all major components to get a home theater up and running, including a near-endless supply of streaming movies when paired with a Netflix account. With such a huge stack of features in one small setup, is there anything this HTIB can’t do?

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Review: Sony BDV-E300

Written on Sep 21, 2009 by Thomas S. and filed under Reviews, Sony

The Sony BDV-E300 is an all-in-one home theater system packing Blu-ray support, iPod integration, and 1000 watts of total system power. This home theater in a box system, designed to be controlled exactly like newer Sony HDTV’s as well as the PS3, uses the xross media bar for simple and quick navigation. If you haven’t already made the plunge into HD movie playback, the BDV-E300 may be worth checking out.

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