Electronista: Bose has introduced its first sound bars for home theaters, the CineMate 1 SR and Lifestyle 135. Both offerings maintain the company’s focus on the high-end market, featuring compact speaker arrays built into a single sound-bar that can be placed in front of a television. The sound bars are paired with a wireless subwoofer to handle low frequencies. (more…)
What Hi-fi: Jamo has announced a new surround sound speaker package for the budget market, the S 426HCS3.
Weighing in at just £300, the five-channel package has floorstanding front speakers, bookshelf rears and a dedicated centre and subwoofer.
Delivered in a black ash finish in the UK, the floorstanders stand 91cm tall and boast dual 5.5in woofers together with a 1in soft dome tweeter.
The rear satellites, 20cm tall, and centre channel come supplied with wall brackets. (more…)
Techfavor: Open your new experience and enjoy your new imagine of the power of Samsung 3D Home Theater. Comes with a 13.1 x 16.9 x 2.4 inches of dimension, 1330-watt SamsungHT-D6730W Home Theater System, built-in WiFi means you’re ready to connect right away.
Including with the amazing 7.1-channel, 1330-watt SamsungHT-D6730W Home Theater System. Treat your eyes to captivating 3D depth and clarity – even upconvert existing 2D titles to 3D. Advanced “3D audio depth” technology lets you experience the sounds that accompany the sights. Advanced Vertical Surround adds an extra level of sonic bliss.
Samsung Smart TV also puts the power of the entire internet at your finger tips: browse websites, search content online and on yourTV, and access Samsung TV apps.
Akihabaranews: Introduced at CES 2011, the HT-D6750W is Samsung new premium Full HD 3D 7.1Ch Home Theater. Launched today in Korea and set to be available later this Week in Europe and soon in North America the HT-D6750W is the company ultimate one-box solution with Samsung’s AllShare DLNA, Smart Hub including Twitter as well as some VoD internet services, 3D Blu-Ray Playback and 2D to 3D conversion, iPod cradle and Wireless rear speakers!
Offering a stunning 1300W 7.1Ch total output, this Wi-Fi monstrous HT-D6750W Home Theater comes with gorgeous 1,320mm-high towers and a elegant slot-in Blu-Ray player.
Harman Kardon just began offering two home theater in a box systems. The BDS-400 and BDS-800 combine a Blu-ray, DVD and CD player along with an FM tuner along with a speaker system. The former uses two front speakers and a subwoofer, while the latter adds two rear speakers and a center channel.
Either receiver sports an HDMI output, a USB port for playing multimedia files and a preprogrammed/learning remote control. There is also support for iPods and iPhones, though the necessary dock is optional. Compatible files include MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3, WMA and JPEG. ID3 tags will also be displayed on a connected TV.
Both are now available, with the BDS 400 priced at $999 and the BDS 800 at $1,499. The BDS 2 SO receiver from the BDS 400 system can be had on its own for $649, while the BDS 5 SO receiver from the BDS 800 system costs $799.
Übergizmo: Onkyo has a spanking newhome-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) receiver-and-speaker model that intends to bring the audio pedigree of Onkyo in a convenient packaged home theater system, where it comes in the form of the 7.1-channel Onkyo HT-S5400. Offering the latest implementation of the HDMIconnectivity standard alongside support for 3D video, lossless audio from Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, it will also come with an Audio Return Channel that sends an audio signal “upstream” from a connected HDTV’s tuner, doing away with the need for a separate audio cable.
Connectivity options include a quartet of HDMI inputs and one output, where the receiver will also be acocmpanied by a generous selection of digital and analog A/V inputs to handle a wide range of playback devices. The HT-S5400 has one extensive feature set with a couple of extra audio channels to help it support Dolby Pro Logic IIz, where this audio processing technology enables users to reconfigure the two surround-back channels as “front height” channels, increasing the ambience of movies and games.
Expect the HT-S5400 to arrive this April for $599 a pop if you’re interested – at least it gives you a couple more months to save up.
iPodNN: Harmon Kardon has introduced a new 2.1 home theater soundbar, the SB16. It is designed for situations where users want a quality home theater experience but don’t have the room, or don’t want a multi-speaker surround solution. It can be connected directly to a television, DVD player or game console with the convenience of being able to place the subwoofer at any position within the same room as the soundbar, the result of its wireless connectivity. (more…)
Born Rich: Setting-up a home theater room demands both money and knowledge. Unless you want a themed home theater room like some of the opulent home theaters we have earlier told you about, you won’t need anything beyond the Bose 46-Inch “VideoWave“ LCD TV that comes with 16 built-in speakers for the cinematic surround sound experience. The company is touting the innovative VideoWave 46″ backlit LCD as its most advanced product ever, the result of 10 years of research. The TV set uses “Phaseguide” technology, which makes it possible to link seven of those 16 speakers with a single, nanosecond timing system, which alternates the sound from each speaker for an omnidirectional sound effect.
In addition to the built-in 16 speakers, there are six compact subwoofers in a magnesium chassis, inside the TV which are placed facing each other, so that all the mechanical vibration cancels out for a rich bass. What makes handling this compact home theater in a simpler way is a universal remote that allows any device connected to the TV to be controlled via a simple onscreen interface. The VideoWave will retail for $5349 starting October 14th, exclusively at Bose stores only.
The Audiophiliac: Few big-screen-TV buyers are willing to invest in bona-fide home theater systems with a receiver, five (or more) speakers, and a subwoofer. Most folks are satisfied with the sound from the tiny stereo speakers built into the display. That’s sad, since based on what I’ve heard from the displays being reviewed at the CNET offices the sound is at best barely passable. In fact, the quality of the built-in speakers is getting worse with each passing year. Great-looking high-definition video matched to lo-fi sound doesn’t work for me, but we all have our priorities, don’t we?
Those considering stepping up to a $300 sound bar speaker are more sophisticated buyers, and by the time we get to home theater in a box systems, with five or more speakers and a subwoofer, we’re getting to the elite buyer class. I’m not joking, HTIB buyers can deal with a tangle of wires, and nearly all the setup hassles associated with a receiver-based home theater system. If you want an even higher quality home theater system with a receiver and full-size speaker/subwoofer system plan on spending close to $2,000. Sure, you can spend less, but you’ll just wind up with something that doesn’t sound much better sounding than a really good HTIB.
Here are my recommendations for the best-sounding affordable home theater solutions. (Editors’ Note: The following list is Steve Guttenberg’s personal opinion, based on his evaluation of sound quality and audio performance. For a more complete list of CNET’s official product recommendations [which takes design and features into account], check out CNET’s in-depth list of best home audio products.)
The Samsung HW-C450 sound bar ($300 street price) is a worthwhile step up from your TV’s built-in speakers.
Want something better? If you already have a DVD or Blu-ray player, put Onkyo’s HT-S3200 HTIB on your short list. It comes with five nice speakers, a hefty subwoofer, and a component grade receiver, all for around $350!
For a 5.1 channel HTIB with a built-in Blu-ray player, I like Samsung’s HT-C6500 ($650 street price).
For an entry-level receiver, I’d go with Pioneer’s VSX-920 ($399) matched up to a Klipsch RF-10 ($1,464) speaker package with tower speakers, full-size center speaker, dipole surround speakers, and a 200 watt, 10-inch powered subwoofer. This system will blow away the pitiful speakers built into your TV, as well as every sound bar and home theater in a box ever made. Chances are you’ll own this system long after your shiny new TV is taking its place in a landfill.
Gizmodo: If you want a packaged home theater that’ll soak your eyeballs in three-dee and fill your ears with THX-certified boom, Onkyo’s HT-S9300THX will oblige. It has seven theater loudspeakers, a 12″ sub, and works with all the latest 3D gear.
The HT-S9300THX receiver has four 3D-Ready HDMI 1.4a inputs and will upscale video to 1080p. It definitely won’t sound shabby, either, with Dolby and DTS high def audio processing and Dolby ProLogic IIz height channel processing. It’s the first packaged system to be both 3D-ready and fully THX certified.
Some might consider the pre-packaged Home Theater In a Box concept the lazy man’s path to home theater nirvana, but those are the types that are likely to be tangled up in speaker wire while you’re hanging out in Pandora. Available at the end of the month for $1099. That’s a lot of boom for your buck.