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LG/Levinson HTiB

LG/Levinson HTiB

Mark Levinson once again lent his tuning skill to LG's newest HTiB. The LHT888, inspired by the slim elegant form of the champagne glass, loudspeakers feature multiple drivers in parabolic housings, each with a tapered integrated pedestal. The system includes a 700W 5.1-channel DVD receiver with near 1080p upscaling, built-in wireless kit, USB Media Plus, HDMI output, LG SimpLink multi-device control (HDMI-CEC) and multi-format playback compatibility.

Mark Levinson once again lent his tuning skill to LG's newest HTiB. The LHT888, inspired by the slim elegant form of the champagne glass, loudspeakers feature multiple drivers in parabolic housings,

— January 14, 2008 13:06 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Yamaha NS-SP1600

Yamaha NS-SP1600

When getting your start in home theater, the big problem is always that initial investment. You'd love to spend the money some of the enthusiasts spend but that initial expenditure can be tough to swallow (much less get past the spouse). Yamaha has the solution to this problem with their "I can't believe how little this costs" NS-SP1600 home theater speaker package. For only $179.99 (less than may DVD players and every Blu-ray on the market) you can have a full 5.1 speaker package!

When getting your start in home theater, the big problem is always that initial investment. You'd love to spend the money some of the enthusiasts spend but that initial expenditure can be tough to

— January 08, 2008 20:15 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Def Tech Mythos SSA Surround Speaker Systems

Def Tech Mythos SSA Surround Speaker Systems

The all-new Mythos Solo Surround Array (SSA) loudspeakers, the SSA-42 and SSA-50, incorporate a unique patented technology that optimizes the spatial presentation of five channels to create the illusion that the listeners are surrounded by five separate high performance speakers. Like the entire Mythos Series the SSA models are fabricated from aircraft-grade extruded aluminum, styled to perfectly match today’s flat panel plasma and LCD TVs and may be either shelf or wall mounted with the supplied hardware.

The all-new Mythos Solo Surround Array (SSA) loudspeakers, the SSA-42 and SSA-50, incorporate a unique patented technology that optimizes the spatial presentation of five channels to create the

— January 07, 2008 00:05 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

KEF KHT1005.2 Home Theater Speakers Overview

KEF KHT1005.2 Home Theater Speakers Overview

British-based KEF showed off their brand new KHT1005.2 Home Theater Speakers this week at the 2008 CES. The ‘egg-shaped’ surround speakers are joined by the KUBE-1, KEF’s newest, entry-level subwoofer. The system is a second generation model based on their Home Theater 1000 Series speaker system which debuted in 2004. Like the 1000 Series, these speakers utilize KEF's Uni-Q driver design, but with a few modifications, according to the company.

British-based KEF showed off their brand new KHT1005.2 Home Theater Speakers this week at the 2008 CES. The ‘egg-shaped’ surround speakers are joined by the KUBE-1, KEF’s newest, entry-level

— January 06, 2008 19:05 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

JBL CS6100 5.1 Home Theater Speakers

JBL CS6100 5.1 Home Theater Speakers

It seems no matter who one talks to these days the topic of home theater inevitably comes up at some point. Everyone either has a home theater system, or everyone wants one. With the prices falling on flat panel displays and projectors, just about everyone can afford to put together a very nice home theater system. However, not everyone is concerned with having the absolute best when it comes to the audio portion of the system. Nobody wants junk, but most don't want to spend more on the speakers than on the rest of the system. JBL has put together a nice little system that will fill the needs for those wanting to obtain some decent surround sound to go along with the rest of their home theater and not break the bank in the process.

It seems no matter who one talks to these days the topic of home theater inevitably comes up at some point. Everyone either has a home theater system, or everyone wants one. With the prices falling

— January 05, 2008 00:05 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Klipsch Quintet SL

Klipsch Quintet SL

Some people are into clean lines - they don't just want a speaker that looks good, it's got to be the right shape. With the advent of flat panel displays, wall mounting, and the "ultra clean" look, floorstanding speakers have begun to look a little out of place. These new "high tech" living rooms demand a new "high tech" speaker. The Klipsch Quintet SL home theater speaker package attempts to satisfy the delicate sensibilities of the modern decorator without offending the ears of the audio inclined.

Some people are into clean lines - they don't just want a speaker that looks good, it's got to be the right shape. With the advent of flat panel displays, wall mounting, and the "ultra clean" look,

— December 02, 2007 19:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Yamaha NS-SP7800PN

Yamaha NS-SP7800PN

While your budding audiophile may be worried about performance to the exclusion of everything else, many others have other concerns. Aesthetics is probably one of the bigger concerns with first adopters. When you are as worried about aesthetics as sound, Yamaha's NS-SP7800PN may fit the bill nicely for you. You'll get decent sound with surprising bass, a fantastic looking set of speakers that won't detract from your décor (it may even add to it), and it doesn't break the bank while doing so.

While your budding audiophile may be worried about performance to the exclusion of everything else, many others have other concerns. Aesthetics is probably one of the bigger concerns with first

— November 29, 2007 19:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Polk Audio SurroundBAR

Polk Audio SurroundBAR

Speakers have made a slow progression from large to small to tiny to invisible. The Polk Audio SurroundBAR is in the latter category. The SurroundBAR is a single (almost) speaker solution that places one speaker up front and simulates the rest of the speakers through digital signal processing. Essentially, it'll have you and your friends wondering how it is that it tricks you into thinking the sound is coming from behind you.

Speakers have made a slow progression from large to small to tiny to invisible. The Polk Audio SurroundBAR is in the latter category. The SurroundBAR is a single (almost) speaker solution that places

— November 29, 2007 19:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Boston Acoustics TVee Model Two

Boston Acoustics TVee Model Two

Too many people buy a flat panel just to be disgusted by the poorly performing integrated speakers. Not everyone wants surround sound in every room (though we can't imagine why). Boston Acoustics is answering this need with the TVee Model Two - a single horizontal speaker solution paired with a wireless subwoofer. Don't misunderstand, the Boston Acoustics TVee Model Two is NOT a pseudo-surround solution - it is strictly stereo. Enhancing the sound from your flat panel is the idea.

Too many people buy a flat panel just to be disgusted by the poorly performing integrated speakers. Not everyone wants surround sound in every room (though we can't imagine why). Boston Acoustics is

— November 29, 2007 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Klipsch Quintet III

Klipsch Quintet III

No matter what we may think of small cubed speakers as a general category, the fact is that people want them. Surely there must be quality brands out there. It was with cautious optimism that we took delivery of the Klipsch Synergy Series Quintet III Microsystem for a first look review. Once we got the satellites into our hands, we knew we were in for a different experience.

No matter what we may think of small cubed speakers as a general category, the fact is that people want them. Surely there must be quality brands out there. It was with cautious optimism that we took

— November 29, 2007 00:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Energy Take Classic 5.1 Speaker System Review

Energy Take Classic 5.1 Speaker System Review

The Take Classic system picks up where the Take 5 system left off, and adds aggressive (value) pricing that makes this system worthy of a closer look. I have had the Take Classic system set up in my Reference Theater for the past several weeks, and can tell you that if you are considering (gasp!) a Home Theater in a Box, stop right where you are and take time to read this review.

The Take Classic system picks up where the Take 5 system left off, and adds aggressive (value) pricing that makes this system worthy of a closer look. I have had the Take Classic system set up in my

— November 27, 2007 11:25 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Acoustic Research WHT6024 5.1 Wireless Speaker System Review

Acoustic Research WHT6024 5.1 Wireless Speaker System Review

One of the trends I noticed at the recent CEDIA expo in Denver was wireless speaker systems. I saw everything from a portable speaker that you might use out by the pool to systems designed to be used with traditional full-range speakers. Probably the most prevalent use of wireless in speaker systems is for rear surrounds in a 5.1 satellite speaker system. Acoustic Research has released the WHT6024, which falls into this popular category.

One of the trends I noticed at the recent CEDIA expo in Denver was wireless speaker systems. I saw everything from a portable speaker that you might use out by the pool to systems designed to be

— October 23, 2007 10:20 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Emotiva ERM-1 & ERD-1 Speakers First Look

Emotiva ERM-1 & ERD-1 Speakers First Look

Emotiva introduced a new line of reference speakers at the Audioholics 2007 State of the CE Union event in Clearwater, Florida. Yes, you read that right - speakers. Emotiva, known for it's high-quality amplifiers and pre/pros, has unleashed yet another set of products that raise the bar for quality and value. Not only were these products announced, but they were also displayed and demoed at the Audioholics event, and were met with enthusiasm from everyone in attendance. The speaker line consists of two products - the Emotiva Reference Monitor 1 (ERM-1), which is designed to be used in LCR applications, and the Emotiva Reference Surround 1 (ERD-1) selectable bi-pole/di-pole speaker.

Emotiva introduced a new line of reference speakers at the Audioholics 2007 State of the CE Union event in Clearwater, Florida. Yes, you read that right - speakers. Emotiva, known for it's

— October 13, 2007 20:00 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews

Niro Nakamichi 1000 Surround Bar First Look

Niro Nakamichi 1000 Surround Bar First Look

Niro1 Systems (headed by the legendary Niro Nakamichi) has recently launched a new line-up of Niro Surround Systems that are comprised of a single speaker enclosure that houses 5 individual speakers and one subwoofer. They are controlled by a compacted "SPA" digital amplifier using the patented NIROSON® DSP (digital signal processing). The NIRO system banks itself on consumers who will appreciate easy set-up (there are really just two wires.) The system is a single speaker and subwoofer that can be placed just about anywhere, including on a wall or above or below a flat panel television. Obviously, for people who cannot fathom arranging multiple surround speakers in their listening space, this solution will appeal on a grand scale.

Niro1 Systems (headed by the legendary Niro Nakamichi) has recently launched a new line-up of Niro Surround Systems that are comprised of a single speaker enclosure that houses 5 individual speakers

— October 11, 2007 16:38 in Soundbars and Surround Speaker Reviews