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Recently Reviewed Home Theaters in-a-Box

Philips HDS3555/37 Home Theater in a Box

Philips HDS3555/37 Home Theater in a Box

Are you looking for a very low cost home theater solution this Christmas? Well, a low cost Home Theater in a Box, anyway? Then you might want to check out the Philips HTS 3555/57. This unit is typically available at the big box stores, but can actually be had on sale for as low as $70 off the regular price with a pre-Black Friday promotion at your local Best Buy or from their online store.

Are you looking for a very low cost home theater solution this Christmas? Well, a low cost Home Theater in a Box, anyway? Then you might want to check out the Philips HTS 3555/57. This unit is

— November 20, 2007 13:49 in Surround Sound Reviews

Yamaha YHT-685 Home Theater System Review

Yamaha YHT-685 Home Theater System Review

There was a time when we A/V geeks held a very special place among our group of friends. We enjoyed a kind of guru status that few achieve in the man-world. Not only did we have the best home theater setup on the block, but the dark and shadowy world of A/V gear kept it just confusing enough to prevent too many guys from reaching the lofty peak of “guru”. You really had to stay on top of things to know who made the best DVD/CD players, receivers, and speakers so that you could be ready to help a friend in need set up a decent little entry level home theater.

There was a time when we A/V geeks held a very special place among our group of friends. We enjoyed a kind of guru status that few achieve in the man-world. Not only did we have the best home

— August 04, 2007 20:00 in Surround Sound Reviews

Denon DHT-487DV Home Theater In a Box Review

Denon DHT-487DV Home Theater In a Box Review

With the DHT-487DV, Denon takes a different approach to the home theater in-a-box segment. While most manufacturers cram amps, processor, DVD/CD players and tuners into one chassis and then add chintzy speakers and lame subwoofer to the package, Denon has chosen to offer a full-featured AV receiver and a standalone DVD player bundled with 5 speakers and a powered subwoofer for their offering. So who exactly is this product geared toward?

With the DHT-487DV, Denon takes a different approach to the home theater in-a-box segment. While most manufacturers cram amps, processor, DVD/CD players and tuners into one chassis and then add

— April 30, 2007 20:04 in Surround Sound Reviews

Samsung HT-TQ85 Home Theater In A Box Review

Samsung HT-TQ85 Home Theater In A Box Review

It is amazing how far a dollar will go these days, especially when it comes to home theater. It seems only a few years ago that in order to have a respectable sounding, complete home theater system of any size that included a receiver, CD/DVD changer, five speakers and subwoofer would easily cost well over $1000. Fast forward to today, where you can find "home theater in a box" systems for sale at your local drug store for as little as $100. In many cases, you get what you pay for. But these days, it is actually possible to get a lot more than what you pay for.

It is amazing how far a dollar will go these days, especially when it comes to home theater. It seems only a few years ago that in order to have a respectable sounding, complete home theater system

— April 11, 2007 20:00 in Surround Sound Reviews

Denon S-101 Home Entertainment System Review

Denon S-101 Home Entertainment System Review

While my condo is pretty accommodating for the three of us, it has little space to accommodate a 5.1 surround system, well, perhaps a dinky cubed system, but I’d prefer my clock radio as an alternative. Don’t laugh, it has decent fidelity and certainly jump starts my mornings each time the alarm goes off to the local hard rock station. That being said, I was on a quest to continue doing reviews of home theater gear despite my living constraints. I quickly had flashbacks of the Denon Summer Conference where we walked away very impressed with their new DVD Home Theater Systems, particularly their S-301 (MSRP: $1599) and the S-101 (MSRP: $999).

While my condo is pretty accommodating for the three of us, it has little space to accommodate a 5.1 surround system, well, perhaps a dinky cubed system, but I’d prefer my clock radio as an

— November 20, 2005 19:00 in Surround Sound Reviews

Brookstone Wafer Thin CD System with MP3 Review

Brookstone Wafer Thin CD System with MP3 Review

We spend a lot of time reviewing mid-fi and flagship component products. Every once in a while, however, a product is brought to our attention for review which we feel will provide a good balance and round out our coverage. Unless you've never been to a mall or airport you should be familiar with the Brookstone name. Brookstone sells products in its retail stores and on its website from such manufacturers as Sony, RCA, and Bose. In addition, Brookstone releases selected customized products under its own brand. The Brookstone Wafer-thin CD System with M P3 (say that three time fast!) is one such product. It caught our eye and when Robert Padget, PR Director for Brookstone suggested we review it, we couldn't resist.

We spend a lot of time reviewing mid-fi and flagship component products. Every once in a while, however, a product is brought to our attention for review which we feel will provide a good balance and

— February 17, 2005 19:00 in Surround Sound Reviews