Auvi Speakers: Poor Man's Surround System

Auvi brings the price of a 5.1 surround speaker bar down to earth with these two models, one with 7 speakers and 150 watts of power for $199, and its bigger brother with 11 speakers driven by 250 watts for $299. Each includes that hefty subwoofer you see on the right. They also include an iPod dock connector and let you see the player's user interface on a TV screen.

But dang-it-all if they wouldn't fire these babies up for us—they're just mockups, so who knows how realistic their simulation of surround sound really is. At that price, we're skeptical. We won't find out until they ship in April or May.