Budget-Friendly Yamaha Home Theaters Bring 4K Passthrough and AirPlay

Yamaha's home theaters and soundbars have always been excellent—even before you consider that they offer great value for the money. The newly refreshed $850 YHT-897 home theater in a box might make it one of the best deals out there right now. » 4/09/12 1:00pm 4/09/12 1:00pm

Samsung BD3252 Blu-ray Home-Theater-in-a-Box Actually Kind of a Deal…

A year ago, a thousand bucks got you a Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box that's downright primitive today. For $800, Samsung's HT-BD3252, packs in a Blu-ray player with Netflix and Pandora streaming, 5.1 surround (1000 watts), an iPod dock and a Wi-Fi dongle. » 7/21/09 1:15pm 7/21/09 1:15pm

Yamaha's Latest Home Theater in a Box(es)

Yamaha has refreshed their entire home theater in a box (HDIB) line with the YHT-791 ($850), YHT-591 ($650), YHT-491 ($550) and YHT-391 ($450). Here's a quick summary of the systems: » 3/02/09 5:40pm 3/02/09 5:40pm

JVC's TH-G51 Home Theater in a Box Has Wireless Surround Speakers For…

There aren't a whole lot of HTIB units that come with wireless surround speakers, but JVC's TH-G51 has 5.1-channel sound, a progressive DVD player, HDMI repeater, and Dolby Digital/DTS decoding. Lands June for $430. » 1/07/09 3:22pm 1/07/09 3:22pm

Hands-On With the $25,000 ITC All-in-One Home Entertainment System

SE2 Labs let us have a look at the ITC One, an integrated movie, TV, gaming and music system announced last year. The all-in-one approach purports to simplify setting up a high-end home entertainment system easier by cramming everything you could imagine into an expensive box. The concept is interesting, but so is the… » 6/19/08 8:00pm 6/19/08 8:00pm

JVC DD-3 DivX Networked Home Theater Unboxed, Groped Then Re-boxed…


Recently I got all excited about a pretty cool-looking networked 3.1 home theater system from JVC. Since it seems most of the innovative networked products are coming from brands that aren't as easy to find at Best Buy, and since JVC said it supported a wide range of file formats including DivX, I called it in to… » 4/29/07 7:00pm 4/29/07 7:00pm

JVC Gets the Hang of Networking; Embraces DivX


JVC today introduced its Sophisti DD-3 system, two D's for a double dose of digital pimpin'. It's a 3.1 home theater in a box, with a DVD player, subwoofer and three speakers. The front left and right speakers do a virtual surround thing so you don't need two in the rear, says JVC. (Home theater nerds can feel free… » 4/17/07 10:15am 4/17/07 10:15am

Samsung's Holiday Surprise: Home Theatre in a Box

To all the fellas out there with ladies to impress, it's easy to do, just follow these steps:
1: Get home theater in a box
2: Go and open that box
3: Set up what's in the box » 1/07/07 5:00pm 1/07/07 5:00pm

Mighty Morphin' Sony TAV-L1 HDTV and Audio System


Just look at this morphing TV/audio contraption from Sony: the TAV-L1 first presents itself as a big speaker cabinet, but then the front part slides down to reveal a 32-inch HD LCD screen. Equipped with a DVD player on board, it's a 2.1 home theater in a box with a 100-watt sub along with left and right speakers that… » 2/25/06 11:11am 2/25/06 11:11am