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

Onkyo HT-S5100 Home Theater in a Box: 7.1 Surround and Acoustic Room…

Onkyo's best new entry level HTiB setup has a 7.1 surround is notable for having room correction tech. I'm pretty sure its rare to find a low end system that can adjust gain and delay on all channels to calibrate itself to a room's acoustics. The receiver included is the DTS/Dolby capable HT-R560, with 3 HDMI inputs,… » 4/18/08 11:03pm 4/18/08 11:03pm

Sony HT-7200HD, HT-SS2300, HT-CT100 and HT-DDWG700…

If Sony exists for anything, it's synergy, so its latest quickie home theaters are made to match its Blu-ray players—you'll notice only one of this fourfer has an upscaling DVD player—you've gotta bring the vid (Blu-ray) goods (Blu-ray) yourself. The $400 5.1 HT-SS2300 is the top audio-only, which pumps out 1000W and… » 2/26/08 3:00am 2/26/08 3:00am

Samsung X710 and HT-X715 Home Theater in a Box Eschews Corners

The Pitch: The 2.1-channel HT-X710 and 5.1-channel HT-X715 Home Theater in a Box (HTIB) units have 5.8GHz wireless speakers, 1080p upconversion, and a design that looks like polished obsidian rocks. Available in May 2008.
The Catch: There's Bluetooth as well, in case you want to stream audio from your Bluetooth… » 1/06/08 5:00pm 1/06/08 5:00pm

Samsung HT-BD2 Home Theater in a Box Does Blu-ray in a Box

The Pitch: Samsung's HT-BD2 offers 7.1 speakers, 1,100 watts, HDMi 1.3, 1080p DVD upconversion, 1080p Blu-ray playback, an Ethernet port, and wireless rear satellite speakers for optimal cord invisibility.
The Catch: Although getting Blu-ray in a box with speakers that are "optimized" for the system is good, you may want … » 1/06/08 5:00pm 1/06/08 5:00pm

Onkyo Home Theater in a Box Has HDMI 1.3a, 10-inch Sub, 1080p DVD…

Although this Home Theater in a Box (HTiB) doesn't have as many features as Onkyo's DTX-8.8, it still gives you an all-in-one solution for your entertainment needs in a relatively affordable package—and it's Onkyo's top of the line HTiB. The receiver in the HT-SP908 and HT-SP904 models has 7.1-channel audio, two HDMI… » 10/16/07 6:40pm 10/16/07 6:40pm

Harman Kardon HS300 Brings 5.1 Integrated Home Theater in a Box

We covered a bit of the Harman Kardon HS500 and HS300 back in March, but the latter has gone on sale now in the US. To recap, the HS300 has a built-in DVD player with HDMI, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA, JPEG, AM/FM Tuner, USB ports for music and photo viewing, and 5.1 audio. » 5/01/07 7:30pm 5/01/07 7:30pm

Onkyo's HT-SR800 Home Theater in a Box Has HDMI Switching and High-Def…

It's not the first home theater in a box to pack HDMI outputs, but Onkyo's top-of-the-line HT-SR800 is still an impressive system for anyone looking for an all-in-one package. Announced alongside today's other surprises, the SR800 cranks out 110 watts per channel and can process Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, and DTS… » 4/24/07 6:20pm 4/24/07 6:20pm

The Last-Minute HD Super Bowl Party Guide

» 1/31/07 12:07pm 1/31/07 12:07pm

Sure, you can be a regular Joe and set up a couch and chairs around a crappy projection TV with a tiny grill on the deck, but who wants to look like a loser? If you really want to impress your friends and family, simply follow some steps and become the Unofficial Lord of the Party. The latest technology and gadgets… » 1/31/07 12:07pm 1/31/07 12:07pm