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Set Up Your Home Theater Like a THX Master

Building a killer home theater involves more than just throwing a big wad of cash at your local electronics dealer. It requires planning, finesse, and scientific acoustic manipulation. The engineers at THX pioneered a lot of the methods and technologies used in today's top systems. So we took a trip to their San… » 3/14/12 1:00pm 3/14/12 1:00pm

Sony STR-DG920 Receiver Handles 110 Watts Per Channel, 1080p and 24Hz

Sony's latest STR-DG920 receiver looks nice (it's got a similar look to my cheap-o Sony receiver in a box and other Sony receivers), but has plenty of functionality as well. There's the 7.1 channel support, 1080p + 60/24Hz, four HDMI ports (woo!), Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, dts High Resolution Audio, dts HD… » 2/26/08 3:01am 2/26/08 3:01am

Samsung AV-R720 Receiver Pumps Out 850 Watts Of Power

Samsung announced the launch of their new AV-R720 receiver that will be on display at this year's IFA Expo. In addition to its 850 watts of juice, the receiver boasts 1080p support, 7.1 audio, 2 HDMI in/out jacks, along with the standard fare of component, composite and coaxial inputs. There is no photo as of yet, but… » 8/16/07 7:08pm 8/16/07 7:08pm

Find One, Find All - I'm on Your KeyFobz, Making a Noize

If, like me, you lose your keys and wallet on an almost daily basis, then you just might be desperate enough for gadgets like this. The Find One, Find All is a little radio receiver that you attach to your commonly lost items. You can then use another one— yes, you have to buy two—to track it down. There are six keys,… » 8/02/07 5:44am 8/02/07 5:44am

Samsung HT-AS720 Blu-ray Receiver Packs 5.1 Speaker System to Boot

Designed to be paired with Samsung's own line of Blu-ray players (like the Blu-ray/HD-DVD combo drive we told you about earlier), the HT-AS720 is a mid-range receiver for HD lovers. 650 watts of power will fill your room with sound and a variety of connection options will satisfy your home theater needs. Play with the… » 7/25/07 8:09pm 7/25/07 8:09pm

Sony Elevated Standard Home Theater Receivers Have Wi-Fi, Faroudja…

Sony's stealing a bit of Denon's release thunder today with its Elevated Standard line of home theater receivers. Not only does it have Wi-Fi, like the Denon, there's the PlayStation 3/PSP/Sony Bravia Xross Media Bar onscreen interface, six HDMI 1.3 inputs, Faroudja DCDi Cinema 1080p upscaling via HDMI, Sirius and XM… » 7/24/07 5:14pm 7/24/07 5:14pm

Elgato Brings Network-Connected HDTV to Your Mac With HDHomeRun

Elgato improves on their USB High Def solution for Macs by introducing the HDHomeRun, a network-connected device that can actually service multiple machines at once. There are two ATSC (over the air or unencrypted cable but not standard cable) tuners, which means two people can watch 24 and Heroes at the same time.… » 7/24/07 2:40pm 7/24/07 2:40pm

Sony Bravia DAV-X10 Home Theater, Only Two Speakers

The Sony Bravia DAV-X10 Home Theater marks a new direction for Sony's audio. In clear competition with the single and dual surround sound speaker setups we've been seeing more and more of, the X10 system features just two speakers and a compact subwoofer, for 480W of total power. Topped with glass and featuring… » 7/19/07 9:27am 7/19/07 9:27am

Onkyo TX-NR905 Super Receiver: Same Reon-HQV Scaler as Top Blu-ray…

Click to viewOnkyo's got a press event today—in Jersey City, of all places—where they're showing off their top-line TX-NR905. The most important thing you should know about the NR905 (and 875) is that it uses a Reon-HQV video processor. That's the same processor that the Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-ray and the Toshiba HD-XA2… » 4/24/07 2:53pm 4/24/07 2:53pm

Yamaha's New RX-V861 Receiver: 1080pi Upconversion, HDMI Switching for…


We all hate those "under $1,000" price declarations, especially when, with shipping and sales tax, you're well over $1,000. But Yamaha's RX-V861 receiver, due in May, is brings long awaited good news for those who have multiple game consoles, an HD cable box and a legacy DVD/VHS combo, all hanging out in a… » 4/23/07 4:00pm 4/23/07 4:00pm

Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver Reviewed (Verdict: Fantastically Cheap)

Three things are combining to make this Xbox 360 wireless receiver for Windows a fantastic buy. First, it's only $19.99. Second, Xbox 360 controllers like the Wireless racing wheel and even the standard ones are great. Most importantly, DirectX 10 and Vista's "Games for Windows" branding requirement is forcing every… » 12/05/06 7:45pm 12/05/06 7:45pm