Yamaha YSP-3050 Soundbar: Same as the YSP-3000 Plus HDMI Upscaling

The YSP line is my favorite soundbar because of the sonar-inspired tech it borrows from cold war subs. The YSP-3050 is a new 23-driver model, second best compared to the 42 driver YSP-4000. The upgrade from the 3000 now has a front mounted minijack in, and HDMI upscaling. Like the higher end models, these will provide… » 6/30/08 3:58pm 6/30/08 3:58pm

Mitsubishi 149 iSP Series LCDs Loaded With 16 Speakers Up Front

Mitsubishi's 149 iSP series LCDs have a 16-speaker sound bar built-in for people who are too lazy (like me) or don't know how (like my parents) to set up a home theater. The integrated Sound Projector, as it's called, sends sound flying around the walls to act like surround sound-in my experience, it was way better… » 6/30/08 12:01am 6/30/08 12:01am

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

JVC's SP-A440 Simulates Surround Sound, Looks Weird

JVC's SP-A440 sound system puts two 1.3-inch drivers into each of it's cube speakers, but on different faces. The manufacturer says that this configuration gives broader sound coverage and a "surround sound"-like experience while in Theater Mode. In Music mode, it will use the extra driver to give your tunes just a… » 2/04/08 3:24am 2/04/08 3:24am

The Supper Surround Stereo: When a Mug isn't a Mug

This concept stereo designed by Taguchi Craft, is made to blend in with your kitchen. There's currently no word on pricing, but they're scheduled to pop up around winter 2008. Might be better in a shelf in the kitchen than on the table. I'd keep trying to drink from the midbase driver or something. [Design Spotter via » 10/15/07 5:20pm 10/15/07 5:20pm

Yamaha YSP-500 the Littlest Sound Beam Surround System

I love the YSP series soundbars from Yamaha, but two points: their prices, and fact that you can't table mount em without blocking the bottom part of a flat panel. The Japan-only YSP-500 has only 18 individual sound beam drivers as opposed to 42 in the YSP-4000. It's also only 24-inches long, will fit easily under a… » 10/05/07 6:07pm 10/05/07 6:07pm

Ears-On Yamaha's Flagship YSP-4000 Surround Sound Bar (Verdict:…

I've had the pleasure of testing out the fourth-generation Yamaha surround sound bar, the YSP-4000. You know, the box that sits under a TV and projects 5 discrete beams of audio using Cold War directional sonar steering from submarines. This generation has had its trapezoid- shaped array turned into a more of a… » 9/10/07 4:52pm 9/10/07 4:52pm

Yamaha's YSP-4000 Flagship Surround Bar Does Upscaling, HDMI, XM/iPods

Today, Yamaha introduced a new flagship in its YSP "sound projector" faux-surround bars. The YSP-4000 is a follow-up to the YSP-1100, with a similar setup: 40 individual "beam" drivers that have individual amps, and two midbass speakers. The YSP-4000's main upgrade seems to be HDMI pass-throughs, and analog/720p/1080i… » 8/13/07 3:32pm 8/13/07 3:32pm

Yamaha's YAS-70 Budget Soundbar Might Actually Fit Below Your TV

Yamaha's YSP line of soundbars are incredible for faux surround. One problem — they're generally too tall to fit below a TV, unless you wall mounted, which the majority of us don't. The YAS-70 budget soundbar could be their best one ever, if only because it is merely ~3 to 4 inches tall, fitting under any TV. The… » 8/13/07 2:18pm 8/13/07 2:18pm

Polk Audio SurroundBar50 Gives you Surround Sound in One Very Long…

Polk Audio's latest HE audio system, the SurroundBar50, is 51 inches of speaker that gives you surround sound from just one speaker. The aluminum-covered unit contains nine mid/bass drivers with Neodymium magnets, three dome tweeters and a four-PC board crossover, and Polk's Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) technology… » 8/13/07 3:42am 8/13/07 3:42am

LG HT752TP and HT702TN: New Ninja Announces Home Theater Systems or…

LG keeps trying to blind the world with their latest models, even when they are not holding phones. This one is holding some kind of Stargate pyramid model made of aluminum, the LG HT752TP. Their latest home theater comes with HDMI, DivX compatibility, electrostatic buttons guaranteed to drive you mad, a USB host… » 3/12/07 9:33am 3/12/07 9:33am

Masquerade Speakers Cover Your Satellites with Paintings

I've always liked being able to see my speakers, but if the Mrs. is nagging you about your set up, Masquerades wall-mountable speakers replace your satellite's front grilles with works of art so no one will know you've got a 5.1 set up going. You can choose from various different paintings or send them an image of… » 2/23/07 11:43am 2/23/07 11:43am

Philips Gets All Fancy With Ambi Sound Speakers

Philips follows its Ambi light LCD TVs with speakers matching that pleasing asthetic, naming them Ambi sound. They consist of one bar that spreads the surround sound all over the place, without the need for cluttering up your crib with speakers everywhere. Behold their chicatude in this video. » 1/07/07 4:43pm 1/07/07 4:43pm