For those of you not interested in customizing every component in your setup, here are three of JVC's new home theater kits.
The TH-L1 is meant for the non-discerning teenager who wants to hear cars coming from behind while playing Burnout, and hook up their iPod to control via remote. It notably features 2 HDMI inputs, and 2 components as well, so JVC seems in-touch with this gen of HD gaming. But who would want such crap audio that already owns an HD set? Still, the USB hosting of MP3, WMA, WAV (PCM), MPEG4 and JPEG is a plus. $299
This is a home theater in a box that's good for the video pirate. You get 1,200 watts of 5.1 surround, along with a DVD player/receiver combo. The player supports upconverting, HDMI input/output, DivX, WMA, MPEG 4, iPod playback, XM playback, and USB-hotsting capabilities. Speakers can be arranged for front surround simulation (I demoed the regular setup), and would be happy with it for the price: $500 in April.
Sophisti DD-8Think of this as the good son of JVC's audio line, who really ditched out on gym to smoke cigarettes with the nuns. It's a front surround home theater in a box with network support, cranking out a whopping 220watts of sound (including subwoofer).
What I saw of the interface wasn't better than the gaming consoles out there now doing much of the same thing. The virtual surround almost works, but I can still tell nothing is behind me. At this point I expect more than the word "network" for $1,999.