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Today we've got some new gadgets for your home theater. Onkyo's new receiver can do both DLNA audio and internet radio streaming, and Netgear's latest powerline home networking kit is built for your network-enabled audio and video gear.

• Onkyo has a new receiver with some really cool connectivity options, but it's missing some features that would make it super cool. The TX-NR807 is DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming network audio, with support for MP3, FLAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis and others. What's more, this is Onkyo's first receiver capable of streaming internet radio from Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius. The audio streaming capabilities are great, but seeing a DLNA-certified device that can't handle video streaming is a bit disappointing. The receiver also only features an ethernet connection. In the year 2009, it's inexcusable to release a network-connected receiver in this price range without WiFi. Despite these minor quibbles, the TX-NR807's impressive streaming options and codec support deserve a look from anyone looking for a versatile home theater receiver. Ships today for $1,099. [Slash Gear]


• Netgear's latest powerline network solution, the Home Theater Internet Connection Kit, hits retail today. Inside the box you'll find an ethernet-to-powerline adapter and a 4-port powerline-to-ethernet switch. As long as the electrical wiring in your home is up to the task, the kit can reach transfer speeds of up to 200 mbps. Sure, a wireless network is a much more versatile option, and dual band wireless-N routers can come awfully close to the real world speeds you'll see on a powerline network. But for those with apartments located in the thick of a wireless signal jungle, or anyone looking to connect networked home theater devices that unbelievably don't have WiFi built in (see above), this could be a great option. Available today for $180. [Netgear]