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Great sound, bar none

Vizio 42-inch 5.1 Home Theater Soundbar

The soundbar is increasingly gaining traction as the audio setup of choice for aesthetically minded sound junkies. It's no wonder: discrete designs and all-in-one efficiency keep minimalist media centers clutter free while trumping the tinny transmitters of any TV. Their only shortcoming is a one-dimensional soundfield, often the result of

Big bass, little package

Sjofn Hi-Fi The Clue Loudspeaker

Home theater buffs and audiophiles alike know that to achieve harmonic balance a quality low range is essential. For those who also seek balance in all things feng and shui, that usually means burying oversized towers under foliage of some sort or trying to stuff a subwoofer under a settee.

It's Showtime

Prima Cinema

We can't all be members of the Bel Air Circuit. For those scorned by the secret society, there's Prima Cinema ($35,000). Designed in California and built in the U.S.A., Prima Cinema is a combination system/service that delivers Hollywood’s

Size doesn't matter

Bowers & Wilkins Mini Theater

After six years diligently serving the needs of upper-crust home theater fans everywhere, Bowers & Wilkins has finally decided to retool their Mini Theater System. The new M-1 loudspeaker features all new drivers including a tweeter designed in-house, and the

Boxed-Up Box Office

BryteWerks Model One

Newbies in the display game rarely succeed given the variety of entrenched brands already doing well in the space. BryteWerks hopes to become an exception with their soon to be released Model One Cube, which takes a slightly more

Home sweet home theater

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Picks for the Home Theater Buff

As rabid movie, music fans and gamers, we're always on the hunt for gear that can push our home entertainment experience to 11 (much to our better half's chagrin). This roundup includes some of our favorite home theater products out

Gift Guide 2010: The Technophile

As men, we'll always be suckers for shiny things. There's no point in fighting it. Particularly when they can help do things like battle our inbox(s), catch up on missed episodes of the shows we're too busy to watch, or single-handedly

Transform Your Apple Mobile Device Into a Fully Functional Remote

RedEye Universal Remote Control for iPhone/iPod Touch

think_flood_redeye_universal_remote The ability to control every device in one's home theater using the same remote control is a convenience well known hardware manufacturers like Logitech and Philips have built incredibly successful products around for years. Ranging from super slick machines equipped with

Ridiculously Thin Home Theater PC's

piixL EdgeCenter 3770 Home Theater PCs


Contrary to what you might assume about our love of gear, most of us on the Gear Patrol staff are still quite enamored with the concept of electronic consolidation (even if it will eventually cause our gear caches to

Making Home Theater Computing That Much Easier

Adesso Wireless SlimTouch Mini Touchpad Keyboard for Mac


Recently when we purchased a Mac Mini to use mainly as a home theater computer in our lab, we started searching for a great wireless keyboard that would make navigating the computer from the couch an easy affair. After a

Get Robust Home Theater Sound in One Big A@# Box

Onkyo HT-S7200


Anyone in the market for a one-stop solution to great home theater, optimized for both music and movies need look no further. The Onkyo HT-S7200 is the latest from the company that's praised continually for the quality of their home theater-in-a-box

The One Remote to Rule Them All

Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote


Clutter is something the editors here at Gear Patrol hate. While you might have an excuse for rocking an unkempt desk, your coffee table deserves order. If you're still rocking a pile of remotes, having failed to buy a Logitech

Popcorn Really Is Good For You

Popcorn Hour A-110


It seems that every brand is coming out with their own media streamer, and, to their credit, things are getting better, with support for nearly every decent codec and media file out there. After doing our due diligence and research (and

A Big, Bright Picture On A Bargain-Basement Budget

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 700 Projector


Here at Gear Patrol, we're nothing if not out-and out-video geeks. Our passion runs wild for television, movies, games, or anything else that you can put up on screen. Being men of various situations and needs ourselves, we can,

Heavyweight Sound Meets Lightweight Design

Marantz NR1501 7.1 Slim Line Home Theatre Receiver


Step up your middling receiver. Marantz's NR1501 proves that you don't need a hulking beast to bring quality surround sound to your home. The NR1501 features a 50 watt by 7 discrete amplifier, 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs (1 output), Dolby TrueHD

Gadget Proven. Wife Approved.

Payton Smart Technology Media & Gaming Console


If each passing year results in an expanding arsenal of electronics then you might want to read this. Now, on the other hand, if you're like Gear Patrol's Ben Bowers and inflicted with gadgetphilia, with only the world's most bleeding edge

The New King of the Projector Mountain?

Samsung SP-A900


High-end home theater projectors are clearly a luxury that not every man can afford. However that doesn't preclude us from drooling like a village idiot every time the technology advances. On that note, Samsung has announced the release of it's new

Spend $12 to Kiss Cable Expenses Good Buy

Mini Display Port to HDMI

mini-dvi-port-hdmi-macbook By Gear Patrol Reader Kirk Ward So you went and bought the 13-inch MacBook based on the glowing article posted a few months ago. Kudos to you; that's a great start. The only problem is, well, (screen) size is everything and

Multitasking Audio & Video, at a Great Price

Sony STR-DG920 Receiver Review

sony-str-dg920-receiver Home theater receivers have always been intimidating products, especially for first time buyers. Four years ago though, picking the best device hinged solely on audio performance. The advent of HDMI and advances in video processing, however, have now changed the

Small Speakers, Powerful Sound

Orb Audio Mod2 – Where Aesthetics Meet Performance

orbaudio-mod2-home-theaterIn the realm of home audio,finding speakers that look good and sound good is a rare event. Err, allow me to rephrase that -  "Ahem, finding speakers that sound good and have looks that are wifey/girlfriend approved is rare." Granted that's

Sony ES Series Receivers


Sony's bringing the heat with their 'elevated standard' series of receivers. Seemingly forgotten for the past few years, the ES receivers will be bringing some capabilities little expected from the electronics giant, especially not at this price point. We don't have space to

Lead Home Theatre Seating Group

Leda Home Theatre Seating GroupA contemporary, cutting-edge design, the Lead Leather Seating Group is a unique approach to home theater furnishings. Sleek and sculptural, the recliners also offer plush comfort.

  • Seat cushion unfurls as you recline, providing you with one continuous surface