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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 simulated surround. To buck that…

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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 same Anti-Resonance Plug found in the brand’s higher-end PM1 bookshelf monitor. The speaker wire connections…

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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 today that we’d love to host in our living room. Continues after the jump.

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Dynamic Duo

Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25

Tired of that tiny, distorted and generally otherwise underwhelming sound emanating from your stock TV speakers, but hate the thought of wiring up surround sound? Go for a sound bar. The newly updated Boston Acoutics TVee Model 25 ($350) provides an enveloping audio experience without the fuss at an affordable price. Consisting of only a…

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Aperion's Take On Wireless* Surround Sound

Aperion Zona Wireless Surround Speaker System

Probably the biggest issue most people have with installing a surround sound setup is dealing with wiring. Hiding the wires for the center channel, sub, and left/right surrounds is typically easy since they often tuck behind the entertainment console. It’s really the rear surrounds that pose the biggest risk of decor destruction. Aperion Audio’s new…

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Get Wireless Sound with Your Shiny New 3D TV

Panasonic SC-ZT2

The biggest barrier holding back most men from amping up their home audio experience after price is set up inconvenience. Panasonic’s decided to release the SC-ZT2 ($850) “7.1-channel” home theater system to eliminate this hassle and provide an enticement for buyers to upgrade their television to one of the manufacturers new 3D models. Consisting of…

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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 systems. Combining two separately sold components capable of solid performance into one convenient set…

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Multitasking Audio & Video, at a Great Price

Sony STR-DG920 Receiver Review

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 game. To serve as both the brains and brawn of home entertainment, modern receivers must…

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Small Speakers, Powerful Sound

Orb Audio Mod2 – Where Aesthetics Meet Performance

In 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 not for lack of trying on the part of manufacturers.

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Aperion Audio Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD Surround Sound Speaker System

Ready your living room, you’re about to be buried in an avalanche of glorious rich surround sound. The Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD Surround Sound Speaker System is one of Aperion Audio’s finest home theater systems. The system is comprised of two 6T towers, 6C center channel, two 5DB dipole/bipole surround speakers and a Bravus 12D…

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Yamaha RX-V1700 7.1 Digital Home Theater Receiver

This Yamaha receiver will keep your next movie night, party or music juiced with 7.1 channels of 130 watts per channel sound. It’s myriad of surround sound options are supplemented by it’s high definition technologies. Oh, and it’ll hook right up with your iPod too. What this means to you: So many audiophiles have fallen…