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Sony's STR-DN1050 midrange receiver is a ticket to big-bang theater

The Sony STR-DN1050 offers almost everything you could want in a midrange receiver with plenty of features, connectivity, and sonic performance.

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Sony's receiver offers big bang for buck

The Sony STR-DN1050 offers almost everything you could want in a mid-range receiver with plenty of features, connectivity and sonic performance.

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Onkyo's midrange receiver one of the best for the money

The Onkyo TX-NR636 offers a compelling mix of features and performance with "future proofing" that's unparalleled for the money.

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Onkyo's TX-NR636: Feature rich and sounds good too

The Onkyo TX-NR636 offers a compelling mix of features and performance with "future proofing" that is unparalleled for the money

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Dolby Atmos is coming to home theaters via Pioneer, Denon, and more

Dolby's new surround sound format will work with existing Blu-ray players, but requires new AV receivers and other home audio gear.

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Marantz's NR1605 stays slim, adds Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

The new AV receiver will join Marantz's existing line of slim models, including the NR1504 and NR1403.

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Last year our favorite bang-for-the-buck projector was this Epson's predecessor. The new version is mostly the same, with one crucial improvement: an even better picture.

Epson 5030UB: Deeper blacks, bright whites and still a great value

Last year our favorite bang-for-the-buck projector was this Epson's predecessor. The new version is mostly the same, with one crucial improvement: an even better picture.

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LG's NP8740 wireless speaker takes on Sonos

LG's NP8740 and NP8540 are all-in-one wireless speakers that run on both a proprietary MESH network and Bluetooth.

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Samsung MX-HS8500

Samsung's party-friendly Giga system gets wheels

Samsung's MX-HS8500 all-in-one home audio system packs two 15-inch subwoofers and 2,500 watts of power.

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Denon AVR-X3000 Home Theatre Receiver

The Denon AVR-X3000 is a solidly performing seven channel receiver with strong video performance and network features, lacking only an AM tuner.

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4.5 stars Outstanding
The plus version of Audioengine's highly regarded A2+ multimedia speakers now offer a digital connection over USB and a few other enhancements for $50 more. Get a closer look at the speakers in this CNET slideshow.

Audioengine A2+ multimedia speakers (pictures)

While they'll cost you $50 more, Audioengine A2+ multimedia speakers improve on an already good product with slightly better sound when hooked up to your computer via a new USB connection.

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Pioneer SC-1223

The Pioneer SC-1223 offers near high-end audio and network performance and true high-end video performance all in a mid-priced unit.

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4.5 stars Outstanding
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