JVC TH-A9 review: JVC TH-A9

  • 1

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
Review Date:
Updated on:

The Good Extremely tiny satellites; high-tech, motorized, top-loading DVD door; powerful subwoofer.

The Bad Won't play MP3 files; bare minimum of connectivity options.

The Bottom Line The JVC TH-A9 is one of the better-sounding kits with miniature satellites we've heard.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

JVC's TH-A9 handily answers the question: How good can a home-theater kit with itty-bitty speakers sound? In this case, it can be darn good. Sure, it skimps on features and connectivity options, but the TH-A9 makes up for those losses with its trim, good looks and ease of use. JVC's TH-A9 handily answers the question: How good can a home-theater kit with itty-bitty speakers sound? In this case, it can be darn good. Sure, it skimps on features and connectivity options, but the TH-A9 makes up for those losses with its trim, good looks and ease of use.

How do they do it?
The TH-A9 is one of the few kits with miniature satellite speakers that sounds great in fairly large rooms. True, the silver, plastic 4-inch tall sats look like standard-issue equipment, but they summon up a surprisingly refined sound. The sub is no slouch either. This solidly built, 36.4-pound critter measures a substantial 9.5 inches wide by 17.25 inches high by 18 inches deep. An onboard 100-watt amplifier is dedicated to the sub's 8-inch woofer, and its 20-watt amps run the five sats.

The TH-A9's compact DVD player functions as the control center for the system. It features a cool, motorized top cover with a hinge that flips up and offers access to the player's mechanism. That's nice, but if you stick this DVD player inside a cramped entertainment center, you might have a hard time loading discs. It's better to leave it out in the open, such as on top of a cabinet, for easy access.

The DVD player houses the Dolby Digital/DTS surround processors and an AM/FM tuner. The owner's manual claims the TH-A9 won't play CD-Rs, but it didn't have any problems spinning our burned offerings. Alas, the TH-A9 won't play MP3-encoded discs.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Where to Buy

JVC TH-A9

Part Number: TH-A9
Pricing is currently unavailable.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Output Power / Total 290 Watt
  • Frequency Response 25 - 20000 Hz
  • Color metallic silver
  • Built-in Decoders DTS decoder
    Dolby Digital
    Dolby Pro Logic
    MPEG
  • Additional Features Midnight Mode
    magnetic shield
    on-screen display
  • Functions DVD player
    radio
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Components DVD player / AV receiver
    speaker system
  • Type home theater system