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Yamaha's YSP-1400 brings the company's Digital Sound Projector technology to a budget price point, but a couple of caveats keep it from being a standout sound bar.
Vizio announced a larger version of its 5.1 sound bar at CES 2014, promising better stereo separation and the deepest bass of any of the company's sound bars.
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Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.
Music surround formats never really caught on, and now the appeal of listening to five or more speakers for movies is fading fast.
Yamaha's YSP-1400 brings the company's Digital Sound Projector technology to a budget price point, but a couple caveats keep it from being a standout sound bar.
The immersive audio that makes movie-goers feel like they're inside the film, rather than just watching it, will be available for Dolby partners to incorporate on mobile by the end of the year.
We tested 20 televisions to see if they could output surround sound via their optical output when fed a signal from an external source.
The Vizio S4221w-C4 is an excellent budget sound bar, with great sound quality, an excellent remote, and built-in Bluetooth, but its design won't work in every setup.
The Energy RC-Micro 5.1 Surround Speaker System was highly rated with a $999 MSRP, but it's a steal for $399, delivered.
The Energy Take Classic 5.1 is the best budget speaker system we've reviewed, earning our Editors' Choice Award with its outstanding sound quality and exquisite looks.