Dolby's latest surround mode adds a vertical dimension to home theater. That's the idea, too bad we couldn't hear it.
Previous surround schemes project sound in the horizontal plane. Dolby's Pro Logic IIz adds height channel outputs to produce a more enveloping surround experience.
LG's new surround sound system matches the depth of sound to the 3D effect on-screen, making for more immersive viewing.
Music is a two-channel medium, but is home theater stuck with 5.1? What's the maximum number of channels for home theater?
Just about every mid-price or more expensive receiver is a 7.1 channel model, but only a tiny minority of buyers actually use all seven channels, or do they? Take the Poll and tell us how many channels you use in your home theater.
Seven channels are probably at least two too many for you. The nebulous "feature" is just another example of feature glut.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 delivers everything casual tablet users will need, but it's all tied down to an inflated price tag that makes comparable options more attractive to budget-conscious shoppers.
The Onkyo SKS-HT870 speaker package offers up tons of performance for the price, but it's not the most stylish speaker system.
The "height speakers" of Dolby Pro Logic IIz didn't make much of an impression on us, so we gave the setup another audition.
Onkyo has released two new receivers, the TX-NR807 and TX-SR707, with the former adding audio-streaming functionality from Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius, and Internet radio stations.