Sound bars take up less space and have fewer wires, but don't sound as good as home-theater-in-a-box systems, says the Audiophiliac.
It wasn't that long ago that HTIBs were the best way to buy a home theater audio system on the cheap, but sound bars are now a more popular option.
HTIBs--with an amp, DVD player, five speakers, and a subwoofer--used to be really popular, but are sound bar speakers a better solution for most folks?
Not your typical wussy HTIB, the Panasonic SC-BT230 features 1,000 watts of audio power, an iPod/iPhone dock, and a Blu-ray player that supports Netflix.
People buy home theater in a box systems for lots of reasons, but sound quality isn't one of them. Denon has a solution at hand: the S-5DB.
HTIBs and packaged home theater audio systems come in a wide variety of sizes, types, and prices. Which one is right for you?
Great sound and home theater-in-a-box systems rarely go together. HTIBs are the province of "good enough" performance and features, but here are two exceptional models: Samsung's HT-BD1250 and Onkyo's HT-S9100THX.
The evolution of home-theater-in-a-box design and performance has been remarkably consistent over the years. But in 2003 I tested the lamest, most pathetic sounding HTIB, the Gateway KAS-203.
Sony today announced a threesome of five-disc DVD/CD carousel changers, the DAV-HDX587WC, DAV-HDX589W, and DAV-HDX285.
Hint, it's not a Sony, Panasonic, Bose, Samsung, or even a Pioneer. Onkyo's HT-S9100THX is the king of HTiBs, and its large shipping box hints at why.