Sound bars are the cheapest and easiest way to get better sound in your living room. Here's what's important, what's not, and why you should still consider a simple stereo system.
Auto speaker calibration is supposed to ease home theater setup hassles, but getting it right requires some homework.
The Zu Essence is a full-on rethink of the speaker company's sound. Based in Ogden, Utah, Zu Audio is fast developing a reputation among the audio cognoscenti.
Sound bars have found a ready market with home theater buyers seeking to avoid the hassles of running wires and placing speakers around the room. But what are they giving up sound-wise?
Now that everyone is thinking about 3D TV, what about 3D sound?
Oppo doesn't claim any audio performance advantages for its new BDP-83 Special Edition Blu-ray Disc Player over the standard BDP-83--if you use the new player's HDMI output. It's ideal for buyers who still have receivers lacking HDMI connectivity.
If you're a movie watcher, go "Center Centric HT," music lovers should opt for the "Stereo Plus Three HT" approach. In other words, put your home theater dollars where they'll do the most good.
Think about it: How much multichannel music do you own? Not so much? Not any, is probably more like it.
Samsung is releasing a high-end, $800 Blu-ray HTIB in August, with wireless rear speakers and two HDMI inputs.
If you can't be bothered to build your own home cinema, why not just buy the whole thing in a box from Samsung? You get Blu-ray, 7.1 sound and some crazy Watts for just £800