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What to buy: Sound bar or home-theater-in-a-box system?

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.

By December 30, 2014


Who 'invented' the sound bar speaker?

Back in the day, budget-priced 5.1-channel home theater-in-a-box systems ruled, but that was before sound bars totally obliterated that product category.

By January 3, 2014


Home Audio Buying Guide

Buying a home audio system can be baffling, but it doesn't have to be. We tell you what's important, what to ignore, and how to get the biggest bang for your buck.

By November 27, 2013


Onkyo's terrific tower speakers

Priced at $349 a pair, the SKF-4800 speakers look and sound like a much more expensive speaker system.

By September 18, 2013


How to pick the right subwoofer

Adding a subwoofer can greatly improve your audio system's performance. How big (or powerful) of one should you get?

By March 13, 2013


Samsung home theater goes back to future with tubes, 4K

The company releases information about upgrades to several products early, before its press conference at CES.

By January 6, 2013


LG's 2013 home theater line doubles down on sound bars, Bluetooth speakers

LG has announced its entire 2013 home theater line in advance of CES, including modest updates to its sound bars, Blu-ray players, HTIBs, and Bluetooth speakers.

By December 25, 2012


Multiple Monday: A Dell laptop, a 2TB hard drive, and a Blu-ray HTIB

I couldn't decide on just one deal today, so I bring you three. They're all amazing, but you won't believe the price on the Blu-ray home theater system.

By March 14, 2011


CES: Sony's flagship Blu-ray HTIB gets wireless rear speakers, dual HDMI-ins

Sony has announced its new flagship Blu-ray HTIB, the BDV-E780W, featuring two HDMI inputs, wireless rear speakers and a sleeker design.

By January 5, 2011


CES: Sony's Blu-ray HTIBs get as cheap as $400

Sony has announced two midrange Blu-ray HTIBs, with the BDV-E280 offering up two HDMI inputs for only $400.

By January 5, 2011