Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
The Sony HT-SS360 is an inexpensive home theater system with generous HDMI connectivity and satisfying sound on movies, but don't expect it to deliver with music.
The Samsung HT-BD8200 packs a Blu-ray player into a sound bar for unparalleled simplicity, but disappointing sound quality and operational glitches limit its appeal.
The $200 SRS-X5 delivers excellent sound in a relatively small package and competes directly with the top-selling Bose SoundLink Mini.
While it doesn't play as loud when it's on battery power, the Sony SRS-X5 holds its own against the top Bluetooth speakers in its size and price class.
Panasonic's SC-BT200 is a 7.1 home theater system with built-in Blu-ray and solid sonics for the price, but it doesn't have the Netflix streaming found on some of its similarly priced competitors.
The Core Series speaker form a full 5.1 speaker system and are part of Sony's high-resolution audio line of audio products.
There was a surprising amount of promising home theater tech at CES 2014, focused largely on making existing products better, rather than entirely new product types.
Despite their tiny size, the speakers of the Mirage Nanosat 5.1 System offered positively huge sound on CDs and DVDs, with only a few minor shortcomings.
While Samsung announced most of its home theater products at CES 2014, the company announced pricing and availability at its spring line show in New York.
Cambridge's Newton HD 5.1 Home Theater speaker system features flat-screen-friendly design, advanced engineering, a unique subwoofer design, and spectacular sound quality--judged on a dollar-for-dollar basis, there's nothing that can touch it.
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