The Sharp HT-SB602 offers plenty of features, a wide soundstage and high-energy movie playback, but its overall sound quality can't stand up to similarly priced rivals.
We've focused on the best bang-for-your-buck receivers from each manufacturer, which is typically around $500.
While its bulky design isn't for everyone, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more full-featured and better sounding all-in-one 7.1 home theater system for the price than the Onkyo HT-S7200.
The Vizualogic RoadTrip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System is a simple and inexpensive way to add rear-seat entertainment, with removable headrests, to any vehicle using only basic hand tools.
As shown: $999
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The aptly named Amplifi has a singular purpose--getting your iPod to really crank without putting a hole in your wallet.
Yamaha's luxurious receiver scores well on the value, features, and sound-quality fronts, but its flexible surround processing clinched the deal for us.
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Pinnacle's Instant CD/DVD 8.0 offers an improved interface and some useful new tools, but this burning suite still falls a bit short of its peers.