Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
If home cinema is your game, buying some of the new Onkyo AV equipment may well be on your wishlist. Happily, we've got the specs for the company's 2009 line-up
The Microsoft All-in-One Media keyboard is a keyboard-plus-touchpad combo for home theater PCs that is both low-cost and simple to use.
If you can overlook its poor analog video conversion, the Onkyo TX-SR607 offers up a ton of HDMI connectivity and excellent sound quality for a midrange AV receiver.
The Onkyo HT-RC160 has nearly all the same functionality as the similar TX-SR607, for about $100 less, making it one of the best AV receiver values of the year.
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 Onyko TX-NR414 offers the best AV receiver value for those with a tight budget, although the step-up TX-NR515 model is worth the extra cash if you can afford it.
The Onkyo TX-NR616 is a tremendous AV receiver value, with eight HDMI inputs and a very low street price, although Onkyo's step-down models may be an even better buy.
It may be an entry-level receiver, but it includes features like four HDMI ports, a graphical user interface, and a two-year warranty.
For this week's contest, we're serving up the Onkyo TX-NR3007 9.2-channel AV receiver courtesy of Dolby, which is sponsoring the giveaway in June.
Yamaha's RX-V665BL includes more features than its predecessor, but it doesn't sound as good, has poor video upconversion quality, and doesn't let you assign digital-audio inputs.
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