AV Receivers

PSB Alpha VS21 VisionSound
REVIEW

PSB Alpha VS21 VisionSound

The PSB Alpha VS21's skimpy feature lineup and so-so movie sound quality don't live up to expectations considering its hefty $600 list price.

3 stars Editors' rating on March 18, 2015
Marantz NR1605
REVIEW

Marantz NR1605

The slim, compact Marantz NR1605 provides excellent sound quality and thoroughly up-to-date features, making it one of our favorites for the price.

4 stars Editors' rating on January 28, 2015
Google Chromecast
REVIEW

Google Chromecast

Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2013
3.2 stars User rating out of 41 votes
Samsung SEK-1000 Evolution Kit - digital multimedia receiver
REVIEW

Samsung SEK-1000 Evolution Kit

While a cool idea and an innovative way to somewhat ward against Smart TV obsolescence, the 2013 Evolution Kit is definitely a niche product.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 12, 2013
Netgear NeoTV (NTV300)
REVIEW

Netgear NeoTV ( NTV300)

The Netgear Neo TV NTV300 is one of the cheapest streaming boxes on the market, but it doesn't offer any compelling distinguishing features compared with the Roku.

3 stars Editors' rating on February 4, 2013
2.4 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Roku LT (2012)
REVIEW

Roku LT ( 2012)

The Roku LT is a killer streaming-media box, offering tons of streaming content -- including favorites like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Pandora -- for just $50.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 8, 2012
3.5 stars User rating out of 9 votes

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Sony HT-CT550W
REVIEW

Sony HT-CT550W

Consider the Sony HT-CT550W if you need a sound bar with a lot of connectivity, but it's otherwise not worth its premium price.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 22, 2012
3.5 stars User rating out of 6 votes

MSRP: $399.99

Sony HT-CT150
REVIEW

Sony HT-CT150

Sony's HT-CT150 sound bar home theater system sounds great and is way ahead of the competition with its three HDMI inputs; however, its IR receiver limits the subwoofer's placement options.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 5, 2010
3.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes

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Sony BDV-E770W
REVIEW

Sony BDV-E770W

The Sony BDV-E770W is one of the best Blu-ray home theater systems we've tested, with excellent sound quality, tons of streaming-media options, 3D compatibility, and wireless rear speakers. The lack of HDMI inputs is the only big omission.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 28, 2010
1 star User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $649.99

Samsung HT-BD8200
REVIEW

Samsung HT-BD8200

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 15, 2010
1 star User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $899.00

Yamaha YSP-4100
REVIEW

Yamaha YSP-4100

The Yamaha YSP-4100 offers better surround effects, superior sound quality and more features than competing sound bars, but it's expensive and most buyers won't need all its functionality.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 9, 2010
Yamaha YSP-5100
REVIEW

Yamaha YSP-5100

The Yamaha YSP-5100 sound bar has an outstanding assortment of features and best-in-class virtual surround, but it's very expensive and doesn't sound much better than the step-down YSP-4100.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 4, 2010

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LG LHB535
REVIEW

LG LHB535

The LG LHB535 offers an outstanding feature set for its price, but its sound quality is only passable.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 19, 2010

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Onkyo HT-S7200
REVIEW

Onkyo HT-S7200

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 27, 2009

MSRP: $899.00

Eos Converge Wireless Amplified Receiver
REVIEW

Eos Converge Wireless Amplified Receiver

The Eos Converge Wireless Amplified Receiver is easy to use and performs well. We just wish it came with a remote control.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 25, 2009

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Eos Converge Wireless Receiver
REVIEW

Eos Converge Wireless Receiver

The Eos Converge Wireless Receiver is easy to use and performs well. We just wish it came with a remote control.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 24, 2009

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Eos Converge Wireless Transmitter
REVIEW

Eos Converge Wireless Transmitter

The Eos Converge Wireless Transmitter is easy to use and performs well, we just wish it wasn't so bulky.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 21, 2009

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LG LHB953
REVIEW

LG LHB953

The LG LHB953 combines Blu-ray, tons of streaming media content, and solid AV quality into an all-in-one home theater system that scores high on the value quotient.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 13, 2009

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Samsung HT-BD1250
REVIEW

Samsung HT-BD1250

Samsung's HT-BD1250 home theater system has built-in Blu-ray, streaming media from Netflix and Pandora, and excellent audio and video quality, making it our top budget Blu-ray all-in-one system.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 13, 2009
2.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $599.00

Panasonic SC-BT300
REVIEW

Panasonic SC-BT300

Panasonic's SC-BT300 is a 7.1 home theater system with built-in Blu-ray and its tall-boy speakers help deliver very good sound quality, but it doesn't have the Netflix streaming found on some of its similarly priced competitors.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 2, 2009

MSRP: $649.95