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 Nexus Player
REVIEW

Google Nexus Player

Until it receives a major infusion of native apps and developer support, and better integrates non-Google services, the Nexus Player with Android TV offers no compelling upgrade over other streaming devices.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 3, 2014
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Samsung SEK-1000 Evolution Kit
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
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
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

Onkyo HTX-22HDX
REVIEW

Onkyo HTX-22HDX ( black)

The Onkyo HTX-22HDX is a slick-looking 2.1 home theater system with good features, but its sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.

3 stars Editors' rating on February 28, 2011
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

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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

Samsung HT-C6500
REVIEW

Samsung HT-C6500

The Samsung HT-C6500 packs outstanding sound quality, Blu-ray playback, and tons of features into an excellent home theater system, with only some design quirks holding it back.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 27, 2010
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $649.99

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 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

Samsung HT-AS730ST
REVIEW

Samsung HT-AS730ST

The Samsung HT-AS730's unimpressive sound quality, finicky HDMI ports, unreadable display, and tedious input system will have you looking elsewhere for a Blu-ray-ready home theater package.

2 stars Editors' rating on May 14, 2009
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $549.00

Onkyo HT-S9100THX
REVIEW

Onkyo HT-S9100THX

The Onkyo HT-S91000THX breaks the HTIB mold, offering four HDMI inputs, full-size speakers, and the best sound we've heard to date from an all-in-one system.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 22, 2009

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Polk Audio SurroundBar 360
REVIEW

Polk Audio SurroundBar 360

The Polk Audio SurroundBar 360 DVD Theater delivers excellent sound from a single speaker bar, with the lack of built-in Blu-ray being the real sticking point.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 8, 2009

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Samsung HT-X810T
REVIEW

Samsung HT-X810T

While we've heard better virtual surround sound, the Samsung HT-X810T's easy setup and dearth of wires will appeal to those searching for simplicity and a minimalist aesthetic.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 23, 2008

MSRP: $499.99

Sony HT-CT100
REVIEW

Sony HT-CT100

Sony's HT-CT100 soundbar/subwoofer audio system is a phenomenal value that sounds great with movies and music.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 4, 2008

MSRP: $299.99

Yamaha YSP-3000
REVIEW

Yamaha YSP-3000 ( silver)

If you can look past its limited video capabilities, the Yamaha YSP-3000 is an otherwise recommendable single-speaker solution for home theater buyers who don't want a traditional 5.1 channel surround system.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 21, 2008
Yamaha YSP-4000
REVIEW

Yamaha YSP-4000 ( black)

The addition of enhanced video connectivity options cements Yamaha's already excellent Digital Sound Projector technology as the go-to choice for single-speaker surround sound.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on November 2, 2007

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Samsung HT-X70
REVIEW

Samsung HT-X70

The Samsung HT-X70 is stylish and has a great feature set for the price, but it sounds better on movies than with music.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 4, 2007
Sirius SR-H550
REVIEW

Sirius SR-H550

Sirius's first dedicated home satellite radio, the Sirius SR-H550, looks and feels more substantial than those teensy plug-and-play tuners.

3 stars Editors' rating on January 23, 2006

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Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II
REVIEW

Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II ( silver)

The Bose 3-2-1 Series II DVD system does a surprisingly good surround-sound imitation with just two satellites, but it's overpriced.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 9, 2005

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