Aiwa HT-DV90

The Good Inexpensive; potent satellites; impressive subwoofer; generous connectivity options; flexible remote.

The Bad Shuts down when played at superloud volumes.

The Bottom Line For a budget-priced package, this Aiwa has great sound and is easy to use.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Aiwa HT-DV90

Judged on looks alone, Aiwa's HT-DV90 home theater in a box (HTIB) probably won't wow too many passersby on the showroom floor. It's a pretty standard package: a slim combo A/V receiver and DVD player teamed up with a fairly compact 5.1-speaker ensemble. Ah, but once we auditioned the DV90, we discovered that its sound quality, plentiful features, and easygoing ergonomics put it ahead of the competition.Judged on looks alone, Aiwa's HT-DV90 home theater in a box (HTIB) probably won't wow too many passersby on the showroom floor. It's a pretty standard package: a slim combo A/V receiver and DVD player teamed up with a fairly compact 5.1-speaker ensemble. Ah, but once we auditioned the DV90, we discovered that its sound quality, plentiful features, and easygoing ergonomics put it ahead of the competition.

Speaking of speakers
This kit's five satellites are armed with 4-inch drivers, which are definitely a step up from the more typical 2- to 3-inch woofers that we usually see. The silver, plastic sats' cabinets are a tad larger than those of more space-efficient speakers, but you can hang 'em high with their integral key-holed wall mounts. We're also happy to note that the DV90's sub jumps out of the pack of me-too designs. It has a wood cabinet, and it's endowed with a largish woofer (nearly 8 inches in diameter) so it can deliver more and better bass than a run-of-the-mill 6-inch subwoofer. However, while this nonpowered sub is impressive, you can further improve the sound by adding a powered sub.

The DV90's sleek, metal front panel and controls feel more substantial than those of all-plastic kits, making the overall vibe closer to that of a regular component system. Another nice touch: The receiver's front-panel controls duplicate the remote's menu, cursor, and Enter buttons, so you can play and navigate DVDs even when you misplace the remote. The receiver/DVD player doles out the standard Dolby Digital/DTS surround sounds and delivers 38 watts to each of the six speakers.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Aiwa America Inc.
  • Type home theater system
  • Functions AV receiver, DVD player
  • Components DVD player / AV receiver, speaker system
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Output Power / Total 300 Watt
  • Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz
  • Color silver
  • Functions DVD player, AV receiver
  • Additional Features Midnight Mode, digital signal format auto detection / auto switching, mute button
  • Media Content Source DVD
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