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Best home theater for the cooler months

Whether you're looking to spend $100 or $10,000, these are the home theater products we're most looking forward to in fall 2017

Ty Pendlebury
Ty Pendlebury has worked at CNET since 2006. He lives in New York City where he writes about streaming and home audio.
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Polk Audio Signa Solo

Price: $129

Availability: October 2017

The outlook: Sound bars are getting so cheap that it almost costs as much to ship them as to buy them. At $129, the Polk Audio Signa Solo has the heritage and potential for decent sound quality. The days of $6,000 sound bars are surely numbered.

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Elac Adante AS-51

Price: $2,499

Availability: October 2017

The outlook: We saw them at CES 2017 and liked them a lot. The Elac Adante AS-51s take the high-end concepts that designer Andrew Jones has developed over 40 years in the industry and distilled them into a (sort of) affordable package. We're very excited to review these!

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Definitive Technology Demand D7

Price: From $499

Availability: September 2017

The outlook: Definitive Technology is known for its pricier floorstanding speakers, but the new Demands look very promising. Featuring exceptional build quality and a compact size they might have enough to worry Elac's Uni-Fi series.

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Sony VPL-VW285ES

Price: $4,999

Availability: Now

The outlook: The Sony VPL-VW285ES is the first Sony 4K projector to dip under the $5K mark and offers all of the features you'd expect, including HDR compatibility.

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Pioneer VA-FW40

Price: $249

Availability: October 2017

The outlook: Until now you've only had essentially two smart speakers to choose from -- Amazon Echo and Google Home -- but this new Pioneer speaker widens the field. It's packed with features, too, including Alexa voice assistant and Play-Fi multiroom.

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Onkyo VC-GX30

Price: $249

Availability: October 2017

The outlook: The contrapuntal model to the Pioneer F4 is the Onkyo G3, which offers the Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. If you're looking at a Chromecast multiroom system, this could be the smart speaker to get.  

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Jamo Studio SB 36

Price: $199

Availability: October 2017

The outlook: One of the most striking sound bars we've seen in years, the tweed-covered SB 36 is shaping up to be a promising budget offering. 

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Bowers & Wilkins 707 S2

Price: $2,499

Availability: September 2017

The outlook: While the B&W 707 S2 is likable it's not the speaker we'd look at if upgrading from say a 685. The 705 not only looks the business, but our initial listening tests suggests it sounds great too!

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