The worlds of home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems and audiophiles are pretty much mutually exclusive, but Onkyo traditionally has come the closest to making it work. Unlike most companies, Onkyo tends to include separates-style AV receiver and full-size speakers in its HTIBs, eschewing the lifestyle-friendly tiny speakers that you see on systems from Sony and Panasonic. Onkyo has announced two new HTIB systems in this style, the HT-S6100 and the HT-S7100, and both are significantly more featured than your average HTIB setup. Let's take a look at their key features:
The Onkyo HT-S6100… Read more
Philips is showing off two new Ambisound products--the first an HTiB, the $499 6515D, offers a 5.1 surround-sound experience while only using an actual 2.1 setup. It includes HDMI upscaling up to 1080p, along with USB support for playing music and video files.
The Ambisound soundbar, the HTS6100, is ultimately a step-down version of the HTS8100, which will retail for $599. It also includes a DVD player with 1080p upscaling via HDMI and an iPod dock that can be controlled through the system itself. However, this version will not support an onscreen display like we saw with the … Read more