The YHT-4920UBL has a powerful subwoofer to intensify low frequencies without overlapping the sound that goes from front speakers. Therefore, the audio is always deep and mellow. Plus, with the ECO mode, this model saves up to 20% of power.
You will need a tripod to install YPAO sensor.
Enjoy theater-quality sound with this model since it allows you to experience the sound as if you are in the center of the action. That, and much more is available with the improved sound optimization.
Bluetooth, audio jack (3.5 mm), headphone output, four HDMI inputs, HDMI output, optical audio input, two coaxial audio inputs, two RCA audio inputs, three composite video inputs, composite video output, five speakers, subwoofer, two antenna ports
Dolby Audio, DTS-HD, YPAO™ Automatic System Calibration, CINEMA DSP Digital, Compressed Music Enhancer, SILENT CINEMA, Extra Bass
Remote control, AM/FM radio, auto power standby
Not only can you control the volume of the whole system at a time with this model, you can also adjust speakers separately. Plus, they are pretty compact, so you can install them anywhere you like.
There is no radio.
It doesn't matter whether you'd like to connect the system to your PC or TV, it supports both. With this model, playing games, watching Full HD movies, or listening to music is really exciting.
Subwoofer ports: 6-channel direct (3 x 3.5mm), RCA audio input, two optical audio inputs, coaxial audio input, 16-pin console port, five speakers; console ports: headphone jack, aux input
Dolby® Digital 5.1 DTS® Digital Surround, 3D Stereo Surround, THX® Certiﬁed
This model supports a lot of formats that you can play back from any storage media. It also has a USB jack for a keyboard to surf the net with more convenience. And with TV SideView App you can control the system even via your smartphone.
There is no manual equalizer.
Are you looking for a home theater system that will give you powerful sound and lots of useful options to improve video and music streaming? If so, the BDVE3100 by Sony is a perfect pick for you.
Bluetooth, NFC, WI-FI, USB 2.0, HDMI output, RCA audio input, optical video input, LAN port, antenna port, five speakers, subwoofer
Dolby Digital, DOLBY® DIGITAL PLUS, Dolby True HD, DTS
DVD, CD, 3D Blu-Ray
Audio: AAC, DTS, LPCM, MP3, MPEG-2 AUDIO, WMA9 STANDARD;
Video: AVCHD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, WMV9, XVID HD 1080;
Photo: GIF, JPEG, PNG
Remote control, FM radio, built-in TV tuner, timer
The HT-J4500 allows watching high-quality active 3D movies and supports online streaming from Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora. Besides, you can always copy a movie or music from a CD to a flash drive with this system if the need be.
It doesn't support Wi-Fi.
Would you like to sync all your smart devices from Samsung, manage them with one remote control, and get cinematic quality videos and sound? Well, with the HT-J4500, it is not a problem.
Bluetooth, USB 2.0, RCA audio input, optical audio input, LAN port, HDMI output, five speakers, subwoofer, antenna port
Dolby Digital, DOLBY® DIGITAL PLUS, Dolby True HD, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Pro Logic II
DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray
Audio: MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC;
Video: AVCHD 1.0, WMV: 1,2,3,7,9;
Photo: HD JPEG, JPEG
Remote control, FM radio
This model enables you to mount speakers practically anywhere with their compact size and wall-mount equipment. And with HDD playback and USB support, you won't be limited to watching movies only on DVDs.
The power output might seem not enough for a large room.
The Panasonic SC-XH105 is an affordable and very reliable system. It brings you superior sound, creating the feeling that you are in a real theater.
USB 2.0, HDMI output, RCA audio input, composite video output, five speakers, subwoofer, antenna port
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Video: Xvid, MOV;
Remote control, FM radio
Reliable System by Reliable Company
When we hear about Yamaha, most of us think about high-quality sound. Indeed, this company is among leaders in manufacturing musical instruments, accessories, and exceptional sound systems. Their home theater in a box is an excellent 5.1-channel audio system designed to meet the needs of even a very exacting customer. It produces clear realistic sound, duplicating a movie theater experience. The YHT-4920UBL package comes with a center channel, a set of four speakers that you can either wall-mount or situate near the AV receiver, and a 100W powered subwoofer, which is, by the way, has an extra bass function that makes the sound much deeper. This home entertainment system is supplied with Bluetooth, so you can play music or video clips right from your smartphone or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. Moreover, you don't have to deny yourself listening to music in MP3 format, since due to compressed music enhancer, which optimizes audio transmissions, all compositions will have excellent sound quality. Those who love watching action films in high-resolution video quality will like 4K Ultra HD with HDCP 2.2. It satisfies the latest HDMI standards thus making your entertainment much more exciting. The YHT-4920UBL also supports 3D video signals and has an audio return channel function. With the latter option, the audio signal is sent and received via the same HDMI cable. In other words, this home cinema offers you not just exceptional sound but also simple operation with fewer wires.
With Yamaha, you can always rely on superior quality. They make their products user-friendly and sufficient for every customer. Indeed, their YHT-4920UBL is a gem for music and movie enthusiasts. Take for example Virtual CINEMA FRONT function that allows you to situate speakers near the receiver when rear placement is not an option and experience virtual 5-channel theater-like sound. Plus, it has CINEMA DSP Digital which is a breakthrough in sound waves transformation and intensifies sound making it deeper. Thanks to the Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer, the operation has become more optimized and sound improved. Such an enhancement is accomplished with the ability of the system to analyze the acoustics in the room and adjust audio parameters for the greater sound. The setup process is also advanced with this model. Now you can download AV SETUP GUIDE for both iOS and Android and enjoy simple installation of the system.
Get the Most out of It
The Yamaha YHT-4920UBL model helps you not only immerse into a movie or music, it can also save your family budget. This model is equipped with the ECO mode, and when it is on, the system consumes up to 20% less power, which is quite impressive. Auto power standby, at the same time, lets you set up auto switch off of the receiver after 20 minutes, 2, 4, 8, or 12 hours, thus also saving energy, and consequently, your bill.
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A Theater in Your Room
Enjoy powerful and rich sound through 500W loudspeakers made by the real masters of modern audio systems. Logitech is a widely known company for the manufacturing of the remarkable products such as computer accessories, devices for a smart house, and powerful speakers. The Z906 is a good example of their work. This great system includes a very powerful subwoofer (165W) and five speakers (65W each) to make your gaming activity or music listening always complete. Thanks to many inputs for multiple audio sources, you are not limited to connection with your computer only, you can link this sound system to your TV, game console, music player and more. The Z906 is designed to correspond with the THX standard, so it guarantees you high-class audio experience. Due to DTS Digital Surround and Dolby® Digital technologies, you will hear every word, whisper, and a footstep from a movie clearly. By the way, if you are a fan of old-fashioned movies, the Z906 can convert the two-channel stereo into 3D sound so that you could enjoy its screening to the full extent.
The control panel is another pleasant feature of this model. It has a quite intuitive operation and can be connected to a subwoofer via a special jack. At the same time, the panel is very stylish and complements the whole system perfectly. The control options are not finite to primitive settings such as volume control and switching the receiver on/off, it allows you for much more. With the Logitech Z906, you get the complete freedom to adjust different parts of the system separately. For example, you can make the front speaker louder and reduce the volume of the surround speakers to get the stronger sound effect. Changing the sounding of the whole system is also an option. To do so, you just need to choose one of the available modes - Stereo 2.1, Stereo 4.1, or Stereo 3D, with a press of a single button. By the way, you can choose the maximally convenient way for you to operate the system since the Z906 enables you to command it with both a control panel and a wireless remote control that also adds to its usability a lot.
A Few Useful Tips to Make Sound Better
It is not only the technical specifications that influence the sound quality that your home entertainment system can produce but also the way you arrange loudspeakers. If the technical part depends on the manufacturer completely, the organization of the system is in your powers. So what can you do then? Firstly, it is recommended to situate loudspeakers and your seat two or three feet away from corners and walls. This helps to make the sound clearer and more balanced. Then, try to leave the space between the loudspeakers and your seat free. In this case, audio waves won’t be blocked. Finally, if floors in the room where you want to set up your home theater are hard, we advise you to put on a thick rug, which will help minimize the echo effect. And don’t be afraid of experiments and make some small adjustments, since you can always change it back.
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Size & Weight
Sony BDVE3100 Home Theater System
The Real Power
Would you like to get a powerful home theater system that you can install in a large room and enjoy deep surround sound? Well, we are happy to introduce this outstanding 1000 W Sony BDVE3100 to you. Its power is distributed among a subwoofer, a center speaker, and a set of four surround speakers thus allowing you to get absorbed with a theater-like sound. With the bass boost function and Dolby True HD, the system reproduces realistic sound without any distortions. As for the receiver, it gives you much more options than just mode changing and volume control. Feel free to watch Full HD Blue-ray Disc movies and standard DVDs at near HD resolution — with Sony, it's not a problem at all. Moreover, you can convert DVDs and 2D Blue-ray into 3D movies. However, take note that you will need a compatible HDTV and HDMI cables for that. They don't come with the system but you can purchase these accessories at any electronic store or online.
Many More Options
Talking about the BDVE3100, we can't leave without attention its control which is remarkably simple and intuitive. Indeed, the system doesn’t even require a remote control for its operation. You can change modes, volume, and get on with other functions using your tablet or smartphone. All you need to do is download the app depending on the OS of your device. It is available for both iOS and Android. Besides, with NFS Easy Connect app, your gadget will quickly sync with NFS compatible Sony devices and start playing your favorite music. You just need to touch N-mark on the receiver with your smartphone. And if you don't have NFS on your gadget, for instance, it's not a problem since you can always use a built-in Bluetooth. Moreover, Sony offers you to display multimedia wirelessly right from your PC using DLNA. It doesn't matter what you will play back via your Sony BDVE3100, the sound will always be of uncompromised quality since digital music enhancer will clean it up for you.
Chat Without Tearing Away From a Screen
Indeed, Sony offers you quite many options on connecting your gadgets with the BDVE3100. One more alternative for you is to use an integrated Wi-Fi hence avoiding a lot of messy wires. Watch videos on YouTube, play your favorite games on a large screen online, chat with your friends on Facebook, and share twits using Socialize application. These and much more are available for you with all the vast opportunities that Sony gives you. Without a doubt, this home entertainment system by Sony can make your friends jealous not only with its theatre-quality sound but also with its cool minimalistic design that will blend into almost any interior perfectly.
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Excellent Addition to Your TV
The Samsung HT-J4500 3D Blu-Ray is an excellent audio system that enables you to play DVDs, CDs, and Blue-ray discs with superior 3D sound. The video quality that Samsung offers you is fantastic. Not only can you watch Blue-ray movies enjoying a bright and highly detailed picture, you can also get an unforgettable experience of maximal immersion into a movie on a 3D TV with active 3D glasses. Due to the video upscaling function, you can rewatch movies from your collection in a near to HD resolution. As for the sound quality, Samsung features Dolby True HD audio that allows you to hear all the sounds as a film-maker made them be. The fantastic clearness of the surround sound is accomplished with DTS Surround Sound and Dolby Digital Plus features, thus producing optimized sound with enhanced bass, clear and crisp dialogues. Plus, you can connect this home cinema to your TV using a single HDMI cable that reduces the number of wires and simplifies the use.
It Can Be Smarter
If you are a fan of Samsung, and a home cinema is one of your many devices by this company, we are happy to inform you that the HT-J4500 supports Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) technology. That means you can connect all the compatible devices with one universal remote and operate them all more conveniently with a single controlling device. It is a very helpful option, isn't it? And there is more. An integrated Bluetooth enables you to sync the system with your tablet, smartphone, or any Bluetooth-enabled gadget in a few clicks and get absorbed with the movie or music experiencing lively surround sound. Moreover, with this 3D Blu-Ray home theater system, you get the option of copying video and audio from CDs or DVDs to a USB flash drive. That is to say, with Samsung, you get much more opportunities than just playing back a movie. This home theater is a fantastic system with intuitive control that may complete your other home devices and make their handling simpler.
The Samsung HT-J4500 supports Ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi that might seem a bit inconvenient, however, with such a connection you don't have to worry that it might fail or slow down because of a poor signal. Purchasing this model, you get full access to Opera TV Apps and as a result, full access to all your favorite apps, games, and media. Besides, not only can you download and install applications from hundreds of available online thus expanding your entertaining activity right from your couch, you can also publish your Apps in the Opera TV Store, which is quite simple. So, once you have created your application, upload it to the Developer submission portal from your account. When it is reviewed and approved by a specialist, it will go live in the Opera TV Store. Indeed, with Samsung, your options are almost infinite.
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Panasonic SC-XH105 Home Theater System
Powerful and Space Saving
There are so many great characteristics that make the Panasonic SC-XH105 so favorite. Firstly, it is quite space saving, which is an advantage, especially for those who have some space limitations and want to purchase a home entertainment equipment for a small room. The package of this model includes a set of five speakers that you can locate practically anywhere due to their thought-out design and a subwoofer that will keep you in suspense while watching a horror movie, for example. This model has a built-in USB slot, that enables you to play media back right from your flash drive. Plus, you can connect an external HDD to the SC-XH105, which means, if you have an impressive collection of your favorite TV shows, movies, music, games, and photos on your PC or hard drive, you can connect them to the SC-XH105 receiver without wasting your time on burning a CD or a DVD and enjoy the moment. In case your media isn’t in high resolution, the 1080p upconversion function allows raising the definition of the image correcting it, making brighter and smoother to some degree. Concerning the sound, Panasonic has a function of selectable speaker layout. It enables you to install loudspeakers in several configurations with no loss in sound quality. In other words, Panasonic does everything so that you could always enjoy your entertainment to the full and watch movies as if you are watching them in a theater.
Organize the Area
When it comes to installation of any audio and video system we have to deal with a lot of cables. For some of us, this process may become the real challenge, since we want to arrange everything in a proper way and avoid creating a mess of wires in our homes. So, in order to prevent such a situation, we advise taking some wire holders. With their help, it will be much simpler to organize any entertainment system and make the room look neat. You can also make some identification marks on each wire so that you won't mix them up. For instance, you could color or underwrite identifications for all the connectors. Trust us, this may come in handy for you in the future.
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What is a Home Theater System
It is no news that everybody likes watching movies. Obviously, the effect of a film is much stronger when you are watching it at a movie theater. It is achieved with surround sound and bright picture on a large screen. Unfortunately, we don't always have enough time to visit a movie theater or simply are out of spirit to go there. Luckily, today you don't have to attend a theater to see a new blockbuster since having a home theater system, it is not a problem at all. With such a network, you can relish full surround sound as if you are in a theater. Therefore, you can not just watch the latest movies at home with your family or friends but also rewatch your favorite picture as often as you'd like. Any home theater system consists of several components and each of them completes it, presenting you a theater-like entertainment. So, a home cinema includes a set of speakers which you can locate in the corners of your room or next to the receiver which plays media back. It also has a subwoofer that intensifies sound making it deeper. With such a package, you get the high-quality realistic sound that in combination with a large picture on a TV screen that allows you to immerse into a movie. In case you'd like to experience a full immersion effect of a 3D video, we advise you to examine closely 3D TVs & Smart TVs.
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Sound Quality and Power
Obviously, one of the first things to check on when searching for a new audio system is the quality of the sound. Home entertainment systems are not an exception. As a rule, there are two most common types available: 5.1-channel and 7.1-channel systems. The main thing that makes them different is the number of speakers. The 5.1 system is equipped with five speakers and a low-frequency subwoofer, while the 7.1-channel system is a set of seven speakers and a subwoofer. The loudspeakers are divided into three groups which provide different sound effects: the center channel performs dialogs, front channels provide the main soundtrack information, and surround channels produce loud audio effects such as thunder or explosions. Also, since the power output determines the maximal volume, we recommend you to pick a home theater system according to the area of the room you are going to place it in and how loud you want it to be. For example, 300 - 500W in total is enough for an average living room, while 1000W is best for a larger area. Frequency response is another characteristic that adds a lot to sound quality. As a rule, it amounts to 20kHz, however, in some models, the response is up to 50kHz. In both cases, the system reproduces clear audio with no sound distortion.
Without a doubt, the more options your audio and video equipment offers you, the more pleasant and simpler it is to use. With an integrated CD/DVD player or a radio receiver, you can watch recorded movies or listen to your favorite radio station anytime you’d like to. If a system has a remote control, you won't have to go to the receiver each time you want to switch a channel, for example. And if your home theater system is equipped with Bluetooth or NFC, you can connect it with your smartphone or laptop without any wires. Some home theaters allow for Internet connection via Wi-Fi or supply you with a web browser so that you could easily check your e-mail or surf the internet using your TV. Also, many models have USB or HDD jacks so there is no need for you to go for a CD and record a movie, which is very convenient and saves you time.
Q: How can I improve the sound of my home theater system?
A: Well, in order to enjoy the best sound from your system we recommend you to use only high-quality audio and video connectors. The best type of cables available in the market today is digital. You can choose either coaxial, optical, or HDMI connectors. With them, you can always count on superior audio quality since the digital signal passes directly to the receiver from the DVD player. Therefore, it is always clear and detailed, thus giving you the feeling that you are in a movie theater.
Q: What are DTS and Dolby Digital?
A: Both these features ensure high-quality theater-like sound. DTS and Dolby Digital are so popular and widely known for reproducing multi-channel surround audio. They reproduce all audio effects just like they were intended to be and allow for maximal immersion into the movie.
Q: What is video upconversion?
A: Upconversion is a fantastic function that has become one of the most favored features of most users of home entertainment systems for a reason. Such a function allows converting videos with low resolution to near to HD resolution. This is great news especially for those who have an old collection of movies since with such a feature you can not just enjoy the great surround sound but also feel the live-action deeply with a clear picture.
Q: Is it complicated for a novice to install a home theater system?
A: Definitely not. Even if you are new to sound systems, you are more likely to set up your home entertainment equipment without any problems. If you have already chosen the model that corresponds all your special needs, then installing and adjusting it in a proper way is the last thing on the list. It might seem challenging, but don’t worry it is quite simple. Besides, all models come with detailed manuals and comprehensive instructions on their installation.
Q: How should I clean my home audio and video equipment?
A: Undoubtedly, you should read the instructions first to clean any similar equipment properly and avoid damaging it. However, there are several common tips to observe. For example, when you need to clean fingerprints from a receiver or a CD player, use a slightly moisturized cloth, it won’t leave stains. To keep connected cables clean, it will be enough to unplug and replug them once in a few years. As for the speakers, you can also use a soft duster, especially if loudspeakers have a wooden finish.
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