DVD Home Theater

A home entertainment center has the power to make your home the place to be for movie nights, Super Bowl parties, video game sessions and other social gatherings. If you can afford the expenditure, consider the following 10 most sought after DVD home entertainment center on the leading technology site, CNET.com.

The Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A is a DVD home theater that saves a lot of space and contains such extras as HDMI video, digital audio output and an eSATA port. However, there are faster system out there, and because the home entertainment is so compact, its capabilities are limiting. However, this product is fully functional and only slightly slower than its competitors.

The Panasonic SC-PT760 is a five-disc DVD home theater. It contains wireless surround stereo and can upscale HDMI media up to 1080p. The set also includes speakers that can be mounted on a stand and an iPod docking point that can be integrated in various devices. You can actually thumb through the iPod menu on the full-sized television screen. The design is very bare-bones, and you cannot play back videos on the iPod through HDMI. Another consideration is that the sound is better on movies than on music. The various features of the Panasonic SC-PT760 make it a good value.

The Panasonic SC-BT100 is a five-disc device that is equipped with an SD card slot and wireless rear speakers. While it is an advantage to be able to read other digital media such as AVCHD, the Panasonic SC-BT100 isn’t exactly a complete package. You have to purchase more wireless speakers and a receiver to achieve a full set of seven speakers. In addition, the technology used in the Panasonic SC-BT100 is a bit outdated compared to its competitors. Considerations include that the videos played back on iPods is of low quality and the connectivity leaves much to be desired. These limitations may cause some consumers to believe that the Panasonic SC-BT100 is not a good value for the asking price.

The Samsung HT-TZ512T is a five-disc DVD home theater that is fully equipped wth wireless speakers and an iPod deck. The Samsung HT-TZ512T is praised for its strong playback on media such as JPEG, WMV, WMA, DivX and MP3. This device sounds better on music than movies, but the sound on both is good. The Samsung HT-TZ512T lacks iPod video playback and outlets for expanded capabilities. In addition, the wireless speakers are not 100% wireless. However, this device still comes highly recommend by the experts as a solid DVD home theater system.

The Dell Inspiron I530S-119B is known for it’s fast inside computer and its stylish appearance. Unfortunately, this device lacks extra features such as the HDMA, card readers and ports for eSATA. The Dell Inspiron I530S-119B is considered a good value for those looking for a fast processor on a budget, but the lack of fancy features could be a turn-off for some consumers.

The Philips SoundBar HTS8100 is known for its stylish appearance and its simple design. This device’s DVD function is hidden behind an automatic door.It has for a total audio outputs and is known for it’s good DVD video quality. The Philips SoundBar HTS8100 also includes an iPod dock. There are no video inputs available and the sound quality for movies beats the sound quality of the music. This device is known as a sleek and compact model among the DVD home theaters.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 is a basic design with muted style. It sports a solid foundation and is reasonably priced. Its features include light-touch media controls, four speakers and a subwoofer that play in Dolby Home Theater, face recognition software and a fair battery life. This device is criticized for being too heavy and the screen can be too reflective for some. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 is reasonably priced model that may to appeal to those who like minimalist design.

The Panasonic SC-PT660 is a five-disc system with HDMI upscaling for up to 1080p on the DVD device. An iPod dock allows the integration of various devices, and you can thumb through the iPod menu on the television screen. The design is simplistic and the connectivity is waning. The Pod device cannot play back videos through HDMI and the sound quality is better with movies than the sound quality of music. The Panasonic SC-PT660 is considered a good value for its price.

The Sony Bravia Theater DAV-HDX500 is a five-disc DVD home entertainment center that offers HDMI media in the sizes of 480p, 720p and 1080p. The main speakers are on an adjustable stand, subwoofer included as well as an automatic calibration system for the speakers. The Sony Bravia Theater DAV-HDX500 offers XM radio and XM HD. Video and audio jacks offer more capabilities. Considerations include that the Sony Bravia Theater DAV-HDX500 is better for movies than it is for music. There are no wireless speakers with the entertainment center, although less expensive Sony DVD sets in the same series have them. However, the Sony Bravia Theater DAV-HDX500 is still considered a good value for the features that it offers.

The Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II offers an integrated DVD player, a radio tuner, satellite speakers with subwoofer and simulated surround sound. The two satellite speakers are easy to install and easy to use. Unfortunately, the Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II is steep in price and does not offer an HDMI outlet. There is only one audio/video outlet and there are limits on where you can place the speakers. The sound quality of music is criticized on the Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II. This device is considered remarkable in that it can create such a powerful surround sound with only two speakers. However, the Bose 3-2-1 GS Series II is considered to be overpriced.

Meanwhile, the experts consider the Onkyo HT-S755DVC the best model out there for its sound quality and saturation of features. The Denon AVR-4306 is also highly praised for its match of high sound quality and set of features.

This DVD Home Theater Review is Written/Updated on Mar 14th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics, Digital Life. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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