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A Guide to Wireless Home Theater Systems

A Guide to Wireless Home Theater Systems

Home theater systems have long been the ultimate media-fan’s dream, with large widescreen televisions, high fidelity speaker systems and a series of boxes that will play whatever you want. While expensive, this is something no true film fanatic should be without, but for as long as they’ve been around, one of the biggest issues has been the abundance of wires between each device.

Running wires under the carpet to your surround sound, dozens of wires all interconnecting the speakers to the machines, it’s the bane of any minimalist and just looks plain ugly. However, as technology has advanced, wires are becoming redundant for information transfer, we live in an age where wireless systems can transmit all the necessary data over distances that make wires impractical. This is where wireless home theater systems come in.

Advantages Of A Wireless System

The first and most obvious bonus is the lack of wires. The information is transmitted via infrared or radio waves from a transmitter on a media player and are sent to the receiver inbuilt into the speakers. The sound quality is of average standard, but considering most wireless systems come as inexpensive bundles, it’s balanced out somewhat. Furthermore, with the wires no longer going between the speaker and media player, there is less chance of damage being done to them, which may be somewhat of an issue if there are children or animals present.

Disadvantages Of A Wireless System

Audio experts and those with sharp hearing will likely hear the difference between wireless and wired, as there are several factors that determine sound quality. Metal wire is the most conductive of the two options and is still to date, the most accurate form of data transmission for speakers. Wireless comes in two forms; radio waves and infrared. Radio waves can prone to interference and have the worst quality. Infrared does not suffer from interference, but it does need a clear line of sight between the transmitter and receiver. It is advisable to test out the wireless setup before you buy, as for some, the difference is minimal and won’t affect enjoyment, but for others, it might become an annoyance.

Additional Technologies

Some wireless systems come with more than the standard radio waves and infrared. Bluetooth is a growing platform for wireless home theater systems come in. Modern receivers sometimes have ports that allow bluetooth connection and even allow media from other devices to be played through it. Another device is called the HomePlug and is easily used by inserting it into any power socket around the house and it will collect all the audio and video signals coming from your other theater components.

Conclusion

If you detest wires and aren’t fussed about average sound fidelity, then wireless is definitely the way to go, as it will provide a cleaner system, perfect for those who dislike clutter. For those who prefer the perfect experience, regardless of extraneous mess, then a hard-wired system will be preferable, due to superior sound. Eventually, when wireless systems no longer lose quality, there won’t be any need to choose the wires as they will have become obsolete.…

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Onkyo TX-SR308 Receiver Review

Onkyo TX-SR308 Receiver Review

The Onkyo TX-SR308 is a home theater receiver that delivers exceptional value for the price. You will get the latest in home theater technology that allows you to create a home theater environment that will make you the envy of your family and friends. Even those on a budget can enjoy amazing home theater with this system. You don’t have to pay high prices because you can use a system from a trusted name like Onkyo. With the Onkyo TX-SR308, you know you’ll get quality and function.

Features and Benefits

While this is considered an entry level system, it’s not light on features. The Onkyo TX-SR308 is ahead of the television manufacturers and is ready for 3D video. You’ll be ready for this next wave in entertainment before it’s available. The system delivers the ability to handle several audio codecs so high quality audio is delivered no matter what you’re doing with the system. Another great feature is the overlaid on screen display that allows users to adjust settings without missing anything they’re watching. The universal port makes it easy to connect peripherals and the front panel features a connection of iPods and MP3 players.

This system can handle game consoles, BluRay players, and cable or satellite receivers at once. You can enjoy games, movies, and television shows with crystal clear sound. With this system you can enjoy theater quality sound in your own home. Even though it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the highest level system, it offers great sound and picture quality along with some features that allow you to make good use of it. If you are looking for a good, solid home theater system, this package is ideal.

Customer Reviews

The Onkyo TX-SR308 has received good customer reviews. The sound is one feature that nearly ever customer commented on and it was the main reason why most customers purchased the system. Reviewers love the solid performance and the crystal clear sound. Many customers also commented on how easy it was to set up and program the system with the help of the included User Manual. Overall, customers were happy with the system and the good reputation of the company. Onkyo is known for delivering solid products with high quality video and audio.

Buying Tips

If you decide to buy the Onkyo TX-SR308 Receiver, you should be aware that it is a beginner level system. Advanced users might not find all the features that they are looking for. However, if you’re new to home theaters, this system is ideal. It will be a breeze to set up as long as you follow the instructions. You will enjoy the audio and video quality that is similar to what you’d expect from a high level system, but at a price that fits your budget. The Onkyo TX-SR308 home theater system will totally change how you enjoy music, movies, gaming, and television.…

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Bose 321 GS-GSX Review Part I – Why Buy?

Bose 321 GS-GSX Review Part I – Why Buy?

The Bose 321 GS/GSX home entertainment unit is an entry level home theater system that wouldn’t be a letdown if you’ve acquired one. Setting up the system is simple, designed to be user friendly and this aspect has been receiving praises. The printed user’s manual is rich with graphics, so it’s easy to follow. Although more than 100 pages, you’ll probably only need to refer to a couple of it. Included is a quick start poster as well as a step-by-step tutorial DVD that walks you through the setup process. A novice can easily install and setup the system in a short matter of time and start taking full advantage of its technology and features.

The system comes with two great quality speakers and a powerful subwoofer. The main unit, termed ‘Media Center’ by Bose, comes with a built-in progressive scan DVD/CD player, an AM/FM tuner and a must have HDMI output. Having a progressive scan player provides increased resolution for a sharper, clearer video whilst wiping out almost all motion blur. The incorporated AM/FM tuner has 40 preset stations as well as a sleep timer. The media center can be controlled remotely using the supplied universal remote controller that comes with batteries. Being a universal remote controller, it can control other devices that are linked (or not) to the media center. So you end up with one master remote to control various devices – a convenient accessory.

The Bose 321 GS/GSX performance is exceptional for the medium or small sized room. The output quality from the speakers seems to be further enhanced by using floor stands. Cabling to hook up other devices to the system may look messy, but overcome this by using cable tie/tube. Otherwise, using the system as a stand alone, you’ll only have wires going to the speakers, subwoofer and to the wall socket for power. What you would expect of other wired system too.

As for size, the two speakers can be handheld (don’t be deceived by its size) while the subwoofer is still considered rather ‘big’. Not too big that you cannot hide it behind your TV or place it in a manner that it blends with other fixtures. The media center unit itself its not that so much bigger than the size of an X-box. In short, the entire system would not cluster your living room due to its compact size. What’s more, without rear speakers there’s no wiring to the back of your room…