In almost every case, you're losing out by picking up a home theater in-a-box. They're typically not as good as similarly priced systems made of separate components and all too frequently they use proprietary connectors that make upgrading impossible. That's not the case when it comes to Onkyo's new HT-S9300THX.
Instead of going to your specialty dealer for a demo of the latest from B&W, you'll soon be able to audition their wares at Best Buy. To be fair, they'll only be in the Magnolia section, but it's Best Buy nonetheless.
We all know that separates are the way to go when it comes to peak performance, but there's plenty good to be said about HTiBs. They're simple to set up, there's no question about compatibility or how each part will interact with the next, and they're generally less expensive.
The new Mission MX series was designed to produce quality sound at an affordable price. It consists of five stereo speakers, a pair of center channels and the MX-S – a multipurpose speaker that can be used for surrounds.
The PS 20 and PS 20 NC are new half in-ear headphones from Phiaton. It's an interesting design that was created to combine the bass response of in-ears with the high frequency response of open-ear style headphones.