The M80 from Meridian is an unassuming shelf system that packs quite a few features. The exterior is fantastic looking and is clad in British leather. You can choose from three colors – ivory, obsidian, and chestnut. According to Meridian, each leather cover is made by hand, and takes an hour to complete.
Not all home theater in-a-box setups are created equal, and when they're coming from a company like Denon, you can be sure they're a step or two up over what you'd find on the shelves at the typical brick and morter.
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.