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|JBL - Spyro - 2.1 Speaker System (Fuchsia)
Lowest new price: $315.16
The JBL Spyro™ is a 2.1 powered speaker and subwoofer system. It provides excellent sound and an elegant design.
- It uses Odyssey® tansducers that give clean, accurate, high frequency sound.
- JBL uses advanced technologies to provide the best possible audio sound.
- One touch increases or decreases the volume: one touch mutes or unmutes the system.
- The sytem uses a large excursion subwoofer for impressive bass performance.
- A stereo mini jack connets the JBl Spot to a variety of multimedia devices.
|Harman Kardon AVR 7000 Dolby Digital/DTS Audio/Video Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $499.55
Brand: Harman Kardon
Model: AVR 7000
Heading up Harman Kardon's superb line of surround receivers is the flagship AVR 7000, which cranks out 100 quality watts to all five channels across the audible frequency spectrum. Harman Kardon, long a champion of the importance of high current over high power, offers both in this model: the AVR 7000 delivers a staggering 75 amps of High Current Capability (HCC) to drive the most demanding speaker loads without distortion.
And while sound quality is definitely a priority here--we're talking about Harman Kardon, after all--a lot of circuit-design and digital signal processing know-how went into this receiver.
Most significantly, the receiver offers Harman's exclusive Logic 7 and VMAx surround modes (intelligent 5.1- and two-channel surround matrices for any sound source--stereo or otherwise) and onboard decoding of Dolby Digital and DTS surround formats in addition to HDCD. Throw in 30 FM/AM station presets alongside S-video and component-video switching, and you're looking at your key to top-flight music and home-theater enjoyment for well under $2,000.
The AVR 7000 can also supply sound for two rooms (with the use of an external infrared remote sensor), and the receiver comes with one set of stereo RCA outputs, composite- and S-video outputs, and a separate, limited-function remote control for this purpose.
With all of its features, however, nothing gets in the way of sound performance. The tone controls--the AVR 7000 offers actual bass and treble knobs--can be taken out of the audio circuit to keep the audio signal path as short and clean as possible. In listening to CDs through either the analog or digital inputs, we found that the AVR 7000 opens a big, natural window on the music. (We recommend using your CD player's analog outputs only if it has no digital outputs or if it's a player with extremely high-quality analog circuitry.)
With the AVR 7000, the qualities we expect from separates (preamplifier and amplifier components) but don't usually get from integrated receivers abound: a wonderful sense of air and ambiance; complex layers of rich harmonics; a beautiful nuance in vocal delivery; wide dynamics and subtle microdynamics; smooth, extended high frequencies; and a bottom end that is at once powerful and well defined but never muddy.
Surround decoding of Dolby Digital- and DTS-encoded discs, performed by 24-bit, 96 kHz Crystal DSP (digital signal processing) circuits, is just as impressively clear and dynamic.
The AVR 7000's biggest drawback is that you can't adjust the speaker delays for surround formats other than Dolby Digital. Because most living rooms do not lend themselves to optimal home-theater speaker placement, it's standard for receivers to let you input and store the distance (in either feet or meters) from your various speakers to your primary listening position. This ensures that the sounds from your speakers arrive at your ears simultaneously, as if you were equidistant from all speakers. You can, however, adjust the relative volume levels of each channel, which is actually more important than adjusting the delay times.
In practice, the AVR 7000's surround sound coherence is excellent, even with DTS-encoded multichannel music CDs (though the presentation in one of our less ideal rooms was not as seamless as it might have been).
The AVR 7000 also lets you toggle between a given component's analog and digital outputs from the remote control--a function that few receivers offer. Granted, this feature will appeal mainly to audiophiles who are interested in comparing, for instance, the sound of a component's analog outputs to its digital output, or the effect that different analog audio interconnects have on the sound (using the digital output as a reference). But Harman excels in this kind of detail-oriented feature, and it's good to know it's available here.
Unlike most of the overhyped proprietary DSP modes out there, Harman Kardon's own Logic 7 (multichannel) and VMAx (two-channel) surround modes work extremely well, in most cases audibly improving over regularly decoded, discrete source material (like Dolby Digital and DTS)--no small feat. Logic 7 also instantaneously generates 5.1-channel information from two-channel material such as CDs, television, VHS tapes, and other sources, letting you take full advantage of your surround system without the annoying artifacts that often accompany such faux-surround algorithms.
Setting up the AVR 7000 is, not surprisingly, a complex and time-consuming effort, but one that pays off. To its credit, the unit boasts a terrific onscreen setup display (though it does reset your settings when you revisit a given parameter), one of the best owner's manuals we've seen, and an uncluttered, illuminated, full-function remote control capable of operating up to eight devices (choose from 17 brands of DVD players and over 80 brands of televisions).
The only other drawback worth mentioning is that the system often takes a few seconds to lock onto a new sound format, whether it's DTS or an HDCD-encoded CD. This means that you'll occasionally miss the first couple seconds of sound, but you can always preselect the format or simply start the track anew. This was not an issue in DVD video titles, where the surround format is usually triggered long before you actually need to hear sound.
When it's all configured and set to go, you'll have most of the home theater world at your remote-clicking fingertips, from full future-ready capabilities in the receiver's 5.1-channel analog inputs (perfect for DVD audio) to component-video switching for videophile DVD video performance.
If you're hankering for top-of-the-line audio performance and highest-level video switching, the AVR 7000 is a real bargain. --Michael Mikesell
- Sound quality rivals separates
- Excellent build quality
- Loaded with features
- Converts S-video to composite-video
- Remote control lets you toggle between analog and digital inputs for a given component
- Controls easy to navigate
- Defeatable tone controls
- Future ready with 5.1-channel analog inputs
- Lengthy setup procedure
- No speaker-delay settings for DTS surround sound
- No phono input
- System can take a few seconds to catch up with a new sound source
- Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, and DTS decoding
- 100 watts x 5 channels
- Ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier with high current capability
- Multiroom operation
- Component- and S-video switching
|JBL L890 4-Way, High Performance 8-inch Dual Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black)
Lowest new price: $599.00
Lowest used price: $649.99
List price: $599.00
The JBL Studio L890 is 4-Way, dual 8" floorstanding loudspeaker that gives you great high frequency sound as well as impressive JBL bass. These speakers are designed to bring the superior sound you would get in a live recording into your living room. These speakers are sold individually so you need to order two to get a pair.
- 1" pure titanium dome tweeter for exceptional high frequency performance
- Aluminum waveguides provide better dispersion and a larger listening sweet spot
- Freeflow port technology delivers great sound and makes sure you get the lowest amount of distortion
- Gold-plated, 5-way bi-wirable binding post
- Single unit, packed and sold separately
|JBL SoundPoint Series RIF8 Rough-In Frame Kit for use with JBL HTI8
Lowest new price: $24.14
Rough-in kit for HTI-8 or SP-8
|JBL Venue Series Balcony 4-Inch 2-Way Wall Speakers (Pair) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $144.99
List price: $199.99
The diminutive Venue Series Balcony loudspeaker reproduces audio in a big way. With its built-in keyhole mounting bracket and an angled baffle designed to disperse sound, Balcony is an excellent choice for wall-mounted side or rear surround speakers. Balcony performs like a pro, with technology developed by JBL's Professional division. Equipped with JBL's tried-and-true titanium-laminate tweeters and PolyPlas woofers, the speaker reproduces high notes with extreme clarity. The lows and mids, assisted by the dual FreeFlow flared ports, are loud and clear, without unwanted distortion or boominess. The Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS) waveguide ensures that every seat is the best in the house for sweet music and intelligible dialogue, or for just rocking out. Since the transducers were purpose-designed to work together harmoniously, JBL's simple Straight-Line Signal Path (SSP) crossover network divides the signal with minimal processing (and minimal opportunity to degrade the signal). Sturdy gold-plated, five-way binding posts provide a strong connection that preserves all of the nuances of the original program. The computer-designed, lock-mitred cabinet virtually eliminates distortion, and its slim profile won't overpower your room.
- 2-way speakers with frequency range of 65 Hz to 20 kHz
- Peak dynamic power handling of 200 watts
- Sensitivity of 86 dB
- Uses FreeFlow flared port for bass response without distortion
- Woofers constructed of PolyPlas for clearer audio output
|Harman Kardon AVR 235 7.1-Channel Audio/Video Surround Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $120.00
List price: $549.99
Brand: Harman Kardon
Model: AVR 235
Amazon.com Product Description Harman Kardon's most affordable 7.1-channel audio/video surround receiver, the AVR 235, offers high-quality baseline features from the company's acclaimed AVR series receivers. The component delivers near-universal surround-format compatibility, and it's engineered for terrific sonic performance. The AVR 235 features a discrete-output amplifier that pumps seven channels of high-current (+/-35 amps), ultrawide-bandwidth power: 7 x 50 watts into 8 ohms, 20 to 20,000 Hz with less than 0.07 percent THD. Furthermore, the receiver uses state-of-the-art 192 kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converters and a high-power Cirrus 32-bit DSP processor.
The AVR 235's cutting-edge technologies also include triple-crossover bass management, automatic digital input polling, and A/V sync delay. An EzSet remote control provides automatic speaker-level calibration.
Take a closer look at the AVR 235's connections. You can also view the unit's front panel and remote control in detail.
Surround sound features include Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone processing, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing (which provides an expansive, full-range 7.1-channel program from any stereo or 5.1-channel source). The receiver handles all other popular formats (including Dolby Digital EX and Dolby Digital 5.1), all standard DTS modes (including 6.1 DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS Neo:6, Cinema 6.1/5.1, and Music 6.1/5.1), and even the latest DTS 96/24 high-resolution audio technology. You also get Harman's proprietary Logic 7 audio for enhanced multichannel reproduction from both matrix-encoded and 2-channel recordings.
Along with its extensive video connectivity, the receiver offers two wide-bandwidth, HDTV-compatible component-video inputs and an array of digital and analog audio connections, including multiple coaxial and optical digital audio inputs and outputs. It sports both analog and digital front-panel inputs, 6-/8-channel direct audio inputs, and 7.1-channel preamp outputs to accommodate a DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, or universal player.
The receiver's triple-crossover bass-management system lets you choose from multiple crossover frequencies for the front L/R, center, surround L/R, and surround back L/R speakers. Most receivers and DVD players have far more limited crossover filtering or none at all. Moreover, you can set different speaker-size configurations for different AVR 235 input sources according to your needs.
With the AVR 235, you get a high-quality FM/AM tuner with 30 station presets and a Listener Preference System that lets you specify a surround mode according to the program source. You can also set speaker-channel levels for each program source and DSP format (for example, the subwoofer level can be set differently for multichannel movie viewing and 2-channel CD music listening).
What's in the Box
Receiver, remote control, remote batteries, FM wire/AM loop antennas, warranty information, and a user's manual.
- Multi-channel DVD-audio and SACD-ready, front-panel A/V input with selectable digital-audio input/output
- Handles Dolby Digital EX, Pro Logic II, and all DTS modes
- EzSet remote provides automatic speaker-level calibration
- Seven x 50 high-current watts per channel
- Measures 17.3 x 6.3 x 15 inches (W x H x D)
|Harman Kardon DVD 31 Progressive-Scan DVD Player
Lowest used price: $192.50
List price: $349.00
Brand: Harman Kardon
Harman Kardon DVD31 - This model is similar to the Harmah Kardon DVD22 but adds the ability of playing DVD Audio discs. Capable of playing DVD-Video , DVD-Audio, MP3, Windows Media and JPEG discs, the DVD31 is as versatile as they come. With progressive scan processing and an audio control system that includes bass management and output-level trims, whatever goes in will come out looking and sounding its absolute best. Wolfson 192kHz/24-Bit Audio Output DAC Still Image Playback of JPEG CDs 60-Frame Reconstruction and Pixel-by-Pixel Processing MP3 Text Capability Linear-PCM Audio at 44kHz-96kHz/16-24 Bits 2x and 4x Digital Zoom (Still and Moving Picture) Programmed Play of Up to 32 Tracks on One CD Repeat Play of One Track, One CD or an A-B Selection Video Test Screen with Image Adjustments Simplifies Optimization of Video Display Video-Off Mode for Audio Playback Aspect-Ratio Selector Unit Size (WDH) - 17 3/10 x 12 x 2 Weighs 7.5 pounds 1 Year Parts and Labor Harman Kardon limited warranty Illuminated Remote
The Harman Kardon DVD31 is a versatile DVD audio/video player designed to meet the high performance standards of both audiophiles and videophiles. On the sound side, it provides complete audio control and bass management for DVD-Audio playback using analog outputs. On the video side, it performs progressive scanning, also referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, which creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The DVD31 also offers 3:2 pulldown, which reassembles the frame sequence of your original film-based content from DVDs to more accurately reproduce the original 24-frame-per-second material.
The DVD31's comprehensive array of audio adjustments allows you to adjust the time delay, output level, and speaker size selection for excellent audio reproduction from all speakers in a multichannel home entertainment system. For quality, the DVD31 uses a Wolfson 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter, along with premium internal components in the audio signal path.
The DVD31 provides excellent video playback when used with a high-definition display, thanks to its leading-edge digital video technology that uses pixel-by-pixel processing, rather than the line-by-line technique employed by conventional DVD players. This is accomplished by using a digital signal processor for superior picture quality and smoother, more realistic images with more detail.
In addition to playing DVD-Audio and DVD-Video, the DVD31 plays Windows Media Audio (WMA), VCD, CD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM multisession, and 96 kHz/24-bit audio discs, and it's also compatible with JPEG still-image files stored on compact discs. The player can also simultaneously play MP3 tracks and JPEG images and coordinate the two, automatically changing images with each MP3 track played in slideshow presentations. The unit's program, random, and repeat play modes operate with the files and folders on MP3 and WMA discs, as well as with DVDs and CDs.
The DVD31's key picture-search and convenience functions include frame-by-frame advance, smooth fast-scanning at x2, x4, x16, and x100 speeds, fine slow motion at x1/2, x1/4, x1/16, and x1/100 speeds, three picture-zoom settings with panning capability, parental lock, and many additional features.
The player includes progressive-scan and standard-scan component video outputs, which can output simultaneously with the S-video and composite video jacks. It also provides both coaxial and optical digital output, multichannel analog output, and stereo analog audio outputs. It comes with a full-featured, backlit, ergonomically designed remote control.
What's in the Box
DVD31 DVD player, instruction manual, remote control.
- Plays DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, VCD, CD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM multisession, 96 kHz/24-bit audio, and JPEGs on disc
- Progressive-scan processing, 3:2 pulldown, 60-frame playback
- Video outs: progressive-scan and standard-scan-rate component video, S-video, composite (usable simultaneously); audio outs: coaxial and optical digital, multichannel analog, stereo analog
- Bass management, Dolby Digital, DTS passthrough, analog/digital outputs, multichannel support, 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converter
- Measures 17.31 x 2 x 12 inches (W x H x D)
|Harman Kardon AVR320 Audio/Video Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $199.99
List price: $799.00
Brand: Harman Kardon
The AVR 320 is Harman Kardon's first entry-level 7.1-channel surround-sound processing. Featuring support for Dolby Digital, DTS, Logic 7, and VMAx digital sound processing, the AVR 320 is meant to satisfy nearly any audio taste.
Pushing 55 watts per channel into 8 ohms, the AVR 320 will give you strong sound with less than 0.07 percent harmonic distortion, even with all channels being driven simultaneously. Eight-channel direct inputs are provided for future digital sound processing upgrades.
Loaded with advanced features, the AVR 320 includes DTS-ES 6.1 surround sound, wideband HDTV-ready component video switching, and 24-bit/192kHz audio digital-to-analog converter. Connection options are extensive with 7.1-channel preamp outputs, six digital inputs and three digital outputs, plus a front-panel digital input that can be switched to output mode.
Support for Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound is included to create surround-sound effects from a stereo input such as VCR or TV.
Additional features include multiroom/multisource audio which allows users in separate rooms to listen to different sources simultaneously. A separate Zone II Remote Control is included for multiroom operation. Power-up volume can be programmed to avoid that jarring sensation of powering up your stereo with the volume at max from the night before, and rotary controls let you adjust bass, treble, and balance settings.
A universal remote is programmable to control up to eight devices from preset codes or by using its learning capability.
- High Current amplifier design
- S-Video inputs and outputs
- EzSet remote
- Multi- zone audio switching
- Logic 7 5.1 and 7.1
|Table-Top Stands for CVSAT50PAIR
Lowest new price: $259.95
Table-Top Stands for CVSAT50PAIR
- Stylish aluminum and glass construction
- Designed for the CVSAT50PAIR
|JBL TC-1000 Take Control Universal Remote
Lowest new price: $29.97
Lowest used price: $19.91
List price: $35.00
Enjoy entertainment your way - combine multiple commands to network your "activities" and create a touchscreen icon for each one. For example "watch a videotape" will activate all devices - TV, VCR, A/V receiver etc. - you associate with watching a movie. Design and save programming in your PC. Efficient power use for long battery life.
- Integrate your home electronic devices by programming them into a single handheld, touchscreen controller.
- Backlit LCD touchscreen is easy to read even in the dark. Compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, Or Windows NT. 5.0 Operating Systems.
- Operate virtually any IR-activated electronic device with as little as one touch. Requires a free Serial Port. Serial Cable for Computer Connection Included.
- To take full advantage of Take Control, you may want to program it using your computer with the included TC1000 software. Stores hundreds of codes and macros.
- Store your programming in your PC and let Take Control help you enjoy all your entertainment activites.
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