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Celebrate Earth Day: Recycle Your Old Home Theater Gear

 Earth Day 2014 is on Tuesday, April 22nd - Get into the spirit by re-purposing or recycling all that old home theater gear that is cluttering up your garage.

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Yamaha YHT-799U Home Theater-in-Box System - Product of the Week

Friday April 18, 2014

If you are looking for a home theater audio system that provides more than a sound bar, but is not going to empty your wallet, check out the Yamaha YHT-799U.

This system combines Yamaha's RX-V475 5.1 channel home theater receiver, with a 10-inch 100-watt Subwoofer, and five space-saving bookshelf speakers.

On the video side, the system features both 3D and 4K resolution pass-through (no upscaling).

Additional features include the incorporation of Apple AirPlay, Pandora Internet Radio, and DLNA (which provides access to compatible devices connected on a home network).

Also, one of the HDMI inputs is MHL-compatible allowing direct physical connection for compatible smartphones and tablets.

The system can also be upgraded to provide both Wifi and Bluetooth functionality with the addition of Yamaha's YWA-10 and YBA-11 USB plug-in adapters.

For control, you can use the included remote, or Yamaha's free smartphone AV controller app (iOS version - Android version). If you are looking for audio system that provides more that what you can get from a sound bar, check out the Yamaha YHT-799U. Image Provided by Yamaha Corporation.

For additional suggestions, check out my list of Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems.

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Onkyo Reveals "Emotion Delivered" THX-Certified TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 Home Theater Receivers

Thursday April 17, 2014

Onkyo has just announced two new upper mid-range "Emotion Delivered" home theater receivers for 2014, the TX-NR737 and TX-NR838. To start with, both receivers are THX-Select 2 Plus Certified, and come equipped with a host of features and connectivity, starting with a built-in 7.2 channel configuration. The TX-NR737 is rated at 110 wpc, and the TX-NR838 is rated to deliver 130 wpc (measured with 8 ohms loads, from 20Hz to 20kHz, 0.08% THD with 2 channels driven).

In addition, just as just with their recently announced TR-NR636 home theater receiver, this new batch incorporates HDMI 2.0 (which enables the passing of 60fps 4K input signals), as well as HDCP 2.2 (which provides added copy-protection for not only current streaming content from both internet and content accessed through the receiver's MHL/HDMI port, but also for 4K streaming, broadcasts, or movie releases - when such sources become available).

Also, on all of Onkyo's 2014 receivers released so far, they have replaced the Audyssey MultEQ speaker setup system it has been using for several years, with a new home-grown "AccuEQ" system.

Both receivers feature 3D-pass through, Audio Return Channel, InstaPrevue HDMI switching, an easy-to-use Onscreen Menu, and Dolby TrueHD/DTS-Master Audio decoding.

For connectivity, the TX-NR737 and 838 provide seven HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs.

Media player and networking functions are provided on both receivers, including iPod/iPhone and Airplay compatibility (via optional DS-A5 docking station), DLNA certification, and internet access to a host of online content from services, such as Aupeo!, Pandora, Spotify, and more. On either receiver, network and internet connection access can be done via standard ethernet or WiFi, and also incorporate built-in wireless Bluetooth capability, making it easy to stream audio content from compatible portable devices.

For video support, both receivers are 3D compatible and incorporate analog-to-HDMI video conversion, as well as 1080p and 4K upscaling for all video input sources using Marvel QDEO video processing.

However, there are some things neither receiver includes. There are no S-Video, 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio, or phono input options, which is becoming more of a trend in newer home theater receivers. On the other hand, 5.2/7.2 channel preamp outputs are provided on the TX-NR838.

The Onkyo TX-NR737 and 838 are both expected to be available in May, and a priced at $899 and $1,199 respectively.

There is a lot more to both of these receivers than I touched on in this short blog, such as their multi-zone capability, so for more details, Read the Official Onkyo Announcement, as well as the TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 Product Pages. Image of Onkyo TX-NR737 provided by Onkyo USA.

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Anthony Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE 5.1 Speaker System - Review and Photos

Thursday April 17, 2014

OK, I will come right out and say it, I like large speakers. There is something about a nice big floorstanding speaker that commands your attention when listening to music or watching movies. However, that being said, it is obvious that the trend over the past several years is toward compact bookshelf, or even smaller, speakers. The problem is that a lot of those small speakers are not only small in stature, but small in sound.

On the other hand, there has been a lot of progress in both speaker design and construction materials that allow for some good sounding smaller speakers. However, although good sound is OK, for home theater, great sound is better, and Anthony Gallo Acoustics delivers just that with their compact and stylish A'Diva SE 5.1 Speaker System.

For all the details, read my review and check out my photo profile. Photo Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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Home Theater Term of the Week: Continuous Power (RMS)

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Continuous Power refers to the ability of a receiver or amplifier to output its full power continuously. In other words, just because your receiver/amplifier may be listed as being able to output 100WPC, doesn't mean it can do so for any significant length of time...Read more

For additional terms and definitions, check out my Home Theater Glossary

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