So you finally got the HDTV you wanted for the holidays, but now the sound seems a bit wimpy. Sure, you could always use the speakers on the TV itself, but that’s boring, and could definitely sound a lot better. The upgrade to Blu-ray might be a pain as well, you need to buy the expensive player, then start a new collection. What about your old DVDs? They also deserve a place in your home theater.
Yamaha has realized this and released its new Home Theater In a Box, the DVX-700. It features a 2.1 channel sound system that Yamaha claims creates a “360-degree sound stage.”
Each speaker has 2.125-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter which isn’t bad at all for consumer-grade speakers. The subwoofer has a 6.5-inch driver inside to power your bass. The speakers also come with an upscaling DVD player. The player can connect via HDMI and upscales the picture on your DVDs to 1080p.
Sure, an upscaling player isn’t quite the same as Blu-Ray, but not everyone can see the difference. There’s actually a surprisingly large amount of people that can’t spot the difference between DVD and Blu-ray movies. If you’re one of these people, or you just don’t care to spend a huge amount of money to make your entire collection Blu-ray, this set might be for you. Though it is a bit expensive at $1,199.95, keep in mind that the speakers are wireless, and it can also connect to USB devices including iPods. For a good home theater system, the price isn’t actually that bad.
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