Home theater in a box (HTiB) is a close-packed and cheaper system which provides sound quality similar to that of a cinema theater. These home theater systems are compact in size and are cost efficient so that everyone can buy them. Here are the top 10 Best Home Theatre in a Box 2018 :
- Klipsch CS-700 2.1 Home Theater System
Klipsch has announced the CS-700, a 2.1 home theater in a box package that features two satellites, a wireless subwoofer and an A/V center. The CS-700 fills space by using Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, which simulates the effect of a five-speaker system.
Each compact satellite employs dual magnetically shielded 3-inch woofers and a 0.75-inch magnetically shielded tweeter. The subwoofer utilizes an 8-inch, down-firing woofer and 200 watts of amplifier power to generate hard-hitting bass response. And, due to its compact size and wireless capability, it can easily be hidden away while still delivering dramatic low-end effects.
The CS-700 home theater’s A/V center has an up-converting DVD player that is capable of delivering a 1080i resolution via its HDMI output, so the signal matches the amazing resolution capability of an HD television. The A/V center also features an AM/FM tuner and three auxiliary inputs, allowing users to connect other audio devices to the unit. A universal IR remote control directs all system functions, as well as those of the TV and other entertainment devices.
Available in a sleek black finish, the CS-700 offers a clean, modern design that fits comfortably into any living environment. Essentially plug-and-play, it can be operating in as little as 10 minutes. All it takes is hooking the satellites and TV up to the A/V center using the color-coded wiring, then plugging in the A/V center’s power cord. With respect to the subwoofer, all you have to do is plug its power cord into the wall; no other connections are needed.
Thanks to its KlipschCast™ wireless technology, the CS-700 not only transmits CD-quality audio to its local subwoofer, but also to one or more Klipsch® RoomGroove iPod® speakers, which also incorporates this unique wireless capability.
By themselves, the CS-700 and RoomGroove are top-flight performers; together, they deliver the full potential of a KlipschCast system—wirelessly sending music, TV or movie sound all over your home. There’s no wiring beyond the CS-700 satellites and power cords, no holes to drill and no difficult, time-consuming set up.
How does it work? Simply, through KlipschCast, the CS-700 sends a wireless audio signal to one or more RoomGrooves. This signal can be the same one playing on the CS-700 or something entirely different. The CS-700 is capable of playing up to two separate sources at the same time. For example, the CS-700 can play a DVD movie in the living room, while the RoomGroove broadcasts the CS-700’s AM/FM tuner in the kitchen.
The RoomGroove can also play music locally, utilizing its retractable iPod dock, or through its auxiliary input for other MP3 players. Since the RoomGroove is a transceiver, it can transmit as well as receive, allowing it to send this MP3 music signal to other RoomGroove units throughout the house. In fact, users can create a multi-room music system just with RoomGrooves.
The robust 2.4GHz wireless technology found in the CS-700 and RoomGroove products offers unlimited add-on opportunities. Plus, the technology “sniffs out” the entire 2.4GHz band to detect other wireless technologies in use, such as wireless routers, and then transmits around the spectrum used by those sources.
- Onkyo Three Entry-Level HTiB Systems
Onkyo has introduced three new home theater in a box systems, the HT-S5100, HT-S4100 and the HT-S3100. Each is bundled with an HDTV-capable audio-video receiver, five or seven surround-sound loudspeakers, subwoofer, and an included iPod docking station on two of the systems.
The HT-S5100 system comes with the 7.1 surrouns sound capable HT-R560 receiver. The HT-R560 receiver has three 1080p compatible HDMI inputs and one output. The HDMI Pass-Thru provides optimal video quality with separate connections for the audio channels. For optimum sound quality, the highly regarded Audyssey 2EQ room correction technology automatically adjusts the sound character and time delay of each speaker relative to the listening positions. Additionally, Audyssey’s Dynamic EQ adjusts sound on the fly to optimize sound quality for any volume, particularly at low listening levels.
The HT-S5100 includes advanced Dolby and DTS surround sound processing capabilities, a powerful 130-watts per channel using Onkyo’s Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT), seven loudspeakers with outstanding sound quality, and a powerful 290-watt subwoofer and is Sirius Satellite Radio ready. The HT-S5100 system also includes a new dedicated Onkyo iPod dock and charging station, plus the company’s new Music Optimizer technology to enhance the dynamic range of MP3 and AAC files which are normally compressed for headphone playback.
The more affordable Onkyo HT-S4100 and HT-S3100 are 5.1-channel systems with HDTV-capable component video switching, DTS and Dolby Digital surround processing, and five loudspeakers. The HT-S4100 has a 200-watt subwoofer and included iPod dock. The HT-S3100′s subwoofer is powered by the receiver, and there is no iPod dock with this system.
All three systems include full-function remote controls, and are available in either black or silver finishes.
Pricing and Availability
The Onkyo HT-S5100, HT-S4100 and HT-S3100 will be available in April with suggested retail prices of $579, $479, and $379 each, respectively.
- Sony HT-IS100 Micro HTiB System
Sony has introduced the HT-IS100, which they’re calling a micro home theater in a box system. The system features five tiny speakers, three HMI inputs and optional wireless speakers via Sony’s S-Air technology.
The 5.1 channel system, offers 450 watts of power, includes a subwoofer with integrated 32-bit S-Master digital amplifier for superb audio performance.
The system features Sony’s Digital Media Port, which adds control, networking and connectivity options for music playback through various accessories, including a Cradle for iPod (TDM-iP10), a Network Walkman cradle, a PC client device and a Bluetooth adapter (each is sold separately). Optionally, you can add wireless multi-room listening throughout the home using Sony S-AIR Air Station speakers.
Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) simplifies surround sound setup with the push of a button by automatically adjusting speaker frequency, distance and level.
The system also features BRAVIA Sync for Theater, which integrates its operation with select BRAVIA televisions and home theater products for one-touch play. With the touch of a button, you can automatically turn on and switch inputs, synchronizing connected devices to make operation easier.
Equipped with a Dialogue Audio Enhancer with night mode, the system can adjust audio levels for dialogue when the receiver volume is turned low. Additionally, the updated Portable Audio Enhancer feature improves the clarity and depth of digital audio devices connected to the system by adding information to the audio signal that had been removed during compression.
The HT-IS100 system will be available in July for about $700.
- Onkyo New HTiB Systems – HT-S7100 & HT-S6100
Onkyo has launched two new 7.1-channel home theater in a box systems; the HT-S7100 and the HT-S6100. Both systems feature 130 watt-per-channel A/V receivers with HDMI inputs for up to four sources. The receivers are paired with a high performance 7.1-channel speaker and active subwoofer package, and the requisite iPod dock.
The HDMI inputs in both the HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 A/V receivers include support for 1080p video and DeepColor™ capability. There is internal audio processing for the latest Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio formats. For video, the receivers include Faroudja DCDi Edge processing that is capable of upscaling all video inputs to 1080i resolution for output via HDMI, improving picture quality and simplifying the connection to HD video displays.
HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 Speakers
Onkyo’s HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 each feature seven satellite speakers and a powerful subwoofer for deep bass reproduction. The front L/R and horizontal center channel speakers each feature a pair of 3-1/8 inch cone woofers and a high quality 1-inch balanced tweeter. For a coherent and timbre-matched surround field, the included surround speakers each use the same drivers as the front speakers, but employ only a single woofer. Each system includes a high-power downfiring subwoofer with a 10-inch cone driver with an internal 290 watt amplification module. All crossover points in each system can be set to any of eight possible settings for ideal integration with the environment and listener preferences. The HT-S7100 also comes with two speaker stands.
Each of the new systems includes the highly acclaimed Audyssey 2EQ room correction and calibration system, greatly improving and speeding up setup and optimization of the loudspeaker system in any environment. They also employ Audyssey’s Dynamic EQ algorithm, which refines the system’s frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment to compensate for deteriorations in the listening experience at different volume levels. When used in combination with the Audyssey 2EQ system, this feature tailors the receiver’s output to correct for room acoustics, listening position, and playback-level distortions, delivering an overall experience that is a much closer match to what the audio production engineers originally intended.
Onkyo iPOD Dock
The Onkyo HT-S7100 and HT-R6100 each include a version of Onkyo’s exclusive iPod dock/charging units. The HT-S7100 features the A/V capable DS-A1XP dock, while the HT-S6100 includes the audio-only DS-A1L.
Both of the systems include a full-function RI (Remote Interactive) remote control and Onkyo’s RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) capability allows them to seamlessly integrate with other leading brand-name devices. Each includes a 30-preset AM/FM tuner. The HT-S7100 is also Sirius Satellite Radio Ready for those desiring to add this service to their entertainment system.
Price and Availability
The Onkyo HT-S7100 will be available in August at a suggested retail price of $799. The HT-S6100 is now shipping and has a suggested retail price of $699.
Onkyo HT-S7100 Quick Specs
HDMI v1.3a Repeater (4 inputs, 1080P compatible)
1080i Upscaling powered by Faroudja DCDi Edge
TrueHD, DTS-HD Decoding
Slim, 7.1 speaker system with 290W powered subwoofer
Includes RI iPod dock
Includes 1pair of speaker strands
Onkyo HT-S6100 Quick Specs
HDMI v1.3a Repeater (4 inputs, 1080P compatible)
1080i Upscaling powered by Faroudja DCDi Edge
TrueHD, DTS-HD Decoding
Slim, wall mountable 7.1 speaker system with 290W powered subwoofer
Includes RI iPod dock
- Sony BDV-IT1000ES & BDV-IS1000 HTiB Blu-ray Systems
Sony has announced their first home theater in a box systems with integrated Blu-ray disc players. The Sony BDV-IT1000ES and BDV-IS1000 are single disc 5.1 channel surround Blu-ray systems with wireless rear speakers that certainly put an exclamation point next to Sony’s offering.
The BDV-IT1000ES features a new incredibly thin speaker design. The combination of a flat voice coil, light weight and highly rigid composite diaphragm, neodymium magnet and rolled type straight damper allow the full range speaker to measure approximately ¾-inch wide by 22 inches long. The thin, lightweight and solid stainless punch grill gives the speaker a wide aperture and high transmission to avoid sound distortion. The system features a 700W (100W per channel x 7), and a 200W subwoofer.
Taking unobtrusive speaker design to a new level, the new BDV-IS1000 is a micro home-theater-in-a-box system featuring five tiny speakers that are approximately the size of a golf ball. The 5.1 channel Blu-ray Disc surround system still has no problem delivering the full power of traditional home theater products.
Both systems feature Sony’s S-AIR technology, delivering a practical wireless speaker solution. Wireless audio can be transmitted from the main system in the living room to wireless rear speakers for simple surround sound as well as separate audio devices throughout the home, up to 164 feet, by connecting a separate S-AIR AirStation receiver/speaker into a power outlet.
The models are BD-Live capable (firmware update will be available later this fall), featuring an Ethernet connection allowing users to connect to the Internet via their existing service provider to access BD-Live features and easy firmware updates. They are also equipped with an external flash memory port for optional flash memory.
The models offer two 1080p HDMI inputs for adding additional components and can upscale DVDs to 1080p output when connected via HDMI to a compatible high-definition television. The BDV-IT1000ES also includes an infrared repeater (2 in/1 out).
These systems also include Sony’s Digital Media Port, which adds control and connectivity options for music playback through various accessories, including a cradle for iPod® which is included in the system, and a Network Walkman™ cradle, a PC client device and a Bluetooth® adapter (each sold separately, unless noted otherwise).
Pricing and Availability
The BDV-IT1000ES will ship in October for $1,999 while the BDV-IS1000 also ships in October for about $1,000.
- Onkyo HT-S9100THX HTiB
Onkyo has released the HT-S9100THX home theater in a box system. The 7.1 system features 130 Watts per channel and a 290W subwoofer, along with support for 1080p high definition processing. As the name implies, the system is THX Integrated System Plus certified. The MSRP of $900 does not include a DVD player though, something you’ll have to add separately.
The HT-S9100THX is the first THX I/S Plus Certified system to handle full HD processing of 1080p video and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The receiver also features automatic speaker calibration, four HDMI inputs, 1080i upscaling and iPod support via optional accessory.
Onkyo HT-S9100THX Specs
THX Integrated System Plus Certified
HDMI V1.3a repeater (4 in/1 out, 1080p compatible)
HDMI 1080i upscaling powered by Faroujda DCDi Edge
Audyssey 2EQ for Room Correction and Speaker Calibration
Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness Correction
The HT-9100THX is available now for $900. [Full specs via Onkyo]
- VIZIO Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer
VIZIO has announced the VSB210WS soundbar with wireless subwoofer. The VSB210WS features four 3” mid/bass drivers and a single 1″ tweeter for each channel. Toss in a wireless 6.5″ subwoofer and easy install and VIZIO might have something with this system.
Most soundbars suffer from weak bass performance. VIZIO’s solution is pretty novel and doesn’t impact the ease of setup these solutions have to offer. VIZIO has gone with a 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer that connects to the soundbar automatically. Otherwise the system needs just a single connection to the TV.
The VSB210WS also features SRS TruSurround for virtual surround sound and utilizes SRS Labs’ TruVolume, which prevents extreme volume fluctuations commonly seen during commercials and while changing channels.
The VIZIO VSB210WS soundbar will be available in January 2009, for an MSRP of $349.99.
- JVC’s Five New HTiB Systems
JVC went home theater in a box crazy at CES, releasing five systems. The high-end TH-SB100 features a Blu-ray player, soundbar and wireless subwoofer. The NX-T10 is a skinny 2.1 DVD system designed for flat or wall mount. The last three are 5.1, 1000 watt systems in JVC’s new G-line of home theater products.
The TH-SB100 is JVC’s first Blu-ray home theater in a box system, a three-piece package that includes a sound bar speaker, wireless subwoofer and Blu-ray player (with BD-Live). The sound bar has an internal amplifier that provides 30 watts each to the left, right and center channels. Left and right channels are each handled by a pair of three-inch woofers and half-inch tweeter, while a single three-inch woofer handles the center channel. The eight-inch wireless subwoofer is driven by 100 watts. In addition, the system offers Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, plus six-mode digital signal processing.
The JVC TH-SB100 will be available in April for $699.95.
The JVC NX-T10 is a 2.1-channel home theater system comprised of a low-profile main unit, two compact omni-directional main speakers and a powered subwoofer. The sleek, wedge-shaped main unit can be placed flat or stood vertically on a tabletop, or hung on a wall.
The main unit is a DVD receiver with a pair of repeater HDMI inputs and an HDMI output with 1080p upconversion. Other features include Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, and DivX playback for enjoying video downloaded from the internet. It includes an iPod dock, and the system’s video output allows for playback of iPod-stored video through a connected television. It also includes USB Host for playback of music files stored on a USB mass storage device or for recording CDs directly onto a USB storage device.
The system’s two compact main speakers, which can be wall-hung, feature an omni-directional design, each containing one forward-firing driver and a second upward-firing driver with a diffuser. This upward-firing driver creates a realistic surround sound effect without the need for a separate pair of rear speakers and the placement and wiring challenges they create. Five separate amplifiers are housed in the subwoofer cabinet – main left, main right, surround left, surround right, and subwoofer.
The JVC NX-T10 will be available in May for $599.95.
JVC TH-G31, TH-G41 and TH-G51
There are three systems in the new JVC G line, the TH-G31, TH-G41 and TH-G51. All are 1000-watt, 5.1-channel systems comprised of a progressive scan DVD receiver, five speakers and a subwoofer. Each system includes an HDMI output with 1080p up-conversion and the TH-G41 and G51 include an HDMI input with repeater. A front auxiliary input on each system makes connecting additional sources quick and simple. All three systems offer Dolby Digital and DTS decoding.
The TH-G41 adds iPod/iPhone music and video playback through a connected dock, with control play, pause and skip functions controlled through the home theater system’s remote. To make control even easier, there’s an on-screen display that shows the iPod or /iPhone menu on the connected TV.
The TH-G51 adds wireless rear speakers to the feature set offered by the TH-G41.
TH-G51 will be available in June for $429.95, the TH-G41 in May for $329.95, and the TH-G31 in April for $249.95.
Update 3/24/09 – System images and updated release schedule announced
Update 9/8/09 – JVC TH-G31, TH-G41 & TH-G51 Review Posted
- Panasonic’s Two DVD HTiB Systems
Panasonic has announced the SC-PT770 and SC-PT670, both DVD-based home theater in a box systems. Both units feature 1000 watts of total sound in a 5.1 channel system with a built-in Universal Dock for the iPod. The SC-PT770 features a pair of SH-FX70 wireless rear speakers.
Panasonic’s SC-PT770 and SC-PT670 employ bamboo cones in the front and center speakers and a Kelton Subwoofer. The Bamboo Cone Speaker is made of a highly rigid bamboo material that helps achieve a pure, clear sound, while also being Earth friendly. Driven by powerful 1,000-watt output (1kHz, 3 ohms, 10% THD), this combination of Bamboo Cone Speakers and Kelton Subwoofer delivers a sensational audio performance.
In keeping with the simple setup HTiB mentality, Panasonic has included a “Smart Set-up” function that allows consumers to configure their system by following simple on-screen instructions and pressing buttons on the remote control.
The main differentiation between the two systems is that the PT770 comes with the SH-FX70 Wireless Kit for Rear Speakers. Incidentally, these speakers can be added separately to the PT670. The wireless speakers use a 2.4 GHz frequency and a digital transmitter card with east insert adaptor terminals and a compact rear receiver. It boasts a three-position switch for flexible setting [Left Surround/Right Surround (5.1ch), Left Surround /Left Surround Back (7.1ch for 7.1ch systems), Right Surround/ Right Surround Back (7.1ch)] and an ID Set Switch.
Aside from the renewable bamboo, the SC-PT770 and SC-PT670 incorporate Panasonic’s new Uniphier, a single-chip LSI that contains the entire video signal processing circuit. This reduces energy consumption by around 20% compared to last year’s SC-PT760 and SC-PT660, while also reducing the number of parts and allowing a smaller design. All-in-all, Panasonic has taken significant steps to reduce the environmental impact of the system without giving up performance, we like the direction.
Both models will be available this spring. The SC-PT670 will have a retail price) of $299.95 and the SC-PT770 will be $399.95.
- Panasonic SC-ZT1 – Full Wireless Home Theater in a Box
Panasonic announced the launch of its first fully wireless home theater in a box system, the SC-ZT1. HTiB systems are all about simplicity and removing all the speaker wires definitely adds to a simple setup. Audio is sent over a wireless 2.4-GHz frequency band, similar to other wireless HTiB setups that have wireless rear speakers or subwoofers.
The SC-ZT1 users Panasonic’s new “Sound Slim Speakers” which are engineered by arranging four speakers vertically inside a slim pole to achieve a parallel sound system. This speaker configuration, along with Panasonic’s virtual technology, lets users enjoy Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD 7.1-channel surround sound with minimal sound bounce off the ceiling and walls.
The speakers also boast an integrated subwoofer, perhaps not where you’d expect it though. The five inch subwoofer is built into the speaker stand. Because it uses a Down-Fire structure, which releases the sound facing downward toward the floor, powerful and deep bass sounds are achieved within a compact body. It remains to be seen however, how this system performs compared to those with a more robust dedicated subwoofer.
The SC-ZT1 will be available in the spring. Pricing has not yet been announced.