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Sound byte: The best home theater systems reviewed by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports News: March 02, 2012 03:23 PM

You've got a flat panel TV that delivers a stunning picture. And if you wish the audio from your HDTV wasn't so flat, maybe it's time to step up to a full-blown home theater system. But, which to choose?

For the weekly Sound byte segment, Web Associate Editor Carol Mangis discussed Consumer Reports' latest Ratings of home theater systems with the cast and audience of Dave Graveline's Into Tomorrow show. She mentioned two home-theater-in-box, or HTIB, models—the
Bose Lifestyle T20 and the Yamaha YHT-595. Both systems are in Consumer Report's list of Recommended home theater systems as models that deliver crisp surround sound to videos and sharp audio.

One word of caution: Both of these HTIBs come with receivers and multiple speakers, but don't include Blu-ray players.

Click here to listen to the Sound byte podcast on HTIB and check out Consumer Reports' free buying guide to home theater systems for more information.

About Sound Bytes
Every week, Consumer Reports experts produce a short (less than two minutes in length) audio segment which cover a wide variety of issues regarding consumer electronics and technology. These small "sound bites" can be heard on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline. The Sound Byte that is featured in the Consumer Reports Electronics Blog is a segment that aired on last weekend's Into Tomorrow over-the-air broadcast.

About Into Tomorrow
Now in its 17th year, Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline covers the Latest in Consumer Electronics & Technology available today and... into tomorrow. The show airs on over 160 AM and FM radio stations around the U.S., on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, radio stations in Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, Canada and several other sources including Mobile Broadcast Network, BeOS Radio, Sprint Radio, TiVo, and many others—every weekend. "Into Tomorrow" is also heard around the world on the Armed Forces Networks in several other countries. You can also catch all Into Tomorrow episodes on the Web. (The most recent show is usually added about three or four days after it has been broadcast on the radio.)

   

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