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Westinghouse CW40T2RW 1080P LCD HDTV


• 1080P High definition resolution
• 178 degree horizontal and vertical angles
• 100,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio
• 3 HDMI inputs
• PC connectivity
• Energy efficient
• Easy set-up


RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Westinghouse CW40T2RW LCD HDTV. This model requires very little time to set-up and due to its light weight, is easy to mount on the wall or place on a stand. It has been noted by some people who have purchased this model that the stand is not very sturdy and that it does not swivel, sometimes making it difficult to make adjustments on the menu. The resolution on this model renders an excellent, crisp picture with vibrant colors and makes everything on the screen come to life. This model does not boast any high-tech features such as internet connectivity, being more simplistic in its design. However, what it lacks for in high tech features, it more than makes up for with its delivery of a theater-like viewing experience. For those that want to play video games, connect their computer or simply listen to the TV with headphones, the 3 HDMI inputs provided on the rear of the set are more than enough to fill these needs.

The remote control unit that comes with this model is part number RMT-21. It is a standard model remote and is easy to use.

The sound quality of this model, as with many flat screen TVs, is average. Some customers who have purchased this model have commented that when the sound is on you feel as though you are in a tunnel. To reap the full benefits of this TV and acquire high-end sound quality, it is recommended that a sound bar, speakers or a sound system be attached to one of the HDMI inputs. This small adjustment will make even the most tech savvy sound critic happy with his purchase. For the low price, this TV can’t be beat.


• Low price
• Clear, crisp, high resolution picture quality
• Wide vertical and horizontal angles
• 3 HDMI inputs

• Sound quality
• TV stand is not very sturdy

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Denon AVR-X1000 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver with Apple AirPlay


• 80 watts per channel
• Apple Airplay
• 6 HDMI inputs
• Audyssey speaker calibration
• 1 USB port
• Supports Denon remote app.
• 3D HDMI pass-through
• Set-up assistant


RATING: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Denon AVR-X1000 5.1-Channel Home Theater receiver with Apple AirPlay. This Home Theater receiver is packed full of features to create a home theater system that can be fully enjoyed, and will give countless hours of entertainment. At a mid-range price, it is affordable and attractive to the average consumer wanting to assemble the best home entertainment system possible. The set-up assistant makes it easy to put together, and for further ease of installation, the speakers are color coded. Equipped with 6 HDMI inputs, one located in the front for convenience, there are plenty of options to connect all of your devices including a blu-ray player, cable/satellite box, gaming console and more. It also has a USB port to connect your portable devices such as an iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or other USB compatible device. An important feature that many users enjoy is that the Denon AVR-X100 supports a Denon remote app. that allows you to control the basic functions of your new receiver from your iPhone or Android device.

The remote control is easy to use and features source selection buttons to choose your preferred source with the touch of only one button. The part number for the remote is RC-1182.

Complete with Audyssey speaker calibration, you simply use the included microphone and the calibration system does all the work for you so that your speakers will provide maximum performance. The sound quality will be top notch with enhanced rich, deep tones, crisp sounds and balanced bass. With Apple’s AirPlay technology, you can stream music from your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad or from iTunes on your PC or Mac. You can also enjoy the network functionality to access SiriusXm, Spotify and Pandora. Unfortunately this receiver does not come with 4K support, but for the price and excellent performance that it delivers, it is worth every penny.

• Affordable
• Apple airplay
• 6 HDMI inputs
• Set-up assistant

• No built-in wifi
• Glitchy photo viewer
• No 4k support



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Onkyo TX-NR3010 9.2-Ch THX Certified Network A/V Receiver


• Nine amplifier channels
• Multi zone capability
• 11 HDMI ports
• 11.4 Multichannel Pre-Outs
• THX Ultra2 Plus certified
• Onkyo Remote App for iPod/iPhone
• Built-in sound expansion systems upscale and calibrate video sources to 4K resolution
• Optional WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity using adapters


RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Onkyo TX-NR3010 9.2-Ch THX Certified Network A/V Receiver. Onkyo’s TX-NR3010 receiver is considered middle-ground for Onkyo, but don’t let that fool you. This receiver is loaded with power and with 140 watts per channel, will rock the house. This receiver boasts 4 subwoofer outputs and the capacity to attach nine speakers. The Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic setup and room correction makes set-up surprisingly easy. There are plenty of HDMI ports to connect your blu-ray, cable box, gaming console and any other HDMI capable devices you need. With a separate purchase of adapters, you can enjoy WiFi or Bluetooth capability and stream your music and videos or enjoy the many online service providers like Pandora, Rhapsody or Spotify.

The part # for the remote that comes with this receiver is RC-840M. Users have commented that this remote easily controls all of your devices and is one of the best remotes on the market.

THX Ultra2 Plus certification ensures that your home theater system, in this case your receiver, together will all of your connected devices, will deliver crisp, clear sound in any room, of any size. The built-in sound expansion systems will calibrate and upscale video sources to 4K resolution, preparing you for the latest in up and coming technology. With 4K resolution on your TV screen and top of the line sound quality, your need to go to the movies will no longer exist, you can achieve the same results in the comfort of your own home. If you are an audiophile and looking for the finest in sound quality, look no further than the TX-NR3010, it will certainly deliver.

• Lots of power and excellent, pristine sound quality
• Capacity to house 9 speakers
• Multi-zone capability
• 11 HDMI ports

• Expensive

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Haier LC32F2120 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV/DVD Combo


• Built in DVD player
• Multiple AV inputs, 2 HDMI, 1 USB, and Component
• Full 720p HD resolution; 60 Hz refresh rate
• Wall mountable

REMOTE: TV-5620-130

RATING: 3.9 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Haier F2120 LCD HDTV Combo series. This TV series features a built in DVD player, a very convenient feature that adds no extra tangle of more chords. The picture quality is HD with 720p resolution and a 60 Hz refresh rate for reduction of motion blur. There are multiple options for connectivity with several AV inputs, 2 HDMI, and 1 USB port.

The remote control part number that comes with this television series is TV-5620-130. This TV remote control is simple, easy to use, and only requires batteries out of the packaging. This is a standard remote control that will operate basic commands to navigate channel to channel.

One of the major flaws of this television series is the poor audio quality. A secondary purchase of a sound bar or external speakers would increase the value of your entertainment experience. This TV is great for watching shows or movies. Overall, you get a TV that works well for the price.

• Built in DVD player
• Multiple options for connectivity
• Cheap and affordable

• Poor audio quality

LC32F2120 – F2120 SERIES 720p/60Hz LCD HDTV DVD COMBO

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Sony STR-DN1040 7.2-channel 4K Wi-Fi Network A/V Receiver


• 7.2 Channels, 165 watts per channel
• Built-in Wi-Fi and bluetooth
• 8 HDMI inputs
• 2 HD component inputs
• 4K pass-through and upscaling
• iPod/iPhone video and music playback
• Redesigned menu with simple set up wizard
• Sound Optimizer


RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Sony STR-DN1040 7.2-channel 4K Wi-Fi Network A/V Receiver. The Sony STR-DN1040 receiver, at mid-range price, is loaded with more features than you will ever need. It has an excellent layout and the set-up is as simple as plug and play using the set-up wizard. The GUI (graphical user interface) has lots of options and is well designed. This receiver features plenty of connectivity with 8 HDMI inputs and 2 component inputs. You can connect your blu-ray, cable box, gaming consoles and any other devices you need that are HDMI capable. For the avid music fan, it also offers lots of ways to listen to your music or watch your videos with either WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplay or a USB port located on the front of the display. With the net streaming option you can also listen to vTuner, Slacker or Pandora.

The remote control that comes with this receiver is part# RM-AAP102.

To adjust the speaker levels, you can either use the automatic calibration option, which is intuitive and easy to perform, or you can choose to manually adjust the speaker levels to your liking. It detects and switches formats quickly. The sound that this receiver delivers is amazing, from watching movies, to music, to cable TV, everything is enhanced. This receiver is not a complete system therefore you will need to purchase a good set of speakers to accompany this unit. The sound optimizer plays an integral role in the sound, particularly when the volume is low as it enhances every single detail. One concern of users with this receiver is that there is no on-screen volume display on the receiver when not in the GUI, but this is not a deal breaker. For the mid-range price, Sony’s STR-DN1040 delivers a strong, powerful receiver with lots of extras, that will give you brilliant, clear, crisp, sound and have you believing you are in a movie theater.

• Powerful, clear, sound quality
• 10 HDMI inputs
• Wifi, Bluetooth and Airplay
• Sound Optimizer

• No on-screen volume display on the receiver when not in the GUI
• No smartphone control

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Westinghouse VR-6090Z 1080P 120 HZ LCD HDTV


• 60″ LCD panel with Full HD resolution
• 176-degree vertical and 176-degree horizontal angles
• Built-in digital tuner
• 3 HDMI Inputs
• 3D noise reduction
• Wall mountable


RATING: 3.9/5.0

Welcome to a review of the Westinghouse VR-6090Z LCD HDTV. The Westingouse VR-6090Z guarantees to deliver a bright, crisp picture with 1920 X 1980 maximum resolutions, from anywhere in the room, due to its wide vertical and horizontal angles. Because of its 120Hz screen refresh rate, you will experience less image buffers and enjoy watching your favorite movies, shows and sports. Although this model is said to be wall mountable, some consumers have expressed difficulty in mounting the TV.

The VR-6090Z model comes with a Standard remote, part number RMT-15.

This model comes with 3 HDMI inputs to upgrade your viewing experience. The sound quality is excellent and has not garnered any negative reviews thus far. The sound quality, together with the clear HD picture that this TV provides, makes this an affordable and high quality item to add to your shopping list.

• Excellent value
• Crisp, bright picture
• Excellent sound quality
• 3 HDMI inputs
• 3D noise reduction

• Difficulty with mounting on wall

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Sanyo DP39E23 39 inch LED-LCD HDTV


• Wide screen 16:9 Aspect Ratio
• Wide Viewing Angles
• 191 Total Channels
• 120Hz Enhanced Motion technology
• 3 HDMI inputs
• Built-in digital tuner
• USB port
• Sleek, modern design


RATING: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Sanyo DP39E23 39 inch LED-LCD HDTV. The DP39E23 is a moderately priced high definition TV. It is not a Smart TV with all the latest technology but is a simple, easy to use television that delivers excellent picture quality in high definition. It is thin, and lightweight, making it easy to install or mount in any room, and with its sleek, classic lines it will fit nicely into any decor. With wide viewing angles, you can view the screen with ease from any location in the room. 3 HDMI inputs give you the option to connect a blu-ray, cable/satellite box or external antennas. Want to share your photos with family and friends? The DP39E23 has a USB port so you can do just that.

The part number for the remote control is GXFA.

A coaxial digital audio output gives you the option to hook up a home entertainment receiver system to enjoy theater like sound. The DP39E23 is also equipped with 120Hz Enhanced Motion technology so you can enjoy high-speed action with almost no motion blur at all. The picture quality is excellent with clear, crisp images and vivid colors. The sound quality could use some improvement but with the addition of a sound bar, it will enhance your listening experience. Overall, the DP39E23 television is worth the small investment and will give you years of viewing pleasure.

• Bargain price
• Excellent picture quality
• 3 HDMI inputs
• Wide viewing angles

• Sound quality could use improvement
• Lack of audio out options

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Denon AVR-X3100W 7.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD A/V Receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

• Built-in Bluetooth, Built-in Wi-Fi and AirPlay, DLNA
• 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz Pass-through; 4:4:4 Pure Color Sub-sampling Pass-through
• 8 HDMI v2.0 inputs / 2 outputs
• 7.2 channel; 105 watts per channel maximum power
• Audyssey Gold advanced DSP audio processing; room acoustic correction
• Eco Mode for reduced power consumption



Welcome to a review of Denon’s AVR-X3100W, a 7.2 Channel, Full 4K UHD A/V Receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Take charge of your home theater with the Denon AVR-X3100W IN-Command receiver. It’s designed to let you get the most out of all your music and movies with lots of connections, great features, and wireless capabilities. Equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies, the AVR-X3100W A/V receiver lets you listen to your favorite tracks from your portable audio player, smartphone and tablet, as well as from your home network. Choose from a wide range of internet radio stations, and listen to your favorite tracks from music streaming services such as Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify. You can also listen to tracks on your DLNA home PC or Mac, and the AVR-X3100W is equipped with dual RF antennas for maximum Bluetooth and WiFi reception quality.

Use the easy “Set-up Assistance” feature that will get your A/V receiver up and running quickly. Plus you will receive a fully functional remote control, Denon’s RC-1192, which will guide you through the process in no time.

The convenient USB port on the front panel lets you stream tunes from your iPod, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, and charge your device at the same time. Featuring Audyssey’s Gold suite of advanced DSP audio processing algorithms, the AVR-X3100W includes Audyssey MultEQ XT automatic room acoustic measurement and correction system, along with Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey Dynamic EQ. Audyssey DSX (Dynamic Surround Expansion) which provide the ability to add front height or front wide speakers.

This receiver packs a punch with sound quality and great features. Reviews are coming in with a “thumbs up”.

• Sound quality
• Many features
• 8 HDMI

• Wi-Fi dropping
• Glitchy airplay and HDMI pass through

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Sony BDP-S1100 Blu-ray Disc player


• Full HD 1080p resolution
• Upscales DVDs to near HD quality
• Front USB slot
• High definition sound with Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD codecs
• Socialize with friends while watching TV
• Access to Sony Entertainment Network
• Internet access via Ethernet
• Compact, contemporary design


RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Sony BDP-S1100 Blu-Ray Disc Player. The Sony BDP-S1100 is an entry level disc player. It does not have all the extras that higher priced players are equipped with but the quality picture and sound you get will not disappoint. It is lightweight, and compact, making it very easy to place in small spaces. The set-up takes no time at all. To access the internet, and stream movies and videos, a LAN cable will be needed. Some users have commented that the user interface is not very intuitive and clunky, while others have been happy with the layout. Regardless, the player is easy to operate and DVDs take just a few seconds to load and begin playing. With its upscaling capabilities, all of your DVDs will look magnificent in near HD quality.

The part # for the remote control that accompanies this player is RMT-B119A. This remote comes with a Netflix button to make it easy for you to start watching movies with a simple click of the button.

Once the internet connection has been established, the Sony Entertainment Network will give you access to hundreds of services that can be streamed to your blu-ray including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Huluplus, Amazon instant Video and many more. Like to keep in touch and chat with friends? By accessing Facebook or twitter, you can socialize with friends via internet connection on your TV. Many users have noticed that to enjoy Dolby True HD sound quality, the blu-ray’s “audio mix” setting should be turned off. Once turned off, you can enjoy rich, powerful sound with clarity and depth that Dolby True HD can provide. No doubt about it, for the low price and limited features, this blu-ray has a lot to offer.

• Inexpensive
• HD resolution picture quality
• Sound with clarity and depth
• Internet connectivity via Ethernet connection

• No WiFi
• No internet browser
• No analog video or audio outputs

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Onkyo TX-NR616 7.2-Ch THX Certified Network A/V Receiver


• THX Select2 Plus Certified
• 7 channel amplifier
• 100 watts per channel
• 8 In/ 2 Out HDMI Support for 3D Video
• USB port for iPhone/iPod connection and firmware updates
• WiFi ready
• 4K upscaling
• Multi-room audio


RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Onkyo TX-NR616 7.2-Ch THX Certified Network A/V Receiver. The TX-NR616 receiver is priced at low to mid-range but has much to offer in the way of features and a powerful home theater system. It has THX Select2 Plus certification providing you with the certainty that it will deliver clear, sharp sound quality and crisp, detailed, high resolution picture quality. Equipped with a 7 channel amplifier and giving you 100 watts per channel, it will rock the house once calibrated and set-up to your taste. There are plenty of HDMI inputs and outputs to accommodate all of your devices including a blu-ray player, cable/satellite box, gaming console, PC, TV or any other HDMI enabled equipment. The USB port allows you to connect your iPhone, iPod or flash drive to stream your music, videos or do firmware updates. Although there is no built-in WiFi or Bluetooth, adapters are available to make it possible to utilize these features therefore giving you access to music, videos, and the multitude of music services on the internet including Pandora, Slacker, Rhapsody, Spotify and more.

The part number for the remote control is RC-834M.

Onkyo, as a measure to prepare its customers for the future, has equipped this receiver to upscale blu-rays and DVDs to 4k resolution with a compatible 4k TV. The multi-room feature allows you to play music in more than one room from the same system. The TX-NR616 is outfitted with Audyssey Technology, created to optimize the sound quality. For example, Audyssey Dynamic EQ maintains a consistent bass response, tonal balance, and surround-sound effect at different volume levels, therefore there is balance, regardless of the volume level. As with any piece of electronic equipment, there are drawbacks and the biggest one with this model is that many customers have purchased units that do not function and need to be returned. The quality control aspect comes into play and is questionable. For those customers who purchase a receiver without any glitches, it is well worth the price for the power, high resolution sound and picture quality that it provides.

• Moderately priced
• High resolution sound and picture quality
• 4K upscaling
• 8in/2 out HDMI ports


• No printed owner’s manual
• Consistency with quality control and delivering a good product

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