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Denon DHT-E251BA 5.1 Home Theater System with Boston Acoustics Speakers Bundle

• 5.1 Channel home theater receiver
• Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1 Surround Speaker System
• 4 HDMI inputs
• 3D pass-through technology
• Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
• Color coded speaker connections
• 165 watts x 5 channels
• Compact speaker system


RATING: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Denon DHT-E251BA 5.1 Home Theater System with Boston Acoustics Speakers Bundle. Denon and Boston Acoustics have come together to offer this bundle with superior, high quality sound, for a low cost. This 1075 watt system comes with a Denon AV receiver and a Boston Acoustics Surround Speaker system. The speaker system includes 5 satellite speakers, and a compact subwoofer with lots of power. The set-up is easy, with an on screen graphic display and color coded speaker connections. 4 HDMI are located in the rear for connecting your equipment such as a blu-ray player, cable/satellite box or gaming console. One HDMI port is located on the front panel with 1080p and 3D pass-through. A Smartphone or tablet can be connected to the front panel HDMI port or stereo mini jack to enjoy high definition sound and video.

The remote is fully functional straight out of the box – just add new batteries. The part number for the remote control is RC-1180.

With 1075 total watts, and equipped with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the power and sound quality of this duo is phenomenal. The clear, crisp sounds with robust and powerful bass, will surround you while watching a thriller or action packed movie, and will have you wanting for more. Both Denon and Boston Acoustics are highly regarded manufacturers that deliver high quality home theater equipment therefore this bundle, with its affordable price, will most likely become a best seller.


• Surround speaker system
• 1075 watts
• 3D pass-through technology
• Low price


• No wifi

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• 1366 x 768 resolution
• True 16:9 aspect ratio
• Built-in digital tuner..Watch digital broadcasts, including HDTV programs where available
• 1,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
• HDMI Inputs: 1
• Wall mountable…VESA standard 75mm x 75mm


RATING: 3.1/5.0

Welcome to a review of Emerson’s EM3 Series 720p 60Hz LED HDTV. The Emerson EM3 Series features an excellent 720p HD picture for your viewing pleasure. You can connect one HD device with the provided HDMI port. The EM3 Series is available in three of the smaller convenient sizes, a 19”, 22” and a 32” Class. These sizes are perfect for a kitchen, dorm room or a bedroom.

The EM3 comes with a fully functional remote control, part number NH301UD. This remote will guide you with the setup or menu options that you will need. This is a plain and simple TV, with only one HDMI, and does not give you a lot of room for enhancing your model. This series is known for being a budget level model and the reviews are mixed as to the quality. Picture, sound and even longevity seem to be hit or miss. Viewing angles are also something that is less than desirable.

The bottom line is that if you want a budget TV without any frills, the EM3 might be the one to check out. It has been stated that the volume, picture, and style is worth the small price.

• 19”, 22” & 32” class size
• Value – affordability


• Only 1 HDMI
• Longevity issues
• Adequate sound

• LE190EM3
• LE220EM3
• LE320EM3

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Toshiba L6200U Series, 1080P 120Hz 3D LED HDTV

• Thin LED Design: TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 37.6” x 22.8” x 1.7”, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 37.6” x 25” x 8.4”
• 1080p/120Hz
• LED 3DP Smart QKBOARD IR w/4 glasses
• WiFi connectivity
• Advanced Parental controls


RATING: 3.5/5

Welcome to a review of Toshibas L6200 3D LED HDTV Series. The L6200 series provides an internet TV that has 3D capabilities, which includes some internet apps, but does not include an app store. The setup of this internet-ready TV allows you to only perform one function at a time, such as watch TV or access an app. The remote that comes with this series is part number CT-90408, and is primarily for the TV and not for accessing these apps, since it doesn’t have a full keyboard. All of these issues can limit the uses and have been stated as a bit disappointing.

The picture and sound quality on this TV is adequate but does not provide wow factor. The viewing angles are rather standard and coloring and image displays follow that same trend. The refresh rate is above average which is nice for watching things such as sports or playing video games and is a definite plus for those looking to partake in these particular activities.

The L6200 series has great parental controls which could be a considerable plus for someone shopping for a teenage or younger aged child. Overall this series is definitely a pass if you are looking for a model for an adult, however, if you’re a parent shopping for a child, this TV displays a lot of fine qualities and is likely to give your child everything he/she wants.

• Solid parental controls
• Fast refresh rate
• Good TV for a child’s bedroom

• No app store
• Very average picture and sound

• 42L6200U
• 47L6200U
• 55L6200U

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Westinghouse VR-6025Z 1080P LCD HDTV


• 60 inch screen
• 1080p resolution; 120 Hz refresh rate
• Excellent picture quality with vivid colors
• Flicker free performance
• Ultra Slim Design
• Side facing HDMI inputs for easy access



Welcome to a review of the Westinghouse VR-6025Z LCD HDTV. Although this model does not have all the bells and whistles of other TVS on the market, it more than makes up for this with its crisp and beautiful picture quality with 1080p. Its large screen size will ensure that you will have a “theater-like” experience when you watch your favorite show or movie. The vivid colors and flicker free performance, due to the 120 HZ refresh rate, will make your sports watching and action film viewing a smooth and wonderful experience.

This model features 2 speakers at 8watts. Some consumer reviews have stated the sound as just being adequate but many have loved the sound quality so you will have to determine whether the sound suits your needs. A sound bar can always be purchased to enhance the sound quality.

The VR-6025Z model comes with a standard remote, part number RMT-15. This remote will help you to function through all of the features and menu options. Although this TV does not include any internet apps, 3D capability or WiFi readiness, it does have multiple HD inputs for DVD viewing and gaming. This model was made for the consumer who wants high-end quality when watching TV.

• Large screen size
• Great Value
• Excellent picture quality
• Ultra Slim Design
• Four sound modes, plus bass, treble, and balance controls

• No internet apps, 3D capability or Wifi readiness
• Lacks an RS-232 or IR port for integration into an advanced control system
• Have to set own picture settings
• Lag time on processing videos
• No customization options in the setup menu

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Onkyo TX-NR626 7.2-Channel Network Audio/Video Receiver

• 7-channel amplifier
• 95 watts per channel
• Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
• 6 HDMI inputs; 2 outputs
• Multi-room audio
• Music Optimizer
• Front panel USB port
• 40 AM/FM presets
• 4K pass-through


RATING: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Onkyo TX-NR626 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver. The TX-NR625 receiver from Onkyo is equipped with lots of features and will be a welcome addition to your home theater set-up. Onkyo has made the set-up effortless and should take you no time at all to complete. Your receiver comes with a microphone that will help you calibrate all your speakers so the sound is equally distributed and you will be able to enjoy true surround sound. With 6 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, you will have many options on how to configure your home theater system. Forty FM/AM presets will allow you to find and listen to your favorite radio stations with ease. The big draw in this day and age of course is WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, of which this receiver has both built-in. Stream your music and videos from either source or use the USB port connected on the front panel. Onkyo’s forward thinking has equipped this receiver with 4K pass-through that will allow your blu-ray, for example, to play a movie on a 4K TV, which is the newest in high resolution technology and will be the future of TVs to come.

The part number for the remote control that comes with this receiver is RC-866M. Many users have remarked that the remote control is easy to use and have configured it to control their TVs and cable boxes.

Wide Range Amplifier Technology, exclusive to Onkyo, enhances the audio of your movies, music and games to precise detail, with minimal to no distortion. What you will get is clean, transparent sound with depth and rich, deep, powerful bass. Surround sound, coupled with crisp, clean sound quality, will have you feeling like you are at the movie theater, all you need to do is dim the lights and enjoy the show. With all the features this receiver carries, the phenomenal sound quality, and multi-room capability, it is an investment you will enjoy for years to come.

• Phenomenal sound quality
• Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
• 6 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs
• Multi-room audio

• Small button size on the remote control

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Sony DAV-TZ140 300 Watt 5.1 Channel DVD Home Theater System


• 300 watt 5.1-channel surround sound
• HDMI output
• Upscaling DVDs to 1080p HD quality
• Audio inputs
• Compact
• Parental control
• Energy efficient


RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Sony DAV-TZ140 DVD Home Theater System. This home theater system is compact, and doesn’t take up much space, so it works very well in small spaces. The set-up and installation is easy, however, some users have commented that there are lots of wires to hook up. Because it only has 300 watts, it is best designed for use in smaller rooms since you will not get the same quality of sound in a larger room. The sound quality is clear but not “booming” loud as with other systems that are equipped with more wattage. It has been noted by many that the sound quality while playing movies in the DVD player is excellent but somehow diminishes and gets a bit duller while watching cable TV. Take note that this is a simple DVD player and not a blu-ray, therefore movies made especially for blu-ray cannot be viewed on this DVD player.

The part number for the remote control that comes with this unit is RM-ADU138. The remote control works well and is easy to use.

This home theater system is capable of upscaling your DVDs to near 1080p HD quality. It has a USB port up front that lets you play movies, music and view your photos. While it supports MP3 formats for music, it does not support AVI, MP4 or WMV formats. Pictures can be viewed using the JPEG format. One of the complaints about the speakers is that it does not allow you to adjust the bass or treble of the subwoofer independently. Also, while for many who have purchased this system the sound volume has been adequate, there are an equal amount of consumers who have said that this system needs louder volume. Overall, this is a compact unit best equipped for smaller spaces where 300 watts is enough to give you a good, crisp sound system, for a good price.

• Inexpensive
• Easy to set-up
• USB port to play movies, music and view pictures
• Compact system that can fit anywhere
• Crisp sound quality


• Sound volume not loud enough
• Cannot adjust the treble and bass on the subwoofer
• Does not support AVI, MP4 or WMV formats

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Denon AVR-S700W 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

• Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Wireless Audio Streaming
• Ultra HD 4K 60 Hz video pass-through; 4:4:4 Pure Color pass-through
• 7.2 channel; 165 watts per channel maximum power
• Eco Mode for reduced power consumption
• 6 HDMI Inputs/1 Out
• Multi-room audio



Welcome to a review of Denon’s AVR-S700W, a 7.2 Channel Network A/V receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Enjoy a world of wireless connectivity with Denon’s model AVR-S700W A/V receiver, which features built-in Bluetooth wireless streaming along with built-in Wi-Fi that together, lets you explore the universe of audio available on the internet and on your favorite portable devices.

Denon’s AVR-S700W’s built-in Bluetooth wireless technology lets you stream your favorite audio tracks from up to 8 Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as smartphones, portable audio players and tablets and with the built-in Wi-Fi wireless technology, the AVR-S700W connects to the Internet through your home network, opening up a world of music from Internet radio stations, as well as via streaming subscription services, including Pandora, Spotify Connect and SiriusXM.

Denon has developed a setup assistant that will aide you in getting your system up and running quickly. It’s a step-by-step guide for connecting your speakers and components. Just follow the easy on-screen instructions and you’ll be enjoying your system before you know it. The setup assistant also employs Audyssey’s room calibration, which uses an included microphone to optimize your speakers for your room setup. This ensures you get the best possible sound from your system. To help you along with your setup process, you will receive a fully functional remote control, part number RC-1189, that has a set-up button and many more options that will allow you start enjoying your A/V receiver.

Reviews are boasting a great price and all around great product. Some issues with the Wi-fi and Bluetooth conductivity have been mentioned.

• Price
• Many convenient features
• Easy setup
• Great app for IOS



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• 1366 x 768 resolution
• 60Hz Refresh rate
• True 16:9 aspect ratio
• Built-in digital tuner
• ECO Button on remote
• HDMI Inputs: 2
• Wall mountable


RATING: 3.0/5.0

Welcome to a review of Emerson’s EM2 Series, 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV. You will get a great viewing experience with the Emerson LC320EM2 LCD HDTV. Thanks to its resolution of 1366×768 pixels, this Emerson series provides eye-catching, vivid images. The integrated TV tuner of the EM2 series will let you conveniently view your favorite aired channels, without the need for a separate tuner.

Another great feature is the child lock mechanism which will prevent your child from watching unsuitable content. This LCD HDTV has speakers with a power of 10 watts, giving you an immersive audio experience. What’s more, the EM2 contributes its bit to the environment by having an Eco Button on its remote control, which when utilized, consumes less power.

The fully functional remote control part number for the EM2 series is NH001UD. This remote is easy to use and will let you navigate through the menu options with ease. Consumer reviews are enjoying the picture quality and loving the affordable price. This series comes in five convenient sizes that will be sure to please everyone.

There are some issues with the EM2 series worth mentioning, like when there is low frequency, the sound tends to shake the unit and sounds bad. Also, there is a problem with the unit being damaged upon arrival. These are things to take into consideration when you are ready to purchase.

• Great value
• Good picture
• Eco Button

• Sound quality
• Model damaged in box

• LC220EM2
• LC260EM2
• LC320EM2
• LC401EM2

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HAIER LE55B1381 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV

• Integrated ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuners
• Auto Volume Leveler (AVL)
• Integrated stereo speakers (10W x 2)
• Headphone jack and optical output
• Swivel stand
• Wall mountable (VESA compliant)
• Full function remote control


RATING: 2.7/5

Welcome to a review of the Haier LE55B1381, 1080p, 120Hz LED HDTV. Per Haier, the LE55B1381 features a sleek modern design with speakers that are sure to enhance your entertainment room. You will enjoy full HD 1080p and fast response time which displays full-motion, fast-moving video without any blur. Enjoy your audio with a sound leveler and distortion control which offers exceptional sound on the hidden speakers. The LE55B1381 has two component inputs and 3 HDMI inputs which provide a simple solution for high quality audio and video input. The USB input can be used for video, audio and digital pictures. Included with the TV is a universal remote control and swivel stand.

While this set is a valid option if you’re looking for an affordable, functional 55-inch LED TV, you should be aware that it certainly does not compare to high-end LED TVs as described by Haier. The contrast ratio is adequate and the picture is decent but compared to the higher end models it fails in comparison. The refresh rate is also fine at 120Hz, but you may see some blurring during faster motion scenes. All of this makes the picture fairly decent but nothing special.

With that stated, the sound quality as well is rather poor, especially if you do not have external speakers. As far as connections go, the Haier LE55B1381 offers three HDMI ports. Unfortunately, this model does not have an Ethernet port, therefore if you don’t have a wireless router, you’re out of luck for internet connectivity with this TV. On another note, the menus are decent at best but still easy to navigate with use of a TV-5620-124 remote control, which is included with this TV.

• Decent price
• OK picture quality

• Sound Quality
• No Ethernet port
• Mediocre across the board

LE55B1381 – B1381 SERIES 1080p/120Hz LED HDTV

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Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray Disc Player with Super Wi-Fi


• Built-in super WiFi
• Built-in Sideview app. for browsing or streaming
• I/P noise reduction
• Full HD 1080p
• Upscale DVDs to near 1080p
• Control blu-ray with mobile device
• Built-in web browser
• Front USB port


RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray Disc Player with Super Wi-Fi. The Sony BDP-3100 is very compact, lightweight and stylish and fits in small spaces. The set-up is easy and quick. The menu’s layout, although adequate, could use some improvement as noted by several users. The feature that upscales DVDs to near 1080p will certainly enhance the picture quality of all your DVDs and enable you to watch your movies with vibrant, bright colors and crystal clear images. The I/P noise reduction also helps to deliver the best picture quality by eliminating playback noise. Not only does this blu-ray disc player deliver top-notch picture quality, it offers much in the way of connectivity to the internet via the built-in WiFi and sideview app. Stream your music, and videos or watch movies from Sony’s Entertainment network, offering services like Netflix, YouTube, HuluPlus, Pandora, Amazon Instant Video, and more. You will also have access to apps exclusively designed for your TV. One disappointment noted by users about the apps is that they are in a fixed order and the order of apps cannot be adjusted, therefore, if you want the 40th app., for example, you have no choice but to scroll down until you reach it.

The part# for the remote that comes with this disc player is RMT-B119A. The remote control has buttons for Netflix and the Sony Entertainment Network, making these services as easy as the click of a button.

Some users have had problems with the screen going black, with no sound, and doing so off and on while watching movies. To remedy this problem the “deep color” setting must be turned off. Once this setting is turned off the problem is resolved. The audio capability of this blu-ray functions well but one user noted that to get the full HD master audio sound that this blu-ray is capable of delivering, the “audio mix” setting must be turned off. Adjustments certainly need to be made, but this blu-ray disc player can really pack a punch when all the settings are in sync and for the bargain price, you can’t go wrong.

• Stunning picture quality
• Built-in WiFi
• Upscales DVDs to near 1080p resolution
• Inexpensive

• Needs tweaking of settings
• No control of the order of apps
• User interface could use improvement

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