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• 175 watts per channel maximum power
• Networking with AirPlay, Pandora and Spotify
• Audyssey MultiEQ, dynamic volume and dynamic EQ
• Front panel USB input with iPod digital direct
• Four rear panel HDMI inputs
• New setup assistant with enhanced GUI



Welcome to a review of the DENON AVR-E300 HT RECIEVER with Apple AirPlay. The video and sound quality is pretty solid overall. It has been stated that this is a good entry-level networking receiver and this device is easy to setup. The easy speaker connections allow you to insert wires quickly and easily. Menu navigation is quick and easy with the remote control that comes with the AVR-E300, part number RC-1181.

One of the best features of the receiver is the built-in 9 Band Manual Equalizer. While the preset sound settings do a good job refining the sound, it is nice to tailor the sound exactly to how you like it. One major disappointment is when headphones are connected, the manual equalizer is automatically disabled. It is nice that the receiver automatically recognizes the headphones and shuts off the external speakers, but not sure why it disables the equalizer, which is an issue for some. Using Pandora, Internet Radio and Airplay work well streaming music from something such as an iPod Touch.

Overall this model is fairly solid with a few setbacks, but for anyone looking for an entry level device, the AVR-E300 might be worth checking out.

• Sound quality
• Video quality

• Wireless connection using Wi-Fi
• Multi-zone capabilities
• 4k pass-through for future compatibility
• Bluetooth so you can stream music from your devices

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Denon AVR-E400 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver with Apple AirPlay

• 7.1 channel; 185 watts per channel maximum power; analog to HDMI video conversion
• New setup assistant with enhanced GUI
• Amplified multi-zone/multi-source in lieu of surround back
• Networking with AirPlay, Pandora & Spotify
• Five rear panel HDMI inputs


RATING: 4.0/5

Welcome to a review of the Denon AVR-E400 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver. It has been stated that compared to other receivers in this price range, the Denon AVR-E400 has exceptional sound quality. Denon has long been known for its sound quality, and this model is no exception. The AVR-E400 has a full set of encoders, while other models in this price range, skip a few encoders. The Audyssey implementation has been mentioned as being outstanding. Another great feature of this model is how easy it is to control with the use of the remote control, part number RC-1183.

The other internet features are not the best out there, but because that’s not the primary purpose of an A/V receiver, it is not a big issue. The AVR-E400 has Apple AirPlay, but it is better to use a separate AppleTV box for AirPlay. The lack of WiFi can be an issue, but truthfully, it’s much better to have a separate WiFi adapter, which would make it easier to keep up with the latest wireless technology that changes every couple of years.

If it’s all about the sound quality, the AVR-E400 has that. This model lives up to the reputation of the brand and is an easy recommendation.

• Sound quality
• Name brand
• Easy to control

• Internet features
• Lack of WiFi

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Sharp LE650U AQUOS Series – 1080p 120Hz Full HD Smart LED TV

• Full HD 1920 x 1080p 10-bit LCD Panel
• Edge-Lit LED Backlight Technology
• Built-in Wi-Fi & Integrated Web Browser
• Access Popular Apps & Movies On Demand
• USB Media Player &
• 4 HDMI Inputs
• Native 120 Hz Panel Refresh Rate
• Dual-Core Processor & Dual 10W Speakers
• Optical Picture Control (OPC)
• SmartCentral User Interface
• Energy Star Qualified Design

REMOTE CONTROL: 9JY600154000579G

RATING: 4.3 out of 5.0

Welcome to a review of Sharp’s LE650U series, 1080p 120Hz, Smart LED HDTV. This Sharp series features a Full HD 1920 x 1080p 10-bit LCD panel with an Edge-Lit LED backlight system and a 120Hz native refresh rate. According to Sharp, the advanced AQUOS® UV2A Display uses a unique, precision pixel structure to deliver dynamic HD images. With technology that’s created to let more light through in bright scenes and fight light leakage in dark scenes. The AQUOS UV2A Display with a 4 million: 1 contrast ratio creates pulse-racing picture every time.

This series is a Smart TV with Dual-Core processor and built-in Wi-Fi, and lets you quickly access apps streaming movies, music, games, and websites. Utilize the fully functional remote control that will fit in the palm of your hand with ease as you navigate through all the features that enhance your TV experience.

The LE650U series offers four HDMI inputs, a VGA PC input, a USB port and more for awesome connectivity. The USB port enables you to share your home videos and photos on the big screen. Plus, you can listen to your favorite music files through the TV. There are dual 10W speakers with simulated surround sound and a digital optical audio output for connecting the TV to your AV receiver. This TV features Optical Picture Control (OPC) as well, which automatically adjusts TV brightness depending on the ambient light level.

Sharp’s Aquos LE650U series offers reasonably priced LED-backlit HDTV, with a generous feature set and an overall sharp picture.

• Affordable
• Bright picture
• Solid feature set

• Colors aren’t accurate
• Low contrast ratio
• Off-angle viewing causes color shifting


LE650U AQUOS Series – 1080p 120Hz Full HD Smart LED TV
• LC-50LE650U
• LC-60LE650U
• LC-70LE650U
• LC-80LE650U

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Sony HT-CT550W 3D Sound Bar System


• 2.1 Channels, 400 watts of power
• 3 HDMI inputs
• Wireless subwoofer
• Simulated 3D surround sound
• Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio HD enhanced audio
• HDMI standby passthrough
• Wall mountable
• Bravia Sync capable


RATING: 3.8 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Sony HT-CT550W 3D Sound Bar System. Experience cinema-like surround sound in your own home with Sony’s HT-CT550W Sound bar system. Equipped with 400 watts of power to rock the house, you can enjoy watching movies, sporting events or playing video games with simulated surround sound. This system was made to work with TVs that are 40 inches or larger. With 3 HDMI inputs, you can connect your blu-ray disc player, gaming console, cable box or any other HDMI capable device. To fully experience all that this system has to offer, it is recommended that you purchase high-speed HDMI cables to make your connections. Set-up and installation is easy and takes very little time. The subwoofer is wireless therefore can be placed anywhere in the room for optimal output. Before set-up, it is also recommended to read the manual carefully to understand how to set up your system so that it delivers the most impact. In other words, don’t go with the default settings, read the manual thoroughly on how it can be improved and adjust the settings accordingly, you won’t be sorry, it will deliver incredible, powerful sound with little to no distortion.

The part# for the remote control that comes with this sound bar system is RM-AAU113.

This system comes with an FM tuner that comes in very clear You can preset up to 20 stations and give your stations individual names. Equipped with HDMI pass-through, you can enjoy 3D blu-ray disc movies, games and other 3D content using compatible devices and TVs. Sony’s default settings for audio output have been noted as less than adequate. In order to truly experience all that this unit has to offer, one must manually adjust everything and read the manual carefully. For many people, this is time consuming and annoying. It has also been noted that a longer cord should be provided to connect the receiver to the soundbar.

For the low price of this sound system, it delivers a powerful punch and is worth the money.

• Powerful, simulated surround sound
• Inexpensive
• Easy set up and installation
• Sleek, contemporary design

• Should come with better default settings for audio output
• Sony could provide longer cord to connect the receiver with the soundbar

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Denon AVR-X5200W 9.2 Network A/V Receiver with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Dolby Atmos

• 140W Per Channel at 8 Ohms
• Audyssey MultEQ XT32 + Pro
• 4K Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-Through
• 9-Channel Discrete Amplifier Design
• 8 x HDMI-In / 3 x HDMI-Out
• Built-In Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay
• ISFccc Video Calibration Controls
• Dolby Atmos Surround Decoding
• Smartphone and Tablet Control
• Multi-Room Listening


RATING: 4.5 out of 5

Welcome to a review of Denon’s AVR-X5200W, a 9.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and Dolby Atmos Surround Decoding. The Denon AVR-X5200W receiver delivers powerful multi-channel performance and video up-scaling. This A/V receiver houses a powerful discreet 9-channel amplifier that can deliver 140W per channel at 8 ohms.

Enjoy a stunning surround sound audio experience using the Dolby Atmos surround decoding that provides dramatic surround sound throughout the room, enhanced by overhead speakers that provide pinpoint sound imaging, just like you’d hear in a Dolby Atmos movie theater. Audyssey Platinum DSP technologies are built-in to help tailor the sound of the receiver and connected speakers to anyone’s specific listening environment

The AVR-X5200W features an advanced video section with 8 HDMI inputs including 1, conveniently located on the front panel and 3 HDMI outputs. It is equipped with 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz video pass-through and up-scaling. It is also compatible with Pure Color 4:4:4 color sub-sampling, another feature of the latest HDMI specification. The video section also features ISFccc advanced video calibration controls.

The AVR-X5200W comes with a Quick Setup guide, and has an intuitive on-screen Setup Assistant that will have your system fully configured with a minimum of fuss and bother. You can even control the setup via your PC’s web browser, or use our available iOS and Android Denon Remote apps with your favorite smart device or use the included remote control, Denon’s RC-1193, to aide you through the setup process smoothly.

There are many great features with this A/V receiver. The price point is pretty much in-line for all of these outstanding features. This model is making its way and consumers are enjoying the Denon AVR-X5200W.

• Sound quality
• Many features
• Dolby Atmos
• Multi-room listening

• Pricey
• Impedance selector switch issues

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Samsung LED UN32F4000 Series 3D HDTV

• Edge-lit LED backlight for high picture contrast
• 2 HDMI inputs
• 60Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning for blur reduction
• Built-in stereo speakers
• Meets ENERGY STAR requirements

REMOTE: AA59-00600A

RATING: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Welcome to a review of the Samsung LED F4000 Series 3D HDTV. Samsung designed this series as a basic TV for those on a budget. This series has 720p resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate and its slim bezel subtly frames the TV that gives the appearance of a larger picture while also minimizing the weight of the TV.

The remote control part number that comes with this series is the AA59-00600A. The remote will operate every basic function necessary.

With Dolby audio processing, this series is designed to optimize the sound when viewing streamed movies from a Blu-ray player or video game console. 2 HDMI inputs are available to connect your high definition equipment as well as a component video input. The LED backlighting on the television really makes the picture quality pop. Viewing angles are not bad considering the smaller size options for this series. Since they are smaller in size, they are a good choice for smaller spaces like guest bedrooms, kitchens, etc. If you are on a budget and looking for a TV with the basics, this is a great model to consider purchasing.

• Dolby Audio processing
• Conveniently sized for a bedroom
• Budget model

• Only 2 HDMI ports

• UN19F4000
• UN28F4000
• UN29F4000
• UN32F4000

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