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Unboxing Live 105: Sonos Playbar

Last week we hit you with our Sonos Playbar review, and we let you know that we would have the Playbar unboxing video up shortly. Well, here it is. As you know, we got an early look at the Sonos Playbar, and we open it up and give you an overview review in this episode of Unboxing Live! The Sonos Playbar fits right in to your home theater setup, providing you with 3.0 sound. Add in the Sonos SUB for 3.1, or a SUB and two PLAY:3 speakers for full 5.1 surround. The Playbar is the best soundbar out there as far as features go.

You can buy the Sonos Playbar for $699.


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Sonos Playbar review

Sonos Playbar review

The Sonos Playbar is a product that filled us with excitement when it was announced, and we are back with our Playbar review. With the Playbar, Sonos enters the home theater market with a pretty sound strategy--provide a soundbar that puts out a 3.0 sound signal, and allow it to be paired with the Sonos SUB for those who want 3.1 sound…then, make it even better by allowing two Sonos PLAY:3 speakers to be used as a full on 5.1 surround sound system.

Of course, for the ultimate Sonos 5.1 setup, you'll have to pay an additional $699 for the SUB and $598 for the two PLAY:3 units, an additional $1,397 above the $699 price of the Playbar. So, while we will touch on the 3.1 and 5.1 configurations, we are here to bring you a Sonos Playbar review that focuses on the standalone abilities of the ambitious soundbar. Has it been worth the wait? We explore the answer in our full Playbar review--read on.

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Sonos Playbar starts shipping on March 5th

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Home Entertainment, Music

Sonos Playbar march 5 shipping

The Sonos Playbar is an exciting piece of gadgetry coming from one of our favorite companies, and it's now been announced that it ships on March 5. The Playbar connects to your television using a digital optical cable, offering massive sound through its nine drivers. Since it's a Sonos device, you can also play all your music through it as well. Throw in a Sonos SUB and a pair of Play:3 units, and you've got yourself a 5.1 surround sound system. March 5th is the date, and you can pre-order it now for $699.


Top 10 Tech Deals of the Day

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We've got your latest list of items that fall under the best tech Deals of the Day for you, separated out into laptops, desktops, monitors, gaming, and home entertainment. The laptop deals are right here, but be sure to click through to get a look at all the rest of what we determined to be today's top 10 deals in tech, including that 30-inch Dell UltraSharp monitor up there!

Laptops

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.

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Deal of the Day: Save 55% on Yamaha 5 speaker theater package

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Home Entertainment, Hot Deals

yamaha ns-ap540

eBay is featuring a 55% discount on the Yamaha 5 speaker home theater system. The NS-AP540E speaker system typically sells for $199, but for the next few hours, you can get it on eBay for just $89.99. Not a bad deal for an entry-level speaker system that's been positively reviewed. They've got limited stock, so the may run out before the three hours is up, so if you're interested, head on over:

Save 55% on Yamaha 5 speaker home theater system

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.

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Newegg Deal: Sony 7.1 channel receiver

Sony STR-DN1000

has a great and inexpensive way for you to incorpate 7.1 surround sound into your home theater, with a great deal on the Sony STR-DN1000 7.1 channel receiver. It looks great with a piano black finish, and supports codecs like Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MAster Audio, and lossless PCM. For visuals, you get 1080p playback with 24p support. The best part is that Newegg’s got it for $299.99. If you want to get in on it, head on over to the Newegg Sony STR-DN1000 page, add it to your cart, and use promo code “RECEIVER222” to take part in the festivities.

As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo codes and deals on our forums.

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Newegg Deal: Polk RM6750 5.1-channel Surround Sound System

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Home Entertainment, Hot Deals

Polk RM6750‘s put up a decent deal on the Polk Audio RM6750 5.1-channel surround sound speaker set. In a nutshell, you get a six piece surround sound package, including 2 front, 2 surround, 1 center, and 1 subwoofer speaker. This is a system that gets great reviews, as Polk is known for quality audio products. Take a look at the Polk Audio RM6750 on Newegg to get the savings.

As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo codes and deals on our forums.

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LG Scarlet LG80 HDTV

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment

Scarlet LG80

LG has unveiled their Scarlet LG80 LCD TV with 3.1 channel virtual surround sound. The speakers slide out of the side automatically when you turn it on. There is also a center channel speaker dedicated to the human vocal range and a woofer on the back. The TV features 1080p HD, a 30,000:1 contrast ratio, and 50W output. There are USB 2.0 and 2 HDMI 1.3 ports. The LG80 will be available this month in Asia and next year in other locations.

 

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Poll: Do you have a surround sound system?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Home Entertainment

Time for another one of our , this one being somewhat less polarizing than our last few. With things like next-generation game consoles, players, and the like, we are curious if you have a surround sound system that you use to get the most from your setup. Basically, we wanna know if you do, is it 5.1 or 7.1? Or do you keep it real with regular old stereo sound? Respond to the poll, but be sure to also hit us in the comments to share what kind of gear you’re using, okay?


PS3 2.30 firmware to bring DTS-HD Master Audio to console, revamped PLAYSTATION Store

Okay, so first and foremost, the atrocious PLAYSTATION Store that the PS3 has been sporting is going to be replaced with PS3 firmware 2.30. That is a good thing, because compared to both the Xbox Live Marketplace and the Shopping Channel, the PLAYSTATION Store just performs horrible in our opinion. So good on Sony for changing that up. You can get a look at the new interface in the video above, which Sony put together. It looks a lot better.

Second thing, which is even better than the store upgrade if you ask us, is that the 2.30 firmware update is going to finally bring DTS-HD Master Audio to the Playstation 3, alongside DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. If you are a fan, then this means the world to you if you have a compatible receiver. Be prepared for perfect lossless audio to be read at an “incredible high variable rate of 24.5 mega-bits per second” in 7.1 surround sound. This is the one thing the was missing as a Blu-ray player (well, this, and Dolby-HD), and now makes it pretty much future-proof.

You get all this goodness on April 15th.

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