home theater in a box

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home theater in a box

A packaged audio system for a home theater. A home theater in a box (HTIB), also called a "home theater system" (HTS), includes the A/V receiver and at least five speakers and a subwoofer. A DVD player may be optional or included, or for lower-end HTIBs, built into the receiver. The receiver and speakers are expected to be matched for wattage and quality, thus eliminating the confusion of choosing from myriad product offerings. After purchasing a TV, only one HTIB package is required to complete the home theater system. See home theater, soundbar and in a box.


A Denon Home Theater in a Box
This quality HTIB combines a Denon 90-watt per channel A/V receiver with five matched speakers and subwoofer from Boston Acoustics. (Image courtesy of Denon Electronics LLC, www.usa.denon.com)
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The manufacturer's HT-P1200 HTIB system features a black finish, compared to last year's silver HT-DS1000.
Regarding mid-level HTIB system design, "less is more seems to be the theory," said Dan Nicholson, product planning manager for home theater systems at Sony.
In keeping with this less-is-more view, Nicholson said that even the HTIB display panel must be minimalist in design.
Sony's HTIB design has also evolved to please an increasingly influential female shopper, Nicholson said, noting that the 2005 model features softer lines.
When moving into higher-end HTIB, design is less understated and bolder, Nicholson said.
Sharp has taken the flat design to a new level in the HTIB arena with its flat-panel 1-Bit home theater line.
"The standard for HTIB was always a deck-style form factor.
While brushed aluminum is the dominating HTIB color scheme, Len Davi, vice president of home entertainment at Audiovox, noted that a handful of higher-end systems are gradually moving back to wood grain.
Celestion believes the combination of the HTiB's price point, easy installation and the fact that all the Dolby Pro Logic circuitry is contained in the subwoofer module, eliminating the need to connect several components, will interest consumers.
The company is looking to market the HTiB differently from other firm's home theater packages.
The HTiB comes with four Celestion Effects speakers for the front and rear channels, a center channel speaker, the subwoofer and a remote control.