A home theater isn’t really a home theater unless it has speakers, preferably of the 5.1-channel surround variety. Of course, you can’t just plug them directly into your TV; you need a receiver to act as the hub and amplify the audio.
Receivers can cost a small fortune, but here’s your chance to score a killer deal: Newegg has the Yamaha RX-V367 5.1-channel digital home theater receiver for $149.99 shipped. That’s after applying coupon code EMCKFJH22 at checkout. (Note: you must be a Newegg newsletter subscriber to use the code.)
The RX-V367 is nicely equipped for an “entry-level” receiver, offering such high-end features as four HDMI v1.4 inputs and support for 3D signals (like from a 3D Blu-ray player). It delivers 100 watts of power over its five channels–suitable for a small or medium room.
If you’re an
iPod/iPhone user, you can connect your device directly to the receiver by way of Yamaha’s YDS-12 Universal Dock (sold separately). There’s also an optional Bluetooth adapter for wirelessly streaming music from A2DP-compatible sources. (It’ll run you about $60, but trust me: it’s worth it.)
Yamaha backs the RX-V367 with a two-year warranty. I do recommend reading the mostly positive user comments on Newegg’s product page to get a feel for the receiver’s quirks (which are few and minor, but may prove important to audio- and videophiles).
It’s pretty rare to find a receiver like this selling for less than $200, let alone for $150. If you’re tired of the tinny sound coming from your HDTV’s built-in “speakers,” grab this receiver and pull your old speakers out of the attic. You’ll be amazed at the difference good audio makes.
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