Speakers That Work Best With Your Plasma

January 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The sound on that great-looking flat screen TV may not match the picture in quality. In the store, the pictures on the LCD and plasma TVs look terrific but there's a drawback with these very thin TVs.

"As TV's get thinner and thinner, there's less space for high-quality speakers. And TVs can't reproduce the true surround sound that's found on DVD and Blu-ray movies." The solution - add a separate sound system.

"If you don't want to spend too much money or time on set up, consider getting a home-theater-in-a-box system. These are prepackaged systems that generally come with everything you'll need: a receiver, two to seven speakers, a subwoofer, and generally color-coded cable that'll help you connect everything," said Jim Willcox, Consumer Reports.

Consumer reports tested 22 systems. Some include a Blu-ray player or a DVD player. This may look like an audio geek's paradise. But it's the listening room where testers listen to all of the systems to judge audio quality.

They also use this test signal to measure frequency response, which is an indication of how well a system can reproduce sound. Consumer Reports found that Yamaha delivers very good audio. While it doesn't have a disc player, it's a budget-friendly option at $330.

If you're in the market for a Blu-ray player, Consumer Reports recommends this Sony for $500.

"This system offers very good sound and its Blu-ray player has excellent picture quality with both DVDs and Blu-ray discs," Willcox said.

With both of these systems, the sound you hear comes closer to matching the great video you're watching.


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