If you've been looking for a stylish, semi-wireless home theater system to match that shiny new plasma or LCD HDTV you just got, look no further. The Philips HTS9800 Home Theater System ($900) provides HDMI connectivity, along with 6.1 Dolby Digital Ex surround sound via three wired front speakers and three wireless rear speakers featuring neodymium ribbon tweeters, and a dedicated sub. The looks will draw you in, but the sound is what will make you stay.
Although we're pretty happy with our simple, stylish Bose systems, there lives inside each of us — and probably a lot of our readers — the desire for ultra high-end speakers and theater setups. At the core of our current dream systems is the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 5 ($16000 a pair). The speakers feature advanced Acoustic Lens Technology that allows for great sound, no matter where the speakers are placed in the room. Add to that Adaptive Bass Control, 2500 watts of internal power per speaker coming from ICEpower amps, and an absolutely gorgeous cabinet, and you have yourself on of the best-sounding, best-looking speakers money can buy.
Home theater setups can be really tricky to get right, and one of the most difficult parts is finding the right subs to match your other speakers. The SVS PB12-Ultra/2 Subwoofer ($2,200) is the perfect compliment to any speaker combo with 1,000 watts of power, built-in parametric equalizers, and a three-position variable extension. Plug it in, crank it up, and hear all the booms and crashes of your favorite flicks the way they were supposed to be heard. [Thanks, Ryan]