If you're a fan of analog radio, then Polk Audio's new I-Sonic ($600, available in September) should be on your Christmas list this year. The compact system offers HD Radio technology for static-free reception — AM sounds as good as FM, and FM sounds like a CD. The I-Sonic also Plays DVDs, CDs, Picture CDs, Video CDs and MP3 CDs, and is XM Satellite Radio ready. It has an auxiliary input for your iPod, a dual-alarm clock radio, and 30 radio presets. And since it's Polk, rest assured the compact system will offer rich, room-filling sound and tight bass.
As more and more of our front rooms move to HD, more and more of our video sources will too — just look at the next generation of video game systems — and the AVR-4806 by Denon ($3500) is ready to handle all of them. The beast boasts switching for composite, component, DVI, HDMI, and S Video, is THX Ultra2 Certified and can handle audio in all of these formats: THX Surround EX, dts Extended Surround Discrete 6.1, dts ES Matrix 6.1, dts Neo:6 Cinema & Music Matrix, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Headphone, dts, Ultra2 7.1 Cinema and Music modes, and Lucasfilm Home THX Cinema 4.0, 5.1 and 6.1ES. Whew. If that’s not enough for you, check out the pic of the back side after the jump. [Thanks, Ted]
Denon has long been known for their excellent (and extremely expensive) home theater receivers, and now they are bringing the same quality and elegance to a slightly more affordable level. The S-301 Home Theater System ($1600) and it’s little bro the S-101 ($1000) feature Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, two front speakers, and a sub, however, it’s the ability to access your iPod’s navigation menu from your TV screen that makes the systems standout — and quite honestly, they’re making our Bose systems a little jealous.