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Upgrading your Audio on a Budget

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2012 08:00 PM - last edited on ‎12-12-2012 04:55 PM by Retired Administrator

When was the last time you upgraded your audio equipment? A small expenditure can create an enormous and immediate difference in the performance of your home theatre system.  Today we’ll be reviewing four great audio solutions, which are all currently available for three hundred dollars or less. From standalone micro systems, to speakers and subwoofers... we’ll explore price point, output, and quality to determine which device might work best with you.


Sony Micro System with iPod DockSony Micro Right.jpg

Meet a top-loading compact disc player that can read regular CDs, CD-Rs, and MP3s. The Sony Micro System with iPod Dock is an effective, cost-efficient strategy for your home stereo needs.

Sporting a contemporary matte finish and a powerful amber LCD, the highlight of this system is its beautifully integrated dock & charging station. It also packs a pretty hefty kick, thanks to the presence of Sony’s DSGX Bass Boost technology. Already loaded with a variety of pre-set EQ modes, this Micro System can deliver optimal playback in your dorm, den, work room, or anywhere else you'd like a little music.

Sharp Sound Bar Left.jpgSharp Sound Bar System

At first, the Sharp Sound Bar appears quite compact and unassuming. A simple test run helps reveal the bar’s pair of robust 50 watt drivers – which are punctuated by the presence of a side-firing 50 watt subwoofer. There’s quite a bit of sound in this space efficient system – making this HDMI-ready component a fine choice if you've been looking to bring some warmth and authenticity to your home audio system.



Logitech Squeezebox Internet RadioLogitech Squeeze right.jpg

The instantly customizable Logitech Squeezebox offers incredible fidelity for a very reasonable price. Equipped with Wi-Fi, the Squeezebox comes ready to access a near-infinite variety of programming from all over the world. Equipped with its own light sensor, Logitech's radio can auto-adjust its 24-bit colour LCD screen for optimal visibility, regardless of lighting conditions.

Loaded with high-end functionality, the Logitech Squeezebox works perfectly as an external component alongside your existing home theatre system... or as a standalone device, thanks to its crystal clear 2-way speaker. Whatever your preference, the Squeezebox makes a great addition to your kitchen, den, or nightstand. It can even double as a handy alarm clock.


sony 1000 watts right.jpgSony 1000-Watt 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray Home Theatre System

For less than three hundred dollars, you can bring an entire 3D Blu-ray Home Theatre System home. Over a thousand watts strong and ready to perform, Sony’s freshly redesigned speaker system delivers a ring of sparkling audio via five unique channels – filling your home with bright and organic fidelity. Onboard D.C.A.C technology makes it easy to optimize playback within your specific viewing area, while the player’s Wi-Fi capabilities can put the Internet’s music libraries at your fingertips. The entire system comes with its own iPod dock, and even includes two unique HDMI inputs – so you can extend your home theatre’s functionality even further.

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