It's becoming harder and harder to tell our phones from our TVs, our TVs from our computers, our computers from our phones, and where the next tech innovation to rock the world will come from. Still, it's reassuring to know that with audio, the best and simplest pleasures haven't changed all that much over the years. And with today's roundup of audio deals, you'll find the right equipment at the right prices. But, if you can't find what you're looking for, check out our daily audio and stereo deals.
Energy Take SAT 125W Satellite / Bookshelf Speaker
Vendor: World Wide Stereo
Price: $49.99 via coupon code "1JXL321" with free shipping
Lowest By: $47
Is It Worth It?: The wattage rating on this bookshelf speaker makes it able to pump out enough volume to tickle your eardrums and rumble your butt. An Editors' Choice deal, this speaker features a 3.5" woofer and 1" aluminum dome tweeter, and you can hang it horizontally or vertically to fit your room and the screen. We're told it's ideal for gamers, though we think its 80Hz to 23kHz frequency response is also great for a compact music listening space.
Onkyo 650W 5.1-Channel Home Theater System
Price: $449.99 in-cart with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice home theater system features 130 watts per channel into seven channels, a 10" 120-watt subwoofer, built-in Dolby Digital, Pro Logic IIz, DTS, TrueHD, and other sound decoding, six HDMI inputs, and more. Still not sold? The low price of $450 is far below most merchants, which charge $699 or more for this same setup.
Creative Sound Blaster Wireless Transmitter for iTunes
Price: $39.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $8
Is It Worth It?: A transmitter that connects to a Mac or PC via USB and that both powers and plays through speakers via a wireless router? Sounds good to us! This setup is perfect for iTunes streaming, and includes a remote control that allows you to enjoy music anywhere in your home, and works with headphones as well. What's more, most merchants charge $70 more, making this an Editors' Choice deal.
JVC In-Dash Digital Media Receiver with USB
Price: $79.99 via coupon code "3A825" with free shipping
Lowest By: $19
Is It Worth It?: To get this in-dash media player at the low price of $79.99, you'll have to pad your order to $100 (this Receiver Installation Kit costs 99 cents) and apply coupon code "3A825". This high-tech receiver features 20 watts RMS (50 watts peak) per channel into four channels, a wireless remote control, playback support for MP3, WAV, or WMA files, dual USB ports for iPod/iPhone or other media players, AM/FM tuner, and more. It also allows you to receive text messages and control Pandora from the front panel.
Panasonic SC-HC05 Bluetooth 40-Watt Micro Audio System for iPhone / iPod touch
Price: $49.97 via $30 mail-in rebate with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Expires: March 31
Is It Worth It?: We're seeing true savings on this Panasonic system, which accommodates the iPhone and iPod and features Internet radio, LED display, Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music, two way 40-watt speakers, docking / charging station, and more. The $30 mail-in rebate from TigerDirect puts this setup well below most other retailer's price of $150.
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