Want surround sound, but don't have the room for a stack of speakers? These stylish soundbars
can pump your living room with the next best thing — virtual surround sound. By bouncing sound beams off your living room walls, these one-box components trick your ears into thinking you have a full 5.1-channel set up. In addition to eliminating the clutter of cables behind your entertainment center, some of them also offer iPod connectivity, integrated DVD players, and satellite radio. Granted, they're more expensive than conventinal low- to mid-range home theater systems, but their clean lines and wide sound spectrum are worth the investment if you don't want to box yourself in a forest of cables and satellites. Click here
to see the offerings from Polk, Philips, Samsung, and more.
Published January 9, 2008