Home Theater Review’s Best of 2014 Awards

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[NOTE: The third year since Home Theater Review is making my life easier by providing such a wonderful list of audio goodies. Best of the best, and I get to choose my favorites without doing any research or cross reference with consumer and industry feedback. And you get to enjoy the spoils. 

And now I leave you with the original article’s introduction followed by my favorite items from the past year.]

It’s that time of the year again, when we survey all the products we’ve reviewed in the past 12 months and pick the ones that stand out as the best of the best. We don’t divide our best-of list into categories, but we have selected products from all the major AV categories, covering a variety of price points. So, no matter your budget, this is the place to begin your search for your next great AV purchase.

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Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player, $99
The Fire TV proves itself a worthy competitor to the Roku and Apple TV streaming media players. It’s especially well suited for Amazon Prime subscribers, but it also includes popular apps like Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, PLEX, Watch ESPN, and more. The voice search tool works great and makes it easy for anyone in your family to find something to watch.

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[NOTE: It’s definitely been the year of Amazon, with all the quality technology they’re churning out lately. Let’s just hope this lasts and we’ll see some amazing things from them next year as well. 2015 seems to be a big quantum leap in all areas technology-wise.] 

Onkyo TX-NR636 AV Receiver, $699
This $699 7.2-channel receiver is loaded with all of today’s hottest network/streaming and connection options, but it’s also anticipating future AV trends with its inclusion of HDCP 2.2 copy protection for 4K sources and support for Dolby Atmos (via a recent firmware update). Dennis Burger was impressed by its performance, saying it “punches above its weight in terms of clear, dynamic, spacious sound.”

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SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer, $799.99
Don’t let the size of the PB-2000 fool you. Although this ported subwoofer–which measures 20.5 by 17.3 by 22 and weighs 65.6 pounds, sporting a 12-inch driver and 500-watt amplifier–is capable of the necessary brute force with movie soundtracks, Dennis Burger also found that it could be surprisingly nuanced and detailed.

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Paradigm Millenia CT 2 Powered Speaker System, $899
Paradigm’s updated Millenia CT 2 system combines the plug-and-play convenience of a soundbar/subwoofer combination with the performance we’ve come to expect from Paradigm’s small powered speakers. Add in Bluetooth with aptX and lower the price compared with its predecessor, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

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