Onkyo LS3100 ENVISION CINEMA 2.1-Channel Bluetooth Speaker System
- Digital Amplifier Circuitry to Maintain Clean Audio Signals
- Auto Power On/Standby with TV
- Clear, Room-Filling Sound Reproduction with SRS Technology
- Bluetooth Version 2.1 +EDR for Wireless Audio Streaming from Compatible Smart Phones, Tablets, and Personal Computers
- Preset Remote Control Code for Most TV Brands and Learning Capability
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If space and budget considerations run a close second to sound quality when choosing a home theater , then this neat 2.1-channel package from Onkyo is worth a closer look. Your days of thin sound will be over, with SRS processing technolog y creating an immersive 3D soundfield using just two speakers - perfect for movies, music, and games. But the real beauty of the system lies in its convenience. For example , the control center is preprogrammed for use with most TV remote controllers. It turns on automatically with your television and responds to volume commands from your TV remote. Two sculpted speakers - featuring a pair of 2-Inch(5 cm) drivers each - can be mounted in a variety of ways on the wall or entertainment unit. The system is also great for music, with Bluetooth 2.1 allowing you to stream from your smartphone , tablet, and laptop. Analog and digital connections are included to connect a PC or CD player. Wireless implementation extends to the powered subwoofer, which can be placed anywhere in the room you like - another handy feature in what is an exceptionally useful home theater system.
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|LS3100 2.1-Channel Living Speaker System|
Convenience and Style in a Great-Sounding Package
If space and budget considerations run a close second to sound quality when choosing a home theater, then this neat 2.1-channel package from Onkyo is worth a close look. Your days of thin sound will be over, with SRS processing technology creating an immersive 3D soundfield using just two speakers- perfect for movies, music, and games. But the real beauty of the system lies in its convenience. For example, the control center is preprogrammed for use with most TV remote controllers. It turns on automatically with your television and responds to volume commands from your TV remote. Two sculpted speakers- featuring a pair of 2" (5 cm) drivers each- can be mounted in a variety of ways on the wall, entertainment unit, or stand on their own. The system is also great for music, with Bluetooth 2.1 allowing you to stream from your smart phone, tablet, and laptop. Analog and digital connections are available to connect a PC or CD player. Wireless implementation extends to the powered subwoofer, which can be placed anywhere in the room- another handy feature in what is an exceptionally useful home theater system.
Our unique detachable stands allow you to position your speakers how you like them- upright, laid flat, on the wall, or on either side of your TV. If space under or around your TV is an issue, you can remove the stand and sit the speaker flush on the entertainment unit, or use them to angle and display the speakers attractively.
To take advantage of the low-frequency sounds in your games, movies, and music, the LS3100 employs a powered subwoofer. This type of subwoofer draws an independent energy supply, leaving the accompanying control center free to focus its power through the stereo speakers. Thanks to its wireless design, there’s no need to run a cable back to the control center, meaning you can place it pretty much anywhere it looks and sounds the best.
Curved Speakers with Twin Full-Range Drivers
The LS3100 includes a pair of acoustic suspension speakers incorporating twin 2" (5 cm) cones in place of the usual single driver. Don’t let their compact size fool you- these robust little speakers really pack a punch. Whether you choose to hang them on a wall or set them beside your TV, be prepared for deep and detailed performance in small to medium-sized rooms.
Experience the Sensation of 3D Surround Sound
The LS3100 comes equipped with SRS (Sound Retrieval System) Mode, which allows you to enjoy a more natural sound from stereo sources. The technology exploits the science of psychoacoustics- or how the ear pinpoints the locations of sounds in space- allowing the listener to perceive stereo sound as surround sound. Which makes for a more realistic and exciting entertainment experience.
|Dialog Mode for Clearer Voices |
This handy sound mode clarifies dialog in the mix, so you no longer have to strain to follow speech in a movie or TV program. Voices are rendered more distinctly and intelligibly, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
The ultra-slim control unit employs digital amplification circuitry to convert power with very high levels of efficiency. This means less energy is wasted as heat. With no need for a bulky heat sink, the amplifier can be smaller and lighter, providing room-filling sound that belies its compact size.
Use Your Own TV's Remote Control
The LS3100 is programmed to accept commands from the remote controllers of nine major TV brands.* The system powers up automatically when you turn on your TV, and you can adjust the volume using your usual television remote. After 20 minutes with no signal from the TV, the home theater will switch itself off, so you don’t waste power.
*Supported brands: Funai, LG, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, and Vizio. Control unit can also learn commands from other brands.
Stream Music from Phone, Tablet and PC via Bluetooth
Whether you’re an iPhone or iPad user, an Android fan, or an owner of a personal computer with Bluetooth capability, streaming music to your new home theater system couldn’t be easier. Simply pair the devices, select the track or album of your choice, and hit play. The improved data transfer capabilities of Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR ensure clear and reliable sound reproduction for all kinds music.
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UPDATE 2/23/2013. We did not immediately return the Bose CineMate speakers. My wife and I did a side-by-side comparison of both speaker systems for about a week. We both concluded that the Bose CineMate speakers had an overall better sound--a little fuller and warmer sounding. However, to put things in perspective, at this price point the better sound of the Bose CineMate speakers is only marginal, which is why we kept going back and forth for a week as to which system had the better quality sound. We almost kept the Bose speaker system because of this. Still, even though the Bose CineMate speakers may sound better, the Bose system really lacks in the features that the Onkyo speaker system has, so we kept the Onkyo speaker system anyway. Here are a few of the features that the Onkyo speaker system has that the Bose system does not have:
* The Onkyo speakers automatically come on when we turn the TV on. Not so with the Bose, which requires you to separately turn on the speakers with the little remote required to operate the Bose speaker system.
* We can adjust the volume of the Onkyo speakers with any other remote control device that we have in the house, including our cable remote. This is because the Onkyo system is pre-programmed to operate with many other remote controls. With the Bose system, you can only adjust the volume with the Bose remote.
* The Onkyo system has a wireless bluetooth subwoofer. The bluetooth in the system can be used to pair up any compatible bluetooth devices to stream music through the speakers. My daughter loves this feature to play music from her iPhone. The sound of the music is as good as any stereo system we own, although I'm sure there's better sounding speakers for this purpose if you're willing to pay for them. This is a definite plus for some people. I asked at Fry's and was told that no other speaker system comes with this bluetooth feature built into it. The Bose system definitely does not have it, but you might be able to add it with a third-party device.
I still give the Onkyo speaker system 5 stars because it is decent sounding and feature laden at this price point. Others may prefer the sound of the Bose CineMate speakers and not care about the features of the Onkyo speaker system, however.
-Sound was very crisp and clear. Listening to the "Batman Begins" soundtrack was amazing; I could hear all the percussion clearly and the sound was very dimensional. The BA Soundware XS was muddier and less defined. Classical music was nice as well, very clean. Soundware XS was warmer, but also less clear.
-Quality. Design was aesthetically pleasing and materials were nice, although the control box felt a bit plasticky in comparison to the rest. But the lights on the control box were wonderfully subtle, no glaring obnoxious lights like the Soundware XS. The speakers had great metal stands that allowed for 4 different configurations. The sub has cute piano finish feet and is wireless.
-Control subwoofer level on remote
-Auto-on when input is detected
-It's impossible to use the optical input when there is anything plugged into the 3.5 mm jack. There is no switch anywhere that lets you switch between them, and the manual admits this.
-There is an auto-standby function that cannot be disabled! This sounded good in theory, but in reality, this meant that Bluetooth would automatically disconnect after 5 minutes of silence no matter what. I would then have to reconnect by pressing the Bluetooth button on the remote. This became intolerable when connected to a laptop. If I wanted to watch a video after working in silence a while, I would have to remember to reconnect first because my computer would not switch over on the fly.
In the end, the lack of ability to switch inputs and the constant Bluetooth disconnects made me decide to return the product in spite of the great sound and look. The Soundware XS has an input switch on the remote and stays connected to Bluetooth until disconnected, and those two features alone were worth it in spite of the XS having an ugly receiver, poorer sound, no sub control on remote, no wireless sub, and obnoxiously bright lights.
The Onkyo LS3100 would probably be great if you leave it hooked up to a TV and only occasionally listen to one or two songs from Bluetooth, but if you need something that plays nice with all your devices, its limitations may prove to be highly annoying.
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