Pioneer HTS-LX70 Flat-Panel Theater System
Pioneer's HTS-LX70 receiver in the system from Elite product line has Built-in Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS-HD® High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-96/24 and DTS-ES Decoders, ensuring that you will have the support for almost all the formats. The receiver has thirteen preset modes for surround and a "sound retriever" to improve the quality of the compressed sounds such as mp3. The Multichannel Audio Calibration (MCACC) is also worth mentioning. A microphone that comes with the system plugs into the MCACC Setup MIC jack on the receiver unit. It measures the ambient noise and sets up the channel delay and level of your surround speakers according to their placement in your room. It's great that Pioneer includes sound-calibration equipment in the box.
Sirius and XM Radio are supported by the system but the antennas and subscriptions are not included in the package. As for the connections, there are 2 optical sound connections, 1 analog audio in (Left and Right Channels), Sirius Radio in, XM Radio in, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output, 1 auxiliary (s3.5 mm) and 1 iPod connection. These additional inputs mean that you can connect your cable TV, Satellite receiver and your game console together to the receiver at once. We have to mention at this point that the HDMI is 1.3a compliant, meaning that you do not have Ethernet connectivity (no network connectivity), 3D over HDMI, or 4096 x 2160 resolution support.
The speakers' shapes are very compact and unique, but you will immediately realize that they are designed to fit perfectly into corners and on flat walls without any problems. The sound is crystal clear and probably in a quality that you wouldn't expect from such small speakers.
Now, the best-thought part of the box: a separate display unit. The separate LCD display unit is connected via a proprietary cable to the receiver, enabling you to hide the receiver in a cabinet once you set everything up. However, make sure the cabinet is well ventilated to take away the heat generated by the receiver.
Now, there are the downsides of HTS-LX70 system: First, there is no on-screen display, even with the Pioneer televisions. Second, the price is very steep: the suggested retail price of the set is USD 1800, and this does not include a Blu-ray player. I deduct one point for the high price.