Since the whole world is going HD crazy, it only makes sense for typical home theater gear to follow suit. JVC's latest home theater in a box (HTIB), the TH-L1, will definitely make it easier for those who just bought an HDTV, then realize it's hard to enjoy 5.1 audio without a surround sound system. What sets the TH-L1 apart from your typical HTIB is that it has both component and HDMI
switching (1080p capable, but not HDMI 1.3
) as well as an iPod interface. The system also includes five speakers, a subwoofer, DTS and Dolby Digital decoding, and an array of inputs on the front and back, all for $299. Simply add an HDTV and Hi-Def disc player and enjoy.