Excerpt: Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems are still a rarity—there are currently only a few models available from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. What’s more, they’re pricey. Sony’s BDV-IS1000 lists for $1,000, keeping it just outside the realm of most mainstream consumers. But the biggest hurdle, as we found out, is simply that they don’t always work.
Pros: Beautiful design and a small footprint; clear powerful subwoofer; supports HD audio formats and BD Profile 2.0; 2 HDMI inputs
Cons: Wireless rear speakers didn't work; adaptor required for certain types of external components