Deal: Energy Mini Speakers, Onkyo AVR
Vanns offers great pricing on Energy's quality bookshelf speakers, while NewEgg has a loaded Onkyo receiver and free iPod/iPhone dock.
October 19, 2009 by Stephen Hopkins

Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts, ghouls, and the undead will soon be the norm outside every house with the front porch light on. In that spirit, I thought I’d resurrect a few past deals from the dead. 

The first is Vann’s spectacular pricing on the Energy RC Mini and RC Mini CC speakers. The Mini, a high-quality, compact, 4” bookshelf with cherry veneer, is selling for $90/each, while the matching Mini CC center is going for $130/each. 

Vann’s usually has great combo deals as well, but I’d avoid those listed with the Mini and Mini CC. The 2 x Mini + CC combo prices higher than they do individually, and the 4 x Mini + CC + ESWC10 includes a pretty weak subwoofer for the price. 

Back from the NewEgg graveyard is the Onkyo HT-RC160 AVR, which is identical to the well-regarded SR607 sans the front HDMI input, for $349. 

This time, The Egg is packing in a free UP-A1 iPod/iPhone dock (a $99 value), making this an even better deal. Other key features include 7 x 80w RMS amplification, TrueHD and DTS-HD MA decoding, 5/1 HDMI in/out, dual subwoofer outputs, Faroudja DCDi Edge video processing, and Audyssey 2EQ automatic room correction. 

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Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.

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