Niro 1.1 Pro Three-Piece Surround System
DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) player/receiver, 17 x 2 x 13 1/4 inches; speaker, 19 x 4 1/4 x 8 inches; subwoofer, 11 3/4 x 13 x 11 3/4 inches WEIGHT player/receiver, 9 1/4 pounds; speaker, 9 1/2 pounds; subwoofer, 14 1/4 pounds INPUTS/OUTPUTS 2 stereo audio inputs; composite-, component-, and S-video outputs, all with stereo audio PRICE $799 MANUFACTURER Nirotek America, www.niro1.com, 310-533-6000
Niro provides a pictorial setup guide, which is all you'll need. Two ribbon cables are attached to the speaker cabinet. A 15-foot cable goes to the DVD player/receiver, and a 12-foot cable goes to the sub - both have proprietary plugs that can be inserted only one way. The DVD/receiver is blessedly simple and uncluttered. Connect one of the three types of video output to your TV, attach the AM and FM radio antennas, and you're good to go.
Of course, you do have to contend with the 51-key nonuniversal remote control. I used that to delve into the setup menus to select the video output flavor and screen format. But since the 1.1 Pro is a single-enclosure design, there are no speaker "size" or distance-compensation settings, and you don't need to make individual channel-level adjustments. You can go from opening the box to reading the FBI warning on a DVD in less time than it takes to pop a bowl of popcorn.