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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

LIGHT TOUCH Ever get that feeling that you're about to live out a horror movie when you come home at night to a dark house? Lutron's AuroRA kit puts those fears to rest. When you pull up in your car, just tap the portable wireless controller to immediately turn on up to five lights in your house.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

ULTRA COOL If you think it's hard to believe an in-ceiling speaker could sound top-notch, THX would like a word with you. Polk's RTS100 is the first in-ceiling model to earn THX Ultra2 status, thanks in part to its driver array.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

WINDOWS 1080P If you loved Legos as a kid, a Media Center PC will fulfill your need to build stuff in a grown-up, home theater kind of way. Niveus's Rainier, an "entry-level" model in the Summit series, gives you unprecedented tools: an HD DVD drive and an HDMI output capable of feeding your display 1080p video.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

CLIMBING THE LADDER Now in its second generation, Toshiba's flagship HD DVD player can finally provide 1080p video output - the top dog among HDTV formats. The HD-XA2's state-of-the-art HDMI 1.3 output can send both video and digital sound, including the new lossless Dolby and DTS formats, straight to your HDTV or receiver over one perfectly convenient cable.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

SOUND COUNTS It's tough to pick the perfect home theater gear: You want something that'll impress your A/V-junkie friends but still be easy enough for your girlfriend to use. Cambridge Audio's Azur 640R receiver comes at you with serious audiophile cred - seven discrete 100-watt amps, all well-isolated from the digital processor and input stages.

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Doug Newcomb Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

DOME IF YOU WANT TO So you need to pimp your ride with the ultimate speakers because your car tunes are that important - and you wanna shut up the dude down the block who goes on about his titanium tweeters (that match his titanium wheels, naturally)? Throw in a set of Focal's high-end Utopia BE component speakers, and tell that sucka that titanium is just so '90s.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

SXRD FOR ALL Sony raised the bar when it debuted its SXRD front projectors a couple of years ago, although they also set a new standard for price. Today, the vibrant high-def images SXRD is known for can be yours for just $5,000 (!) from the VPL-VW50, a front projector that'll bestow upon you all the 1080p-res goodness you can stand.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

PREMIUM HIGH-DEF When you've got a killer setup with a giant cutting-edge HDTV, you want some serious video processing, right? DVDO's iScan VP50 has got your number, and it's 1080p, of course. The iScan up-up-(and-away!)-converts all video sources to the new gold standard of HD. What! No 1080p set yet?

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Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

Pelican i1030 ($45; pelican.com). Think "pelican" and you may rightly think "watertight." But the i1030 micro-case is dustproof and crushproof, too, so take that, big bird! The polycarbonate case is available in yellow or white.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 31, 2006 0 comments

DirecTV's Titanium plan gives you everything the satcaster offers: up to 10 receivers, more than 250 regular and HD channels, unlimited pay-per-view (without paying for it), 70 XM satellite radio channels, "personalized concierge customer service, 24/7," and more.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

CLEAR SHOT You'll be able to capture detail that most other camcorders never see when you shoot footage with Canon's HV10. Everything is recorded in the 1080i high-def format thanks to a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel CMOS image sensor, said to be quicker on the draw and more power-efficient than typical CCD sensors. It probably gets more dates, too.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

FIRST-CLASS SEAT Leather seats, power reclining, 5-inch-thick cushions - the home theater seats custom-made by Elite HTS bestow luxury viewing on the serious enthusiast. Details like scratch-resistant cup holders and a "wall-hugging" reclining mechanism that needs just 4 inches of clearance behind make all the difference.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

FREE MUSIC Slim, easy, and sexy - Logitech's Wireless DJ scores a trifecta in modern gadget design. Plug the transmitter into your PC's USB port and the Bluetooth receiver into any music system on which you want to listen to your downloaded tunes, even if it's a few rooms away.

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