Home-theater-in-a-box systems have come a long way. Harman/Kardon's CP 15 6.1-channel system ($1,199) will get you started on your home theater journey, minus a display device. The CP 15 includes Harman/Kardon's AVR 135 A/V receiver, DVD 22 progressive-scan DVD player, and HKTS 8 home cinema speaker system. The AVR 135 can decode the popular surround sound formats, including Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby Headphone. A full-function remote is also supplied. The DVD 22 can play back DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, WMA, CD, CD-R/-RW, MP3, and JPEG discs. The speaker package features contoured satellite speakers, a center-channel speaker, and a vertically oriented subwoofer.
A connected home is a happy home. With Elan's new Via!40, your home can be both. Elan has downsized their Via! touchpanel into an in-wall, 4-inch LCD color touchpanel that is designed to be installer-friendly. The Via!40 can control wholehouse A/V systems, lighting, security, and thermostats using the company's Via! technology. The Via!40 is compatible with Elan's wholehouse automation and A/V distribution systems and is available for $1,000.