We usually don't believe that old adage about looks being deceiving. More often than not, things are exactly as they appear. So imagine our surprise when we heard about Rotel's new RSDX-02, an all-in-one DVD receiver with a 5.1-channel digital surround amplifier. This sleek component features 80 watts per channel for its five speaker outputs. The RSDX-02 offers Dolby Digital and DTS multichannel decoding; Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS Neo:6 for two-channel sources; and an All-Channel Stereo mode for evenly spreading the sound. The internal DVD player also plays CD-Rs/-RWs, MP3- and JPEG-encoded CDs, and DVD-Audio discs. The RSDX-02 has coaxial and optical digital audio inputs and wideband component video input/output facilities that allow you to integrate your source components with the newest TVs, including HD-ready sets. This deceptively simple-looking piece is yours for $1,499.
Before you even ask the question, yes, you do need diffusors. They help to optimize your home theater's sound, and who doesn't want that? RPG's new Hemiffusor is a lightweight version of the company's two-dimensional QRD diffusor, which is popular in professional theaters. You can surface-mount the RPG Hemiffusor on either the wall or ceiling, or it can lay in a standard 0.9375-inch T-bar ceiling grid. Each Hemiffusor measures about 24 inches tall by 24 wide by 4.25 deep. RPG offers the Hemiffusor in black, white, or custom colors. A box of two white diffusors will run you $200.