Now this is what we call a deal. With JBL's new Cinema Vision system, you get a 7.1-channel loudspeaker package, a 50-inch plasma HD monitor, and an A/V system controller that includes a five-disc DVD-Audio/-Video changer, a surround receiver, and a digital amplifier. The 16:9 monitor works with the A/V controller to automatically display any video source in widescreen mode. The A/V controller has a rated power output of 100 watts times seven, and the JBL Digital Link maintains all-digital audio and video signal paths. Each speaker uses multiple 5.5-inch woofers, along with a 0.75-inch titanium-laminate dome tweeter. The Cinema Vision is available as a system only, for $15,000.
More and more people are going the custom-install route to get a professional-looking home theater. JVC's GM-X50U plasma display is ideally suited for custom installations. This 50-inch monitor features a 1,366-by-768 resolution and 3:2 pulldown for video sources. The plasma comes in a 3.5-inch-thick cabinet with a thin, silver bezel, which you can remove for a more-customized look. The GM-X50U ($8,995) features enhanced customizable features, including multiple remote-control options and programmable timers, so it's easily integrated into your existing system and matches the look of the whole theater.