The List

We've added five products to The List this month. The Sony and HP rear projectors in this issue are both highly recommendable. The Qsonix Digital Music System, while pricey, is so distinctive and lovable that we had to include it despite its being a work in progress (at least it's upgradable). Garmin's nüvi Digital Travel Assistant is also expensive but beautifully executed. And Sanyo's compact, affordable HDTV camcorder gets kudos for breaking new ground and doubling as an excellent digital still cam. Most prices are manufacturer's list and may not reflect actual selling price.

HDTVs Flat-Panel Pioneer Elite PRO-1130HD 50-inch plasma $6,500 (street price), February/March 2006 Pricey, but its truly outstanding picture makes it the best 50-inch plasma TV we've laid eyes on. Rear-Projection TVs JVC HD-70FH96 70-inch HD-ILA $6,000 (street price), February/March 2006 A gargantuan 1080p picture with oodles of detail and the deepest black we've seen on an RPTV. HP Pavilion MD6580n 65-in DLP HP Pavilion MD5880n 58-in DLP $5,500 (65 in), October 2005 $3,500 (58 in), April 2006 Superb color and detail, and a future-proof 1080p input, place these among the best bargains in HDTV. Sony KDS-R60XBR1 60-inch SXRD Sony KDS-R50XBR1 50-inch SXRD $4,500 (60 in), April 2006 $3,500 (50 in), November 2005 Sony delivers stunning picture quality in these 1080p, LCoS-based HDTVs. Mitsubishi WD-52627 52-in DLP $3,699, October 2005 1080p resolution, a super-smooth picture, deep blacks, and vibrant color create a winning combo.
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