More CES 2000 News
Long known for innovations in digital surround technology, Yamaha, too, introduced a new flagship home-theater receiver. The RX-V1 features what Yamaha calls the Digital ToP-ART Concept. It has eight channels putting out 700W, including two effects channels for the front and a rear center channel. Yamaha says the receiver, which retails for $3199, is compatible with Panja and other custom home automation systems.
Proton had their new entry in the HDTV market on hand—a 34-inch "full-flat" widescreen HDTV/DTV/NTSC direct-view monitor, the WDT-3401VT. The $6000 TV will also display computer signals at up to 1024x768 resolution, via an input jack on the front. The screen is 16:9 format and, with its built-in tuner, is fully compatible with all 18 HDTV/DTV standards.
A new high-end line of theater seating products has arrived from Leather Center, which has spent many years manufacturing leather seats in Dallas, Texas. The company will be selling its new home-theater line directly through the custom installation/home-theater dealer network, and offers two-week custom ordering of "100 colors/leather any style." Service will be handled either through A/V dealers or through Leather Company's network of 100 company-owned stores.
Home networking is getting red-hot, with Sony, Panasonic, Philips, and even Microsoft getting into the act. One of the more interesting displays, however, was from Digital Harmony, who showcased their IEEE-1394 (FireWire) technology with what they called the Reference System 2000. The multi-room, multi-brand display consisted of more than 18 new IEEE-1394-enabled devices, including A/V receivers, set-top boxes, powered loudspeakers, and a 100-disc CD player. The booth also showcased an adaptor from Monster Cable designed to bring non-1394 devices into the network.