New Products - December 2004 Page 3
ToshibaIf you think HDTV is a toy only for the rich and famous, Toshiba's 30HFX84 will make you happy to be proved wrong. Just hook up an external high-def tuner (you can get one from your cable or satellite provider or buy it separately), and this affordable 30-inch widescreen set will have you surfing high-def channels in no time. The two component-video inputs accept HDTV signals, and the HDMI input can accept both digital high-def video and audio from similarly equipped sources. SRS WOW technology simulates surround sound from the TV's built-in stereo speakers, which are rated for 20 watts of total power. A backlit remote is supplied. Price: $1,000. tacp.toshiba.com, 800-631-3811
TDKYou can make your DVDs look like they were professionally mastered with TDK's PrintOn DVD, which lets you print graphics or text directly on the surface of the disc with a compatible inkjet printer. Three different kits are offered, each containing five blank DVD-R or DVD+R discs. The White Matte kit ($9.99) has discs with a white surface - good for text and a professional look. Color Matte ($9.99) gives you discs with red, blue, green, gold, and silver backgrounds. And discs in the Photo Quality kit ($19.99) have a gloss surface for high-resolution images. tdk.com, 800-835-8273 ArcamFrom British manufacturer Arcam, the DiVA AVR300 has everything you need in a modern home theater receiver. It's rated to deliver 100 watts into each of seven channels with all channels driven. There's 6.1-channel Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES decoding plus Dolby Pro Logic IIx for 7.1-channel playback. If 5.1 is all you need, the back-surround amps can be reconfigured to power a pair of speakers in another room. The three component-video inputs can handle HDTV, with composite- and S-video input signals converted to component video so you can route all video sources through the same output. A backlit, learning remote control is supplied. Available in black or silver. Price: $2,199. audiophilesystems.com, 317-841-4100
Polk Audio The Power Port technology used in Polk Audio's RM7400 home theater speaker system is said to enhance the lower midrange - the part of the audio spectrum that covers male voices. Each front left/right tower stands 3 feet tall and has two 4 1/2-inch polymer drivers and a 1-inch silk tweeter. The center speaker has the same drivers but is 24 inches wide. And each surround has a pair of 3 1/4-inch midrange drivers and a 3/4-inch tweeter. The PSW505 subwoofer teams a 12-inch driver with a 100-watt amplifier and is rated to take things down to 28 Hz. Except for the black sub, the speakers have a titanium finish. Wall brackets are supplied for the surrounds. Price: $2,500. polkaudio.com, 800-377-7655 NOTE All prices and product information are supplied by the manufacturers. Dealer prices may vary.