New Products - December 2004
MitsubishiNot only does Mitsubishi's WD-62825 rear-projection HDTV have a big, 62-inch screen for high-definition shows to stretch out in, but it also has a built-in 120-gigabyte hard disk for recording them. The disk has room for 12 hours of high-def programming or 72 hours at standard-def. DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology creates images with a 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution, and there's no possibility of their "burning in" to the screen over time. The set incorporates Mitsubishi's NetCommand control interface, which can route commands to other gear through its infrared-emitter output or two-way FireWire ports. Pick your favorite flavor of HDTV hookup from FireWire, VGA, RGB+H/V, component video, or HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), a digital connection that carries both audio and video and is appearing on some DVD players. Price: $6,499. mitsubishi-tv.com, 800-332-2119 Rave-MPWhoever thought that 5 gigabytes would fit in a package as tiny as Rave-MP's ARC5.0 digital music player? That translates into hours and hours of music, encoded in either MP3 or WMA format, stored in the 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3/4-inch player's built-in memory. You won't even be able to get through it all before you have to recharge the built-in lithium-ion battery, although it's said to last 10 hours or more. Transferring music is fast work with the USB 2.0 connection, and software is provided for both Macs and Windows PCs. Other convenience features include an FM tuner with 20 presets, a microphone and voice recorder, and an armband. Price: $249. rave-mp.com, 480-998-3400
Boston Acoustics Flat-panel TVs are a natural for wall mounting, speakers less so, and putting three of them around a sleek plasma set can look cluttered. Boston Acoustics' P400 combines the front left, center, and right speakers into a single cabinet designed to hang above or below your TV. Its 40-inch-wide chassis should closely match most 42-inch plasmas, and it comes with either a black or silver grille. Besides the trios of 1-inch tweeters and 4 1/2-inch woofers, three 4 1/2-inch passive radiators help stretch the speaker's bass output down to 80 Hz. The P400 is magnetically shielded, and an optional foot helps you aim it if you put it on a shelf. Price: $1,500. bostonacoustics.com, 978-538-5000 NOTE All prices and product information are supplied by the manufacturers. Dealer prices may vary.