New Products - February/March 2005
HitachiWant to jump right into HDTV? The Quick Start tuner onboard Hitachi's 57-inch UltraVision 57S715 HDTV automatically finds all of your high-def and analog channels at startup, integrating them into a single menu. The CRT rear-projection set displays images in the 1080i format using a new Super-Contrast lens system that's said to help produce a bright, razor-sharp picture on its wide 16:9 screen. The TV has a CableCARD slot for digital cable, an HDMI input, an optical digital audio output, and a USB port for viewing digital photos. Less than 2 feet deep, it weighs 205 pounds. A backlit remote control is supplied. Price: $2,700. hitachi.us/tv, 800-448-2244
B&W The five M1 satellite speakers and AS2 subwoofer in B&W's Mini Theater 20 home theater speaker system are designed to take up minimal floor and shelf space while still providing serious bass for movie soundtracks and music. The 34-pound AS2, which comes in black or silver and has a 10-inch driver and 150-watt amplifier, is rated down to 32 Hz. Each M1 speaker has a 1-inch metal-dome tweeter and a 4-inch woofer with a woven fiberglass diaphragm. Height is 9 5/8 inches, which includes a built-in table/shelf stand - floor stands are optional. Speaker wire passes through either the stand or the supplied wall bracket, which helps hide it. Price: $1,499; floor stands, $125 each. www.bwspeakers.com, 800-370-3740
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