New Products - May 2002 Page 5

Bell'O Designed to hold plasma TVs - even those huge 61-inchers - the Bell'O PVS-4260 plasma TV stand also has room for other components in your home theater system. With three equipment shelves made of tempered safety glass, the stand can hold your receiver, DVD player, and center speaker with room to spare. The dark metallic frame is scratch resistant and powder coated. The TV mount can be adjusted to the size of your set, and the stand's maximum overall dimensions are 46 x 61 x 33 1/4 inches. Price: $1,100. www.bello.com, 732-972-1333

Athena The Point 5 home theater system from Athena comprises four S.5 left/right speakers, a C.5 for the center channel, and a P.5 powered subwoofer. The magnetically shielded S.5 has a 4-inch woofer and a 1-inch dome tweeter with a rated frequency response of 60 Hz to 20 kHz ±3 dB. The C.5 is the same except it has two of the woofers; dimensions are 15 x 5 5/8 x 6 1/4 inches. The P.5 sub has a down-firing 8-inch driver, line- and speaker-level jacks, a crossover variable from 50 to 150 Hz, and a rated frequency response of 27 to 150 Hz ±3 dB. Satellite finishes include cherry vinyl with black grilles or gloss black with black or silver grilles; the sub is available in black only. System price: $800 (speakers also sold separately). www.athenaspeakers.com, 416-321-1800

Ten Lab To watch analog TV programs from parts of the world that use a variant of the PAL or SECAM broadcast-video standards instead of our NTSC system, you'll need a video converter like TenLab's TR-1000Pro. The device morphs signals from any of the six standards it recognizes to any other and has a built-in time-base corrector. There are two composite- and two S-video inputs, and the converted signal can be routed through composite-, component-, or S-video outputs with either 480 (NTSC) or 576 (PAL) lines of vertical resolution. Price: $1,599. www.tenlab.com, 818-706-8120

Signature Wire Custom installers will enjoy Signature Wire's ControlPlus cable, which is designed to simplify cable routing for keypad-controlled home theater systems. It bundles four 16-gauge copper strands with four pairs of 24-gauge Category 5E cable inside one insulating jacket. The Cat 5 cable integrates with your keypad or control system while the four copper conductors can deliver speaker-level signals. Now aren't you glad you had to string cable only once? Price: 28¢ a foot. www.signaturewire.com, 888-715-1555


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