Sound & Vision's Best

LG4760 47-inch LCD HDTV $2,600 ($3,199 list), July/August 2008 Perhaps on the radar because of "Scarlet," its well-documented high-gloss resculpted-metal backside, LG's 47LG60 is a fine TV that offers unique styling, outstanding color, and superior video processing that was deft at handling day-to-day standard-definition material - something critically important yet overlooked in many high-def TVs. Reviewer Rob Sabin also found the picture "punchy, dynamic, and engaging." lgusa.com

HDTV

Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-110FD 50-inch plasma $6,000, February/March 2008 Plasma lives! This truly Elite model reproduces blacks like no other HDTV out there. pioneerelectronics.com

Toshiba 52XF550U Regza LCD $3,000 ($3,299 list), July/August 2008 Strong picture detail + post-adjustment color accuracy = a wish-list winner. tacp.toshiba.com

Mitsubishi HC6000 1080p LCD front projector $3,995, June 2008 Ups the ante set by its HD1 predecessor with a crisp high-def picture and superb picture contrast. mitsubishi-presentations.com

Sony XEL-1 11-inch OLED TV $2,500, April 2008 The first OLED to hit the market defines the phrase "truly flat": Its cabinet depth is a mere 3 millimeters. sonystyle.com

A/V ELECTRONICS

Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Disc player $500, May 2008 Looking for a standalone Blu-ray Disc player? You'll be hard-pressed to find a $500 model that's as pretty to look at or as well equipped, or that works as smoothly, as this one. Noted reviewer Rob Sabin: "I was satisfied with the crisp, vivid look of the animation in Meet the Robinsons and the well-mixed surround effects from that disc's uncompressed PCM soundtrack." Clean, dynamic, and sleek-looking to boot - bingo! panasonic.com

Anthem Statement D2 A/V processor $7,499, June 2008 Room correction makes the best A/V processor out there even better. statement.anthemav.com

Integra DTR-8.8 A/V receiver $2,400, July/August 2008 Combines HDMI 1.3 switching with a solid set of power and processing abilities. integrahometheater.com

Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH A/V receiver $1,599, January 2008 Tons of useful features backed up by stellar A/V performance. pioneerelectronics.com

SPEAKERS

Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 soundbar speaker $1,099, July/August 2008 A compact chassis and the ease of installation make this soundbar more desirable for a media room or bedroom than a conventional system. definitivetech.com

Klipsch Icon XF-48 active stereo speakers $2,498 a pair, June 2008 An extremely able, extremely slim, and extremely good-looking powered speaker that's priced just right if you factor in what you'd spend otherwise on an external amplifier. klipsch.com

Monitor Audio Platinum Series home theater speaker system $19,600 as tested, June 2008 A high-end system built for demanding fare and capacious surroundings combines audiophile-pleasing delicacy with the dynamics necessary for large home theaters. monitoraudiousa.com

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