Sound & Vision's Best: July/August 2008 Page 2

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HDTV

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

JVC DLA-HD100 1080p D-ILA front projector $7,999, April 2008 Ups the ante set by its HD1 predecessor with a crisp high-def picture and superb picture contrast. jvc.com

Samsung LN-T5281F 52-inch 1080p LCD $4,500, February/March 2008 Delivers the deepest shadows of any LCD we've tested to date. samsung.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

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

Bryston B100 SST integrated stereo amplifier $3,895, May 2008 This amp is tonally neutral, dynamically superb, and functionally flawless. bryston.ca

Denon AVR-4308CI A/V receiver $2,400, February/March 2008 A truly outstanding receiver that sports a sexy HD interface, built-in Wi-Fi, and a plethora of value-added functions. usa.denon.com

SPEAKERS

Revel Ultima Salon2 stereo speakers $22,000 a pair, May 2008 Yes, the cost is a budget-buster, but if you want to hear exactly what your favorite music and movies are supposed to sound like, few speakers can equal or exceed these. revelspeakers.com

REL T1 subwoofer $998, May 2008 With flexible input and setup options, this chameleon-like sub proves that, when it comes to bass, quality is more important than quantity. sumikoaudio.net

Yamaha YSP-400 soundbar $1,800, April 2008 Projects a truly impressive sound field in its reach beyond the speaker's cabinet. yamaha.com/yec

Boston Acoustics Horizon home theater speaker system $1,850 as tested, February/March 2008 Unfatiguing in lengthy listening sessions, the BA Horizons also break the mold of the rectangular box speaker. Gens X and Y, take note. bostonacoustics.com

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