Sound & Vision's Best: July/August 2008 Page 3

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HDTV

Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-110FD 50-inch plasma HDTV $6,000, February/March 2008 This truly Elite plasma went head to head with the cream of the LCD crop, Samsung's LN-T5281F 52-incher, and came out on top thanks mainly to the incredible strength of its reproduction of blacks. As Al Griffin noted, "the Pioneer's color balance was close to perfect." He then praised the set's "all-around knockout performance." Welcome to the state of the art. pioneerelectronics.com

Sony Bravia VPL-VW60 1080p SXRD Front Projector $4,999, January 2008 You'll get punchy contrast, sharp images, and quiet operation from this fine front-projector. sonystyle.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

JVC LT-47X898 47-inch LCD HDTV $3,300 (list), December 2007 120-Hz motion processing, along with solid blacks and one of the widest LCD viewing angles we've seen. jvc.com

Toshiba Regza Cinema Series 52LX177 52-inch LCD HDTV $3,000, October 2007 It has excellent out-of-the-box picture quality and a wide array of picture adjustments. tacp.toshiba.com

Panasonic TH-50PZ700U 50-inch 1080p Plasma $2,400, July/August 2007 We loved this plasma at its original $3,500 price; its current street price makes it a steal. www.panasonic.com

Philips 42PFL7432D 42-inch LCD HDTV $1,500, September 2007 An excellent LCD picture, good image tweaks, and Ambilight make for a good value. philipsusa.com

A/V ELECTRONICS

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

Yamaha RX-V1800 A/V Receiver $1,300 (as tested), December 2007 Excellent audio performance combies with a top-flight video scaler, 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs, and other modern features. yamaha.com/yec

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

Paradigm Reference Signature Series Loudspeakers $9,395 (as tested), December 2007 Superb, neutral sonics and a massive 15-inch servo sub that takes no prisoners. paradigm.com

Outlaw Audio LCR Speaker System $3,894 (as tested), January 2008 A basic-looking but high-performance, high-value six-piece system. outlawaudio.com

Boston Acoustics Horizon Home Theater Speaker System $1,800 as tested, February/March 2008 Unfatiguing in lengthy listening sessions, the Horizons also break the mold of the rectangular box speaker. bostonacoustics.com

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