Sound & Vision's Best: July/August 2008 Page 5

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HDTV

Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR5 52-inch LCD HDTV $4,300 (list), December 2007 Although this is one of the pricier 52-inch LCD HDTVs on the market, Al Griffin couldn't deny that Sony has scored with a 1080p mega-set that is "its best-performing, most feature-laden LCD yet." Movie fans, he said, "will enjoy its deep shadows, natural color, and crisp detail," while sports nuts will love the "solid, lag-free picture" from the TV's 120-Hz processing and "wide (for an LCD, that is) viewing angle." sonystyle.com

Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD 50-inch Plasma HDTV $4,000, November 2007 The deep black of this late-gen Pioneer plasma simply has no peer. pioneerelectronics.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

Sharp Aquos LC-52D64U 52-inch LCD HDTV $3,000, November 2007 High fashion meets solid performance in this big-screen LCD. sharpusa.com

Optoma HD80 1080p DLP Front Projector $2,699, October 2007 It's lean on set-up features, but if it fits your space, this 1080p DLP is a fabulous value. optomausa.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

AUDIO ELECTRONICS

Meridian G95 DVD Surround Receiver $8,495, December 2007 A high-performance all-in-one for the highfalutin crowd, with a big-ticket price to match. meridian-audio.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

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

Genelec Play 6020 Home Theater Speaker System $3,999 (as tested), December 2007 Installation is tricky, but these compact powered monitors are the real deal. genelecusa.com

Axiom Epic 80/500 Home Theater Speaker System $3,332 (as tested), November 2007 You'll get neutral and highly dynamic sonics in this system from Web-retailer Axiom. axiomaudio.com

Definitive Technology ProCinema 800 $1,099 as tested, November 2006 Top-mounted passive radiators in the tiny satellites extract surprising bass from this value-priced system that earned one of our 2006 Editors' Choice Awards. definitivetech.com

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