New Products--January 2003 Page 3

Pioneer np1-15You like high-definition TV, which means you like big screens. Be careful-you may just fall in love with Pioneer's Elite 64-inch PRO-730HD rear-projection HDTV monitor. Elegantly finished in gloss piano black, the widescreen set uses three 7-inch CRTs to display images, and its PureCinema III converter boosts 480i (interlaced) signals to either 480p or 1080i format. The two DVI (Digital Visual Interface) inputs adhere to the High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) standard, and there are also two wideband component-video inputs and a VGA input. Dual NTSC tuners allow for picture-in-picture viewing. Price: $7,900., 800-746-6337 Zenith np1-16The term "rabbit ears" will soon become an anachronism if high-definition TV antennas like the Zenith ZHDTV1 Silver Sensor catch on. The stylish indoor antenna looks more like a model of a futuristic airplane. Designed to receive both digital and analog signals on the UHF band, it's said to deliver a balanced response for all channels. Its high front-to-back ratio is said to make it highly directional, which helps it reject unwanted reflections that cause multipath distortion. Overall dimensions are 13 x 12 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches, and the pictured stand is supplied. The antenna is made by Gemini and sold under the Zenith brand. Price: $40., 800-526-7452 Yamaha np1-17The Yamaha DVX-S100 CinemaStation makes instant home theater out of a TV. It comprises a DVD player/receiver, four left/right speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer. The player/receiver, which is rated to deliver 35 watts each to five channels, has a progressive-scan component-video output and built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. It also includes Dolby Pro Logic II processing as well as five music and nine movie DSP modes. The four L/R speakers have 4-inch midrange drivers and 3/4-inch tweeters, and each measures 4 3/4 x 9 7/8 x 3 5/8 inches. The 50-watt subwoofer has a 6 1/8-inch driver. A universal remote control is supplied. Price: $999., 800-492-6242 Princeton np1-18Computer screen or cozy HDTV monitor? You get to decide with Princeton's 19-inch SENergy 981 LCD monitor. The screen has a native resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels and a rated contrast ratio of 500:1, and its images are said to be uniformly bright at viewing angles up to 170°. Just be sure to hook up any high-def signals from an external decoder to the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) or VGA input. A VGA cable is supplied; DVI is optional ($35). The supplied height-adjustable stand tilts and swivels for your convenience, and the monitor can be wall-mounted. Two-way speakers are built in. Price: $1,249. , 888-668-7655 Klipsch np1-19The THX Ultra2-certified speaker system from Klipsch comprises three front left/center/right speakers, four surround speakers (two are shown), and a pair of subwoofers driven by an external 1,000-watt amplifier. The front speakers each have dual 5 1/4-inch woofers and 1 3/4-inch titanium-dome tweeters coupled to a 6 x 10-inch horn. Frequency response is rated as 80 Hz to 20 kHz ±3 dB. The driver arrays on each surround are mounted on angled baffles and flip-flopped to minimize interference yet still produce diffuse sound. Each sub measures 17 5/8 x 20 x 17 1/2 inches and has a 12-inch driver rated down to 20 Hz. The front speakers and subs are available finished in black or silver, but the surrounds are black only. Price: $8,000; 5.1-channel version, $7,000., 800-554-7724 Outlaw Audio np1-20Seven channels of home theater sound equals seven channels of power. Outlaw Audio understands the equation, and its Model 770 power amplifier is the solution. Rated to deliver a hulking 200 watts to each of its seven channels into 8 ohms, the Class AB amplifier uses dual toroidal transformers to keep chassis dimensions down to 17 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 18 inches. Aluminum heat sinks eliminate the need for noisy cooling fans, and there's a 3-second turn-on delay to prevent any unpleasant pops at startup. Each channel has RCA inputs and gold-plated multiway binding-post speaker connectors. Price: $1,799., 800-392-1393 Sonynp1-21The worlds of high-definition TV are yours to explore once you get hold of Sony's SAT-HD200 set-top HDTV tuner. Built-in analog, digital, and DirecTV tuners let you run the gamut of satellite and broadcast TV programming (as long as you have the required antennas and services). The tuner accepts 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i digital TV formats, converting them as necessary to match your monitor. Digital signals are fed through DVI, component-video, and RGB outputs, and it also has one S-video, one RF, and two composite-video outputs. You can store up to 50 favorite channels in memory. The remote control has a signal-strength indicator and can select from eight aspect ratio settings. Price: $899., 800-222-7669