New Products / July 2001


FHP, a joint venture of Fujitsu and Hitachi, has donated some plasma to Hitachi's UltraVision TV line. Inconveniently designated the CMP4120HDUS, the 42-inch, 3 1/2-inch-deep widescreen HDTV can accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals through its high-definition inputs, which include RGB+H/V, wideband component video, and VGA. The screen has a resolution of 1,024 x 1,024 pixels, and its contrast ratio is rated as 700:1. Three color-temperature presets (6,500, 7,600, and 9,300 K) and three aspect ratio settings (Normal, Full, and Zoom) let you adjust the picture to your taste or the program material. Price: $10,000. 800-448-2244,


If you're ready for DVD-Audio, Denon's DVD-3300 is ready for you. The single-disc player has six 24-bit/192-kHz digital-to-analog converters to decode DVD-Audio discs as well as an audio-only mode that turns off all video circuitry for interference-free playback. Of course, it's also a fully functional DVD-Video player and has onboard Dolby Digital and DTS decoding for movie soundtracks. Component-, composite-, and S-video outputs are your video hookup options. The player also features virtual surround sound for headphone listening. Price: $1,199. 973-396-0810,

Definitive Technology

The new PowerMonitor series from Definitive Technology gives full-range-speaker shoppers a lot to choose from. The PowerMonitors 500, 700, and 900 are all three-way speakers with built-in powered subwoofers. With 8-inch drivers for the PM 500 and 700, and a 10-incher for the PM 900, low-bass capability is rated all the way down to 22, 20, and 19 Hz, respectively. They all have 1-inch tweeters rated out to 30 kHz, and their midrange drivers range in size from 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 inches. Cabinets are between 143/4 and 18 1/4 inches high and finished with black piano-gloss top and bottom and wraparound grilles. Prices per pair: PowerMonitor 500, $850; PM 700, $1,200; PM 900, $1,600. 410-363-7148,


You can jump from a simple TV to a 5.1-channel home theater system just by adding the JBL Cinema ProPack 600. The system comprises a five-disc DVD changer, a digital surround receiver, five satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and a full-function remote control. The DCR600 receiver is rated to deliver 100 W x 5 and can decode MP3 signals. The two-way satellite speakers have 1/2-inch titanium tweeters and 3-inch woofers (the center speaker has two of the woofers), while the powered sub has an 8-inch driver and a 100-watt amplifier. CDs and CD-RWs will play in the DVD changer, and the programmable remote can control up to eight devices. Price: $1,199. 516-496-3400,