New Products / May 2001 Page 3


With its 64-inch widescreen 16:9 picture, touchscreen-operated universal remote control, and ability to display all digital TV formats in their native resolution, Marantz's PV6480W rear-projection HDTV monitor could be the last TV you buy. Its 9-inch CRTs can produce an image with up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and its three-line digital comb filter reduces dot crawl on analog-format pictures. The set can receive HDTV signals through either a wideband component-video or an RGB+H/V input, and it also has one standard component-, three composite-, and three S-video inputs. Price: $9,999. 630-307-3100,


You could ask for more from Rotel's RMB-1075 five-channel amplifier - rated to deliver 120 watts per channel and bearing THX Ultra certification - but unless you've got an arena-size home theater, why would you? Measuring 17 x 71¼8 x 15 inches and weighing 371¼2 pounds, the Class AB amp has gold-plated RCA and DB-25 inputs and a 12-volt trigger input. Its signal-to-noise ratio is rated as 115 dB and its input sensitivity as 1.5 volts. Price: $1,199. 978-664-3820,

Princeton Graphics

The PureProgressive PSC-1500 scan converter from Princeton Graphics has just one job: making TV programs look better. It uses 10-bit video digital-to-analog converters to upconvert images from any composite- or S-video source to the 480p (progressive-scan) enhanced-definition format, automatically performing a 3:2 pulldown on film-derived signals to further improve picture quality. It will also preserve the original aspect ratio of 4:3 material for display on 16:9 screens. Converted signals are output through a VGA port in either RGB+H/V or component-video format. If your video's still blurry, you may need new glasses. Price: $749. 800-747-6249,