New Products - Oct. 2001 Page 3


Whether you've got a hatchback or a minivan, Jensen has something for you in its five-speaker/two-subwoofer KS Series. All of the speakers feature titanium-laminated polypropylene woofer cones, four of them with the tweeter mounted coaxially. Smallest is the KS4200, with a 4-inch cone and a 1/2-inch tweeter, and largest is the three-way KS6930 (shown), which has a 1-inch tweeter, a 2 1/2-inch Mylar-dome midrange, and 6 x 9-inch woofer. Frequency response for the KS6930 is rated as 30 Hz to 26 kHz ±3 dB. The KS210 and the KS212 subwoofers are 10 and 12 inches, respectively. Prices: KS4200 to KS6930, $32 to $59 a pair; KS210, $59; KS212, $69. 800-677-6863,


If you folks on the International Space Station are looking for a stereo minisystem to match your décor, aim your telescopes at Aiwa's XR-X7. Its silver finish and slim, curvy speakers give it a high-tech look, and you can select from 12 background colors for the LCD panel. The CD player/receiver measures only 9 7/8 x 3 3/4 x 13 7/8 inches, and it's rated to deliver 16 watts to each 10 3/8-inch-tall speaker. There's also a subwoofer output, an optical digital output (for easy hookup to a CD recorder), and auxiliary stereo inputs. A full-function, PDA-like remote control (not shown) is supplied. Price: $300. 800-289-2492,


The first plasma TV from Toshiba, the 50-inch widescreen 50HP81 HDTV monitor, is only 4 inches thick. It can display a 720p progressive-scan high-definition image in native resolution on its 1,366 x 768-pixel screen. Aspect ratio control lets you display both widescreen and standard 4:3 signals, while a contrast ratio of 2000:1 - claimed to be the best of any plasma display available - keeps dark shadows black. The set has VGA, wideband component-video/RGB+H/V, composite-video, and S-video inputs. A full-function remote control is supplied. Price: $18,000. 800-631-3811,