New Products - Sept. 2001 Page 5


To get the most out of the airwaves, a radio junkie's best bet is a separate stereo tuner like NAD's C420. Using functions like RDS (Radio Data System) and Radio Text, the tuner can display the call letters or name of the current FM station along with information like the DJ's name and the music currently playing. AM and non-RDS stations can be assigned eight-character names. The 17 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 11 1/4-inch tuner has 30 station presets, and its frequency response is rated as 15 Hz to 15 kHz ±1.5 dB. Price: $240. 781-784-8586,

Atlantic Technology

The speakers in Atlantic Technology's T 90 home theater system are designed to be unobtrusive, with the T 90 LR front left/right speakers measuring only 6 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches. These and the slightly smaller T 90 SR surrounds have 5 1/4-inch graphite woofers, while the T 90 C center has two 4-inch woofers. The C and the LR have 1-inch tweeters, and the SR has two 3/4-inchers firing out of phase from opposite sides. The tilting center speaker has a high-frequency level control to ensure tonal balance with its front partners. Threaded inserts on the LR and SR speakers enable wall mounting; the metal stands shown are optional at extra cost. The 43-pound T 90 PBM subwoofer, with its 12-inch long-throw cone, is rated down to 25 Hz ±3 dB. System price: $1,699. 781-762-6300,


Sick of being tethered to your stereo system when using headphones? Wireless RF headphones like Sennheiser's RS 65 will let you run free. You can be enveloped by sound without disturbing anyone else thanks to SRS virtual surround sound processing, and a built-in audio filter protects against TV interference. The auto-tuning headphones operate in the 434-, 863- and 925-MHz RF bands. The transmitter base also acts as a charger cradle; one charge is said to last up to 4 hours. Price: $210. 860-434-9190,