Sound & Vision's Best

Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-111FD 50-inch plasma HDTV $5,000, October 2008 Believe it: This year's Pioneer Elite Kuro is even better than its predecessor, the PRO-110FD, which was named our Product of the Year in 2007. Marveled reviewer Al Griffin, "I didn't think a plasma TV could get any better. I was wrong. The PRO-111FD delivers even deeper blacks, and its natural-looking color, clean video processing, and powerful noise reduction contribute to a picture that's nothing short of breathtaking."


Panasonic TH-50PZ800U 50-inch plasma HDTV $2,400 ($3,200 list), September 2008 The most striking feature of this quite affordable model: its color balance in THX mode.

Samsung LN46A750 46-inch LCD HDTV $2,400 ($2,799 LIST), September 2008 Delivers a solid high-def picture, is DLNA-compatible, and can display InfoLink feeds.

Mitsubishi HC6000 1080p LCD front projector $3,995, June 2008 Ups the ante set by its HD1 predecessor with a crisp high-def picture and superb picture contrast.

Mitsubishi LT-46149 46-inch LCD $2,800 ($3,299 list), October 2008 Manages to redress TV audio performance with a good built-in surround soundbar - and the picture is quite nice, too.


Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Disc player $500, May 2008 Looking for a standalone Blu-ray Disc player? You'll be hard-pressed to find a $500 model that's as pretty to look at or as well equipped, or that works as smoothly, as this one.

Anthem Statement D2 A/V processor $7,499, June 2008 Room correction makes the best A/V processor out there even better.

Integra DTR-8.8 A/V receiver $2,400, July/August 2008 Combines HDMI 1.3 switching with a solid set of power and processing abilities.

Rega P3 24 Turntable $1,470 as tested, June 2008 Able to reveal microscopic sonic details and a sense of space, it's a smart step-up model for vinyl addicts looking to enter the high-fidelity Big Leagues.

Sonos Bundle 150 wireless multiroom music system $1,148 (as tested), October 2008 Taps into shared music files to give you a virtually limitless world of tunes at your fingertips


SVS MTS home theater speaker system $4,400, October 2008 True, these speakers are big and old-school-looking, but given their powerful, superbly neutral full- range sound, so what?

Thiel Audio SCS4 speakers and SS1 subwoofer $5,380 as tested, September 2008 Emphasizing sound quality over sound quantity, this system rounds out nicely as a true full-range package with the addition of a sub that packs quite a wallop.