Sound & Vision's Best Page 6


Philips Pronto TSU9600 Touchscreen Remote Control $1,299, $1,899 as tested, June 2007 Philips pulled out the stops in this latest-generation Pronto touchscreen remote, adding features such as Wi-Fi communication and easy control of Escient music servers and Lutron lighting systems. Universal Remote Control MX-3000 Universal Remote $999, September 2006 This "console" style handheld touchscreen remote is so highly customizable that you can even import your own graphics and digital sound files for button effects. Bose QuietComfort 3 Noise-Canceling Headphones $349, October 2006 Though pricey for a pair of headphones, the QC3 combines cannily balanced, unfatiguing sound with excellent noise-reduction circuitry and a remarkably comfortable, lightweight on-ear design. Apple iPod Hi-Fi Speaker System $349, May 2006 This one-piece, portable tabletop solution was designed with good sound in mind - and you'll hear it on every track. Harman Kardon TC30 Universal Remote $299, July/August 2006 Harman wisely licensed the web-based programming capabilities and "activity-driven" operation from Harmony's award-winning remotes for this sleek spinoff. Logitech Wireless DJ Music System $250, December 2006 This system for streaming music from your PC to a sound system in a remote room has some limitations - even with additional receivers available through Logitech, you can still stream to only one remote zone at a time. But its low cost, simple setup, and elegant wireless remote make it the poor man's Sonos. Pioneer Inno XM2go Satellite Radio $250, June 2006 This second-generation XM2go handheld comes with fewer accessories than its predecessors but takes the design and screen interface up a notch. Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote control $250, July/Aug 2005 This advanced model boasts a full-color LCD screen, but any Harmony remote is a good remote. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint Noise-Canceling Headphones $220, May 2007 These well-built noise-canceling phones boast accurate, open, detailed sound and a price that comes in considerably below those of the popular Bose QuietComfort models.