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HT Staff  |  Oct 11, 2004  |  0 comments
Panasonic has recognized their customers' desire for high-quality performance with easy setup, and the result is their new home theater receiver, the SA-XR70 ($400). This fully digital receiver features HDMI connectivity, which simplifies the connection to other sources and allows for high-quality playback. It supports high-definition images up to 1080p and the DVD-Audio multichannel audio format. The SA-XR70 has built-in decoders for DTS, DTS ES, Dolby EX, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx. Connections include optical inputs and outputs, component video, and S-video.
(800) 211-7262
HT Staff  |  Feb 28, 2003  |  0 comments
Giclée Art World
What's an evening in your home theater without your favorite film-time treat? Nothing makes a home theater a home theater more than a big, freshly popped bowl of popcorn. Now, thanks to artist Clark Carroll's Pop Art, you can keep that feeling in your theater even when the popper is taking a well-deserved rest. Carroll has been an illustrator for 30 years and has been a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York (whose other members have included Norman Rockwell). Pop Art is available as a limited-edition giclée on Somerset paper, numbered and signed by the artist. The 15- by 20-inch version sells for $250, and the 30- by 40-inch size is $400. It might not fill your theater with that buttery aroma, but Pop Art may be the next best thing.
Giclée Art World
(610) 449-5560
HT Staff  |  Jul 12, 2004  |  0 comments
V, Inc.
V, Inc.'s Bravo D2 DVD player is an update of the company's award-winning Bravo D1. The D2 has a DVI output that transfers a DVD's digital video signal straight to your display, bypassing analog conversion and the resulting digital-to-analog conversion artifacts. Through both the DVI and component video outputs, the unit's scaler can convert the signal to 480p, 720p, or 1080i (except in the case of Macrovision-protected DVDs). Playback options include Picture Zoom 1 and 2, MPEG-4, JPEG, DVD-R/+R, CD, CD-R/-RW, and Kodak Picture CD. The Bravo D2 is available in a titanium-silver finish for $250.
V, Inc.
(714) 668-0588
HT Staff  |  Apr 05, 2004  |  0 comments
The newest addition to Intrigue's line of Harmony remote controls is designed with your basic TiVo needs in mind. The Harmony SST-688 provides extra navigation buttons specifically for use with digital video recorders. Like the rest of its Harmony brethren, the SST-688 is PC- and Mac-compatible, and it features designated activity buttons like "Play DVD" and "Watch TV," which make the remote a breeze to operate. You configure the SST-688 online; simply answer a series of questions about your A/V equipment and then download the necessary programming into the remote via the included USB cable. The $225 remote control can operate all infrared devices, such as A/V components, gaming consoles, MP3 music servers, and lighting control.
Intrigue Technologies
(866) 291-1505
HT Staff  |  Apr 10, 2003  |  0 comments
You can't deny the appeal of twins, and Morel's new high-end Octwin speaker is no exception. The Octave/Octwin Series is a modular loudspeaker system based around the Ocatve unit, which houses a 5.25-inch rear-vented woofer and a 1.12-inch tweeter. The Octwin is simply a combination of two Octave units, which you can arrange vertically (as shown here) or horizontally to form a center-channel unit. The Octave's cabinet is made of Corian, a material that resembles marble but incorporates the acoustic qualities of more-traditional enclosure materials. Available in a black or white piano finish, a pair of Octaves costs $4,400, and a pair of Octwins costs $8,000.
(800) MOREL-14