Now that everyone's jumping aboard the DVD and high-definition bandwagons, it's time to start thinking about the necessary cables for your system. At the top of your short list are component video cables, no doubt. AViC has what you need with their CV3002 RCA-to-RCA component video cable. The company says that upgrading to this cable will give you brighter colors and more-vivid detail from your DVD player or HDTV receiver. The color-coded connectors make installation trouble-free, and the 3.3-gigahertz bandwidth capacity supports all ATSC signals with room to spare. Two meters are available now for $130.
Two-in-one is a deal, but Anthem takes the concept one step further with their new AVM 30, which the company says is really eight high-end components in one package: preamp, D/A and A/D converters, surround sound processor, HDTV video switcher, wholehouse entertainment control center, AM/FM tuner, and headphone preamplifier. With the AVM 30, you can direct and select audio and video throughout the home, since any source can play in any of four paths. You can also watch one source while listening to another. The pre/pro will operate two complete 7.1 systems at the same time. Connections include four component video inputs and two component video outputs, and the MSRP is $2,999.