If you've been waiting for the perfect unit to come along before replacing that obsolete DVD player you're currently using, look no further. Harman/Kardon's DVD 31 is a progressive-scan player that can chew up almost any alphabetic combination you can think up: DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, WMA, CD, MP3, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD-DA, CD-R/-RW, CD-ROM multisession, 24/96 audio discs, and videoCD. Pixel-by-pixel processing upconverts images to progressive-scan component video output. The player also features digital-video circuitry to reconstruct the 3:2-pulldown process, so you get the full 60-frame playback with progressive-scan image quality for your DVD-Video. A long list of connections rounds out the package: component video, S-video, composite video, coaxial and optical digital audio, and multichannel and stereo analog audio. One last surprise for you: All of this retails for just $349.
With their new HD receiver, LG gives you one more reason to embrace HD technology. Their LSS-3200A DirecTV HD receiver decodes ATSC, NTSC, and HD DirecTV signals. It can connect to a digital or analog TV via component, S-video, DVI, and composite jacks. According to LG, you'll get crisp images from video signals, thanks to the enhanced line doubler and scaler. With the seven-day advanced program guide, you'll know exactly when the next Law & Order is airing in high-def. The LSS-3200A measures 2.7 inches high by 16.9 wide by 12.8 deep, weighs 4 pounds, and will cost you $699.