You can't get much more elegant than the clean combination of aluminum and glass, both of which OmniMount has incorporated into their Cosmic Series of A/V racks and TV stands. The Cosmic AT-5 tower shown here features five polished-glass shelves, each of which supports up to 50 pounds. The 63-inch-tall rack can house components up to 19.5 inches wide and 20.75 deep. The AT-5 comes with a cable-management system, as well as adjustable aluminum feet, a feature that anyone with uneven floors is sure to appreciate. The Cosmic Series also includes the VT-3 and VT-2 TV stands, which retail for $400 and $450, respectively. The AT-5 tower sells for $500.
Your first date, your first kiss, your first anniversary: They're all momentous occasions. If you're a gearhead, though, they're nowhere near as exciting as V Inc.'s Bravo D1, the first DVD player to offer any form of MPEG-4 playback, including DivX4. MPEG-4 technology allows for complex scene compression at a low bit rate with a correspondingly small file size. Of course, to play a CD-R or DVD-R of your computer-encoded video content, you'll need a suitably equipped player like the D1. Even if you fancy yourself the old-fashioned type, the D1 offers plenty of goodies to make the most of your DVD collection, such as composite, S-video, and component video outputs, Dolby Digital and DTS passthrough through optical and S/PDIF outputs, and even a DVI output with HDCP. All of this, plus a pretty silver finish, is yours for the wallet-friendly price of $200.