Apex Digital It might look a bit small if you compare it with the 50-inch big boys, but Apex's 42-inch PL 42HD12W plasma display can hold its own in the category and has a wallet-friendly price. The wall-mountable PL 42HD12W's case is 53 inches wide by 28.5 tall by only 4 thick, and it supports 480p, 720p, and 1080i material. Inside, you'll find a digital comb filter and deinterlacing with 3:2-pulldown detection. On the outside, there's one DVI input and one RGB input, as well as inputs for component, S-video, and composite video and outputs for computer audio and standard speakers. It's a nice overall package that covers all of the bases for $3,999. Apex Digital (909) 930-1239 www.apexdigitalinc.com
OmniMount 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. OmniMount (800) 668-6848 www.omnimount.com
Redline Studio Not just any old cabinet will do when it comes to housing your home theater equipment. For a sleek, contemporary storage unit, Redline Studio is offering their first line of furniture that's devoted to consumer electronics components, the RS-32 Series. The group includes three freestanding shelf units and two bridges that join the units if you want to build a more-extensive shelving system. The RS-32 Series uses titanium-tinted steel frames with vertical, espresso-colored, inlaid-wood accent strips. Three TV stands range in size to accommodate just about any screen size. The RS-311 Wide TV Stand measures 45 by 21.25 by 24 inches and costs $399, while the RS-3212 Tall TV Stand (shown here) measures 30 by 29 by 22 inches and sells for the same price. Also available is a 23.5- by 60.5- by 22-inch Stereo Rack for $499. Redline Studio (800) 898-9005 www.redline-studio.com
Fresh from CES comes the VSX-D814, one of Pioneer's new A/V receivers. This receiver features Pioneer's multichannel acoustic calibration, which lets you easily and accurately set up your speakers based on your room. The VSX-D814 delivers a rated 100 watts of power to each channel and offers component and S-video switching to allow both progressive and interlaced NTSC and HDTV signals to pass to your TV or monitor. It features the standard array of Dolby and DTS processing modes. The included remote features Quick Setup to produce easy, accurate sound depending on the size of your room and the number of speakers. You can have all this for $365; just set aside a dollar a day.
(800) PIONEER www.pioneerelectronics.com
Canton Canton's Movie CD-1 5.1-channel speaker system is a shining beauty of a package. It consists of a center channel, four matching satellites for the left, right, and surround channels, and a 100-watt subwoofer that's rated down to 38 hertz. The CD-1 satellite measures just 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide and deep and has a frequency response of 80 Hz to 25 kilohertz. The center channel features drivers in a D'Appolito array and a tapered cabinet that allows you to tilt the speaker toward the listening position. All of the speakers have a gleaming aluminum finish, and the sub is finished in a complementary matte silver. The system costs $1,099 and comes with mounting brackets for all four satellites. The optional LS-90 speaker stands are available for $125 per pair. Canton (612) 706-9250 www.cantonusa.com
Tannoy Tannoy developed the Wideband SuperTweeter titanium-dome tweeter to take advantage of high-resolution audio. According to the company, the Wideband SuperTweeter works with SACD and DVD-Audio players to produce frequencies above 20 kilohertz. Well, the Wideband SuperTweeter is making an appearance in Tannoy's new line of Sensys loudspeakers. The Sensys range includes a tower speaker, a bookshelf model, a dedicated surround speaker, and the Sensys C center-channel speaker shown here, which features two 6-inch midrange drivers in addition to the Wideband SuperTweeter. The Sensys speakers are currently available in a black-ash or a maple finish (Tannoy plans to make them available in a rosewood finish, as well), and they range in price from a reasonable $250 to $500 each. Tannoy (519) 745-1158 www.tannoy.com
Keeping track of all your DVDs is a tough feat. Kaleidescape makes the task much easier with their new K2500 Digital Movie Player. To make things even better, the K2500 can deliver DVD and HD movies in digital form from source to display without analog conversion. The unit connects via a switched Ethernet network to a Kaleidescape server ($27,000) and provides an HDMI output to connect A/V processors and displays. It can output HD video in 720p or 1080i, as well as the 480i and 480p NTSC formats. With its onscreen user interface, you can browse your entire DVD collection, create collections, and mark or play your favorite scenes with Kaleidescape's bookmark technology. The K2500 is $4,000.
(650) 625-6101 www.kaleidescape.com
What could be better than a remote control that works up to 100 feet away? How about a remote that can send commands through walls and household structures and costs only $499? Universal Remote Control's Home Theater Master MX-800 does just that. Users can control all of their A/V equipment from one remote, regardless of where that equipment is located. The MX-800 sends commands to the included MRF-200 Base Station, which converts them to infrared signals to control the components. Using macros, you can program the MX-800 to operate up to 20 A/V units. It can create 900 macro buttons with 199 commands each. The LCD screen measures 1.4 by 2.1 inches and features text-editing capabilities.
Universal Remote Control
(914) 835-4484 www.universal-remote.com
Onkyo How many of us have dreamed of owning a multidisc DVD changer? Well, Onkyo makes that dream come true with their affordable DV-CP701, a six-disc changer that's a steal at just $300. The DV-CP701 features 10-bit/54-megahertz video processing, a progressive-scan composite video output, and 24-bit/192-kiohertz audio digital-to-analog converters. When you use the rear-panel optical and coaxial digital outputs, you can also make use of Onkyo's Direct Digital Path, which ensures maximum integrity of Dolby Digital, DTS, and PCM audio. All of this comes in a housing that measures a svelte 3.5 inches high and is available in a sleek silver or a traditional black finish. Onkyo also offers the DV-SP301, a single-disc model that sells for $150. Onkyo (800) 229-1687 www.onkyo.com