Are you about to build a home theater? If so, you have probably researched acoustic treatment---and the need to hide it. Until recently, most acoustical insulation was made in some light color---yellow, pink, or gray---that required covering with paint, tape, or fabric to make it look acceptable.
The plasma screen is a product that cuts across all segments of the video market. Everyone---from ordinary TV viewers to the most exacting videophiles---loves the concept of a thin-panel, high-definition display.
A good audio/video receiver is the solution for many home theater fans. Marantz has introduced a multichannel unit that seems to offer everything that most folks could want: plenty of power, a variety of surround formats, high-resolution digital-to-analog audio converters, and component video switching. The price? About $850.
Even the best can't rest on their laurels. Runco International, one of the world's best in the CRT-projection arena, has announced a new 9-inch CRT, the DTV-1200. The new model incorporates significant improvements in convergence, focus and astigmatism, according to a mid-September press release.
The annual CEDIA show is the scene for the launch of many new home theater products. On September 10, Hitachi announced a high-definition rear projection monitor, the 55DMX01W, which uses Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP)device as a light source. The 55"-diagonal high-definition set has a 16:9 screen and what Hitachi calls an "exclusive 10-element high contrast wide-angle lens system and high-resolution screen. Every component has been engineered to faithfully reproduce accurate images."