Take a stroll with us to see some
fantastic products you've simply gotta have.
Bigger! Slimmer! Faster! More Powerful!
superlatives are tossed around, you expect the subject to be a
professional athlete - perhaps a superstar basketball player
capable of performing multiple tasks with skill and ease. Only this
time, the topic is electronics, for both the home and the road. Big
screens are bigger, portable devices are smaller and more powerful,
their processors are quicker. Multifunction combination units are
in vogue, big time. In short, expect to be blown away. And the best
thing is, these devices don't demand multimillion-dollar contracts
every few years.
Here's our dream team of electronics, happily available in stores
near you - soon.
SAVE THE PAST
Want a place to store all your music, videos, and digital photos?
Denon's Multimedia Network Server contains a CD player/ripper to
record your music to two hard drives, two personal video recorders
(PVRs) to record your favorite shows, and the ability to distribute
four DVD-quality video streams around the house. It provides a
graphical interface so you can peruse your shows or music on a TV
screen, and it can stream files such as your digital photos from a
PC to your TV. $4,000-$4,500, www.usa.denon.com
THE BIG GUY
Just when you thought it was safe to drop a couple grand on a
moderately sized 42-inch flat-panel plasma screen, LG Electronics
announces a 76-inch wall-hanger to arrive in early 2005. Now you
can have the sex appeal of a plasma screen on a grand scale. And
that's in high definition, as in HDTV. Even larger plasma-based
displays may come, but for now, consider this behemoth the
Shaquille O'Neal of the current crop - and a thin one at that.
Price still under wraps at press time. www.lgusa.com