New Gear Products in the Pipeline
Runco PlasmaWall PL-61cx, $32,995 SRP, now shipping direct to dealers or through distributors internationally. Selling points: The 61-inch widescreen plasma display comes with Runco's two rack space PFP Controller, which contains the company's proprietary ViViX technology. This scales NTSC and PAL video to the display's native resolution of 1366 x 768. High-definition sources pass through unprocessed. The PL-61cx can display computer graphics up to UXGA (1600 x 1200), and provides adjustable gray bars on 4:3 images to prevent burn in. The controller has its own remote control and RS-232 connection for system integration. Call (510) 293-9154 or visit www.runco.com.
Thomson multimedia RCA HP155 Stereo Headphones with Auto-retractable earphone system, $17.99, shipping now. Selling points: These in-ear headphones feature a mute switch for instant turn-off and a belt clip. Visit www.rca.com or www.thomson-multimedia.com.
Compaq iPaq Music Center, $899.99 SRP, Available now. Selling points: Compaq's new media center stores music as MP3 files at compression rates up to 320 kbps. The company also uses OpenGlobe as its software partner and with an Internet connection can stream Internet radio, download software upgrades and access CDDB music title information. Users can also buy DVDs or CDs from OpenGlobe. A Home PNA networking port can connect the center to PCs in the home to transfer music files or share a broadband Internet connection with a host computer. Call (800) 282-6672 or visit www.compaq.com.