New Gear Products in the Pipeline
Thomson Lyra Personal Jukebox PDP-2800, $299 SRP, available in January 2002. Selling points: This new portable hard disk recorder holds 10MB of digital audio music. The device will be the first product to support MP3PRO, the new format from Thomson multimedia that is the next generation of the MP3 format. MP3PRO offers higher audio quality in a smaller file size. The Lyra Jukebox also plays back MP3 files. Features include six preset settings for equalization and five customizable controls, anti-shock memory and USB PC connectivity. Call (317) 587-4450 or visit www.rca.com.
Sony Grand Wega KF-60DX100, $8,000 SRP, available in January 2002. Selling points: This 60-inch 16:9 LCD rear-projection TV uses three LCD panels, one for each RGB signal. It has more than 720p native resolution and converts all signals to a high-definition, progressive resolution. It also has Sony's CineMotion 3:2 pulldown for smoothly converting film-based material to video. A MID-X chip allows the simultaneous viewing of NTSC TV with HDTV in a flexible picture-in-picture. The KF-60DX100 has two high-definition component inputs. Call (800) 222-SONY or visit www.sel.sony.com.
NHT CS-8.3 Ci, $550/pair SRP, now available to custom installers and audio specialty retailers. Features NHT's patented 3-tweeter array, employing three 1-inch soft dome, fluid-cooled proprietary tweeters with neodymium magnet structures set 120 degrees apart. This driver configuration claims to distribute high frequencies evenly, alleviating the inevitable hot spot or beaming that can occur in single-tweeter in-ceiling speakers. Call (800) NHT-9993 or visit www.nhthifi.com.