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Fujitsu PDS4211 42 inch Plasma TV and Faroudja DVP-2200 Digital Video Processor

Fujitsu PDS4211 42 in. Plasma TV and Faroudja DVP-2200 Digital Video Processor Television

“Fujitsu has over 300 patents relating to plasma display technology, so they have to be a leader in the field. The PDS4211 is a 16:9 42″ screen in a 3.3″ thick casing that can be mounted on a wall or stand. Resolution is rated at 852 x 480 pixels, not quite HD-capable, but close…”

RCA Video Source Selector

RCA Video Source Selector

“Over the past few years, the number of video sources has multiplied much more quickly than the number of A/V inputs on most televisions. It’s not uncommon for people to have three or more A/V sources: DVD player, VCR, satellite receiver or cable box, maybe a LaserDisc player and videogame console, and, from time to time, a camcorder…”

Pioneer PDV-LC10 Portable DVD Player

Pioneer LC-10 Portable DVD Player

“…In listening, this player was outstanding with DVD audio discs like the Chesky Remembrances by Jon Faddis (CHDVD176), the big band sound beautifully portrayed through the player’s 24/96 DAC. I also listened carefully to our Chuck Israels CD, The Bellingham Sessions, Volume 1, and liked what I heard from this disc that I know better than just about anything else…”

Yamaha DVD-C900 5-Disc DVD Changer

Yamaha DVD C900 DVD Player

“This year it’s DVD carousel changers, and next season it will be 100-to-300-DVD jukeboxes, the path already followed by CD. The DVD-C900 handles 5 discs, and has quite a few features you wouldn’t expect on a changer, including 96 kHz audio playback, though it outputs only a 48 kHz digital signal…”

Samsung Tantus SP403JA LCD Rear Projection TV

Samsung Tantus SP403JA LCD Rear Projection TV

“The SP403JA may be the only rear-projection LCD television in the marketplace. It’s certainly the only one I’m aware of. Measured diagonally, its screen is 39 1/2″ or 100 cm, and is 16 x 9 in aspect ratio. This means that with standard 4 x 3 pictures it’s pretty much equivalent to a 27 or 29″ screen, while with letterboxed pictures from DVD it becomes closer to about a 45″ TV, but without the black bars at top and bottom. A bit of a chameleon, this TV…”

Loewe Planus Digital Progessive Scan 16:9 30″ Television

Loewe Planus

“Loewe (pronounced “Looveh”, not “Low”, “Louie” or “Loovee”) is a German company that has been in business since 1923, when it was founded by Dr. Sigmund Loewe, and within 10 years was in regular production of TV sets. They also claim to have produced the world’s first “cassette tape player/recorder in 1951″. No other achievements are listed between 1933 and 1951, which makes one wonder what they did during the war years. Radar?…”

Pioneer Elite DV-09 DVD/CD Player

Pioneer Elite DV-09 DVD/Cd player

“The DV-09 weighs almost 35 pounds, with a great deal more internal damping, bracing, and shielding than any other player in my experience. In addition to dual composite and S-video outputs, it also provides component video outputs (3 RCA). There are also dual stereo analog audio outputs, and optical and coaxial PCM/Dolby Digital/DTS RCAs, with an additional straight PCM RCA coaxial out…”

Pioneer DVL-90 DVD/LD/CD Player

Pioneer DVL 90 DVD/LD/CD Player -- Click for Review

“Perhaps the most versatile consumer optical playback device available, the DVL-90 (along with its less expensive companion, the DVL-700) plays laserdiscs, CDs, and the new DVD format, and offers a bevy of digital outputs. As you’ll note from my Denon AVR-3600 review, there’s a certain amount of honest confusion out there in the marketplace about Dolby Digital (AC-3) inputs and outputs…”


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