Runco’s new highest resolution plasma monitor, the 65-inch diagonal XP-65DHD (above), is the world’s first plasma screen to comply with rigorous THX certification standards. At less than four and a half inches thick, it provides consumers with a variety of installation options. www.runco.comLCD Projector
Mitsubishi’s latest projector designed for the home theater, the HC5500 LCD, produces better-detailed dark images and transitions quicker from light to dark scenes. An improved inorganic LCD panel and cooling system enable this full HD 1080p-resolution projector to last 10 times longer than a regular organic LCD panel. This advanced design also includes a special fan that keeps noise to a minimum. www.mitsubishi-presentations.com
Bowers and Wilkins’s 683 Theater speaker system incorporates the same advanced technology as the company’s more expensive 800 Series. Part of the fourth generation 600 Series, the 683 Theater set has a refined, contemporary appearance that complements its upgraded surround-sound capabilities. www.bowers-wilkins.com
Home Theater in a Box
If you are looking to acquire all of the essential home theater components in one purchase, check out Panasonic’s first home theater in a box (HTiB) system with an integrated Blu-ray disc player. The SC-BT100 home theater system boasts full High Definition 1080p-resolution Blu-ray video, wireless surround-sound speakers that can be upgraded to full 7.1 channel sound and a built-in iPod dock. www.panasonic.com
Home Theater DVD
In her newest DVD release, Destination Home Theater, award-winning filmmaker Barbara P. Roth offers valuable tips on how to optimize the home theater experience. Roth advises consumers on how to combine their audio and visual investments with the right interior-design elements and furnishings to create the ideal viewing environment in their homes. www.destinationhometheater.com.
The Onsia Concealed Flat Panel Speakers are perfect for homeowners concerned about speakers detracting from their home theaters’ interior design and aesthetics. These totally hidden speakers, equipped with high-powered, vibrational-element flat panels producing high-definition sound, can be installed into any drywall surface or standard ceiling grid system. www.onsiaideas.com