Philips Pronto 9200i - New hard button pronto with full programmability. $399, available soon.
Bryston BCD-1 redbook CD player. Fully separate (including power supplies) analog and digital circuitry. $2399.
Torus 10,000 watt (!) isolation transformer with 5 x 20A outputs. The transformer looks to be about 15" in diameter. Marketed by Bryston.
While there has been lots of coverage on the new JVC 1080p projector some people have forgotten JVC also produces displays. The 989 Procision line up is only available though authorized dealer and include their second generation of high-speed multi-directional 10-bit 120Hz panels. The models include a 37” (LT-37X898) , 42”(LT-42X898) and 47” (LT-47X898) priced at $2200, $2600 and $320. All models are 1080p and include 3 – v1.3 HDMI ports.
Toshiba released 42” and 46” 1080p displays in their Regza line with super thin bezels. The benefits go beyond the enhanced looks the panels can now be placed in smaller cabinets. As an example this 46” display can be placed in the same cabinet as a 42”. The 46” (46RF35OU) with list for $2499 and the 42” for $1899 and will ship near the end of September.
I visited the Panasonic booth and met up with Jeff Samuels who showed me a number of their new Plasma displays. Jeff explained that many of Panasonics customers were looking for a sleeker design so all the new displays are fitted with a thin gloss black finish. The other new enhancement to the panels is that the half life brightness is now rated for 100,000 hours instead of 60,000. What really impressed me was the price point these displays were hitting. Basically 1080p 42” plasma were in the $1799 range.
Panasonic also released their LIFI RPTVs. The benefit of these units is the fact the bulbs last almost forever. Panasonic is offering a 5 year warranty on the bulbs for these sets. The 61” will sell for $2199 and the 56” for $1899.