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LCD projectors & rear-projection HDTVs
Building on their existing line of popular LCD projectors, Sharp has announced a new compact model for release in March. The XV-Z7000U features a newly developed p-Si 0.9" TFT LCD displays and delivers 1,000 ANSI lumens of brightness for screen sizes from 25" to 300". The XV-Z7000U includes compatibility with HDTV 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i formats through RGB or dual component inputs. It also offers a 300:1 contrast ratio for crisp, clear images. The model's special "Theater Mode" can be used to enhance picture quality, produce deeper blacks and richer colors in low light environments, all while saving bulb life. Owners can fine-tune their setup with 4-position gamma and color temperature settings. This is also sharp's quietest projector with less than 36dB of fan noise. Additional features include manual zoom, RS-232C input and 1500 hour bulb (2000 hours in theater mode). The XV-Z7000 is expected to sell for $5,499.

Along the same vein, Sharp's new 61RWP5H and 55RWP5H rear-projection widescreen LCD HDTV monitors feature 61" and 55" screens (respectively). Both models are compatible with all HDTV signals up to full 1080i resolution (thanks to dual component inputs) and use Sharp's proprietary circuitry to upconvert analog signals to full 1080i resolution. Other features include a 10-bit 3D-Y/C comb filter, dual NTSC tuners for picture-beside-picture viewing, 4-way Q-Surround speaker system with 24 watts of power, plus multiple 4:3 viewing options. The 61" model is available now for $4,999, while the 55" model sells for $4,499. An alternate model available in March for $4,4999, the 55RWP4H, is identical except for a different speaker design and the inclusion of an RGB input.

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I want my DVD
Looking to take your DVD home theater with you while you're camping? Well, I can't think of too many people that would really want to, but if this is the sort of thing you're into the Sharp DV-L80U should be exactly what you're looking for. The new model features a 8" 16:9 screen - the largest ever - but measures just 8.2" by 6.1" by 1" and weighs less than two pounds. You get a 3.5 hour battery life, built-in Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder, S-Video output, Q Surround, DTS compatibility, 10-bit D/A video converter, optical digital output and a sleek design. The DV-L80U is available now for $1,599, while a 7" screen model, the DV-L78U, is available for $1,299. Just keep the bears off it.

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Small systems don't have to sound small
Want a mini system with real power and style to spare? Sharp's new CD-RW5000 mini system includes a 6-CD changer with CD-RW recording capabilities - their first ever. Featuring 20-track automatic programmable music selector, the system allows specific tracks to be pulled and recorded in any specific order. Other capabilities include a full-logic tape deck, AM/FM tuner, 200 watts of power with built-in subwoofers, motorized control panel, digital recording level, sample rate converter, equalizer, X-Bass and remote control. The whole system is just over 16" wide and 24" high, with large 3-way tower speakers, and is available at a MSRP of $599.

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