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Looking for a high-end DVD player? Denonís new DVD-5900 may just be what youíre looking for. At $2000, this universal player is certainly high-end enough and supports DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, CD/R/RW, DVD+ and Ė R/RW, MP3s, WMA, SVCD, JPEG and much more. Its outputs include dual firewire, DVI/HDCP, dual component, S-Video, dual composite, coaxial and optical digital and multichannel analog audio. Other features include RS232 control, 12-bit/216MHz video D/A converters, Faroudja DVDi processing with five memory settings and 480p, 720p or 1080i output, 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters, HDCP decoding and nearly fully automatic control Ė just plug in the disc and itíll play!

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Denon also introduced three economical A/V receivers all under $500: the $499 AVR-1804, $399 AVR-1604 and $299 AVR-484. The AVR-1804 has 90 watts x 6 channels, multi-room operation, component video switching and upconversion, plus a full complement of Dolby and DTS decoding formats. The AVR-1604 includes similar capabilities but with 75 watts x 6 and no upconversion. Notable features of the starter AVR-484 model include 75 watts x 5 channels of power, Dolby Pro Logic II, and S-Video input switching.

Universal Electronics Inc.

UEI, makers of the One For All line of remotes, were demonstrating their latest Kameleon illuminated remote control. The URC-9960 8-device remote is the second Kameleon to market and refines (as well as economizes) the previous design. However, the Kameleon was announced a few months ago and so isnít completely new Ė but the prototype Nevo tablet we saw certainly classifies as previously unseen.

You may remember the Nevo as an integrated hardware and software accessory on some handheld computers. But UEIís vision for the Nevo extends far beyond mere PDAs, to more capable web tablets or even large screen displays. And if there arenít enough web tablets out there making use of the Nevo, why not make your own Nevo-branded tablet for the home theater market?

The prototype shown at UEIís booth seemed closely related to the Philips iPronto Ė wireless web browser, program guide and remote control all bundled into one device. Although UEI didnít want us photographing the unit, we did get to take a quick look at it and were quite impressed. Neat design, large and clear screen, based on a popular software platform... now to see if they can bring it to market!


Although Toshiba didnít announce many new products at CEDIA, they did demonstrate a pair of new DLP projectors. The $10,999 MT-800 utilizes the new HD2+ chip with 1280x720 16x9 resolution, while the $3,999 MT-500 uses a 1024x768 4:3 chip.

The MT-800ís features include input up to 1080p with DVI/HDCP, Faroudja DCDi+ processing, 10-bit color depth, 5X 7-segment color wheel, 2200:1 contrast and 1100 ANSI lumens. The budget-conscious MT-500 features 576p resolution in 16x9 mode, RS232C control, component video, DVI-HDTV, RGB, S-Video and composite inputs.

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