So you want a big screen, but you don’t want a huge TV taking up space? Well, the MovieTime Projector/DVD Player from Optoma ($1400) fits the bill nicely. With a native 16:9 aspect ratio and a built-in DVD player, it’s perfect for displaying a movie or the big game on an open wall, and the 1000 lumens of brightness with a 4000:1 contrast ratio make sure you’ll be able to see all the action — day or night.
So you’ve got an HDTV. And a TiVo. And a surround system. And a, well, you get the idea — you’ve got a lot of devices, and they all have a different remote. Instead of fighting a losing battle with them, replace them with the Harmony 880 Universal Remote from Logitech ($240). It features a color LCD screen, an activity based control scheme, controls for TiVo and DVRs, and a built-in rechargeable battery with a recharging dock. It’s so simple, even the oldest member of the family can figure it out — as long as they aren’t senile and think it’s a hot dog or something.
Aristarkh Chernyshev must have been having quite a good time when he developed the idea for the TeleBlaster, but we’re glad he did. The TeleBlaster ($2000) is kind of tiny for a real TV — the screen is only seven inches — but the set can distort the picture both by changing colors and by stretching the image. Of course, if you want to put yourself through the same torture, there is a camera built-in — so you can watch your house-guests get stretched and squeezed like they were at a taffy factory.
This affordable progressive-scan DVD player from Philips is perfect for watching your illegally downloaded movies. The ultra-slim Philips DVP642 ($60) plays DVDs (DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW), VCDs and SVCDs, audio CDs, JPEG image CDs, and CDs loaded with MP3, MPEG-4, or DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x (AVI) files. It's also got a handy five-disc resume feature, which lets you pick up where you left off on your five most recently viewed DVDs.
We probably don't have to tell you if you're reading a site like this, but HD is where it's at. It's one of the rare things in this world that lives up to the hype. Sony's new 60-inch KDS-R60XBR1 Rear Projection Grand WEGA ($5,000) offers SXRD technology to deliver full 1920 x 1080 high-definition resolution. The HDTV also features an advanced Iris shutter that works automatically to "open and close according to the incoming signal level to create brighter whites and better contrast in dark scenes." In addition, the KDS-R60XBR1 sports dual HDMI inputs, three FireWire inputs, a PC input, optical audio output, and a Memory Stick flash media viewer.