A media lover's dream, the new Sony HES-V1000 Home Entertainment Server ($3500; Oct. 2007) packs a 1080p-capable 200-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD changer and a 500GB hard drive into one glossy black media tower ready to supply every TV in the house with content. Features include the ability to burn Blu-ray discs, an XMB menu, the ability to wirelessly stream music to devices such as Vaio computers and the Playstation 3, HDMI, component video, optical, coaxial, and analog outputs, Ethernet, and backlit, touch-sensitive controls.
Looking more like a huge Timex Ironman watch than a television, the Hannspree Time Square 12-inch LCD TV ($130) sports a working clock, thermometer and hygrometer. The dials swing open to reveal the two speakers. The Time Square also offers 4-in-one A/V connection (Composite, S-Video, Audio Input, Headphone Jack) and a matching remote control.
All of you out there who've been waiting for a low-priced, HD-capable Tivo box, you're day is here. The TiVo HD ($300) features two CableCard slots, storage for up to 180 hours of SD programming, or 20 of HD, outputs in 480p, 720p, or 1080i, over HDMI or component. It has an ethernet connection, two USB 2.0 ports, and an E-SATA port for future storage expansion.
Apple TV. TiVo. HDTV. A great combination of all three is what we've been searching for, and the Alienware Hangar18 ($2000) might just have it. Windows Vista Home Premium, Up to four TV tuners, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual core processors, and integrated Nvidia graphics supply the HDMI out port with plenty of HD goodness, while 5.1 channel audio makes sure the experience is complete. Add in a standard Gyration remote that eliminates the need for a mouse, and you've got one hell of a package.
While flat-panel HDTVs are becoming more and more popular, DLP remains a great option for folks who need more screen size for less money. The 57-inch Mitsubishi WD-57734 Thin-Frame DLP HDTV ($2800) packs a lot of value into its sleek frame. Features include a 6-Color Light Engine, x.v.Color, Easy Connect, four HDMI 1.3 inputs, SharpEdge for more well-defined, crisp object edges, and Net-Command for on-screen home theater control.