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LG Super Multi Blue Player

LG Super Multi Blue Player

This is a player we've been wishing for since we heard of the idea: the LG Super Multi Blue Player ($1200; Q1 2007). This bad boy takes care of the format war for you, playing both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, as well as offering HDMI, component, and composite video outputs, as well as optical, coaxial, and discrete 5.1 audio outputs. It might be expensive, but it's also a do-everything video player that would make a great addition to your home theater.

  • Pioneer PDP-6070HD 60-inch Plasma HDTV

    It's not been that long ago that a 60" plasma would set you back nearly ten grand. The Pioneer PDP-6070HD 60" Widescreen PureVision Plasma HDTV ($4600) comes in for less than half of that, sporting independent, 1080p-capable HDMI inputs, Advanced PureCinema processing with 3:3 pull down, and dual NTSC and ATSC tuners. In addition, it features 1365 x 768 resolution, TV Guide On-Screen Interactive Program Guide, and a built-in amplifier with bottom-mounted, removable, stereo speakers.

  • Neuros OSD Linux Media Recorder

    The Neuros OSD Linux Media Recorder ($215) is set to fix the annoyances of the MPEG4 Recorder 2 with an open-source, Linux-based interface. Currently a bounty hunter-style beta is going on to add functions such as streaming of YouTube and Google Video, Flickr browsing, and wireless remote capabilities, just to name a few. All of these features will be coded by community — and a nice little payment system Neuros has set up. With all of its pre-existing capabilities such as video recording at 720x480, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, MP3, OGG, WMA, and AC3 encoding, ethernet, and a homebrew base that is sure to make the device even more useful than Neuros has foreseen, how can you not give it a try?