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Philips HTS8100 SoundBar

Philips HTS8100 SoundBar

One of the worst things about home theater is the mess of speakers that you need to place throughout your living room — that is, unless you get this. The Philips HTS8100 SoundBar Home Theater System ($1000; Q2 2007) is a simple unit that features five amplifiers and a DVD player, along with a dedicated subwoofer. The bar incorporates multiple technologies including array processing, precise driver positioning and psycho-acoustics to deliver a full surround sound experience from a single bar. It's the perfect complement to your new flat-panel HDTV.

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    We've been fans of Slim Devices' Squeezebox for quite some time, so we were thrilled to hear about their new entry into the audiophile world. The Slim Devices Transporter ($2000) features everything a high-end listener could ask for in a digital box. It has an entire set of professional inputs and outputs, an AK4396 "Miracle DAC" that features low out-of-band noise and excellent accuracy at high frequencies, and "bit perfect" digital path that provides the most accurate and complete signals available. Plus, it looks great — something that's a must if you're planning on this baby sitting next to that new 60" you just bought.

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    Introduce your living room to the future with the Sony TAV-L1 all-in-one home theater system ($4,000; Aug.). The stylish unit features a motorized audio system that, with the push of a button, automatically slides down to reveal a 32-inch flat-panel HDTV. The system offers a slot-loading DVD/CD/SACD player, two vibration-canceling subwoofers, HDMI input, Sony's S-Master digital amplifier, and Sony's S-Force Pro virtual surround sound processing. The TAV-L1 comes standard with a black speaker grill — optional grills are available in gray, burgundy and green ($100 each).