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.
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?
While it is extremely expensive, Sony's BRAVIA line of LCD TVs has quickly grabbed the number one share of the LCD market. Its newest offering, the Sony BRAVIA KDL-52XBR3 ($6800; Nov.) looks to be their best one yet. Offering full 1080p resolution, the 52XBR3 also features a 7000:1 contrast ratio, the BRAVIA Engine Pro full digital high-definition video processing system, three HDMI inputs, two component video inputs, and a built-in ATSC tuner. It's the best of the best.