If you've been looking for a flat-panel monitor that doubles as a TV, you're in luck. Sony's MFM-HT205 ($600) is a 20-inch LCD display that offers simultaneous PC and TV viewing. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1680x1050 resolution, a built-in NTSC TV tuner, and lets you watch TV or DVDs in full widescreen mode or picture-in-picture while working with your PC applications. Just imagine — you could be enjoying some Inspector Gadget while slowly killing your brain in Excel.
We may have ditched our CDs in favor of digital tracks, but it doesn't look like we'll be doing the same with our DVD collection any time soon. As this editor's collection grows, the DVP-CX995V 400-Disc DVD/Super-Audio/CD Mega Changer ($300) is looking more and more like a viable option for the living room setup. In addition to never again having to load DVDs one at a time, the unit up-scales video to high definition (1080i/720p) resolution and transmits pristine audio through an HDMI interface. The changer also features Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive circuitry, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 channel outputs and compatibility with DVD-RW/-R/+RW/+R1, MP32, JPEG3 , CD-RW/-R, VCD and SVCD discs.
After five years of faithful service, this Uncrate editor's Bose remote finally died this past week, so we began a frantic search for a universal remote that could handle our myriad home theater devices. The Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Remote ($400) seems like the right fit for our needs. It features easy setup via USB, a macro-driven color menu system, a fully-backlit control pad, and, unlike the Harmony 880 which uses IR signals, the 890 works via RF so we can still change tracks on the Bose from the other room.