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    1. Sony VAIO VGN-S360 13.3" Notebook
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    2. Sony VAIO VGN-A690 17" Notebook
    Too low to display list($2,199.99)
    3. Sony VAIO VGN-T250/L 10.6" Notebook
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    4. Sony HDRFX1 HDV High Definition
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    5. Sony 512MB MEMORY STICK PRO-DUO
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    6. Sony VAIO VGN-T250P/L 10.6" Notebook
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    7. Sony VAIO VGN-FS660/W 15.4" Notebook
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    8. SONY MSX-M1GN 1GB High Speed Memory
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    9. Sony KV-30HS420 30" FD Trinitron
    $1,789.95 list($1,799.99)
    10. Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Desktop PC
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    11. Sony RDRVX500 DVD Player/Recorder
    $999.00 Too low to display list($1,099.99)
    12. Sony KV-32HS420 32" FD Trinitron
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    13. Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L 10.6" Notebook
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    14. Sony VAIO VGC-V517G Desktop PC
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    15. Sony RDR-HX900 DVD Recorder with
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    16. Sony DVP-CX985V 400 Disc Progressive
    $699.95
    17. Sony DVP-FX1021 Portable DVD Player
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    18. Sony KDF-42WE655 42" Grand WEGA
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    19. Sony RDR-GX300 DVD Recorder
    $2,099.99
    20. Sony VAIO VGC-RA834G Desktop PC

    1. Sony VAIO VGN-S360 13.3" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 735, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
    list price: $1,799.99
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    Asin: B00079F7J8
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 35
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    Product Description

    Equipped with the productivity tools that keep you going, the S360 is the notebook for those who will not sacrifice function for performance or convenience.Integrated multimedia features, wireless capability and advanced technologies make the S360 notebook your ideal companion for enhanced productivity and entertainment at home, in the office or on the road. An upgraded hard drive and graphics card will improve your notebook experience whether you are using it for business or pleasure. The 13.3" widescreen display and generous keyboard won't cramp your style whether you're on a plane or at a hotspot. The integrated CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive gives you the power to view, play or store the information you need to disc. At 4.2 pounds, the S360 will be easy and convenient to bring with you wherever you go. ... Read more


    2. Sony VAIO VGN-A690 17" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 750, 1 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive)
    list price: $2,799.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00079F7G6
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 30
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Sony VAIO A Series Digital Studio PC is a premier notebook, designed to offer the cutting edge of technology and performance with incomparable style. The AV entertainment dock plugs you into a powerful TV tuner and personal video recorder, letting you watch and record your favorite shows. The 17" widescreen LCD display with XBRITE technology lets you enjoy crisp images and vivid colors. More than a PC, more than a TV, it's a feature packed multimedia solution. ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great laptop if you're willing to spend the money.
    I was planning on picking up a laptop at the end of 2004 or early in 2005, but learned about Intel's new mobile chips that feature more cache. So I waited and picked this up from Sony, which has the Intel M 750 at 1.86 Ghz and 2MB of cache. It also has Intel's 915PM chipset, which is Intel's better chipset for mobile applications. It has a great screen and plenty of power and memory.

    I also like the fact it has a new 128mb video chip from ATI (X600) that supports PCI Express. This laptop has 1GB of memory, which I would recommend since 512MB is barely enough today. The hard drive also has plenty of space at 100GB and seems to be fast enough running at 5,400 rpm with SATA interface.

    The Sony software for audio and video and editing seems pretty good and I haven't had any problems so far. One thing, I have Office Professional, so I deleted the lame 60-day Office trial package that came with the computer before I could fully access all the programs in my Pro suite.

    One of the big selling points of the computer is its excellent 17" wide screen. Out of the box, it looks very good and I haven't even tried to optimize it yet. I'm thinking that the ErgoBright technology, while good for certain areas since it automatically adjusts brightness, compromises maximum picture quality. This feature could be defeated. Generally speaking, these types of auto adjustment features are best left inactive when viewing movies. I find this to be the case with widescreen TVs also. The docking station and speakers are also a plus. Sound from the speakers built into the laptop is only average. I haven't tried headphones yet or the speakers that come with the docking station and I can't yet vouch for the quality of the laptop's internal sound. However, I might pick up an Echo Indigo IO audio pc card. Laptop sound quality is generally average at best, and this add-on card could be a nice upgrade.

    This computer is also very quiet, relatively speaking, which is very important to me since I don't like noisy computers. Overall, it is a well thought out design and Sony definitely didn't skimp on the components. ... Read more


    3. Sony VAIO VGN-T250/L 10.6" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 753, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW Drive)
    list price: $2,199.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00079F7GG
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 58
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Sony VGN-T250/L helps you stay productive while on the go with lightweight, portable features - an upgraded processor, DVD burner, long battery life, integrated wireless LAN and bluetooth and a unique, compact design. ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sony VAIO T250 vs T350
    The T350 offers intelligent WAN, new memory configuration, and a cool redish color. But...if you don't want to log on to Cingular in the WAN offering choose the T250. While the keys are smaller than a normal keyboard, this 6'1" user finds them acceptable for fast typing. The 802.11g works great. And while I compare it to my HP at 2ghz the speed of the Sony seems just as fast. The touch-pad works well. The weight is fantastic. And the screen, while a bit small, is very very crisp. I am using 120dpi and large font size in IE. A little on the expensive side, but this little baby rocks. ... Read more


    4. Sony HDRFX1 HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom
    list price: $3,999.99
    our price: $3,699.99
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    Asin: B00068JKR0
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1703
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    Features

    • Play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080 for professional-quality video
    • Three 1/3-inch-wide aspect ratio advanced HAD CCD imagers for enhanced color quality
    • Professional-level MPEG2 video compression with the real-time HD Codec Engine
    • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom
    • Record at either 30 frames per second or, for a film-like feel, at 24 frames per second

    5. Sony 512MB MEMORY STICK PRO-DUO NEW ( MSXM-512S )

    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0002Z4572
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony Computer Peripherals
    Sales Rank: 3922
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    6. Sony VAIO VGN-T250P/L 10.6" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 753, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW Drive)
    list price: $2,299.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00079F7K2
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 66
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    Product Description

    The Sony VGN-T250P/L helps you stay productive while on the go with lightweight, portable features - an upgraded processor, DVD burner, long battery life, integrated wireless LAN and bluetooth and a unique, compact design.The T250P/L is the perfect companion for people on the go. With Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, integrated wireless LAN, integrated bluetooth and enhanced performance, this T250P/L is a small, light, yet powerful notebook. Stay connected through any of the thousands of HotSpots around the country. Burn and watch DVDs like never before with the 10.6" widescreen display with XBRITE Technology. Images and graphics will be sharp and crisp. ... Read more


    7. Sony VAIO VGN-FS660/W 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium M Processor 740 (Centrino), 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD+R Dbl Layer/DVD+/-RW Drive)
    list price: $1,799.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00092E05K
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 76
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    8. SONY MSX-M1GN 1GB High Speed Memory Stick(R) PRO Duo Media ( Red )

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    Asin: B0006IEV7E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 12975
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    Features

    • 1GB maximum storage capacity
    • Designed to support read and write speeds of 80 Mbps on high speed enabled devices
    • Operating temperature range of -13? F to 185? F allows greater durability
    • Backwards compatible with devices that use Memory Stick(R) PRO Duo media
    • Included adaptor allows compatibility with Memory Stick(R) PRO media enabled devices

    9. Sony KV-30HS420 30" FD Trinitron WEGA Hi-Scan 1080i HD-Ready Widescreen TV
    list price: $1,099.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0002F7I9O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6634
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Bask in the widescreen glory of Sony's panoramic, high-definition-ready KV-30HS420 FD (flat display) Trinitron WEGA television. The 30-inch set offers analog and digital high-definition inputs, great audio features, and a suite of picture-enhancing technologies. Whether you're watching VHS tapes, DVDs, or high-definition (480p, 720p, 1080i) broadcasts, your programs will look breathtakingly good.

    The set's 16:9 aspect ratio, Hi-Scan 1080i display, and picture-improvement circuitry let you view a mix of sources at high resolutions, up to 1080i. DRC--Digital Reality Creation MultiFunction circuitry--upconverts standard interlaced (480i) video sources to 960i or progressive-scan 480p, while inputs as high-quality as 720p (720 lines, progressively scanned) are upsampled to full 1080i. Because DRC processes video signals in real time, it creates an image with 4 times the density of the original signal. Sony's MID-X (Multi Image Driver) maintains the integrity of a converted signal by minimizing image loss in the scaling process.

    Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p and 720p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The set's auto 16:9 enhanced mode detects anamorphically encoded widescreen program sources and offers full picture resolution on the video program, wasting none of its usable lines of resolution on the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

    The KV-30HS420's high-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in b rightness during scene changes and channel changes, while magnetic quadra-pole technology reduces "beam spot" distortion and improves corner-to-corner focus and picture sharpness.

    ClearEdge VM wideband velocity modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas. The set's 3D digital comb filter compares each horizontal scanning line with the lines above and below it, as well as with the corresponding lines on previous and subsequent video frames. This results in higher horizontal resolution, higher vertical resolution, and reduced video noise.

    The KV-30HS420 also employs CineMotion Reverse 3-2 PullDown technology (often called 3:2 pulldown), a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

    Finally, Dynamic Focus circuitry automatically adjusts the picture during each scanning line for consistent corner-to-corner sharpness.

    Two high-definition component-video inputs grant optimum connection with a DTV decoder and progressive-scan DVD player, while standard composite- and S-video inputs accommodate all DVD players. The set's HDMI interface provides a digital connection with your DTV receiver. HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable.

    Choose between rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs for extra convenience. A rear AV output offers a switchable fixed- and variable-level analog audio output for hookup with a surround receiver or integrated amplifier.

    The set features stereo speakers (with 15 watts per channel) and BBE sound enhancement. You can label the set's video inputs and channels for easy selection. If you don't have Dolby Pro Logic processing or a surround speaker system, the TV's SRS TruSurround will simulate surround sound through any 2 speakers.

    Other video technologies include auto white balance, Dynamic Picture Processor circuitry, Trinitone color temperature control, and vertical aperture compensation. An optional accessory for the set is the Sony audio/video cabinet SU-30HX1.

    What's in the Box
    TV, remote control (RM-Y188), 2 AA batteries, a user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • 30-inch Hi-Scan FD Trinitron WEGA television with widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio; 35.38 x 23.75 x 22.25 inches (W x H x D)
    • Offers analog and digital (HDMI) high-definition inputs and a wealth of picture-enhancing technologies
    • High-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes
    • CineMotion Reverse 3:2 pulldown technology lets you watch progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format
    • Stereo speakers with 15 watts per channel; SRS TruSurround simulated surround sound and BBE sound enhancement

    10. Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 550, 1 GB RAM, 2x160 GB Hard Drives, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM Drives)
    list price: $1,799.99
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    Asin: B00079F7P2
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 147
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Cutting-Edge Sony Media Center! Intel P4 3.4EGHz HT Technology CPU! 1GB DDR, 320GB SATA HDD, DVD Burner! The Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Digital Studio Media Center was developed with your lifestyle in mind. Providing the multimedia muscle for your next-generation A/V demands, the VAIO VGC-RA830G gives you the power to edit high-definition camcorder video, master your own music recordings, and turn your home movies into high-quality DVDs. The unique liquid-cooling system and advanced noise-reduction technology deliver powerful, reliable performance from an incredibly cool, quiet system. The wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control eliminate cable clutter, and allow you to work from your easy chair. The VAIO VGC-RA830G Digital Studio Media Center lets you turn your living room into a home theater. Bring Sony’s professional audio, video and broadcast expertise directly to your desktop. Now you can create, manage, edit and archive video, music and photos just like a Pro. Capture and edit high-definition camcorder video. Turn your old VHS and 8mm videos into professional-quality DVDs. Watch and record high-quality TV. Master your own audio recordings, or digitize your old records and tapes, with Sony’s original SonicStage Mastering Studio software. The power you need for the most demanding A/V applications. Sony has truly outdone themselves with 320GBs of unimaginably massive hard drive space as a result of two 160GB Serial-ATA 7200RPM hard drives combine ... Read more

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice package
    The RA8xxx Series from Sony is very nice.Big plus is the cooling system.The machine is super quiet.The integrated Home Media support is a nice bonus.I don't think I'd want to use one of these as a TiVo replacement but for a home machine it's tough to beat from a combination of style, power, features and performance.

    Negatives are the crappy mouse and keyboard and having to burn your own Recovery software.

    1-0 out of 5 stars buyer beware!!
    Just bought this yesterday at compusa. Will be taking it back tomorrow morning. This is the 5th computer I have owned and the worse I have ever seen. Sony has allot of wonderful software on this system and impressive 5.1 speakers that come with it. But you are screwed if you have to do a system recovery. Followed the directions and spent 2 hours making recovery disks before putting any of my software on it, only to find out that when it tries to recover your system it prompts you to insert disk #1 and press ok. Guess what? You can't press ok because your wireless mouse and keyboard are no longer functional. And turning off the computer wiped out ALL my system restore checkpoints. So I couldn't even restore to a earlier time. When I tried it again I then got a message that it couldn't locate the recovery partion. And forget about any type of help from the website or the non-existant user manual. The only help they had was to change the batteries in the mouse and keyboard (they already had brand new batteries). ... Read more


    11. Sony RDRVX500 DVD Player/Recorder with VCR

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    Asin: B0002KQR2S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2252
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Now you can make digital archives of your favorite VHS tapes and copy your homemade DVDs to share with friends and family on VHS. Sony's RDR-VX500 DVD recorder/VCR combo saves space while simplifying component hookups. Offering broad format flexibility through DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW versatility, the deck permits dubbing from VHS to DVD and from DVD to VHS (subject to Macrovision anti-piracy technology in the source media).

    In addition, the recorder sports a handy i.Link digital-video interface so you can copy DV/Digital8 camcorder tapes directly to long-lasting recordable DVDs. Other features include progressive-scan output for DVD (480p) for high-quality video reproduction on high-definition and HD-ready TVs, JPEG digital image and MP3 music playback from CD-R/CD-RW, and VCR Plus+ programming for easy navigation and control.

    Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Combination DVD recorder/player and VCR with VCR Plus+ electronic program guide to simplify advance recording
    • Plays and records DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and VHS videocassette
    • Plays MP3 music and JPEG image CD-R/CD-RW
    • i.Link digital-video input for camcorders (DV/D8)
    • VHS to DVD and DVD to VHS dubbing ability (subject to Macrovision anti-piracy protection)

    12. Sony KV-32HS420 32" FD Trinitron WEGA Hi-Scan 1080i HD-Ready TV
    list price: $1,099.99
    our price: $999.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002HVIBG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6084
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Deftly balancing size, features, quality, style, and price, Sony's high-definition-ready KV-32HS420 32-inch FD (flat display) Trinitron WEGA television is a technical marvel. The set offers analog and digital high-definition inputs, great audio features, and a suite of picture-enhancing technologies. Whether you're watching VHS tapes, DVDs, or high-definition (480p, 720p, 1080i) broadcasts, your programs will look breathtakingly good.

    The set's standard 4:3 aspect ratio, Hi-Scan 1080i display, and picture-improvement circuitry let you view a mix of source signals at high resolutions, up to 1080i. DRC--Digital Reality Creation MultiFunction circuitry--upconverts standard interlaced (480i) video sources to 960i or progressive-scan 480p, while inputs as high-quality as 720p (720 lines, progressively scanned) are upsampled to full 1080i. Because DRC processes video signals in real time, it creates an image with 4 times the density of the original signal.

    Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p and 720p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The set's auto 16:9 enhanced mode detects anamorphically encoded widescreen program sources and offers full picture resolution on the video program, wasting none of its usable lines of resolution on the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

    The KV-32HS420's high-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes, while magnetic quadra-pole technology reduces "beam spot" distortion and improves corner-to-corner focus and picture sharpness.

    ClearEdge VM wideband velocity modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas. The set's 3D digital comb filter compares each horizontal scanning line with the lines above and below it, as well as with the corresponding lines on previous and subsequent video frames. This results in higher horizontal resolution, higher vertical resolution, and reduced video noise.

    The KV-32HS420 also employs CineMotion Reverse 3-2 PullDown technology (often called 3:2 pulldown), a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

    Finally, Dynamic Focus circuitry automatically adjusts the picture during each scanning line for consistent corner-to-corner sharpness.

    Two high-definition component-video inputs grant optimum connection with a DTV decoder and progressive-scan DVD player, while standard composite- and S-video inputs accommodate all DVD players. The set's HDMI interface provides a digital connection with your DTV receiver. HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable.

    Choose between rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs for extra convenience. A rear AV output offers a switchable fixed- and variable-level analog audio output for hookup with a surround receiver or integrated amplifier.

    The set features stereo speakers (with 10 watts per channel) and BBE sound enhancement. You can label the set's video inputs and channels for easy selection. If you don't have Dolby Pro Logic processing or a surround speaker system, the TV's SRS TruSurround will simulate surround sound through any 2 speakers.

    Other video technologies include auto white balance, Dynamic Picture Processor circuitry, Trinitone color temperature control, and vertical aperture compensation. An optional accessory for the set is the Sony audio/video cabinet SU-32HX1.

    What's in the Box
    TV, remote control (RM-Y197), 2 AA batteries, a user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • 32-inch Hi-Scan FD Trinitron WEGA television with standard 4:3 aspect ratio; 35.38 x 27.5 x 23.5 inches (W x H x D)
    • Offers analog and digital (HDMI) high-definition inputs and a wealth of picture-enhancing technologies
    • High-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes
    • CineMotion Reverse 3:2 pulldown technology lets you watch progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format
    • Stereo speakers with 10 watts per channel; SRS TruSurround simulated surround sound and BBE sound enhancement

    13. Sony VAIO VGN-T140P/L 10.6" Notebook PC (U/L/V Intel Pentium M Processor 733 (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD-ROM/CD-RW Drive)
    list price: $2,049.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00069G9LE
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 27
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    Amazon Product Description

    The Basics
    It was just a few years ago that true micro-notebooks were little more than glorified calculators. But times change and Sony's innovative VAIO VGN-T140P/L proves that a three lb. notebook no larger than a traditional pad of paper can indeed deliver adequate power and connectivity for the majority of typical mobile tasks. Differing from the otherwise identical VAIO VGN-T140P/L by virtue of its enhanced operating system (Windows XP Professional rather than Windows XP Home), the VAIO VGN-T140P/L isn't an ideal unit for demanding business and power users or sophisticated 3D gamers. It is, however, perfect for anyone who frequently hauls their notebook with them to remote un-plugged environments and engages in comparatively basic tasks such as word processing, data gathering, finances, contact management and email/Internet sessions. Stunningly portable, extremely battery efficient and more potent than the vast majority of past or present micro-notebooks, the not inexpensive VAIO VGN-T140P/L is a miniature dynamo.

    The VAIO VGN-T140P/L features a widescreen display, that is perfect for watching panoramic DVD movies

    Processor
    At the heart of any computer lies the CPU (or processor), a massive collection of miniature transistors that governs the speed and power of the entire unit. Some of today's notebooks are equipped with high-end CPU's on par with those found in top-of-the-line desktop PCs, while others are quick enough only for basic duties such as word processing, email and the like. The VAIO VGN-T140P/L is equipped with an Intel Pentium M processor, one of three components that comprise Intel's efficient Centrino system (the others being a specialized Intel chipset and integrated wireless support). Centrino-equipped notebooks are generally smaller, easier on the batteries, and more versatile than their non-Centrino counterparts. Rated at 1.1 GHz, this is an entry-level Pentium M and therefore one of the least powerful in the Pentium M roster, though it's quick enough for most typical notebook applications and features an amazing 2 MB of Level 2 cache for extremely fast recovery of recently accessed information.

    Memory
    Computers typically store information on their hard drive, but they keep frequently and recently accessed data in Random Access Memory (RAM) for faster retrieval. More RAM means more efficient computing, superior multitasking and less strain on your hard drive. The VAIO VGN-T140P/L incorporates 512 MB of RAM, more than enough for most situations.


    Video
    CPU's are usually so busy doing basic calculations that they need help translating visual output to the viewing screen. This is the duty of the graphics card (or graphics controller). When shopping for a computer, it's good to remember that a video controller with "dedicated" built-in video memory is preferable to one with "shared" video memory wherein the graphics controller borrows a portion of the all-important main system memory. This system's graphics controller is an Intel 855GME with 64 MB of shared video memory. Thusly, the unit shouldn't be counted upon for high-end 3D games or complex 3D animations and graphics, though it will efficiently display 2D and many midlevel 3D applications.

    Display
    Being a subcompact computer, the VAIO VGN-T140P/L features a smallish 10.6-inch WXGA display. But if size is not its strong suit, visual quality is. Being a widescreen display, it's perfect for watching panoramic DVD movies. Furthermore, it takes advantage of Sony's new XBRITE technology and an impressive 1280 by 768 maximum resolution to deliver detailed, bright, high-contrast images.

    XBRITE LCD technology creates a new standard of picture quality inspired by high-definition television.

    Hard Disk
    The system features a 40 GB hard disk. In a time when some notebooks offer hard drives of 100 GB and more, 40 GB may not seem overly generous. However, in the rarified, miniscule world of ultra-compact notebooks, 40 GB of storage space is indeed a sizable amount. Though you likely won't have enough room for a library of space-gobbling video files, the unit will store a typical number of mobile apps and user-created files and a few tunes too.

    Optical Drive
    An optical drive is essential in today's computing environment. A "CD-ROM" drive allows you to install CD-based applications and play music CDs. A "CD-RW" drive adds CD "burning", so you can also backup your important files to long-lasting discs and create personalized music CDs. With a DVD-ROM drive you can watch DVD movies.

    Audio
    The unit is equipped with two miniature stereo speakers, a mini microphone jack and a stereo mini headphone jack.

    Keyboard and Controls
    You'll control your notebook via an 83-key keyboard and standard electro-static touch pad.

    Connectivity and Expansion
    The VAIO VGN-T140P/L offers an assortment of ways to keep in touch, including a 56K modem for low-speed dial-up Internet and email access, a 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet port for high-speed wired network and Internet, and an integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection (802.11b/g) for cord-free e-communication at home, at the office or on the road via a local public hotspot. Other key amenities include two high-speed USB 2.0 ports for plug and play devices such as external drives and digital cameras, an IEEE 1394 FireWire port (commonly used for quick data uploads from digital camcorders), and a PC Card Slot for one type I or type II card with CardBus support..

    Operating System and Software
    Sony will preinstall one of today's most advanced operating systems, Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Edition. Other applications include productivity and word processing software and Sony's typically ample array of music, video and digital photo utilities and editing packages.

    Dimensions and Weight
    Many of today's most powerful notebooks are also the largest, weighing ten or twelve lbs or more and therefore too big and cumbersome for extensive, continuous traveling. These are often referred to as "desktop replacements". On the other extreme are "thin and lights" or "ultra-portables", super-miniaturized units that typically aren't as powerful as their larger brethren but weigh as little as two or three lbs. and will often fit comfortably inside a large purse. The VAIO VGN-T140P/L is exceptionally small and comfortable at a mere 3.1 lbs and just 10.1 by 8.1 by 1.0 - 1.3 inches (depending on configuration).

    Power
    The unit is equipped with a Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery that delivers up to 5.5 hours (with standard battery) and 6.0 to 11.0 hours (with a large capacity battery). These are exceptional figures in today's notebook world. ... Read more


    14. Sony VAIO VGC-V517G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RWDrive)
    list price: $1,899.99
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    Asin: B00079F7Q6
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 95
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    Product Description

    V517G MT P4/3.0 512MB 200GB DVDRW 17IN WXPH ... Read more


    15. Sony RDR-HX900 DVD Recorder with 160 GB Hard Disk Recorder

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    Asin: B0002KQR32
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2327
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The ultimate digital audio/video recording device, Sony's versatile RDR-HX900 lets you record to a choice of formats (DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW) and even stores audio/video programming--everything from television shows to camcorder footage--on its internal 160 GB hard drive. Now you can record your TV programs to the hard drive using an advanced onscreen program guide and archive your favorite shows or movies to long-lasting DVD, dubbing at up to 24x normal speed (depending on your recordable media and your recording mode). There's even an IR blaster for satellite and cable-box control.

    The RDR-HX900's compatibility with DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R discs gives you the widest selection of recording and viewing choices available. The recorder also incorporates several picture-improvement technologies, which you'll benefit from whether you're viewing from the HDD or creating enhanced DVD recordings.

    An easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) grants easy recording from broadcast programs via off-air antenna, cable, or satellite receivers. When recording to the built-in hard-disk drive (HDD), you'll be able to record and store up to 204 hours--that's more than 8 straight days, mind you--of your favorite TV shows and movies.

    The RDR-HX900 can record at HQ+ mode in the hard disk drive, which offers approximately 1.5 times greater resolution than the highest possible bit-rate recording on DVD. The HQ+ mode, along with Dynamic Variable Bit Rate, provide outstanding picture quality. It's especially beneficial when recording quick and complex-motion images or playback from the HDD.

    The RDR-HX900 also provides hassle-free connection with compatible camcorders through its front panel i.Link interface (for DV/D8 connection and easy tape-to-disc content transfers). In addition to granting simple camcorder hook-ups, the i.Link (DV/D8) interface gives you operational control over the connected camcorder via the supplied Remote Commander remote control. You can even copy the entire contents of your DV or D8 tape by selecting the convenient 1-touch dubbing feature.

    The recorder offers advanced editing features for content originating on camcorder tapes. The 2 basic options consist of either downloading the entire contents to a DVD disc and then editing the content in non-linear fashion right on the disc, or more traditional linear editing directly from tape.

    The RDR-HX900 also features Time Base Correction, pre-frame noise reduction, and pre-video equalizer technologies that rebalance and equalize video content before it's recorded onto a DVD, improving the original source content even before the encoding process begins. In the output phase, the RDR-HX900 recorder combines frame noise reduction, block noise reduction, and video equalizer technologies to produce a rich and textured visual with minimal picture interference from background artifacts or distortion.

    Finally, the recorder offers proprietary DVD playback technology called Precision Cinema Progressive, which incorporates Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion technology to augment and balance DVD-video elements. You'll need a high-definition or HD-ready television to appreciate this process. A 12-bit/108 MHz video D/A converter ensures exceptional picture quality for an unforgettable viewing experience, while audio decoding occurs at an amazing 192 kHz/24-bits.

    What's in the Box
    DVD recorder/player, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial video cable. ... Read more

    Features

    • Universal DVD-R/DVD-RW, DVD+R/+RW recorder and player with built-in 160 GB hard-disk drive
    • Record up to 5 hours of audio/video content per single-sided 4.7 GB DVD; record and store up to 204 hours/8.5 days of AV content on the HDD
    • High-speed dubbing from HDD to DVD (up to 24x)
    • Front-panel i.Link digital interface (DV/D8) provides simple, high-quality connection to camcorders
    • Timer recording with advanced electronic program guide

    16. Sony DVP-CX985V 400 Disc Progressive DVD / SACD Player
    list price: $499.00
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    Asin: B0000DIK0U
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1018
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Store your collection of DVD movies and audio CDs in Sony's DVP-CX985V progressive-scan DVD/SACD player, and they'll just be ready for playback at a moment's notice. The DVP-CX985V multiformat mega-changer stores 400 discs and is compatible with DVD-RW/-R, DVD+RW/+R, SACD (Super Audio CD) multichannel discs, and CD-R/RW discs with CD and MP3 audio.

    Other DVD players detect image changes at the scan line level--Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive (PCP) system detects them at the pixel level. The picture is more faithful to the source--whether film or video--because separate, optimized algorithms are used to handle the differing pixel behavior. Separate algorithms are also used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.

    The high-speed 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter employs 4X oversampling for much more effective noise filtering.

    In addition to standard 2-channel CD playback, the DVP-CX985V plays 2-channel and multichannel Super Audio CDs. It reads the disc information of all the discs and loads the information into memory so that disc type, titles, and other text information can be displayed on the TV screen.

    It has the following video output options (with number of ports): component video (x1), S-Video (x1), composite video (x1), coaxial digital (x1), and optical digital (x1). It also has the following audio output options: analog audio (x1) and 5.1 channel (x1).

    Other features include:

    • Included remote operates the DVP-CX985V as well as a number of functions on select brands of televisions and receivers; its keys glow in the dark.
    • Instant Replay feature enables you to go back 10 seconds to review a scene with a single press of a button.
    • TV Virtual Surround feature generates a convincing surround-sound effect using only 2 stereo speakers.
    • Dolby Digital and DTS output.

    Tech Talk

    • SACD: Super Audio CD (SACD) is a high-resolution digital audio format that promises vast sonic improvements over the current audio CD format. SACD discs can be played back on dedicated SACD players or combination SACD/DVD-Video players. Certain SACD discs feature a conventional audio CD layer (hybrid SACDs) which can be played back by any CD player or computer with a CD-ROM drive.
    • Progressive scan: Also called sequential scanning, a progressive-scan system displays the entire image--providing all the horizontal lines per frame, rather than every other line--once every 60th of a second. This method reduces flicker and increases stability. Progressive-scan viewing requires a compatible digital TV.
    • Component video: Unlike a single video input, component video maintains the video signal as three separate signals through these three jacks. This connection provides optimum quality. To ensure maximum picture quality, use three video-grade cables for the Y, Pb, and Pr connections.

    What's in the Box
    Sony DVP-CX985V DVD/SACD player/changer, remote control (RM-DX500), 2 AA batteries, RCA cable (57 inches), and operating instructions. ... Read more

    Features

    • Progressive-scan DVD player, compatible with DVD-RW/-R, DVD+RW/+R, SACD (Super Audio CD), and CD-R/RW discs with CD and MP3 audio
    • 400-disc changer holds your entire movie and music library; find your favorites with DiscExplorer onscreen management
    • Connections include component, composite, optical, and coaxial
    • High-speed 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter; Dolby Digital and DTS output
    • Measures 17 x 7.4 x 21.1 inches (W x H x D)

    Reviews (13)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Works out of the box, but not for very long.
    I bought one of these players, upgrading from a Sony 300+1 disk player that had been filled and because I also wanted the progressive scan my older unit had lacked. The slowness of the Disk Exployer has always been a problem that I was use to, so that was nothing new to me. A wireless keyboard makes a GREAT difference when putting in movie names, howerver it still took me about two weekends to program 320 DVD titles (about 5% of which had been pre-programmed with DVD-Text).
    The first problem showed up as I was loading the movies from the old player. Slot number 141 would not load a disk into the drive, no matter what disk I put into the slot. This was a minor problem as I had 399 working slots.
    The bigger problem showed up after I had put in about 380 DVD's (about seven months into ownership). The unit started acting up. Sometimes the power would turn itself off for no reason, sometimes programmed disks would be lost from Disk Exployer and more then once the player would simply lock up while playing a disk - the picture would freeze and no responce from either the remote or front-panel buttons. I would have to unplug the unit to reset it.
    And on the 8th month, the power supply failed. I was on 383 DVD's, all programmed, with picture jackets ... I nearly cryed thinking of all the time it had taken to program the player. It has been in the shop now for two months. Luckly, I had not yet sold my old 300 disk changer, which is still working.
    For those that don't like programming in all those DVD titles, I have recently purchased the Kenwood DV5900, it links to your home computer and gets titles off the internet. It is a much better, though much more expensive unit ... and still supports changer linking (up to three), which the newer Sony units seem to lack.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding unit, usable menu
    Expectations are everything. My experience with the incompetence of the consumer A/V industry must lower mine. I've heard the complaints about the speed and clumsiness of this unit but I have no major complaints about it. I must admit that I place a higher priority on picture and audio quality, and this unit is awesome on both counts. In addition, the transport is well designed, quiet and well balanced.

    For those of you shopping for one of these, make sure you read the dimensions. This sucker is HUGE. It's much deeper than any of my other equipment, including my Sony ES receiver. I had to cut the back out of my A/V cabinet in order for it to fit. Again, no biggie. I'd have bought a new piece of furniture for it.

    The time required to set up this unit is nothing when compared with the nightmare of displaying, storing, and handling 350 DVDs. My wife and I spent about three hours inserting the discs and entering the titles, using a keyboard and a spreadsheet of our movies. It took me another hour to divide the DVDs into the four included groups in the Disc Explorer. I divided them into Family, Action, CDM (Comedy Drama Musical) and Other (special features, yoga, documentaries). Seems to work so far for me.

    Is the Disc Explorer the greatest thing in the world? Nope, but it works fine if you are too lazy to have a printout of your movies nearby. The best part is that it's not required in order to use the unit, which gives you lots of flexibility. If you are serious about your video system, use DVDlobby and you'll never use Disk Explorer again.

    I've heard complaints about the speed of the transport on this unit. Again, expectations are everything. How long does it take to look through the movies in your media cabinet, decide which one you want, open the sometimes bizzarre packaging, load the disc into your player, take the old one out, and put it away?

    With this unit, it takes 18 seconds to load and play a disk on the opposite side of the platter. It takes 9 seconds to go from viewing a movie to viewing the Disk Explorer. It takes about 4 minutes to navigate through all 400 disks with the Disk Explorer. It's faster if you don't add pictures to the disc names, and some of the names from the disk manufacturers are just wrong, so you might be better off not letting the unit detect your disks.

    The only movie I had a real problem creating a title for was Confessions of a Dangerous Mind since there was only room for "Conf/Dangerous M". I settled for "Dangerous Mind". I know my movies well enough that I don't require an entire paragraph to remind me.

    If you are interested in using this unit for SACD, remember that you must have a 5.1 channel input on your receiver. If you have more CDs than DVDs, don't expect this thing to be a good CD player. It isn't, but I've never seen a DVD player that was. Buy a megaCD changer and save yourself the trouble.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Player
    I liked this player so much I bought another one. This player plays DVDs that were unplayable on my other players (Panasonic, Sony, RCA). I have never tried the disc explorer because other reviewers complain about it and I lose power occasionally. I use a spreadsheet as my DVD guide so I can sort by Title and have a great custom "TV Guide" including episode names on the TV show DVDs. I bought my first CX985V 6 months ago and I have had no problems so far.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great For DVD's, NOT CD's
    I bought this unit to replace 2 Sony 200 cd only disc players. This model was only $125 more than the 400 cd player, so i went with it. The menu funtions are terrible!!!! They are way over complicated and irritating. And if you just wanna play cd's you have to enter th cd# and then wait for the player to recognize the cd before you can select a track. It is a time consuming annoyance. If you want to use the shuffle or program features you have to use the menu on you TV. You can't just push a button and go. This player is a huge disapointment, but i'm too lazy to remove all my cd's and take it back.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Full Tilt Glory
    Excellent quality picture and sound..but as echoed in other reviews...do a list (paper)...loaded about 240 dvd's recognized 31..one of which, the store bought movie(not a copy) "Glory" showed up as "Full Tilt Boogie" and because no overwrite capabilities we forever be know as such...no offence to any civil war vets out there... ... Read more


    17. Sony DVP-FX1021 Portable DVD Player with 10.2" LCD

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    Asin: B0006J1YT6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1706
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sony's stylish, slender DVP-FX1021 packs a 10.2-inch widescreen TFT liquid-crystal display under its aluminum hood, giving you an appealing way to turn downtime into prime time. The DVP-FX1021's lithium-ion battery is designed to hold out for a whopping 7 full hours (with contrast set to minimum and using headphones instead of speakers), enough for 2 epic films to last you through most or all of that transcontinental flight.

    You can charge it in the car using its DC car charger, or use the supplied AC/DC power adapter to charge or watch from a hotel room. You can also hook it up to a TV in the hotel or at home using the unit's minijack S-video and composite-video outputs (cable included).

    The player's 16:9 aspect ratio matches that of your favorite feature films. It has built-in stereo speakers, and it plays CDs, too--leave the screen down, plug your headphones in, and crank it up (but not too loud). You can even ask a friend to join you: the player sports 2 headphone jacks. Use the DVP-FX1021 to listen to your MP3 CDs and, with JPEG-encoded CD-Rs and CD-RWs, view slideshows of your most recent or most popular digital photos--perfect for those infrequent visits to distant relations.

    Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output (through a .125-inch minijack-to-Toslink optical cable, not supplied) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. The outputs are switchable as AV inputs, too, in case you want to use the screen as a monitor for a camcorder or video-game device.

    The resume feature automatically restarts playback from the point where you last stopped a disc, and a compact remote control affords ready access to the device from up to several feet away. Headphones are not included.

    What's in the Box
    DVD player, remote control (RM-D163A), 2 AA batteries, one 7.4V lithium-ion battery (NP-FX1021), an RCA-to-minijack analog audio/composite-video interconnect, a car charger (DCC-FX101), an AC/DC adapter (AC-FX101), and a user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • 10.2-inch TFT LCD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio to match the dimensions of your favorite movies
    • Includes built-in stereo speakers with simulated surround sound; plays DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, MP3 CD, and JPEG image CD
    • Dolby Digital and DTS passthrough with optical digital-audio output; A/V inputs let you use the player as a monitor for a camcorder or video game
    • Rechargeable battery with 7-hour playback ensures uninterrupted viewings of 2 to 3 movies; includes remote control, AC power adapter, car charger
    • Measures 10.1 x 2 x 7.6 inches (W x H x D) with battery

    18. Sony KDF-42WE655 42" Grand WEGA LCD Projection Television with Integrated HDTV Tuner
    list price: $2,799.99
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    Asin: B00061ZNVE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 3325
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    From its integrated NTSC and ATSC (HDTV) tuners to Sony's WEGA Engine system and the HDMI digital-video interface, the 42-inch KDF-42WE655 LCD projection television is loaded with features to make your eyes pop. The 64-pound LCD projection television is also easy to position, and its relatively modest chassis--standing just 15 inches deep--won't push you out of your house.

    The set's liquid-crystal display frees you from having to make convergence adjustments or having to worry about image burn-in. Instead you get incredible detail (more than 3 million pixels), high contrast, and corner-to-corner brightness from the set's user-replaceable 100-watt UHP (ultra high pressure) lamp.

    The screen features a wide, 16:9 aspect ratio to match the dimension of most movies and HDTV broadcasts, and the KDF-42WE655 offers compatibility with standard-definition 480i, enhanced-definition 480p, and high-definition 720p and 1080i signals. Sony's Digital Reality Creation (DRC) circuitry ensures high picture resolution, while proprietary Direct Digital Circuitry increases a video signal's signal-to-noise ratio before it reaches the DRC circuit, ensuring rich, natural-looking images from any source.

    Sony's CineMotion 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal is a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

    The set's WEGA Engine system maximizes picture performance from any video source by minimizing the number of digital-to-analog conversion processes. This full digital processing engine includes Sony's MID-X (Multi Image Driver), which maintains the integrity of a converted signal by minimizing image loss in the scaling process; and a proprietary optical engine, which employs a trio of Sony's wide-XGA, high-resolution LCD panels, 1 for each of the RGB signals (resulting in a total of 3.28 million dots of resolution).

    The optical engine also features a special 11-element lens system responsible for the lightweight, ultra-slim cabinet. The lens system bends the light path, creating an ultra-short focal point while maintaining high brightness. This proprietary system delivers vivid images from the center of the screen all the way to the edges.

    The set includes numerous other features:

    • TwinView PIP (picture-in-picture) lets you view any 2 sources simultaneously, even at different image resolutions, while the built-in Memory Stick media slot offers ready display of both JPEG images and MPEG-1 video.
    • A Memory Stick media slot (compatible with Memory Stick Pro and Memory Stick Duo media) grants convenient viewing of JPEG and MPEG-1 files. It can also display customized slide shows using MP3 files for background music.
    • Channel Fix lets you select a specific TV channel (3, for example) for cable box reception. Then you can control a compatible cable box via the TV remote without inadvertently changing the TV from Channel 3.
    • Authorized CableCARD ability means the set will receive digital cable television systems services directly from the cable operator without requiring a bulky, external cable box.
    • Sony's exclusive S-Master 1-bit digital amplifier produces 15 watts per channel (x 2), ensuring high power for superb, clear dialog.

    HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link the set with any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multichannel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

    What's in the Box
    TV, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty/registration information. ... Read more

    Features

    • Vivid, high-definition, slim-chassis LCD projection television with 42-inch screen and ATSC (HDTV) tuner; 47.2 x 32.2 x 15.1 inches (W x H x D)
    • Lightweight design with bright, high-contrast screen; CableCARD compatibility removes the need for a separate digital cable box
    • 3.28 million dots resolution for stunning detail and clarity; fixed-pixel display and constant light prevent image flicker
    • CineMotion 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal removes redundant video information to display a film-frame-accurate picture from movie sources
    • WEGA Engine system keeps images in the digital domain; an optical engine ensures high resolution, corner to corner

    19. Sony RDR-GX300 DVD Recorder
    list price: $599.99
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    Asin: B0002KQR2I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1978
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Created for first-time users, Sony's RDR-GX300 DVD recorder offers the widest selection of recording and viewing choices available, handling both DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R discs. It even includes an IR blaster for satellite and cable-box control. Instead of fumbling with 2 remote controls when using the timer function to record your favorite programs, the RDR-GX300's remote lets you select the channel directly from your set-top box(es).

    An easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) grants easy recording from broadcast programs via off-air antenna, cable, or satellite receivers. Recording features include chasing playback and simultaneous recording and playback (in DVD-RW VR mode) for a greater recording and viewing flexibility. Chasing playback lets you rewind the recorded material while a program is still recording to view and catch up to the real time recording. Simultaneous recording and playback lets you watch pre-recorded content while recording new content to the same disc.

    The RDR-GX300 also features Time Base Correction, pre-frame noise reduction, and pre-video equalizer technologies that rebalance and equalize video content before it's recorded onto a DVD, improving the original source content even before the encoding process begins. In the output phase, the RDR-GX300 recorder combines frame noise reduction, block noise reduction, and video equalizer technologies to produce a rich and textured visual with minimal picture interference from background artifacts or distortion.

    Finally, the recorder offers proprietary DVD playback technology called Precision Cinema Progressive, which incorporates Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion technology to augment and balance DVD-video elements. You'll need a high-definition or HD-ready television to appreciate this process. A 12-bit/108 MHz video D/A converter ensures exceptional picture quality for an unforgettable viewing experience, while audio decoding occurs at an amazing 192 kHz/24-bits.

    What's in the Box
    DVD recorder/player, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial video cable. ... Read more

    Features

    • Universal DVD-R/DVD-RW, DVD+R/+RW recorder and player
    • Records up to 5 hours of audio/video content per single-sided 4.7 GB DVD
    • Precision Cinema Progressive with Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion produces seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
    • Front-panel audio/video input provides simple connection to camcorders or other devices
    • Simplified timer recording through VCR Plus+ electronic program guide

    20. Sony VAIO VGC-RA834G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 560J, 1 GB RAM, 2x200 GB Hard Drives, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM Drives)
    list price: $2,099.99
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    Asin: B00079F7PM
    Catlog: Personal Computer
    Manufacturer: Sony CE
    Sales Rank: 60
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Flex your multimedia muscles with the sleek, black Sony Vaio VGC-RA830G Digital Studio PC. Edit high-definition camcorder video, master your own music recordings, and turn your home movies into high-quality DVDs for the whole family. With Windows XP Media Center, you'll be able to watch and record your favorite TV programs. It boasts cutting-edge technology that will last for years, including an outrageous 400 GB Serial ATA hard drive, which offers faster data transfer, and a dual-layer, multiformat DVD/CD burner. Plus, there's room to expand with capacity for multiple drives. Other features include Sony's innovative liquid-cooling system and advanced noise-reduction technology, a hyper -threaded 3.6 GHz Pentium 4 processor, 1 GB of installed RAM, multiple video format inputs and outputs, 5.1-channel audio capability and supplied surround sound speakers.

    The Basics

    • Hard Drive: This entertainment-centric desktop is loaded with a 400 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, which offers higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0--than typical ATA hard drives. You'll be able to store hundreds of hours of recorded TV programming as well as a library of your digital video projects.
    • Processor: The hyper-threaded 3.6 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor--one of the fastest available as of January, 2004--allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system, helping to deliver faster transistors and increased performance. It also features a 1 MB L2 cache and a blazingly fast 800 MHz front-side bus speed, which measures how fast a processor and the main memory communicate, and a 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)

      A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.

    • Memory: The VGC-RA834G comes with 1 GB of installed PC-3200 DDR RAM (400 MHz). This is a good start, but you'll want to max out the 2 GB capacity (which is a bit small for such a multimedia powerhouse) for your 3D gaming and video-editing needs.
    • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 8x write/4x rewrite speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 16x write/4x rewrite speed (DVDs are read at 8x). For double-layer DVD+R, it has a 2.4x write speed. For CDs, it has a 32x write/24x rewrite speed. It also has a separate DVD-ROM drive with 16x DVD read speed and 40x CD read speed.
    • Keyboard & Mouse: This desktop comes with a wireless keyboard and optical mouse, as well as an IR remote control.
    Graphics and Sound
    The multimedia engine is powered by the supercharged, top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce 6600 graphics/video card. It features support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0, a high-definition video processor, and ultra-realistic effects for today's most demanding immersive 3D games. It has a 256 MB dedicated video memory, and output to S-Video, VGA, and DVI (for a 1280 x 1024 pixel output at 60 MHz). It also features the integrated Intel High Definition audio chip (Azalia), featuring THX certification and 8 channels for full Dolby 5.1/6.1/7.2 surround sound with Dolby Pro Logic IIx.

    Connectivity and Expansion Slots
    For expansion, the VGC-RA834G has two 5.25-inch half-height external bays (one available), one external 3.5-inch bay (occupied) and three internal 3.5-inch bay (two occupied), two PCI slots (one available), and one PCI Express (occupied). It comes with a built-in floppy drive and the following external connectors:

    • 7 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
    • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals (1 6-pin in front, 1 4-pin in rear)
    • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
    • 1 S/PDIF out
    • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
    • 1 VGA/DVI monitor port
    • 2 S-Video inputs (front and rear)
    • Composite video/audio inputs (front and rear)
    • Coaxial video input (VHF/UHF)
    • 1 microphone, 1 headphone, 1 line-in
    • Multiformat memory card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
    It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

    Preloaded System and Software
    The pre-installed Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is essentially Windows XP Professional Edition with a variety of tools to help you to create, organize, and enjoy digital media ranging from music to home movies to photo slide shows. Record and watch your TV programs with the Personal Video Recorder (PVR) powered by Giga Pocket Engine. It also comes loaded with a bevy of Sony multimedia software: Click to DVD (DVD creation) PictureGear Studio (digital photo), SonicStage (digital music), SonicStage Mastering Studio (audio mastering/remastering), Vaio Media (network file sharing), and DVgate Plus (digital video). Other preloaded software includes Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop Album, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Works 8.0, Quicken 2005 New User Edition, Intervideo WinDVD, Sonic RecordNow, Norton Internet Security (with 90-day subscription) and SpySubtract.

    Dimensions and Weight
    It measures 7.4 x 15.6 x 15.3 inches (WxHxD) and weighs approximately 34 pounds.

    What's in the Box
    This package includes the VGS-RA834G Digital Studio desktop PC, surround sound speakers, IR remote control, IR blaster, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, and power cord. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty. ... Read more


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