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Monday, 01 November 1999 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Pioneer PDP-501M 50-inch Plasma Display
What most captures my imagination in this new era of digital video is the flat-panel plasma display with its characteristic ultra thin chassis. Pioneer's PDP-501M is the biggest and best display in this category so far. It's also the most expensive at a recently reduced $22,000. The PDP-501M is a full 50" diagonal screen in a 16:9 aspect ratio, accommodating DVD and HDTV broadcasts. While other plasma displays deliver a 480p picture, meeting Standard Definition specifications, the PDP-501M is the only commercially available plasma display capable of displaying a high definition 720p picture. A wide array of inputs are provided for different types of sources. A standard NTSC composite and S-Video input allows hook-ups of analog VCR's and Laserdisc players. The RGB (component) inputs are essential for the best reproduction of DVD and Digital VCR material. For some eye-popping web ...
Monday, 01 November 1999 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Proceed Amp 5 Multi-channel Power Amplifier
Introduction Home theater is clearly the driving force behind the high end audio video market. However, very few music and film enthusiasts are willing to sacrifice pure music playback in order to enjoy the addictive sizzle of home theater. We want the best of both worlds. Enter the Proceed AMP 5. With Proceed being the little brother to the two-channel giant Mark Levinson, the AMP 5 shares many of the advantages and design cues found on the more pricey Levinson gear, while being nicely packaged for multi-channel use. The Proceed AMP 5 is a five-channel, single chassis THX-certified, power amplifier rated at 125 watts x 5 into 8 ohms and 250 watts x 5 into 4 ohms. Priced at $4995, the AMP 5 is the perfect partner for Proceed's AV preamp, the AVP, also priced at $4995. The Proceed AMP 5 accepts both balanced and unbalanced signals, changeable by the flip of a switch. ...
Monday, 01 November 1999 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Proceed AVP AV Preamplifier
Introduction The Proceed AVP is a full function audio/video preamp that combines audio preamplification, digital conversion, broadcast-quality video switching and surround sound decoding into a highly refined high-end gem. Priced at $4,995 (S-Video version), the Proceed AVP comes equipped with DTS, AC3, Pro Logic, THX and numerous other surround fields for both music and video playback. The digital section of the AVP uses Burr Brown 1702 20-bit Multibit DACs for the left and right channels and 1-bit, 24-bit compatible AKM Delta-Sigma DACs for the center, surround, aux and subwoofer channels. A dealer-provided software update will be available in the near future to get your AVP ready for the 24-bit 96 kHz performance. The AVP comes equipped with seven digital and eight analog highly flexible, assignable inputs. A special version of the AVP can be ordered in order to take up to four S-VHS inputs, as well as four composite inputs. A standard AVP comes with six composite ...
Sunday, 01 August 1999 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Pioneer DVL-91 LaserDisc / DVD Player
Introduction As largely evidenced by the huge selection of titles at retail mega-outlets such as Tower and Virgin, reports of the Laserdisc's death have been greatly exaggerated. According to Pioneer, who has invested heavily in both Laserdisc hardware and software for the past fifteen years, Laserdiscs will happily coexist with DVD for several more years (how many more is anyone's guess). To that end, Pioneer keeps the passion alive with products such as the Elite DVL-91, a combination LD, DVD and CD player. The Laserdisc portion is essentially identical to Pioneer's Elite CLD-79, part of their current product line. However, the addition of a DVD player turns the DVL-91 into an all-purpose player that should satisfy your optical video playback needs for some time to come. The unit, with its stylish rosewood side panels and elegant, shiny, black Urushi finish, is essentially the same height as any Laserdisc player, but contains a separate tray to ...
Saturday, 01 May 1999 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Pioneer PD-F07 CD Player
Introduction Long ago, a myth was sold to the audiophile community that CD changers were not at all good for real music lovers. After listening to a first-generation CD carousel, you could understand this myth: the early changers sounded brittle on the high frequencies, limp in the bass and lacked any sense of depth. To compound the damage, most of the early units didn’t even come equipped with a digital output to resurrect their sound via an outboard digital to analog converter. Today, CD changers are loaded with technology and features that make a strong argument for why even a hardened audiophile should consider owning one for his or her music and film playback system. The Pioneer Elite PD-F07 at $500 is one of the best values in today’s AV market, in that it is a very well-built 101 CD changer loaded with many of the slickest features and packed with advanced laser and transport ...
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