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10. Revel Salon (loudspeakers)
More AR reviewers own Revel speakers (and pick fights with Del Colliano about them) than any other brand. Revel’s smooth and warm sound never loses accuracy even at absurd Bryan Southard listening levels.

9. V Inc. Bravo D-1 (DVD player)
No reviewer can believe this player costs $199. Its DVI output into a plasma or digital projector is breathtaking and then you realize again that it is $199 and you are even more impressed.

8. Anthem AVM 20 (AV preamp)
Barely anyone can afford or justify a $30,000 AV preamp, but tens of thousands of AV enthusiasts can afford the investment in an AVM20. This sucker has all of the bells and whistles, and offers audio quality that makes you wish you never even looked at a receiver.

7. Sunfire Theater Grand III (AV preamp)
The Sunfire TGIII goes head to head with the Anthem AVM20 in the marketplace. Our reviewers comment on its warm, Bob Carver sound and its remarkable simplicity.

6. Sony 34XBR910 (HDTV)
CRT TVs are on their last legs, with LCD and plasmas now on the market, but for the a little over $2,000, this TV makes the best picture any of us have seen this side of $30,000. While 34 inches isn’t huge for a home theater, this XBR WEGA makes a frighteningly good picture for every home theater and HDTV enthusiast.

5. Meridian 800 (DVD player)
The 800 might be the ultimate source component. Its audio performance is unmatched for CD and DVD-Audio, but its video performance for DVDs makes the 800’s $20,000 price tag something that causes serious video nuts to write big checks.

4. Energy Take 5.2 (loudspeakers)
Bang for your buck defined. These speakers are a complete solution, easy to use and also great-sounding. Oh yeah, you can afford them, too.

3. Apple iPod (music storage)
The fact that the Apple iPod allows you to carry 4000 songs in your pocket is certainly a perk, but now, with their iTunes software and pay-per-download service, the iPod is even more essential. If you love music, you need an iPod to take with you to the gym, to play in the car, to connect to your computer at work and beyond.

2. Mark Levinson No.40 (AV preamp)
This $30,000 AV processor oozes cool factor and has the technology to back up its lofty high-end audio history with both stunning audio and video performance. The two-chassis monster pulls off feats like video transcoding (converting S-Video, for example, to component) that you won’t find in other AV preamps. The No. 40, if you can find one these days, is the perfect no-compromise product to convert an audiophile system into a true high-end home theater that doesn’t forget its audio roots.

1. TiVo (personal video recorder)
We couldn’t imagine living without TiVo. This one service makes television exponentially more valuable. Easier to program than a VCR and far easier to use, TiVo is a must-have for anyone with a TV. We dream of a day when there is an HDTV TiVo. We hear DirecTV will have one available in Q1 2004.

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