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Monday, 01 December 2003
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30. Marantz VP12s2 (projector)
Custom installers agree with Augie that this DLP is the king of the hill right now. With DVI inputs, it allows you to hotrod your DVD picture or connect your Faroudja NRS digitally.

29. Request Server (music storage)
You can archive more songs than you ever thought possible in ways you never dreamed of with touch-screen access to the song titles and cover art via your Crestron remote. Request defines music at your fingertips.

28. Revel F30 (loudspeakers)
At $3,500 per pair these speakers are an outright high-end AV steal. Their look and size are soon to be updated, but the F30s might be the best speaker value in the history of high-end AV.

27. Krell FPB 350 MCx (power amp)
These mono block amps are the makings of a high-end audio dream come true. Krell amps might have the best bass performance of any amp on the market.

26. Fujitsu 50 Inch Plasma (HDTV)
With DVI inputs, a new lower price and a sexy exterior design, the latest Fujitsu 50-inch plasma appeals to the video enthusiast who wants a stunning picture for both movies and HDTV.

25. Gallo Due (loudspeakers)
These little grapefruit-like loudspeakers are perfect to fit into places where speakers just won’t go. Unlike other small, overly marketed speakers that you see late at night on infomercials, Gallos sound smooth and dynamic, while being easy on the pocketbook. They do need a sub for full-range performance.

24. Transparent Reference (AV cables)
Another consensus among AR reviews is on Transparent Cables. Their component video cable is more affordable than you might think and looks outrageously good. Their speaker cables and interconnects are the reference standard of high-end AV systems worldwide. Their dealers also have a liberal trade-in/trade-up policy for consumers working their way up the AV food chain.

23. Rocket RS750 (loudspeakers)
Some say they look like Sonus Fabers. Others say they look better. Some think they sound like speakers from the U.K. but for way less money. For the customer who wants an amazing amount of high-end audio bang for the buck from an Internet-only speaker, Rocket’s RS750 is a lot of speaker for just over $1,000 per pair.

22. MartinLogan Prodigy (loudspeakers)
The number two most popular speakers among AR reviewers, the MartinLogan Prodigy can rock harder than past ML speakers, allowing for them to keep up with the dynamic impact in crash-and-burn Hollywood blockbusters, as well as the most delicate string quartets.

21. B&W DM303 (loudspeakers)
They might be small but they rock. At their well under $500 per pair price point, it is hard to beat the B&W DM303.


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