|AVRev.com's Top 100 of 2004|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Best Of & Top 100 Lists|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 01 December 2004|
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20. Aperion Audio Intimus 5.1 speaker system
Direct sales from Aperion allows them to sell Home Theater enthusiasts speakers that would cost three or four times more in a traditional retail store. Worried about buying speakers on-line? Just ask their customers how glad they are that they bought Aperion.
19. Polk LSi9 speakers
These speakers have the energy and life to bring both high-resolution audio sources and the most incredible movie soundtracks to life with sound as brilliant as your HDTV’s picture.
18. Meridian G68 AV preamp
When most high-end AV companies simply outsource the development of their preamps to Asia, Meridian has an entirely new platform for their more affordable line that Southard is raving about in early testing.
17. Meridian 861 AV preamp
Cost be damned with this $24,000 AV preamp, with results that sound better than darn near everything on the market at any price. Version 4 adds a tricky new room correction card to optimize the speakers in your room.
16. Panasonic PT-L500U LCD Projector
When industry insiders started snapping up this $2,400 LCD projector, we took note. HDTV on a large screen has never been more reasonable. A perfect projector to combine with Screen Goo in a large-scale, value-based video system.
15. Escient Fireball DVDM100 DVD and music server
In 2004 the category of video management devices really blossomed and for the dollar the Escient is the best of the best.
14. Samsung PPM63H3 63 inch plasma monitor
Bigger is always better to most Americans. Samsung proves this point with their whopping 63 inch plasma that is easy to use yet super stealth in most rooms.
13. Mirage Omni Sat speakers
Among the most unique speakers to be released in the last few years, the Omni Sats allow you to install speakers in places where speakers never used to go. The sound is open and liquid, all for a bargain price.
12. Transparent Reference audio-video cables
In 2004, Transparent’s audio cables went on a diet, with their network boxes shrinking for rack-based installations. Their new video cables, including Reference Component and HDMI, are about as good as it gets.
11. Wilson WATT Puppy Version 7
Wilson’s classic speaker design is continually being refined as if it were the Porsche 911 of loudspeakers. Fast, sexy, slim and lust-worthy - if you’ve got the funds to make it happen, owning these speakers is a dream come true.