|AVRev.com's HDTV Draft: The Best HDTVs For The 2007 Football Season|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Video Related Articles|
|Written by Adrienne Maxwell|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2007|
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Every great quarterback has a great team in front of him. Here are some other goodies you need to consider for your HDTV this fall:
Logitech Harmony 1000 Remote Control
Combining high-end functionality, easy set-up and an eye-catching tablet-style design, the Harmony 1000 remote control is a real crowd pleaser. Harmony’s Activities-based user interface has become the standard in remote design, and the great Web-oriented programming platform is both PC- and Mac-compatible. You can control up to 15 devices via a combination of hard buttons and a 3.5-inch color touch screen, and the motion-sensitive backlighting automatically illuminates the remote when you pick it up. Add the optional RF wireless extender ($150) to control equipment around the house, including automation products that use the wireless Z-Wave platform.
DirecTV Plus HD DVR HR20
We’re convinced that both high-definition TV and digital video recording were originally conceived by sports fans, and the DirecTV Plus HD DVR lets DirecTV subscribers enjoy the best that both technologies have to offer. Record from 30 to 50 hours of HD programming (depending on the compression type: MPEG-2 or MPEG-4), watch one game while you record another, or simply enjoy the ability to pause live action and re-watch the game-winning kick to your heart’s content. The receiver includes two satellite and two ATSC over-the-air tuners, HDMI and component video outputs, an onscreen Caller ID function, and DirecTV’s Music Share feature for streaming music and photos from an Intel ViiV PC.
TiVo’s HD DVR
For cable subscribers dissatisfied with the HD DVR forced on them by their provider, TiVo recently made things very interesting with the introduction of a new HD DVR priced $500 less than their previous HD box. The new $300 model lacks THX certification and has a smaller hard drive than its predecessor (it can record 20 hours of HD, instead of 32), but it still offers two-tuner functionality – via CableCARD or over-the-air ATSC – to watch one show while recording another. Also, you get TiVo’s great interface and home-networking functions, including the ability to download movies and TV shows directly from Amazon.com.
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player
The HD-XA2 is the paramount HD DVD player on the market. In this second-generation player, Toshiba has fixed most of the ergonomic issues that frustrated users of the original HD-XA1, while adding much-desired 1080p output. High-quality HD DVD discs look outstanding, and the Silicon Optix Reon HQV processing chip does a great job of up-converting standard-definition DVD sources to 1080p. The thorough, forward-thinking connection panel includes HDMI 1.3, digital and analog audio outputs, an Ethernet port and RS-232. It may be the most expensive player in Toshiba’s line, but the HD-XA2 is worth every penny.
Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
When the games are over, the football action doesn’t have to be. Just pop Madden NFL 08 or NCAA Football 08 (EA Sports) into your Sony Playstation 3 and enjoy the ultimate in graphics and game play. But the Playstation 3 is much more than just a gaming console. For one, it’s an excellent 1080p Blu-ray player, offering both HDMI 1.3 and interactive functionality. It’s also a multimedia center to store and play digital music, photos and videos, with wired and wireless Internet functionality. Sony recently lowered the price of the 60GB Playstation 3 to $499 and released a new $599 80GB Playstation 3.