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The Home Entertainment 2002 Show Report

held at the New York Hilton Hotel, May 30 - June 2, 2002

Report by Chris Montreuil

 

Day 1 - Part 2

 

In the fall Samsung will be introducing two DLP RPTVs that feature TI's new 1280x720 HD2 chip. A 43" ($4,000 msrp) and 50" ($4,500 msrp) model will kick off the line with additional models at screen sizes above and below to come later. Sharp continues to support its 1-Bit technology. Shown here is the SM-SX1/DX-SX1 combo amplifier SACD player. It features technology derived from the flagship SM-SX100.

Sharp's SM-SX100 Integrated Amplifier features a direct 1-bit digital input that will accept DSD streams from their soon to be released SACD player. Secrets reviewed this player a while back, and it still appears to be a current technology with Sharp. In order to appeal to a wider audience Sharp is releasing a multitude of 1-bit products, including a home theater in a box solution, that range from under $500 to just under $2000. The SD-EX111 is a two channel SACD/1-Bit Amplifier combo.

In what represents Sony's first major coup with SACD in the popular music genre is the 22 album re-release of ABKCO's Rolling Stones catalog. The albums will be released on dual layer hybrid discs so as to maintain backward compatibility. Listeners were treated to a selection of cuts from the soon to be released discs as well as a new recording from Tom Jung. Equipment consisted of Eggleston Works Andra IIs powered by tube amplification from Manley Labs.

In addition to a Sony XA-777es the now ubiquitous Meitner Switchmann 2 handled the multi-channel preamp duties. Not resting on its laurels was Wilson Audio who released their latest iteration of the WATT/Puppy series version 7.

Priced at $22k the WATT/Puppies were under the control of VTL pre and power amplifiers. Also on hand was the Watchdog subwoofer (not pictured). Zenith was on hand to display a bevy of new televisions from plasma to LCD to direct view. The C34W23 ($2,499 msrp) is a 34" 16:9 HDTV that features an integrated High Definition Tuner.

Do not let the picture fool you! The LCD EDTV Monitor is a scant 10" diagonal. At $750 it will be the perfect compliment to any high end bathroom system. Paper dispenser not included. The HD-SAT520 ($799 msrp) is a full featured High Definition receiver that will be available in the third quarter. Featuring DVI with HDCP support it certainly lives up to its full featured claims.

Click on links below to go to the photo pages for each day.

Day 1 - Part 1    Day 1 - Part 2    Day 2    Day 3    Wrap-Up

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