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Andy Pargh, the "gadget guru" is a recognized expert on high tech products particularly in the electronics industry. His reviews are published nationally in leading newspapers and magazines. Andy also has a regular spot on the Saturday morning TODAY show on NBC. Millions of consumers have trusted his expertise to guide their purchase decisions. The following review of an HDTV and the Theater-Tech™ system of home theater furniture was taken from the the Gadget Guru's web site at http://www.gadgetguy.com/AX001021.HTML.

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HDTV Picture09/28/1998 -- Q: I am in a state of total confusion and hope you can help. My current projection television is on its last legs and needs to be replaced. With all of the talk of HDTV, do I buy a standard television now or wait for HDTV?
     A: My immediate answer is to tell you to go out and purchase a new standard (NTSC) television now. That is unless your name is Gates or a Rockefeller and can afford to fork over the $7,000+ that's needed to buy a HDTV set. But remember even if you purchase a new HDTV set now, you won't be able to receive digital signals without the addition of a set top converter box. These beauties have been quoted anywhere from $500 to $5,000 - and that's on top of the price of the HDTV itself! The good news is that existing televisions (both direct view and projection) will benefit from HDTV signals with the addition of the aforementioned box or even a HD-DSS receiver (yes, there will be one). For instance, I just purchased a RCA 32-inch ProScan, and while it's not capable of receiving true 1080i HDTV, its existing NTSC pictures will be enhanced by upcoming digital signals with the addition of a digital converter box. Keep in mind that although HDTV will eventually replace the current NTSC standard, those days are far off in the future. Right now, a good projection TV or tube-based set will not only survive but also thrive in the digital era.

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     Q: Although I enjoyed your recent piece on audio/video furniture, I'm one of those "gear heads" who needs twice the component and storage space. Surely someone makes A/V furniture for people like me. Can you help?
     A: I feel your pain. As a fellow "gear guy", my modus operandi when it comes to storing all my home theater components has always involved tearing down walls (and my bank account as well) and installing custom cabinetry. Having recently moved into a new house, and after experiencing the sticker shock from the in-wall construction estimates, I quickly began searching for standalone A/V furniture that would suit my expansive needs. I was looking for furniture that could not only hold my existing stuff, but, with one eye on the future (read: HDTV), grow to hold a digital widescreen television as well. To my surprise, I found a group of fellow aficionados who had started a company for the very reason you and I and all the other component junkies seek -- Storage, storage storage.
     Called Diamond Case, this company's Theater-Tech™ System One Entertainment Center (Model No. TT-300) and matching audio cabinet (Model NO. TT-200) is a gift from the gear gods. It holds televisions up to 45-inches including many of the soon to be released 16:9 format HDTV's. This way you can put a 40-inch direct view or 45-inch tabletop projection television in it today and a wide screen model tomorrow. It has room for a whopping 18 components and 12-adjustable retractable drawers as well. There's also space for your theater's center, left, right and center channel speakers. The system is all housed inside a maple wood exterior with hideaway pocket doors for the center module (TV, speaker and the like) and interchangeable left and right door panels (your choice: wood, smoke glass or grill cloth) for a customized look. For maintenance and hookups, all modules have removable back panels, an "Air Chimney" ventilation system with offset back panels for vertical air flow, a 3-inch wire access channel with entry/exit slots to organize and conceal cables and casters for mobility.
     What truly makes this system unique is that it is customizable - meaning you take the initial specs and have the factory modify it for your needs. This allows you to create media storage and component space that is right for you and your lifestyle. The folk's at Diamond Case will then build the furniture to order and get this, ship it fully assembled to your door.
     The whole system measures 90-3/4-inches wide by 25-3/16-inches deep by 53-7/8-inches tall. The center cabinet interior measures 40-7/8-inches wide by 39-1/4-inches tall and has an adjustable shelf for the center channel speaker and a doublewide storage drawer below the TV for videotapes, CDs and more. Fully configured, the system sells for $5,000. It comes in four finishes (champagne, fruit wood, cherry and black). For more information, call (800) 616-5354.

by Andy Pargh

(review copied from Gadget Guru's web site, originally found at http://www.gadgetguy.com/AX001021.HTML)

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Diamond Case Designs, Inc. - 655 N. Shepard St. - Anaheim, CA 92806 - (800) 616-5354 - www.diamondcase.com

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