With Terapin's MCR-TX3300 dual-tray MP3 CD recorder, you'll never again need to boot up your PC to rip a CD to MP3 - or vice versa. The standalone deck can encode standard CD tracks (PCM) into MP3 format at 128 kilobits per second and burn them onto a CD-R or CD-RW. It can also record MP3 files in PCM format for playback on non-MP3 CD players and dub both audio and data CDs at 4x speed. Its USB port accepts MP3s from a Windows PC; software upgrades will allow it to interface with portable players. It also has an Ethernet port, a coaxial and an optical digital input, a coaxial digital output, and an RS-232 serial port for upgrades. The headphone jack has a level control. Price: $499. www.goterapin.com, 888-654-0645
A 5.1-channel speaker system together with an integrated DVD player/receiver capable of Super Audio CD playback for only $700 sounds like a dream. It is - Sony's DAV-C700 DVD Dream System. The player/ receiver is a five-disc changer that can play DVD-Video discs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and both stereo and multichannel SACDs. Its amp is rated to deliver 50 watts per channel to the five satellites and 100 watts to the bass module's 7-inch woofer. Each satellite has a 5/8-inch tweeter mounted coaxially with a 2 3/4-inch midrange driver. Component-, composite-, and S-video outputs give you video-hookup flexibility, and there's an optical digital audio input, too. Price: $700. www.sonystyle.com, 800-222-7669
Whether you think five main speakers are enough for your home theater or want to go all the way with seven, Lexicon has a power amp just for you. Its THX Ultra-certified LX-7 (shown) and LX-5 amps are both rated to deliver 200 watts into 8 ohms for each of seven or five channels, respectively. Channel pairs can be bridged for up to 400 watts of continuous average power, and computerized temperature controls ensure that nothing overheats. Both amps have line-level RCA and balanced XLR inputs as well as gold-plated multiway binding-post speaker outputs. Prices: LX-5, $4,995; LX-7, $5,995. www.lexicon.com, 781-280-0300
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