Pay attention to the speaker system behind the curtain - Wright Audio's Grand Master, which includes a decorative façade complete with drapes, hides some serious hardware back there. Two bass towers, each with dual 12-inch subwoofers, are powered by a 150-watt-per-channel stereo amplifier, and two other transmission-line cabinets each have dual 6 1/2-inch Kevlar-composite midranges and a 1-inch titanium tweeter. Overall frequency response is rated as 20 Hz to 18 kHz ±2 dB. A separate active-crossover controller includes a graphic equalizer. The decorative front is made of solid red oak with beveled glass and black chiffon curtains, and the overall size of each side is 50 x 84 x 21 inches. Price: $14,500. www.wrightaudio.com, 541-343-1413
It's five in one - Sherbourn's 5/1500A power amplifier is really five mono-block amps, each with its own power supply, heat sink, and transformer and rated to deliver up to 200 watts continuous power into 8 ohms. The black faceplate is marked only by the power button, its blue LED, and the Sherbourn logo, but the back panel is filled with balanced XLR and gold-plated RCA inputs for every channel and gold-plated multiway output connectors. There's also a 12-volt trigger input. The 5/1500A measures 19 x 7 x 17 3/4 inches big and weighs 80 pounds. Price: $2,000. www.sherbourn.com, 978-663-7385
The irock! 520 from Motorola spinoff First International Digital nixes your last excuse (high player prices) for not getting with the MP3 revolution. For just 100 smackers, you get a player that measures only 2 1/2 x 7 x 2 7/8 inches, weighs only 2 ounces, and has 64 megabytes of flash memory built in, plus a SmartMedia card slot if you need even more. Earphones, a USB cable, and a carrying strap are supplied, and more than 1,000 songs are ready for download at the company's Web site. www.myirock.com, 847-202-1900
Pick up Onkyo's HTS-L5 system, and you'll only need to add a TV to have a fully functional home theater. It comprises the TX-L5 A/V receiver, DV-L5 DVD player, and SKS-105 speaker system. The receiver has Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding and sports one coaxial and two optical digital inputs and three S-video inputs. The DV-L5 can play discs with MP3 files and has component-, composite-, and S-video and optical and coaxial digital audio outputs. The speakers have 3 1/2-inch midrange drivers (two in each front speaker) and 1-inch tweeters. The 60-watt subwoofer is rated down to 30 Hz. System price: $1,300 (components also sold separately). www.onkyousa.com, 800-229-1687
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