Become the master of your A/V domain with Russound Technologies' CP 4.6 multiroom preamplifier. It provides preamp-level outputs to four zones for up to six sources. All can be controlled via its full-function front panel or by keypads mounted in each zone. An intercom function allows for paging through all zones, and an RS-232 port allows the CP 4.6 to control up to as many as 16 zones. Price: $3,600. 603-659-5170, www.russound.com
Thinking inside the box of the SW-8PR subwoofer from Aperion Audio (formerly EdgeAudio), there's an 8-inch driver powered by a 150-watt amplifier and supplemented by two 8-inch passive radiators. Thinking outside the box, the sub's rated frequency response is 35 Hz to 180 Hz ±3 dB. Thinking of the box itself, it's made of high-density fiberboard with a cherry hardwood exterior, measures 12 1/4 x 13 x 12 1/2 inches, and weighs 27 1/2 pounds. The sub also has a variable crossover, a phase switch, and a detachable power cord. Price: $387. 888-880-8992, www.aperionaudio.com
It may be only 4 inches thick, but the Runco PlasmaWall PL-42cx HDTV monitor is said to deliver the deepest of blacks. It can accept 480p, 720p, and 1080i digital TV formats from an outboard tuner and can also handle computer resolutions up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels (UXGA). The 42-inch widescreen set comes with Runco's outboard Virtual High Definition controller, which scales all incoming signals to the panel's native resolution, 854 x 480 pixels. Now wipe that drool off your shirt. Price: $15,995. 800-237-8626, www.runco.com
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