I’ve always wanted to set up a home theater that had the kind of big, wall-shaking sound you get at a serious THX-certified movie theater. I always end up with something a bit more down to earth because I don’t want to completely piss off my neighbors – and my wife – by turning our house into a wall of sound.
While Logitech’s z-5500 5.1 speaker system has received high marks for its sound quality, its looks are a little too high-tech plastic for my tastes. Seeing that nobody was really doing case mods for speaker systems, modder Antti Hakala took on the challenge of converting this rather ordinary looking set of speakers and transformed them into a work of art.
The project, nicknamed LOGiWOOD, involved the painstaking process of pulling out all of the guts of the system, building completely new custom wood and veneer cases and rewiring the entire setup.
If you’re one of those guys who just has to have the biggest screen on the block, but doesn’t want to give up the picture quality of a direct view set, check out this new 65-inch plasma set from Vidikron.
The PlasmaView VP-6500VHD is one of the first THX certified displays on the market (as a matter of fact, I think Vidikron is the first plasma series to bear that distinction.)
Runco, know for producing high-end home theater gear has announced that they have started shipping the first ever projectors to pass THX certification.
The Runco VX (Video Extreme) series of DLP front projectors come in a number of models designed to handle a variety of different installation needs, but all require a sizeable investment:
VX-2000d: Single Chip DLP / 1280×1080 /220W UHP Lamp ($16,995)
VX-6000d: Single Chip DLP / 1920×1080 / 220W UHP Lamp ($35,995)
VX-22d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /300W Lamp ($44,995)
VX-44d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /1000W Xenon Lamp ($79,995)
VX-55d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /1200W Xenon Lamp ($114,995)
All of the VX projectors come with Runco’s DHD controller, which now offers HDMI input capability.