Coolest Inventions 2004: Screen Magic

Home entertainment now goes way beyond TV. Are you ready to invest in a whole new experience?

SOUND ALL 'ROUND

If you haven't yet jumped into surround sound--that is, bedecked your TV room with at least five speakers and a subwoofer--you have two sweet new options that include DVD player and speakers. Yamaha's affordable CinemaStation DVX-S650 home theater ($650; yamaha.com/yec can adjust the relative settings of each speaker by "listening" to the room with its special microphone. Not sure you want all those speakers? Denon doesn't blame you. Its D-M51DVS ($800; usa.denon.com creates seemingly real surround sound using only two speakers and, of course, the sub.

Sharp Aquos LC-20B6U-S

With its high-resolution screen (1024...

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