Xmas 2001 Buyers Guide -
Eight Things to Crave
Christmas shopping is usually filled with two lists of
things, stuff you can afford, and stuff you want. This is a list of eight
products you want, because that is just way more fun! So let the games begin and
have a peek through the 8 best products directly from Japan!
Panasonic DVD / Game PlayerThe Nintendo Game Cube may be one
of the hottest Xmas gifts this year, but you can bet that this high-end variant
is going turn even more heads. Dubed the "DVD/Game Player" by maker Panasonic,
the unit is scheduled for release in Japan on December 14th for 39,800 Yen. The
sleek little cube boast blue LED back lighting, DVD playback capabilities (not to
mention CD, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM) , a full sized remote, and a host of multimedia
outputs (digital AV out, L/R analog out, S-Video, optical digital out).
What more could a kid want? Well component out put would
be nice for starters given that this little bundle of silver joy plays DVD's -
but it is without support. Personally, we'd be content to just turn on the game
timer and battle it out a couple rounds, but then why not just get a little
purple Game Cube? Info.
Dennon ST-50 Titanium Diaphragm Speakers
Denon corporation sells the ST-50, a tiny stand
alone tweeter speakers measuring just 150x180x100mm, which features a 24K
gold plated Titanium diaphragm in the speaker and an aluminum die-cast
body. Prices are expected to be steep for these little high end nuggets of
sound which boast treble playback to 100kHz. The main body sits on a
small stand that tilts to the vertical. The wire connects are gold plated
and each speaker has its own private ground terminal. Weight wise, the speakers
a hefty 0.8Kg.Info.
In-Car DVD Player & Stereo
At first glance you would think putting in a DVD player
where you car's CD-player is would be insane, worse than driving while reading a
map even. But given the amount of time we all spend in bumper-to-bumper traffic
jams, wouldn't it be nice to be able to sit back and flip on the Matrix until
the traffic clears up? Clarion seem to think so, and the VRX825 proves it. With a
stow-away LCD screen having a resolution of 1,440×234, perfect for your average
DVD, this little car stereo would even make Q envious. Info.
Yamaha YST-SW320 250W Sub woofer
This cheery cherry sub woofer comes across more like a stool than a high-end
17Kg object of acoustic appreciation. Yamaha will begin selling the powered
amplifier sub woofer YST-SW320 on December 10th for about 48,000 Yen. It comes in
cherry and audio-video club black, depending on your tastes. The YST-SW320
measures 34×37×43cm and features controls for a sound enhancement system
known as QD-BASS. While the cherry looks real, the unit is constructed from 1"
thick MDF for optimal acoustic properties. The driver is oriented
downward so that "silent energy" emits to 4 horizontal directions
efficiently. This according to Yamaha decreases the resonance which can occurs
between a woofer and the floor. Info.