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You don't feel like schlepping to Indiana to see the the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) this year and, frankly, neither do I. But there will be plenty of home installation action starting this week, and all of it will be reported here. Starting with this roundup of early product news.

  • Boston Acoustics will announce five new E series speakers for use specially with flat panel displays and thinner rear projection DLP TVs.
  • Carver Digital is showing the HTP 9.1 home theatre processor ($3495) featuring music surround modes. Also look for a home theare amp ($2995), three two-channel amps ($1699, $1899 and $2199) and two powered subwoofers.
  • Definitive Technology is showing, among other things, its Mythos Solo, "a 40-inch by 4.13-inch by 4.25-inch silver- or black-aluminum enclosure that delivers three front channels and mounts on a wall, shelf or TV top." Perfect, again, for large plasma TVs. Should retail for $699.
  • McIntosh is going for big and expensive this year with its XRT2K speakers that will run at $40,000 each. Worth it? Not sure, but product manager Ray Cornelius says, "These amplifiers have the highest output of any McIntosh amps, with the lowest distortion and best signal to noise ratio." Okey dokey then.
  • Paradigm will show the UltraCube 10 powered subwoofer ($799). Only 12.3" x11.5" x 11.5".

Product Launches Due At CEDIA Expo [TWICE]