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Home Theater Magazine 2005 RAVE Award Winners

The editors of Home Theater magazine are proud to announce the winners of the 2005 RAVE Awards. The RAVE (Recognition of Audio and Video Excellence) Awards are open to all manufacturers whose components have been reviewed in Home Theater magazine over a 12-month period.

Winners will receive their awards in April at a celebration to be held during Home Entertainment 2005. The Award ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Show venue–the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City.

RAVE Awards are granted solely on the basis of the product’s review in Home Theater. The reviewer will have spent, on average, at least one month with the product, and will have based his or her decision on the product’s performance, value, ergonomics, and features.

“The Home Theater team feels it is important to recognize excellence in the design and manufacture of superior audio and video componentry. I asked the reviewers to nominate gear that impressed them so much that they would love to have it as part of their own reference systems,” said editor Maureen Jenson.

Product of the Year:
Definitive Technology Mythos
Four Speaker System

Best High-End Speaker System:
Krell Resolution 2 Speaker System

Best Midrange Speaker System:
B&W LCR6000 S3 Speaker System

Best Entry-Level Speaker System:
Paradigm Cinema 70 v.2 Speaker System

Best Entry-Level Projector:
Optoma H30 DLP Projector

Best Overall Projector:
Sharp XV-Z12000 DLP Projector

Best Flat-Panel Display:
Panasonic TH-42PX25 Plasma HDTV

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Best Source Component Under $500:
V, Inc. Bravo D2 DVD Player

Best Source Component Over $500:
Meridian G98DH DVD Transport

Best Amplifier Under $3,000:
Cary Audio Cinema 7 Amplifier

Best Amplifier Over $3,000:
Lexicon CX-7 Amplifier

Best Pre/Pro Under $3,000:
Adcom GTP-880 Pre/Pro

Best Pre/Pro Over $3,000:
TacT Audio TCS mkII Pre/Pro and
Room-Correction System

Best Receiver Under $1,000:
Yamaha RX-V2400 A/V Receiver

Best Receiver Over $1,000:
Rotel RSX-1067 A/V Receiver

Best Rear-Projection Display:
JVC HD-61Z575 D-ILA HD Monitor

Best Home-Theater-in-a-Box System:
KEF KIT100 Instant Theatre

Best Convergence Product:
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Wireless Music System

Best Custom Product:
PSB CustomSound CHS 80 Speaker System

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DVD Awards

DVD of the Year:
The STAR WARS Trilogy (Fox)

Best Video:
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Columbia TriStar)

Best Audio:
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Fox)

Best Bonus Features:
The Alien Quadrilogy (Fox)

Best Restoration:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Special Edition (MGM)

Best Animation DVD(s):
Walt Disney Treasures (Buena Vista)

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