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This little Harman/Kardon gadget is the DAL 150 EZ Link (upper right, alongside the Dell laptop). It automatically converts computer audio formats (WAV, MP3, WMA, etc.) input via a USB link to PCM audio which can be routed to your stereo or home theater receiver or processor via a coaxial digital S/P-DIF cable. It will be available in the spring of 2001 with a MSRP of $119.

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By far the coolest looking multimedia devices I saw at the show were also from Harman/Kardon: their iSub subwoofer and SoundStick multimedia loudspeakers for the iMac looked beautiful.

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LucasFilm announced the first THX-certified PCs, produced by Dell at CES 2001. The Dell Dimension starts at a "mere" $2,599 and includes the display, sound card, video card, DVD drive, and speakers in the package. The certification is for the entire PC and is such that if you were to swap out, say, the DVD drive, the system would no longer be THX certified. Both systems come with a DVD that contains the THX Optimizer software and THX trailers. The one pictured comes with four satellites and a subwoofer. The standards for PC certification are not as stringent as for a home theater component, but specifics were not provided, which comes as no surprise.

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Another THX multimedia display, this time demonstrating a THX-certified PC loudspeaker system from Klipsch. [] Click for a Larger Image

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