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Epson’s home theater in a box

Published Aug 5th, 2007 10:49AM EDT

It’s always frustrating to set up a brand new rig of home theater gear and realize you’ve forgetten that one part or cord that you need for the thing to really get humming. Epson feels like they have a solution to the problem. Called Ensemble, it packs a 100-inch retractable screen, 5.1 audio, an AV controller with dual HDMI inputs and 1080p upconversion, and a built-in progressive scan controller. It also comes with everything you need to plug in, mount, and hide all the components. It’s due out in November, and only then will it be determined if the audio and video are as attractive as the concept. Look for packages to run $5,000 (720p) and $7,000 (1080p).