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HTiB Gets Hard-Drive Jukebox

RCA plans late-first-quarter shipments of the $699-suggested RTD750 RCA Home Theater Music Jukebox, an HTiB system whose DVD-receiver features 20GB hard-drive server, Internet radio reception, and Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding.

For Internet radio and CDDB connectivity, the system can be connected to broadband or dial-up modems. The system’s Internet radio services are Radio Free Virgin and, through broadband connection only, Sirius Satellite Radio’s 60 music channels streamed over the Internet. An on-screen display displays FM station call letters and CD cover art, artist name, album title, and track titles. Other features include MP3-CD playback, 150 watts to the satellite speakers, and a 50-watt subwoofer.

The system is based on an OpenGlobe platform, which is also used in RCA’s existing $999-suggested Digital Media Manager, a standalone DVD-receiver with 20GB hard drive, Radio Free Virgin streaming, and HomePNA connectivity.

In a second new HTiB due in the second quarter, at a suggested $299, RCA is incorporating a proprietary Neo-5 five-tray DVD-changer mechanism. It ejects and displays all five discs at a time (or four if the fifth is playing) to help users quickly identify the inserted discs. The RTD250 is RCA’s first HTiB with JPEG-disc playback, component-video output, and progressive scan output. The 420-watt system features Dolby Digital, DTS, Pro Logic II, and MP3-CD decoding.