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×’s 5th Annual Product Of The Year Awards

NEW YORK, the Web-based consumer infomediary, e-commerce platform and b-to-b cyber service, has bestowed its consumer electronics Product Of The Year awards for 2000.

The winners in this fifth annual event were chosen from more than 700 products etown staffers reviewed between Nov. 1, 1999 and Nov. 1, 2000. The final selections were based on a wide variety of factors, most notably overall technology, value, performance and/or quality.

Not surprisingly, industry giants Sony and Panasonic once again garnered the lion’s share of awards, although their take, at four honors each, was notably smaller than in past contests. Etown editors attribute the change to a surfeit of new products from a multitude of often-smaller CE contenders.

The single best Product Of The Year will be announced this evening at an invitation-only awards ceremony held jointly by etown and TWICE at the Hard Rock hotel’s The Joint ballroom.


Category Winner: Pioneer DV-37 progressive-scan DVD player

VCR: Sharp VC-S101U

Satellite: DISH Network 6000 satellite system

DVD: Pioneer DV-37 progressive-scan DVD player

Video processor: DVDO iScan Plus V2 line doubler

PVR: Sony TiVo SVR-2000


Category Winner: Philips 64PH9905 RPTV HDTV

Direct view: Proscan PS36500

Front projection: Runco VX-1c DLP


Flat panel: Panasonic TH42PWD3

DTV/HDTV: Philips 64PH9905


Category Winner: Onkyo TX-DS989 receiver

A/V receiver: Onkyo TX-DS989

Surround separate: Proceed AVP Dolby Digital preamp/processor

Home theater speaker package: Polk RM6200 satellite/subwoofer system


Category Winner: Martin Logan Scenario stereo speakers

CD player: Marantz CC3000 five-disc

CD changer

CD-R: Marantz DR6050 dual-drawer CD-R/CD recorder

Compact system: Denon DG-1

micro-compact system

Multimedia speaker: Cambridge SoundWorks multimedia sound system

Stereo separate: Musical Fidelity

A3CR dual-mono preamplifier

Stereo speaker: Martin Logan Scenario


Category Winner: Creative Labs

Nomad Jukebox

Boombox: Panasonic RX-ES25 AM/FM/cassette/CD boombox

Personal cassette: Aiwa HS-JS479

AM/FM portable cassette player/recorder

Personal CD: Panasonic Shockwave SL-SW869V

MiniDisc: Sony MZ-R70PC player/recorder

Palm PC: Hewlett-Packard Jornada 545 Pocket PC

Digital audio player: Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox

Headphones: Sennheiser HD200

GPS: Garmin eMap Deluxe 12-channel handheld GPS receiver

Portable DVD: Panasonic DVD-LV75 portable DVD


Category Winner: Research In Motion 957 e-mail pager

Cordless phone: Sanyo CLT937 900MHz DSS

Cellphone: LG-LGI3000W cellphone/PDA

Pager: Research In Motion 957


Category Winner: Sony DCR-VX2000 DV camcorder

8mm format: Sony DCR-TRV520 Digital 8

DV format: Sony DCR-VX2000 DV camcorder

Digital camera: Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Elph


Category Winner: Finite Elemente Spider Rack

Remote control: RCA RCU810

A/V furniture: Finite Elemente Spider Rack

Surge suppressor: Panamax Power Max 8 DBS

Antenna: Channel Master StealthTenna