Home Entertainment systems in the near future will be driven by themes of convergence and portability, illustrated by a handful of new products on display at the Home Entertainment Show, held May 20-2

Home Entertainment systems in the near future will be driven by themes of convergence and portability, illustrated by a handful of new products on display at the Home Entertainment Show, held May 20-23 at the New York Hilton.

Sony's LocationFree TV, already available in Japan, is a portable broadband television/PC system that can be used virtually anywhere. It will be on U.S. store shelves in October.

Users can connect home-entertainment components such as DVD players and satellite or cable receivers to the included Base Station. By connecting the Base Station to a broadband Internet connection, users can access both the components and the Web.

The Base Station streams personal video and audio content to the LF-X1 (12.1-inch screen) or LF-X5 (7-inch screen) monitor to distances of up to 100 feet. LocationFree TV can also be accessed through Wi-Fi HotSpots and Ethernet ports.

Sony also exhibited the RDR-HX900 DVD recorder, which features a 160-GB internal hard drive, several high-definition televisions and a wall-mountable "Dream" home-theater system.

In an impressive facsimile of a comfortable, candlelit living room, M Design -- a division of cable/power supply manufacturer Monster -- introduced Eleganza, a collection of European-inspired, d├ęcor-conscious furniture and speaker systems designed to subtly integrate home-theater components into a home.

The Eleganza line includes the InvisiSound Flat-Screen Frame, which places the left, center and right speakers in a hardwood-trimmed frame for use with a flat-screen television; Component Centers, which hide subwoofers and bookshelf speakers; and Streamline Tower speakers.

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