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Japan gets another cool Media Center

Japan gets another cool Media Center

It's the oldest cliché in the book: all the good gear comes out in Japan first. Check out this new HDC-7 Media Center PC from Onkyo. It's a Viiv system (and if you don't know what that is by now, here's some remedial reading for you), and it has a groovy gold/bronze finish--a welcome change from the usual silver or black we always see in rack-style PCs.

The real interesting part is the back panel, which sports enough A/V connections to stand toe-to-toe with a good high-end home-theater receiver. You have discrete 7.1 surround-sound audio outs (plus optical audio outs), and video outputs, including component, DVI, S-Video and the Japanese D4 video connector (a kind of analog HD connection). In U.S. dollars, it'd run about $2,500, not that you're likely to see it on these shores anytime soon.