The NAB (National Association of Broadcasting) show in Vegas is interesting for both broadcasters and consumers alike. Companies reveal new alliances and products and consumers get a glimpse at how the latest in technology will ultimately change the home entertainment landscape.

The biggest news is the drop in price of high-def cameras for professionals and consumers from industry leaders like Sony and Panasonic. For example, the Panasonic DVX100 has been a favorite for independent film-makers for some time. Now the company is rolling out the HVX200, which serves up a high-def solution to the same market. Look to pay about $5k for a professional quality HD camera in the coming year with units available for consumers approaching $1500 as the market matures and more standards emerge.
If you have a bunch of vinyl you want to digitize into your PC get yourself a phono preamp. What's so special about a Phono Preamp' Well, here's the deal. The physical nature of phonograph records makes it very difficult to accurately represent and reproduce bass frequencies. The groove in a record is an analog representation of the frequencies produced by playing a piece of music. But because lower frequencies can literally pop a needle out of the groove, they are attenuated before the record is pressed. When the record is played back the phono preamp boosts the frequencies, essentially adding back the low-end ingredients of the music. To help overcome noise, high frequencies are boosted before the record is stamped. The phono preamp reduces these frequencies upon playback.
It's never been a better time to buy a nice big, fast hard drive to upgrade your system. The market is flooded with high performance drives at very reasonable prices. You no longer have to pay a premium for great drives from companies like IBM, Quantum, Maxtor and Seagate. You can spend as little as $100 or over $1000, and you are sure to get plenty of value for your money from almost any drive you purchase. Your biggest challenge will probably be sorting through all the acronyms the industry has invented for itself and getting the right drive(s) for your application.