Engadget’s Vacation Present Information 2013: Residence Theater
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For many people, “residence leisure” techniques may be tucked in backpacks or propped up on an airline tray desk. For diehard media fanatics, nevertheless, such light-weight options will not do. Should you or somebody you’re keen on is aware of their LCD from their plasma — and you’ve got the cash to spend — the TVs under are positive to please. The times of 4K should be early, however, hey, nothing makes watching Planet Earth extra social than an enormous, sensible set. Even when your pockets is not fats, you possibly can improve a front room with our favourite set-prime packing containers and TVs.
ON THE CHEAPGoogle Chromecast
After an extended night time of swilling scorching toddies, there’s nothing I really like greater than serving my greatest Downtown Julie Brown for my correctly toasty friends. There are infinite methods to get that YouTube Xmas log up in your TV display, however this little dongle is by far the simplest (and least expensive) streaming-video answer I’ve come throughout. In case your giftee fancies herself a contemporary-day VJ, or spends countless hours hooked on Netflix or Hulu, it is a no-brainer. Simply ensure that they have a gentle WiFi connection and a TV with an HDMI port earlier than you pull out your pockets. — Christopher Trout, Managing Editor
Key specs: HDMI out; iOS, Android and Mac/PC desktop apps; connects over WiFi.
Worth: $35 from Google PlayRoku three
The Chromecast and Apple TV are nice, do not get me flawed, however nothing compares to the Roku for sheer versatility. The granddaddy of streaming set-prime packing containers attracts from the deepest library of content material sources, together with distinctive channels like PBS, Redbox Immediate and UFC TV. You possibly can even hook up with a Plex server and stream music and films you may need acquired via much less official means than Amazon’s retailer. — Terrence O’Brien, Deputy Managing Editor
Key specs: 1,000-plus channels, 1080p, twin-band WiFi.
Worth: $one hundred from RokuCeton InfiniTV 6 PCIe
Whereas Microsoft might have put its Media Middle software program on the again burner with the discharge of Home windows eight and the Xbox One, the parents at Ceton delivered not one, however two causes to stay with the HTPC dream this yr. Together with its counterpart USB version, this six-tuner card transforms a normal desktop into a strong and simply configurable cable DVR. For $299, it is good if you realize a techie that loves each TV and DIY tasks. — Richard Lawler, Senior Editor
Key specs: Six QAM sixty four/256 tuner, CableCARD M-Card DRM Processor, full 1080i and 3D help.
Worth: $299 on Amazon
MID-RANGEKlipsch Sub-12HG Synergy Collection
There are rather more costly subwoofer choices on the market, however for $300, the Klipsch Sub-12HG Synergy Collection 12-inch bass machine is the best way to go. It reproduces the bottom frequencies the human ear can understand and makes for a strong addition to only about any residence theater system. What’s extra, it delivers gobs of drama to no matter you are watching with out inflicting a critical wound to your checking account. — Timothy J. Seppala, Contributing Editor
Key specs: 12-inch downward-firing driver, 300 watts steady energy, 24Hz-120Hz frequency response vary.
Worth: $300 on AmazonTiVo Roamio Professional
TiVo is again, and with the Roamio Professional it is virtually able to ship on the “do-all the things” field guarantees made by its earlier DVRs. Upgraded inner hardware means these run quicker and smoother than ever, they usually now even ship recorded and reside TV to cellular units (iOS now; Android coming quickly.) App help continues to be a bit restricted and, with lifetime service, the upfront value provides up shortly, however look no additional than this for one of the best cable expertise cash should buy. – Richard Lawler
Key specs: Six tuners, as much as 450 HD (three,000 SD) hours of recording, constructed-in wi-fi networking.
Worth: From $570 on AmazonPanasonic ST60 Collection
On the lookout for an enormous TV that will not depart an enormous gap in your pockets? Panasonic’s mid-priced plasma collection has an amazing shade vary, deep blacks and broad viewing angles, and is available in at a worth properly under the corporate’s larger-finish fashions. Furthermore, it is obtainable in sizes from 50 inches all the best way as much as sixty five inches. — Marc Perton, Government Editor
Key specs: Obtainable in 50, fifty five, 60 and sixty five inches; three HDMI inputs; two USB inputs; lively 3D; WiFi; Sensible TV options.
Worth: From $1,295 on Amazon
MONEY IS NO OBJECTSamsung F9000 collection Extremely HD TV
Need to pamper a house theater junkie? Decide up a Samsung F9000 TV. Its Extremely HD (4K) display is about as sharp because it will get, and its help for Evolution Package upgrades ought to maintain the set related for greater than just some years. The F9000 is even comparatively reasonably priced; now that it prices lower than $four,000 for a fifty five-inch mannequin, it is a real looking selection for a lot of who would have in any other case been caught with a 1080p equal. — Jon Fingas, Affiliate Editor
Key specs: 70W sound, voice management distant, Evolution Package improve help, fifty five- or sixty five-inch 4K (three,840 x 2,one hundred sixty) LED-based mostly LCD show.
Worth: from $three,000 from Greatest PurchasePanasonic sixty five” ZT60 plasma TV
Panasonic could also be shutting down its plasma TV manufacturing line totally, and whereas that may be cause sufficient to snag its flagship show, the ZT60’s unparalleled image high quality must be what pushes your favourite videophile over the sting. At sixty five inches, it isn’t the largest display on the market, however the truth that it could stand toe to toe with Pioneer’s vaunted Kuro fashions when it comes to image high quality makes up for any perceived shortcomings relating to measurement. — Timothy J. Seppala
Key specs: Single-sheet glass design, Studio Grasp Panel, ninety eight % DCI shade area.
Worth: $three,200 on AmazonSony XBR-65X900A 4K TV
Even with Sony’s 4K media participant and “mastered in 4K” Blu-ray discs, it is nonetheless a principally HD world, however the X900A handles decrease-res sources nicely. Toss in a Blu-ray (particularly a powerful 3D presentation like Pacific Rim, or Gravity when that comes residence) and you will have an expertise beforehand solely potential within the theater. The $5,500 listing worth places a hefty premium on these additional pixels — particularly in case you’re sitting distant — however a coming replace to HDMI 2.zero provides the early adopter in your present record the promise of being future-proofed for no matter comes subsequent. — Richard Lawler
Key specs: Entrance-dealing with audio system with 65W sound, LED-backlit 4K show.
Worth: $four,998 on AmazonGiveaway
Sony Bluetooth Wi-fi Speaker
Sony’s speaker is prepared and ready on your vacation playlist. Join your devices by way of the aux enter or stream by way of Bluetooth. There’s additionally a constructed-in USB port for charging smartphones and tablets. Enter the raffle under for an opportunity to make it yours, and remember to take a look at our giveaway guidelines.
- Entries are dealt with by way of the Rafflecopter widget above. Feedback are not accepted as legitimate strategies of entry. You might enter with none obligation to social media accounts, although we might supply them as alternatives for additional entries. Your e mail handle is required so we will get in contact with you in case you win, however it won’t be given to 3rd events.
- Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, 18 or older! Sorry, we do not make this rule (we hate excluding anybody).
- Winners might be chosen randomly. One winner will obtain one (1) Sony Bluetooth Wi-fi Speaker.
- In case you are chosen, you’ll be notified by e-mail. Winners should reply inside three days of being contacted. If you don’t reply inside that interval, one other winner shall be chosen. Ensure that the account you employ to enter the competition features a contact e mail. Social media contact particulars aren’t carried over into our system.
- This unit is only for promotional giveaway. Sony and Engadget/AOL will not be held liable to honor warranties, exchanges or customer support.
- The complete listing of guidelines, in all its legalese glory, may be discovered right here.
- Entries could be submitted till December thirty first, 2013 at eleven:59PM ET. Good luck!
Tags: 65X900A, chromecast, google, HGG, hgg2013, klipsch, panasonic, roku three, samsung, Samsung F9000, sony, st60, Sub-12HG, tivo roamio professional, X900A, XBR-65X900A, zt60
- Key specs
- <a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/sony/x900a/collection/” title=”Sony X900A Collection critiques” goal=”_blank”> Critiques • 1 </a>
- Sort LCD (LED&#one hundred sixty;backlight)
- Display measurement sixty five inches
- Native decision 3840 x 2160
<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/google/chromecast/”> Google Chromecast </a>
<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/roku/three/”> Roku three </a>
<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/samsung/uhd-television/f9000/”> Samsung UHD TV F9000 </a>
<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/panasonic/sensible-viera/st60-collection/”> Panasonic Sensible VIERA ST60 Collection </a>
<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/klipsch/sub-12hg/”> Klipsch Sub-12HG </a>
<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/tivo/roamio/professional/”> TiVo Roamio Professional </a>
<a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/panasonic/sensible-viera/zt60-collection/”> Panasonic Sensible VIERA ZT60 Collection </a>