Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - HDTVs And Home Theaters

9/2/2013 9:16:40 AM

It has been a fantastic year for home entertainment, with the blockbusters dominating the box office; the HD streamers are increasingly popular; and plenty of pixel-dense TVs have been coming out. In January, CES has introduced a number of impressive Smart TVs, and now - while it is an expensive item - an 84-inch 4K TV is no longer the stuff of dreams. If you have been waiting to give your loved one (or yourself) a new device, now is the perfect time to take the plunge. Please keep on reading to find some home theater devices for every pocket.

Cheap prices

Apple TV (2012)

Yes, there are many of other media streamers currently – at the cheaper prices - but if you have already been inside the content ecosystem of Apple, this compact box is worth reserving a place under your TV. AirPlay takes content from the iPad, iPhone or iPod to the big screen, and integration with Hulu and Netflix - and along with Digital Copy support – allows you to access to endless media options.

Main Specifications: A5 processor; 512MB of RAM; 1,080p; 802.11a/g/b/n

Price: $89 on Amazon

Apple TV (2012)

Apple TV (2012)

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Blu-ray Disc, Marvel’s "The Avengers"

The green Giant, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and, you know, others gather to defeat the biggest threat of the Earth. If you are seeking out a disc to flaunt your new home theater system on December 25th, that is here.

Price: $35 on Amazon

“The Dark Knight Rises” limited-version cowl pack

If you have been practicing your formal voice for the debut of "The Dark Knight Rises", then you definitely need a mock-up cowl to fulfill the impersonation. That is where this limited-version Blu-ray suite jumps into, with a mask damaged by Bane to awaken your ego.

Update: it seems that it has already been sold out, so if you missed it, now it will cost you $160 from a collector!


PlayStation 3 (late 2012)

While it is slightly more expensive than your normal Blu-ray player, there is no doubt that it is the best-equipped option. The third crucial revision for Sony's PlayStation 3 hardware is not the newest or most interesting (we are waiting for the PS4 in the next 18 months), but if you want a gadget to hide under your TV which will help everyone entertain with any forms of storage that you can throw at it, there are very few players that supply what are worthy of your bucks.

Main Specifications: 250GB hard drive, included Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception game, free PlayStation Network membership, 7.5 pounds

Price: $260 on Amazon

PlayStation 3 (late 2012)

PlayStation 3 (late 2012)

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Panasonic BDT220

Would you like a Blu-ray player that allows you to connect to Facebook, Hulu, Netflix, and Skype? The BDT220 provides that, along with the ability to convert usual discs to 3D. DLNA capability is available, and you are able to use your smartphone as a remote.

Price: $99 on Amazon

Yahama YHT-697BL Home Theater

Yamaha’s new five-speaker home theater system will play well with every device in your arsenal. Besides the usual features such as a 100W subwoofer, it sports an Ethernet port, AirPlay, pass-through 4K and 3D video, DLNA and a front-facing USB port.

Price: $650 on Amazon

Money is not important

Sony Bravia XBR-84X900

If you are not a player of Major League Baseball, spending $25,000 for a TV seems a luxury. And indeed, this 84-inch screen proves to be super-size in every way: it weighs four times compared to your casual 1,080p screen, with built-in WiFi and full HD 3D. Of course, it is worth recalling that it has the size of 84 inches – it is equivalent to the size of a double bed. That said, there is really no better way (or bigger) to let someone know how much you love them if you have that amount of money to spend.

Main Specifications

4K resolution, 50W audio, capable of displaying two full HD screens for two-player games with SimulView

Price: $25,000 from Sony

Sony Bravia XBR-84X900

Sony Bravia XBR-84X900

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Samsung HDTV UN60ES8000

It is possible to run multiple applications (including Facebook and Twitter), and sporting a built- webcam and an excellent design, Samsung's ultra-slim, 60-inch Smart TV is going to improve any room that you decide to hang it there.

Price: $2,998 on Amazon

Sony Projector VPL-HW50ES

For the cinema enthusiasts who enjoy watching movies on a 100-inch wall rather than a 40-inch screen, a projector is the only route to go. The 3D model of Sony will project 1,080p image on any flat surface, with a 1,700 lumen bulb keeping colors lively.

Price: $3,998 on Amazon

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