Home Theater Stocking Stuffers
Belkin PureAV Home Theater Power Console $195
Sewell Silverback Banana Plugs Dual Screw Lock – 12 Pair $30
Power Strip Liberator Plus with Pass Through, 5-Pack $20
Logitech Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote $135
Mediabridge Ultra Series – High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 6 Feet Category 2 Certified – Supports 3D and Audio Return Channel $10
NETGEAR Home Theater Internet Connection Kit $75
Home Theater in a Box Buying Guide
Each Holiday season we put together buying guides to help you make it a bit easier for you to make some decisions on what to spend your hard earned cash on. We kick the 2012 season with our Home Theater in a Box buying guide. To be honest and upfront with you, we are not big fans of HTIB systems because they typically compromise on everything. However, we understand that something is better than nothing and for those of you on a budget this is the best way to improve your experience without breaking the bank.
We will end the season with the two of us putting a complete system together for a budget to be determined later. If you aren’t in a hurry and you have a bit more money to spend you may want to wait for that show. The following recommendations can be found with relative ease at a big box retailer or through our links at Amazon.com. Without further ado, the 2012 Home Theater in a Box Buying Guide.
We chose this model because it truly is a Home Theater in a Box. The system includes a 3D Blu-ray player, receiver/amplifier, iPod Dock, and streaming device all built into one sleek looking device. You can use your Android or iOS based smartphone as a remote that will make it easier to search for Youtube or Netflix content. The system has 1,000 watts of output and very sleek speakers.
This system is a little bare bones but comes with a decent receiver and Boston Acoustics speakers. The receiver will support 3D through its four HDMI inputs. The 1513 is rated at 650 watts.
This is our most expensive system but its the only one that supports AirPlay. It also supports 4K passthrough to help keep it a bit future proof. There is an Android and iOS controller app that should make set up a bit easier.
Onkyo is known for providing value for the money. This system is yet another example. Its a 7.1 system and the lowest costing setup. For those of you with an iOS device the 5400 has a direct connection via the front panel.
Posted by The HT Guys, November 23, 2012 8:11 AM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.