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You might think that a brand-newis the ultimate in home theater, but there are plenty of other devices and accessories that can help you capture that “at the movies” feeling. If you want to help a loved one reach that pinnacle of audio and video performance, we’ve collected the best gifts to upgrade a home theater. From a and a to a or a , you don’t have to break the bank on a great gift.
Whether you’re buying for a cord-cutter or not, the Channel Master Flatenna offers a wealth of entertainment with no ongoing fees. Stick this stocking stuffer on a window and plug the cable into a tuner and they can be watching PBS in an instant.
It’s possible to spend hundreds of dollars on a video streaming device. Possible, but not necessary. With a list price of $40 (and currently $25 on sale), the Roku Express 4K Plus offers something for everybody — a huge range of apps and compatibility with video standards such as Dolby Vision and a 4K resolution. That it works so well for the money is a good kind of surprise.
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The Audio-Technica AT-LP60X is the best budget turntable, hands down. It offers simple automatic operation and its sound quality is a cut above anything else at the price. Perfect for a child’s bedroom, or a low-lit music sanctuary.
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The Roku Streambar is an instant video and audio upgrade in a box. It offers an excellent Roku streamer on board and boasts enhanced speech quality via the integrated speaker.
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If you’re looking for a pair of headphones to appease the budding audiophile in your family, the HD6XX offers an extraordinary value. They do need a good amp — you can’t really run them from a phone — but the sound quality can’t be beaten. I use them connected to a receiver for late-night viewing and they work a treat.
With an improved look and clearer sound, the Debut 2.0 is even better for people looking to dive into the audiophile world. At $400, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 is an excellent value.
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You can spend a lot of money on a Dolby Atmos setup, but here’s one for well under a grand. It looks great, it’s easy to use and it sounds good with music and movies.
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