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About.com Home Theater Readers' Choice Awards 2012

The Winners for the About.com Readers' Choice Awards have been determined.

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From January 18th through February 15th, readers had the opportunity to submit nominations for their best home theater product brands in several categories. From the list of nominations, five finalists for each product category were chosen. The final voting period ran from 12:00am EST February 22nd through March 21st at 11:59pm EST. Now that all votes have been counted by About.com, the winners for this year's awards can now be revealed. See the listing below for the winners in each category.

NOTE: The results have been audited for signs of fraudulent voting. The results shown during voting may not reflect the accurate final counts used to determine winners. For more information, refer to the Awards FAQ

I want to thank all those that participated in this year's awards selection process. All the finalists were deserving, but just as with all contests, there can be only one - winner, that is.

The About.com Readers' Choice Awards is not scientific, votes were submitted by the readers of this site, and are a reflection of their opinions. There is no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of a leading website owned by The New York Times Co. To learn more, include the other About.com sites that are participating this year, visit: http://awards.about.com.

For a comparison of the new 2012 winners, with the winners from 2011, check out last year's winners listing. See if you can spot repeat winners from both years.

1. Best TV Brand

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There are a lot of great TVs out there, and everyone seems to have something to say about their favorite brand. With that in mind, here are final vote results for what About.com readers felt were the best TV brands.

WINNER - Sharp (includes Sharp Elite) - 43%
Sony - 38%
Samsung - 11%
LG - 3%
Toshiba - 2%

NOTE: Rounding may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Also check out the voting results graph.

2. Best Blu-ray Disc Player Brand

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Despite initial issues, such as the format war with HD-DVD, and a sizable number of consumers that initially doubted the viability of a disc format in the internet age, Blu-ray disc players have been selling very well and are now well established in the market, following closely behind the rate at which DVD was adopted. Now, with about 40 million Blu-ray disc playback capable devices in just the U.S., many of you certainly expressed your opinion on your favorite brand. Here are the results:

WINNER - OPPO - 45%
Sony - 29%
Denon - 22%
Toshiba - 1%
LG - 1%

NOTE: Rounding may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Also check out the voting results graph.

3. Best Home Theater Receiver Brand

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Whether you call it a home theater receiver, AV receiver, or surround sound receiver, this device is the central component of a home theater system. Filling multiple roles, beyond just audio, most of today's receivers switch and process video, provide network connectivity, and many can also run systems in more than one room. About.com Readers' voted and here are the results of what they thought were the top brands:

WINNER - Denon - 30%
Sony/Sony ES - 28%
Yamaha (includes Aventage)- 24%
Onkyo/Integra - 12%
Pioneer/Pioneer Elite - 4%

NOTE: Rounding may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Also check out the voting results graph.

4. Best Network Media Player/Media Streamer Brand

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A growing number of consumers are finding that Network media players and media streamers provide an easy way to access music, TV, and movie content for your home theater system and TV. Here are the voting results for all the finalists that vied for the Best Network Media Player/Media Streamer Brand:

WINNER - Western Digital (WD TV series) - 44%
Sony (PS3, Sony Netbox SMP-N100/N200) - 26%
Roku - 25%
Apple (Apple TV) - 2%
Seagate (FreeAgent Theater Series/GoFlex TV) - Less than 1%

NOTE: Rounding may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Also check out the voting results graph.

5. Best Video Projector Brand

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Video projectors are more affordable than ever, and also available in both standard and compact sizes. You can even through up a sheet and use a video projector outdoors on those warm Summer nights. Here are the final voting results in this category from About.com readers:

WINNER - Epson - 58%
Mitsubishi - 26%
Optoma - 11%
Vivitek - 2%
JVC - Less than 1%

NOTE: Rounding may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Also check out the voting results graph.

6. Best Loudspeaker Brand

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There are thousands of loudspeaker brands and models. In addition, how a loudspeaker sounds to you can be very subjective experience, which makes it difficult even for us product reviewers to make an objective decision on which ones are best. However, everyone seems to have something to say about their favorites, but there are only five slots in the final voting phase, it is a difficult choice. Here are the results of how About.com readers voted:

WINNER - B&W - 53%
KEF - 23%
Klipsch - 14%
RBH - 6%
Magnepan - 1%

NOTE: Rounding may result in voting percentage not totaling 100%.

Also check out the voting results graph.

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