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Great Home Theater Gifts For Dad

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If you are looking for gift for Dad to celebrate Father's Day, his birthday, or as Christmas/Winter Holiday Gift, check out some of my choices. This list is updated the Spring in advance of Father's Day and in in the Fall in advance of the Winter/Christmas Holiday shopping season.

1. Panasonic DMP-BDT330 Blu-ray Disc Player

A Photo of the Panasonic DMP-BDT330 Blu-ray Disc Player at CES 2013
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A Blu-ray Disc player is the perfect gift to give Dad, especially if he is a real "stickler" for great video and an audio quality. The Panasonic DMP-BDT330 is slim and stylish, featuring a slot loading design. Under the hood, this player can play both 2D and 3D Blu-ray Discs, also has 2D to 3D conversion, and 1080p and 4K upscaling of standard DVDs via HDMI output - and don't forget the ability to play all his music CDs.

However, the features don't stop there, the DMP-BDT330 also provides both Ethernet and built-in WiFi for easy connection to the internet for accessing streaming content from services such as CinemaNow, Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, and more.

For added convenience, the DMP-BDT330 also provides two HDMI outputs, which comes in hand when using a 3D or 4K TV in combination with a non-3D or 4K compatible Home Theater Receiver, and Miracast, which provides wireless streaming directly from compatible smartphones and tablets.
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For additional suggestions, check out my current list of Blu-ray Disc Players.

2. Samsung UN46F8000 46-inch 3D Network LED/LCD TV

Here is another great gift idea for Dad. The Samsung UN46F8000 is a 46-inch 3D LED/LCD TV enables you to watch 3D Blu-ray Discs from a 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc player, as well as built-in real-time 2D-to-3D conversion and four pairs of 3D glasses are included with the TV.

However, even if you aren't enthusiastic about 3D, the UN46F8000 is a high-end TV with excellent 1080p 2D images supported by Samsung's Clear Motion Rate 1200 which combines screen refresh rate (240Hz), image processing, and LED lighting technology to produce detailed smooth motion images.

In addition to traditional TV viewing from cable/satllite or Blu-ray/DVD, the UN46F8000 is a also a Smart TV, providing a full web browser, supported by PC-like Quad Core Processing and built-in WiFi providing access to a host of internet and home network-based content via Samsung's Smart Hub and Apps features.

For added convenience, you can actually control most of the TV's functions with the provided Smart Touch Remote, which allows the TV to be controlled by voice and physical gestures.
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Also available in a larger 55 and 60-inch screen sizes: (UN55F8000 - Compare Prices) - (UN60F8000 - Compare Prices).

For more suggestions, check out my current list of LCD and LED/LCD TVs 40-inches and Larger.

3. Sharp LC-42B150U 42-inch LED/LCD TV

If Dad really likes his TV, but isn't interested in 3D and doesn't have room for a really large screen, the Sharp LC-42B150U TV may be worth considering.

The Sharp LC-42B150U features a 42-inch direct-lit LED LCD screen, supported by, 1080p resolution and 129Hz refresh rate. For connectivity, the LC-LC-42B150U has 3 HDMI inputs, a PC monitor input, USB port, and a headphone jack. Also, one of the HDMI inputs is MHL-enabled. MHL alllows connection of compatible smarphones and other compatible devices, such as the Roku Streaming Stick, allowing users to access to internet streaming content.
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Also available in a larger 50-inch screen size (Sharp LC-50LB150U) - Buy Direct

4. Pioneer VSX-1123-K Network Home Theater Receiver

Pioneer VSX-1123-K Home Theater Receiver
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If you are looking a great way complement Dad's home theater setup, consider giving him the Pioneer VSX-1023-K 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver. This affordable receiver is rated at 90wpc (measured from 20Hz to 20kHz with 2 channels driven at 8 0hms) and provides Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding as well as Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS Neo:X (7.1 version) audio processing. Also, both Audio Return Channel and an HDMI standby pass-through feature., allowing audio and video signals connected via HDMI to pass through when the receiver is in standby mode).

For video, the VSX-1123-K provides 3D compatibility and both 1080p and 4K video upscaling via HDMI connections. Also, the front panel HDMI connection is MHL-compatible.

Added bonuses include access to iTunes and Apple AirPlay functions, as well as the Pioneer Air Jam App for added control and music content management. Also, media files on iPods, iPhones, and iPads can be accessed from the provided USB input.

The VSX-1123 can, via Ethernet connection or Wifi (via optional adapter) access both internet radio and media files stored on your PC and media servers.

The VSX-1123 can even be controlled using Apple and some Android devices via Pioneer's iControlAV2 Apps.
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For additional suggestions, check out my list of Midrange Home Theater Receivers.

5. Orb Audio People's Choice Home Theater Speaker System

Orb Audio People's Choice 5.1 Channel Speaker System - Photo of Front View
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If Dad is sprucing up his home theater system, it is time to check of a new set of loudspeakers and the Orb Audio People's Choice 5.1 channel speaker system may be just the right option. This system is composed of five compact center/satellite speakers that feature an innovative spherical design combined with a traditional box designed 8-inch subwoofer. The center/satellite speakers can be mounted on table stands (included) or mounted on the wall using optional wall-mounting hardware. The Orb Audio People's Choice system is priced at $1,098.00.

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For additional suggestions, check out my current list of Home Theater Speaker Systems.

6. Yamaha YHT-899U 5.1 Channel 3D Network Home Theater System

Yamaha YHT-899U Home Theater-in-a-Box System
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If you are looking for a great all-in-one home theater system for Dad, check out the Yamaha YHT-899U. The system combines Yamaha's RX-V475 5.1 channel home theater receiver with a 10-inch 100-watt Subwoofer and center/satellite speaker system, that features two slim profile floorstanding front speakers.

3D and 4K resolution pass through (no upscaling) HDMI inputs are provided.

Also, the YHT-899U provides access to Pandora Internet Radio as well as content stored on DLNA compatible devices connected in your home network.

In addition, the YHT-899U also incorporates Apple AirPlay, for access to iTunes via Apple compatible devices and PCs. Also, one of the included HDMI inputs is MHL-compatible, which provides access to audio and video files from compatible smartphones and tablets. Wifi and Bluetooth functionality can also be added via the optional Yamaha YWA-10 and YBA-11 USB plug-in adapters.

An extra bonus is that you also have the option of using your smartphone to control the system via Yamaha's AV controller app (iOS version - Android version).

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7. BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Front View With Accessories
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Give Dad a really big screen home theater experience without buying a big TV. BenQ W710ST is a very reasonably-priced video projector that provides big screen entertainment using DLP technology. Features include (1280x720) 720p native pixel resolution, a maximum 2,500 lumens of white light output, and a 10,000:1 stated contrast ratio gives the W710ST the ability to project bright images for use in rooms that cannot be made completely dark, such as classroom or meeting room.

 

In addition unlike most projectors, the BenQ W710ST can project a large image at a very short distance (80-inches at about 5 1/2 feet). This means that even if your room isn't that large, you can still projector a very large image. Also, you don't have the hassle of finding a spot in the back of room to place the projector, you can just set it on a table close to the screen.

The W710ST even has a built-in speaker. Although the sound qaulity is definitely not the same as you would get from an external audio system, it is adequate for situations when no other audio system is accessible.
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For additional suggestions, check out my list of LCD and DLP Video Projectors.

8. WD TV Live Hub by Western Digital

WD TV Live Hub and Box
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Network media players are becoming an important add-on for home theater sytems, and that might be perfect for Dad is the WD TV Live Hub.

 

This media player line is labeled a "Hub" because it can also function as a media server with an internal 1TB hard drive. You can use the WD TV Live Hub as a dumping ground to store media, rather than using network attached storage (NAS) or an external hard drive for your network's central media library.
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For additional suggestions, check out my list of Best Network Media Players.

9. Logitech Harmony Touch Control

Logitech Harmony Touch Control
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If Dad is like many dads, he probably has a half-dozen, or more, remotes on the coffee table to control all those home theater gadgets. Well, here is a great gift idea that can get rid of all that remote control clutter.

 

The Harmony Touch features a sleek ergonomic design, with minimal buttons, that incorporates a swipe-and-touch screen (similar to an iOS or Android device, backlighting for the buttons that are included, rechargeable battery with charging station, easy online setup (USB cable provided for connection to PC) and remote code updating (database access for up to 225,000 devices and 5,000 brands), and simultaneous control for up to 15 devices.

You can even use the Harmony Touch to to control the Skype access and control functions of Logitech TV Cam HD.
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10. Premiere Home Theater Surroundings - Home Theater Lounger

What better way to please Dad than with a comfortable place for him to sit and relax while watching TV on the big screen TV. Check out some great, comfortable, home theater seating options from Premiere Home Theater Surroundings.
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Also, for more suggestions, check out my listings for Home Theater Seating.

11. Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock

Front view photo of the Samsung DA-E750 Vacuum Tube Audio Dock
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Here is a bonus Father's Day gift idea I wanted to share that blends both old and new technologies to bring a very satisfying music listening experience. The Samsung DA-E750 is a very stylish audio dock system tha accommodates iPhones/iPods/iPads and Samsung Galaxy phones, and both wired and wireless network, Airplay, and Bluetooth connectivity. However, what makes this system a little different is that incorporates an amplifier that combines vacuum tube technology with digital amplification that powers a 2.1 channel speaker system. Check out the details.
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For additional suggestions, check out my current list of Compact Audio Systems .

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