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Great Home Theater Gifts For Dad


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.

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1. Samsung UNHU8550 Series 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs

Samsung UNHU8550 Series 4K Ultra HD TV
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If you looking for a really special TV for Dad, then check out the Samsung UNHU8550 Series 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs.

These sets include all the latest TV tech, including Full network/inetrnet connectivity, Active 3D, HEVC, HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0, and HDCP 2.2 Copy-Protection. Also, Dad doesn't have to worry about his new TV becoming obsolete is couple of years and the UNHU8550 series sets accept Samsung's Samsung's UHD Evolution Kit, which enables both hardware and firmware updating as needed as new standards and features become available. Also, the sets are also compatible with Netflix 4K streaming requirements.

Also, before Dad jumps into Ultra HD, read some tips on how to get the best 4K viewing experience.

The Samsung UNHU8550 Series 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs come in both a 55 and 65-inch screen size.

UN55HU8550FXZA (55-inches): Official Product Page - Buy Direct
UN65HU8550FXZA (65-inches): Official Product Page - Buy Direct

For additional suggestions, check out my 4K Ultra HD TV List.

2. Sharp Aquos LC-60SQ15U Q+ LED/LCD TV

Sharp Aquos Q+ LED/LCD TV
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If Dad isn't excited about making the jump to 4K but really wants a high-performance TV, then consider the Sharp Aquos 60-inch LC-60SQ15U.

What makes this TV a standout is that it incorporates Sharp's proprietary Q+ image enhancement technology. What this means for Dad is that even though the LED/LCD panel on these sets is 1080p, Sharp's engineers have developed firmware that effectively splits all of the panel's subpixels vertically in half, thus enabling a Q+ set to display images in "higher-than-1080p resolution". Technically, the Q+ process adds up to 2.5 times number of pixels above 1080p (true 4K is about 4 times the number of pixels as 1080p).

This serves two purposes: First, Q+ can bring more detail out in 1080p source signals than a standard 1080p panel, and, more importantly, Q+ processing can approximate the detail that an incoming native 4K image contains, and deliver a TV product that is less expensive than a full 4K Ultra HD TV.

In addition its innovative Q+ processing, the LC-60SQ15U also incorporates 4-Color Quattron technology, which produces vibrant color, edge lit LED/LCD panels, 240Hz screen refresh rate, 4 HDMI inputs, 2 USB inputs, 3D viewing, and Smart TV (Smart Central 3.0) features for access to network and internet streaming content.

The Sharp Aquos LC-60SQ15U Q+ LED/LCD TV is definitely worth checking out.

Official Product Page - Compare Prices.

Note: The set also comes in a larger 70-inch screen size (LC-70SQ15U): Official Product Page - Compare Prices.

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

3. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 3LCD Video Projector

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 video projector - Front View with Included Accessories
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A video projector is a great gift idea for Dad, especially if it is priced below below $1,000 and features full 1080p display resolution, both 2D/3D display capability, and can project 16x9 aspect ratio images up to about 300-inches in size.

The The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Video Projector incorporates 3LCD technology, a 5,000 hour 200 watt lamp that can produce up to 2,000 lumens of both white and color light output. Epson also rates the contrast ratio of the 2030 at 15,000:1. What all this means is that image will be bright enough for a good viewing experience, whether in 2D or 3D. However, for 3D viewing, glasses must be purchased separately. Epson offers convenient USB rechargeable Active Shutter RF glasses.

For connection convenience, two HDMI inputs are provided, one of which is MHL compatible, allowing content access from compatible portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets, as well as direct connection for a Roku Streaming Stick. Dad can also playback of photos and slide shows from flash drives via the included USB port.

There is even a 2 watt mono speaker system included, which works fine in a pinch if your in a small room where no external audio system is available. On other hand the 2030 also features an analog audio output for connection to an external audio system. For the best experience, connection to an external audio system is definitely preferred.
Review - Product Photos - Video Performance Tests - Compare Prices

For additional suggestions, check out my list of LCD and DLP Video Projectors.

4. OPPO BDP-103D Darbee Edition Blu-ray Disc Player

OPPO Digital BDP-103D Blu-ray Disc Player - Front and Rear View Photo
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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 OPPO BDP-103D isn't slim or stylish, but this is one heavy-duty, super-charged, player. Under the hood, there is everything would expect in high-end player, including 2D and 3D Blu-ray Disc playback, 2D to 3D conversion, and both 1080p and 4K upscaling of standard DVDs via HDMI output (the BDP-103D actually provides two) - and don't forget the ability to play all his music CDs.

The BDP-103D 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.

However, an added bonus is that the BDP-103D also includes Darbee Visual Presence Video Processing.

Darbee Visual Presence further improves the depth and detail of a displayed image, regardless of the source (as long as it is sent via HDMI). As a result, the image has a more realistic, natural look, as if you are physically in the image. Darbee works with both 2D and 3D sources, and with resolutions up to 1080p, so it works great with both Blu-ray and DVD.

Also, one additional thing to note about the BDP-103D is that it also includes two HDMI inputs (one is MHL-compatible), which allow you to connected compatible devices, such as a Roku Streaming stick, MHL-compatible portable devices, or even another source, such as an HD cable box that allows you to take advantage of the BDP-103D's onboard video processing (including Darbee).

Review - Official Product Page

For additional suggestions, check out my current list of Blu-ray Disc Players.

5. Sony STR-DN1050 Network Home Theater Receiver

Sony STR-DN1050 Network Home Theater Receiver
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A great gift idea that makes a great centerpiece for a home theater setup is a good home theater receiver, and the new Sony STR-DN1050 might just the ticket at the right price ($599.99).

On the audio side the STR-DN1050 provides up to a 7.2 channel speaker configuration supported by Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz audio processing.

You can also send audio-only to a Zone 2 system via a provided analog two-channel audio preamp output (external amplifier required). Another bonus is that in addition to its surround sound capabilities for movie viewing, the STR-DN1050 also incorporates Hi-Res two-channel audio listening (Read my supplementary report for more details).

For video, this receiver provides six 3D and 4K compatible HDMI inputs, and analog to HDMI video conversion with both 1080p and 4K video upscaling. This receiver also provides a total of three HDMI outputs (2 parallel and one independent 2nd Zone HDMI output for both audio and video)

The STR-DN1050 also includes both network and internet streaming access via either Ethernet connection or built-in WiFi, and also provides Bluetooth for direct local streaming from compable portable devices. If you looking an affordable home theater gift for Dad that packs in a lot of entertainment value, definitely consider the STR-DN1050.

Official Product Page - Compare Prices

For additional suggestions, check out my list of Midrange Home Theater Receivers.

6. 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.

Read Full Review - Photo Profile.

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

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

Yamaha YHT-899U Home Theater-in-a-Box System
Photo © Yamaha Corporation of America

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).

Compare Prices


8. Sony HT-ST7 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System

Sony HT-ST7 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System Package
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If you looking for a great father's day gift idea that can make Dad's TV viewing experience a lot better, but without dealing with all the clutter of connecting amplifiers and speaker, a good sound bar may be just the solution, and one really good choice is the Sony HT-ST7.

The HT-ST7 is an audio system that combines a sound bar that incorporates seven independently amplified speakers with a powerful, and a wireless powered subwoofer. The sound bar can be placed on a shelf or mounted on a wall, above or below a TV, and the subwoofer can be placed anywhere that is desired without having to connect it to the sound bar via a long cable.

The sound bar portion is the central hub of the system, providing three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output that can also pass video signals, including 3D and 4K to a TV.

The HDMI output is also Audio Return Channel-enabled to further cut down on cable clutter when used with a compatible TV. In addition, both standard analog and digital optical/coaxial audio inputs are also provided for connection convenience. As an added bonus, you can even access audio content from Bluetooth-enabled devices.

With a suggested price of $1,299.99, the HT-ST7 definitely not the least expensive sound bar system you will find, but it is definitely one of the best sounding you will find.

Review - Photo Profile - Compare Prices.

9. The Roku Streaming Stick

Roku Streaming Stick (standard HDMI version)
Image provided by Roku

If Dad hasn't started streaming TV shows and movies from the internet, here is a great gift idea: The Roku Streaming Stick.

The Roku Streaming Stick incorporates all of the features and internet streaming access of a Roku box (now over 1000 content channels), on a flash drive size device.

There are two versions of the sitck, If you have a TV, Blu-ray Disc Player, Home Theater Receiver, or Video Projectors that is equipped with MHL-enabled HDMI port (labeled Roku Ready) then the following version is right for you:

Official Product Page - Compare Prices.

However, if you have an older TV that still has an HDMI input, but it is not MHL-enabled, then the following version will work for those TVs:

Read Report - Official Product/Ordering/Purchase Page.

Both versions come with a remote control (in fact, the remote is about four times larger than the stick!), and they both have built-in Wifi for connection to any wireless capable internet router.

For additional suggestions, check out my list of Network Media Players and Media Streamers


10. DVDO Air3 WirelessHD Adapter

DVDO Air3 - Package Contents
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So, it looks like Dad's home theater gear is resulting in a lot of unsightly cable clutter. Well, not all it can be eliminated, but here is one gift idea for Dad that can certainly help.

The DVDO Air3 WirelessHD Adapter is a cable clutter-reducing connection option that provide wireless transmission for btween an HDMI-equipped source device, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, cable/satellite box, or network media player/media streamer, and a video display device, such as a TV or projector. For additional flexibility, the HDMI input on the transmitter is also MHL-compatible, allowing connection of compatible smartphones, tablets, or other sources, such as the Roku Streaming Stick.

This DVDO Air3 is not only very easy to set up and use, but the transmitter and receiver are extremely compact, allowing easy placement on a shelf, back of a TV, wall, or even a ceiling. Both a wireless HDMI transmitter and receiver is included in the package, but you can add additional units if desired, which can further reduce cable clutter.
Official Product Page - Review

Check out some other Home Theater Add-ons and Accessories that make great gift ideas.

11. Premiere Home Theater Surroundings - Home Theater Lounger

Here is my bonus "Gifts for Dad" pick.

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.
Manufacturer's Site.

Also, for more suggestions, check out my listings for Home Theater Seating.

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