1. Samsung UN55F7500AF 55-inch 3D LED/LCD TV
Looking for a great gift for Mom that the whole family can enjoy? The Samsung UN55F7500AF may just the ticket. The UN55F7500AF features a very stylish thin silver bezel design and attractive built-in stand. Within the bezel, this set incorporates a 55-inch 16x9 LCD screen with energy efficient LED Edge Lighting, 1080p display resolution, and Clear Motion Rate processing.
For added viewing enjoyment, both 2D and 3D viewing options are provided ( two pairs of 3D glasses included). Also, four HDMI inputs, and both ATSC and QAM tuners are included. The ATSC tuner allows reception of the over-the-air HDTV signals and the QAM tuner allows Digital/HD-cable (non-premium channels) reception.
In addition, the UN55F7500 can connect directly to an internet router via Ethernet or WiFi, providing access to Internet apps and internet-based content, such as Netflix, YouTube, and more. In fact, Mom can even make video phone calls via Skype with the built-in pop-up webcam! However, all these features don't mean much without good picture quality, and with that in mind, the UN55F7500 delivers excellent detail, color consistency, and contrast.
2. Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD 3LCD Video Projector
Another bonus is that the MG-850HD has a built-in iPod/iPhone/iPad docking station for direct playback of music, photo, and video from those devices. For more details on whether the Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD, read my Review, Photo Profile, and Video Performance Tests.
3. Vizio E420i 42-inch LED/LCD Smart TV
Here is a great gift idea for Mom. The Vizio E420i is a very affordable 42-inch LED/LCD TV that features great styling, and a matte screen that reduces glare. Behind its 16x9 screen, this set provides a 1080p native resolution and 60-Hz refresh rate supported by backlight scanning. This TV also provides 3 HDMI inputs, ATSC tuner, and a USB port so that still images and music can be accessed from compatible USB-equipped playback devices, such as flash drives, media players, and digital cameras. Mom will also like this TV as it is very energy efficient, which can help out with the electric bill.
However, the big bonus on this TV is the inclusion of built-in internet connectivity (via Ethernet or WiFi) for access to an abundance of streaming content, such as movies and TV shows from providers such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Pandora, and more.
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4. Vizio Co-Star with Google TV Stream Player
The Vizio Co-Star is a media streaming player that, via the Google TV operating system, provides an easy way to find, organize, and access content for viewing on your TV and home theater system. The Co-Star, via either wired or WiFi connection, provides convenient access to Netflix, Pandora, and many other internet streaming services. The Co-Star also provides 1080p video output resolution via its HDMI output.
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For additional suggestions, check out my list of Network Media Players and Media Streamers.
5. Panasonic SC-HTB770 3.1 Channel Home Theater System
Here is a great gift for Mom. The Panasonic SC-HTB770 is a home theater audio system features a convenient "multi-positional" speaker system. The provided speakers can be combined into a single sound bar, or split apart into three separate speakers. Either way, the sound bar or speakers can be shelf or wall mounted is (hardware provided). In addition, to round out the system, a wireless powered subwoofer is included. The sound bar (or speakers) connect directly to compact three channel amplifier that also provides HDMI and digital audio inputs. In addition, the system also has the ability to stream audio from compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
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For additional suggestions, check out my list of Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems.
6. Panasonic DMP-BD79 Blu-ray Disc Player
Give Mom the gift of Blu-ray! The DMP-BD79 is priced at about $79 and plays Blu-ray discs at full 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution via its HDMI output. This player is compatible with standard DVDs and most recordable DVD formats, as well as standard music CDs and CD-Rs/RWs. Standard DVDs are upscaled up to 1080p via the HDMI output.
Using either the Ethernet connection or WiFi (Wifi connectivity requires optional adapter), the DMP-BD79 can access both Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) internet content related to some Blu-ray Disc releases, as well as the content streamed from Netflix, CinemaNow, and Vudu, as well as content stored on network connected PCs. Another bonus is that the DMP-BD79 also has a front mounted USB for access to media content stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices.
NOTE: The Panasonic DMP-BD79 is not 3D-compatible.
For additional suggestions, check out my current list of Blu-ray Disc Players.
7. ZVOX IncrediBase 580 Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System
Here is a great idea for Mom that will really like - A home theater sound bar system that is also a TV stand. The ZVOX Audio IncrediBase 580 fill your room with great sound for both movies and music, without the clutter of a lot of speakers. Also, the ZVOX 580 provides a wide sound image using virtual surround processing. The ZVOX provides both analog and both digital optical (Toslink) and coaxial digital audio inputs which makes connecting CD player, DVD player, and even a VCR easy. Check out more about the ZVOX Audio IncrediBase 580 in my Review and Photo Profile.
For more suggestions, check out my current list of Sound Bars and Digital Sound Projectors.
8. Voice Clarifying TV Speaker
The system is easy to set-up - just the provided wireless transmitter to a TV (or cable box, satellite box, DVD player or Blu-ray Disc player) that is equipped with either analog or digital optical output connections. Next, place the TV speaker near your seating location (the transmitter has a 50 foot line of sight range), synch the speaker system and transmitter together, and you are set to go.
For added convenience, a headphone connection (headphones not provided) is also provided that is perfect for late night private listening.
9. Sonoro Cubo Compact CD Player and Clock Radio
Do you have a great home theater or audio system in your home, but listen to a cheap clock radio for your bedroom or kitchen? If you desire a compact CD player/Clock radio combination that actually delivers great sound, then you might consider the Sonoro Cubo Model AU-1300. The Cubo features a built-in slot load CD player that is CD/CD-R/RW, CD-MP3, and CD-WMA compatible. Also, this compact unit also has a rear mount audio input jack for connecting an iPod or other digital audio player. In addition, the Cubo also contains an FM tuner and Clock, and is available in ten different colors. To find out if the Cubo is right for you, or if you are looking for a great gift for a special occasion, check out my product review.
For more suggestions, also check out my list of Compact Audio Systems.
10. RCA 26LB30RQD 26-inch LCD TV/DVD ComboHere is a great gift idea for Mom. First off, the RCA 26LB30RQD is a stylish, high definition 26-inch LCD TV with built-in ATSC/QAM tuner that can receive over-the-air digital TV broadcasts and unscrambled HD cable programming. Also featured is a built-in slot-loading progressive scan DVD/CD player, plus HDMI and Component video inputs for connecting additional devices, such as a Blu-ray player or DVD Recorder. You can also use this combo as a PC monitor via its VGA monitor input. A USB port is also included that allows access to digital music and image files stored on flash drives. Even a headphone jack is included for private listening. Note: 1080i and 1080p input signals are downscaled to 720p for screen display.
For additional suggestions, check out my list of TV Combos.