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Top 10 Home Theater Gifts For Lovers

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Instead of giving your lover jewelry, flowers, candy, or lingerie on Valentine's Day, Christmas, anniversary, or birthday, why not give a gift that will not only last, but provide the perfect catalyst for romance - a home theater-related product? Whether cuddling up on the couch to watch that romantic movie, or providing the perfect romantic music background to set the mood, there are some great products that fill the bill. For some great ideas on what to give, check out my product suggestions.

1. Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Blu-ray Disc Player

The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 is a very affordable slim and stylish Blu-ray Disc player that features 2D and 3D playback of Blu-ray Discs, 2D to 3D conversion, and 1080p upscaling of standard DVDs via HDMI output - and don't forget that this player will also play back music CDs and audio/video content stored on compatible USB devices. The DMP-BDT230 also features both Ethernet and built-in WiFi for easy connection to the internet for web browsing or accessing audio/video streaming content, such as CinemaNow, Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, and more.

In addition, the BDT230 incorporates Miracast, which allows you to stream content that you have stored or are streaming to a compatible Android portable device, such as a smartphone, through the Blu-ray Disc player, to your TV via the player's HDMI output.
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For additional suggestions, check out my current list of Blu-ray Disc Players.

2. Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD 3LCD Video Projector

Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD 3LCD Video Projector - Photo 0f Front View with Accessories
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Here is a video projector that really packs in the features and makes a great gift for that special someone. The Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD is an LCD projector that incorporates 3LCD technology, 1280x800 (approx 720p) native resolution, 2,800 lumens light output, and up to a 5,000 hour lamp life.

As far as connections go, in addition to HDMI and Component video connections, the MG-850HD also features a microphone input, USB input for digital media playback from flash drives, and has built-in speakers. However, the big bonus is that the MG-850HD also has a built-in docking station for direct playback of music, photo, and video from an iPod,iPhone, or iPad.

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For more suggestions, check out my current list of LCD Video Projectors.

3. Samsung UN46F6300 46-inch Network LED/LCD TV

The UN46F6300 makes a great gift for that special someone. The UN50F6300 has a 46-inch 1920x1080 (1080p resolution screen with LED edgelighting, an almost unlimited contrast ratio, super slim 2.2-inch depth (w/o stand), and eco-friendly low power consumption. This set also includes four HDMI and 3 USB inputs, 120Hz screen refresh rate with added Clear Motion Rate 240 processing, and internet connectivity via Ethernet or WiFi connection with access to Samsung Apps that includes access to streaming content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. If your are looking for an LED/LCD TV that offers a lot, and access to 3D is not a consideration, then check out the Samsung UN46F6300 as a possible choice.
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For more suggestions, check out my current list of LCD and LED/LCD TVs 40-inches and Larger.

4. Atlantic Technology FS-4000 Front Stage Flat Screen Speaker System

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If you are looking for new set of loudspeakers to set a romantic mood that is stylish and saves space, you might want to check out the great sounding Atlantic Technology FS-4000 Front Stage Loudspeaker. This unique speaker combines all three front channel speakers (left, center, and right) into one 40-inch long housing that is attractive and can be either table or wall mounted. The design of FS4000 is intended to complement flat panel LCD and Plasma televisions (home theater receiver or amplifier also required) and can be used alone, or combined with a subwoofer and/or a set of rear surround speakers. However, the most important thing about this loudspeaker design is that it sounds great.
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For more suggestions, check out my current list of 3-in-1 Speaker Systems, Digital Sound Projectors and Sound Bars.

5. LG 29LN4510 29-inch LED/LCD TV

Here is a TV that may perfect for the bedroom. The LG 29LN4510 features a compact 29-inch screen size that fits just about anywhere. Sporting 720p native display resolution and a wide contrast range, and 60Hz screen refresh rate, this set provides a good, detailed, bright image.

For connectivity, the 29LN4510 features one each of the following: HDMI, shared composite/component, PC monitor (VGA), and USB. Of course an ATSC/NTSC tuner is built-in for reception of both over-the-air and unscrambled cable channels, and this set also provides MHL connectivity (via the HDMI port), that allows you to plug in compatible android devices, further adding to the TV's ability to access content.

However, it must be noted that this set does not have an audio output connection. This means that you can send audio from the TV to external audio system.
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For more suggestions, check out my current list of 36 to 29-inch LCD and LED/LCD TVs.

6. Premiere Home Theater Surroundings - Home Theater Lounger

Premiere Home Theater Surroundings - Home Theater Lounger
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Don't settle for that dusty old couch or recliner to view your home theater presentations, step up to first class movie viewing with a specially designed home theater lounge chair. Check out some great, comfortable, home theater seating options from Premiere Home Theater Surroundings. This is also great gift idea for that special someone.
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For more suggestions, check out my current listing of Best Home Theater Seating Options.

7. ZVOX IncrediBase 580 Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System

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Here is a great gift for that special someone. The ZVOX Audio IncrediBase 580 is single cabinet home theater system that provides great sound for viewing movies, or listening to music, without having to hook-up a bunch of speakers, but also doubles as a platform to set your LCD or Plasma TV on. The sound quality of the ZVOX 580 is very good, with a wide sound image utilizing virtual surround processing. The ZVOX also has analog and digital optical (Toslink) and coaxial digital audio inputs so you can connect a CD player, DVD player, and even VCR.
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For more suggestions, check out my current list of Digital Sound Projectors and Sound Bars.

8. Hammacher Schlemmer iPad Classic Cabinet Music Center

Hammacher Schlemmer - iPad Classic Cabinet Music Center
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Here is a great gift for that special someone. The iPad Classic Cabinet Music Center from Hammacher Schlemmer is stylish retro-designed compact audio system that combines an iPod/iPhone/iPad docking station with a CD player, FM radio with 20 presets, and two-channel speaker system. You can watch video and still images on your compatible docked device and pipe the sound and music through the system for a more full-bodied listening experience. The dock also serves as a convenient charging station for your iOS devices.
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For additional suggestions, check out my current list of Compact Audio Systems .

9. Google Chromecast

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Here is a great gift that is inexpensive (only about $35), but opens up a whole world of entertainment that can be accessed on any TV with an HDMI connection. The Chromecast is an internet streamer that is about the size of the USB flash drive, except that it has an HDMI connector. Once you connect it to an HDMI input on your TV (USB port or AC Adapter also required for power - provided with Chromecast package), you have access to the internet via WiFi, and iOS or Android phone or tablet.

Working in conjunction with an iOS or Android device, the Chromecast gives you access to Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play, as well as additional content accessible via the Google Chrome browser (new apps and content services are added on a periodic basis). You send the content to your TV via the Chromecast and then also use your portable device to navigate through content features as well as playback control.

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

10. Samsung HT-F6500W Home Theater System Featuring Vacuum Tube Technology

Here is a great way to experience home theater and audio without having to buy a lot of individual components. The Samsung HT-F6500W really packs it in with a 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc player and 5.1 channel audio system with compact bookshelf speakers, wireless surround speakers and subwoofer, and extensive audio decoding and processing. However, that isn't all, HT-F6500W also has built-in WiFi for access to great online content from (via Samsung Apps), including Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, and more.

However, what really makes this system unique is that it includes a vacuum tube pre-amp stage for the front left and right channels, which not only adds warmth to home theater surround sound audio listening, but is great for two-channel audio CD listening. Definitely give this system a listen.
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For additional suggestions, check out my list of Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems.

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