Putting your brand-new 4K TV on an entertainment stand is hardly enough to say you have a real home theater setup. It’s the rest of the accessories that turn your living room into the ultimate home theater destination. The best home theater gifts you can give to family members or friends range from turntables and soundbars to a new pair of headphones or a streaming device. You don’t have to break the bank for a fantastic gift.
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It’s possible to spend hundreds of dollars on a video streaming device. Possible, but not necessary. With a list price of $40, the Roku Express 4K Plus offers something for everybody — a huge range of apps and compatibility with video standards such as Dolby Vision and a 4K resolution. That it works so well for the money is a good kind of surprise.
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Google’s latest streaming stick, the Chromecast with Google TV, gives you a lot for your $50. It offers 4K resolution and Dolby Vision/HDR compatibility and it comes with a voice-enabled remote. If you have a Nest Hub or other Google Assistant speaker it now integrates better than ever before. Turn on your TV and watch the latest episode of your show with a simple, “Hey Google, play House of the Dragon.” The Chromecast with Google TV is zippy, performs well and is easy to use.
Read our Chromecast with Google TV review.
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The Roku Streambar is an instant video and audio upgrade in a box. It offers an excellent Roku streamer on board and boasts enhanced speech quality via the integrated speaker.
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The Audio-Technica AT-LP60X is the best budget turntable, hands down. It offers simple automatic operation and its sound quality is a cut above anything else at the price. Perfect for a child’s bedroom, or a low-lit music sanctuary.
Read our Audio Technica AT-LP60X review.
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If you’re looking for a pair of headphones to appease the budding audiophile in your family, the HD6XX offers an extraordinary value. They do need a good amp — you can’t really run them from a phone — but the sound quality can’t be beaten. I use them connected to a receiver for late-night viewing and they work a treat.
Read our Sennheiser HD6XX review.
With an improved look and clearer sound, the Debut 2.0 is even better for people looking to dive into the audiophile world. At $400, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 is an excellent value.
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You can spend a lot of money on a Dolby Atmos setup, but here’s one for well under a grand. It looks great, it’s easy to use and it sounds good with music and movies.
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