Great Home Theater Gifts For Dad - 2018 Edition

If you are looking for a 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.

Also, in addition to the entries offered on this list, I have more suggestion options in each of the product categories represented, for your consideration: 4K Ultra HD TVs, 40-inch, and Larger 1080p LED/LCD TVs, Blu-ray Disc Players, Sound Bars, Home-Theater-in-a-Box Systems, Media Streamers, Speaker Systems, and Home Theater Receivers.

Samsung MU9000 Series Premium 4K UHD LED/LCD TV
Samsung MU9000 Series Premium 4K UHD LED/LCD TV. Image Provided by Amazon

If you are looking for a really special TV for Dad, and the money to splurge, then check out the Samsung MU9000 Series 4K UHD HD LED/LCD TVs.

This series features a very slim, bezeless, flat screen design with center stand. The display features native 4K display resolution, supported by LED Edge Lighting. . Some of the features include include HDR, Color Drive Extreme, and Triple Black Extreme, all of which enhance both contrast and color performance.

The MU9000 series also provides the latest connectivity options, most of which are provided in a separate one-connect mini-box that can be placed away from the TV. This way, you only need one cable actually going directly to the TV - In fact, all the connection cables can routed through the TV stand, further reducing visible clutter. The one connect mini box includes 4 HDMI (ver 2.0a) inputs, which means that they are compatible with all HDMI signal sources for the foreseeable future.

There are also 3 USB ports provided for access to digital media stored on compatible USB devices, as well as plug-ins such as keyboard, mouse, gamepad, or Samsung's USB Extend Dongle that allows the TV be used a controller for additional devices around the house, such as compatible lamps, security cameras, and more...

Of course, Ethernet and Wifi are built-in, which supports Samsung's latest (2017) SmartHub interface in providing the ability to access and organize all your content, whether physically connected, from your network, or streamed from the internet.

The Samsung MU9000 Series 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs come in the 55, 65, and 75-inch screen sizes. No matter what screen size you opt for, your chosen set has the features and performance that will keep Dad (and the whole family) happy for years! More »

Epson Home Cinema 3100 1080p 3LCD Video Projector - Front/Rear Views
Epson Home Cinema 3100 1080p 3LCD Video Projector - Front/Rear Views. Image provided by Epson

 A video projector is a great gift idea for Dad, and one that could fill-the-bill is the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3100.

The 3100 incorporates 3LCD chip technology and has a 1080p display resolution, 5,000 hours 200-watt lamp, and can put out 2,600 lumens of both white and color light output, with a wide contrast ratio. This means that although it is best to use a video projector in a darkened room - if you do have some light leakage, or are doing a presentation where is it necessary to have some light in the room, you can still get viewable image

The projector is capable of displaying image sizes up to 300 inches.

Also, both vertical and horizontal lens shift (manually adjustable) is included for easier projector-to-screen positioning, and seven preset color modes (in addition to manual setting options) are provided for optimizing image quality from different sources.

The Epson 3100 also provides both 2D and 3D viewing options, and two pairs of USB rechargeable Active Shutter RF glasses are included.

Two HDMI inputs are provided, one of which is also MHL-enabled. This allows content access from compatible smartphones and tablets, as well as Roku Streaming Stick. A USB port is also provided for photos playback from flash drives. More »

OPPO Digital UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray Disc Player
OPPO Digital UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray Disc Player. Images provided by OPPO Digital

A Blu-ray Disc player is the perfect gift to give Dad, especially if he is a real "stickler" for a great video and an audio quality.

The OPPO UDP-203 isn't slim or stylish, but this is one heavy-duty, super-charged, player. Under the hood, there is everything would expect in a high-end player in 2018, including native Ultra HD Blu-ray playback (with HDR - and is also Dolby Vision upgrade-able), as well as standard 2D and 3D Blu-ray Disc playback, 2D to 3D conversion, 1080p and 4K upscaling of standard DVDs - and don't forget the ability to play all his music CDs.

Also, one additional thing to note about the UDP-203 is that it also includes and HDMI input, which allows you to connected compatible devices, such as a Roku Streaming Stick, Google Chromecast, or even another source, such as an HD cable box that allows you to take advantage of the UDP-203's onboard video processing.

However, unlike most Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray players, although it can play audio, still image, and video files from network connected devices, such as PCs, it does not provide built-in internet streaming. However, if you have a smart TV or external media streamer, such as a Roku box/stick, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, etc... you are set to go.

The UDP-203 is more expensive than most UHD and Blu-ray Disc players, but Dad is worth it - especially if he already has a 4K Ultra HD TV. More »

Enclave Audio CineHome 5.1 Wire-Free Home Theater System Package
Enclave Audio CineHome 5.1 Wire-Free Home Theater System Package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to

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Here is a great home theater gift for Dad that is rally easy to set up, the Enclave Audio CineHome HD Home-Theater-in-a-Box system. What makes this system different is that it is "wireless". In other words, no speaker wire is needed to connect the speakers to this system - each speaker contains a wireless receiver, as well as its own built-in amplifier.

However, because of the power needed for the built-in amplifier and wireless receivers - each speaker does come with a detachable power supply, which must plug into an AC outlet.

In order to accommodate connectivity and switching for source devices, the center channel speaker does double duty as the system's central hub (which means you don't need a separate home theater receiver), providing HDMI, Digital Optical, and analog audio inputs, as well as performing all audio decoding and processing functions.

Additional features include direct wireless streaming from Bluetooth devices, as well as streaming from several internet music services (TuneIn Radio, Spotify, Soundcloud, Tidal), via the Enclave Audio App for iOS or Android.

Also, Google Cast is accessible a when a Chromecast device is plugged into one of the center speaker's HDMI ports. More »

Sony STR-DN1080 Network Home Theater Receiver
Sony STR-DN1080 Network Home Theater Receiver. Images provided by Sony

A great gift idea that makes a great centerpiece for a home theater setup is a good home theater receiver, and the Sony STR-DN1080 might just the ticket at the right price (less than $600).

On the audio side, the STR-DN1080 provides both a 7.2 channel speaker configuration or, if you desire you can run a 5.1.2 channel Dolby Atmos or DTS:X setup that includes vertical height or overhead speakers.

You can also send audio-only to a Zone 2 system via direct connection or analog two-channel audio preamp output (preamp output requires external amplifier required). Another bonus is that in addition to its surround sound capabilities for movie viewing, the STR-DN1080 also incorporates Hi-Res two-channel audio listening.

For video, this receiver provides six 3D, 4K, and HDR compatible HDMI inputs, including compatibility with 4K streaming sources, such as Netflix. The STR-DN1080 also provides two HDMI outputs.

In addition to core audio and video features, this receiver also includes both network and internet streaming access (Google Chromecast for Audio built-in) via either Ethernet connection or built-in WiFi, and also provides Bluetooth (including NFC) for direct streaming from compatible portable devices. In addition, using Sony's SongPal app, you can integrate the STR-DN1080 into a wireless multi-room audio with other compatible Sony products.

If you looking an affordable home theater gift for Dad that packs in a lot of entertainment value, definitely consider the STR-DN1080 Home Theater Receiver. More »

Orb Audio People's Choice Home Theater Speaker System
Orb Audio People's Choice Home Theater Speaker System. Image provided by Orb Audio

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If Dad is sprucing up his home theater system, it is time to check for 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 that provides all the bass you need for a small or medium size room. The center/satellite speakers can be mounted on table stands (included) or mounted on the wall using optional wall-mounting hardware.

You can also expand your system by purchasing additional satellite speakers. In other words, if you want to expand from 5.1 to 7.1, or even more channels - just add more speakers. 

The Orb Audio People's Choice system, as shown, is priced at $1,098.00. More »

Yamaha YHT-5920UBL Home Theater-in-a-Box System
Yamaha YHT-5920UBL Home Theater-in-a-Box System. Image provided by Yamaha

If you are looking for a great all-in-one home theater system for Dad, check out the Yamaha YHT-5920.

This system combines a 5.1 channel home theater receiver, five bookshelf style speakers, and powered subwoofer.

The receiver portion provides Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding, a well as additional sound processing modes, includding Yamaha's Virtual Cinema Front (which is based on Yamaha's Air Surround Xtreme). The option allows the placement the five speakers and subwoofer in the front of the room, while still providing a surround sound listening experience.

For added audio flexibility, Bluetooth capability is included for direct streaming from compatible portable devices, as well as Audio Return Channel for easy audio access from compatible TVs, and YPAO automatic speaker setup system.

The 5920 provides 1080p, 3D and 4K pass-through, but no upscaling is provided for lower resolution video signals. It is also important to not that although the HDMI connections pass 4K resolution, they are not HDR-enabled.

Physical connectivity includes 4 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output.

Via Ethernet or built-in WiFi< the YHT-5920 also provides access to music streaming services, as well as content stored on compatible devices connected within your home network. More »

Sony HT-NT5 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System
Sony HT-NT5 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System. Image provided by Sony Electronics

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-NT5.

The HT-NT5 is an audio system that combines a very thin profile sound bar that incorporates 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, 4K, and HDR signals 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 audio inputs are also provided for connection convenience. Dad will also be able to access audio content from Bluetooth and GoogleCast enabled devices, as well as music files stored on other home network-connected PCs

Also, as added bonus, the free Sony SongPal App for iOS and Android Devices provides an easy way to organize all your sources and content, as well as sending your music to compatible devices located throughout the house. More »

Amazon Fire TV with Alexa Voice Remote and 4K Support
Amazon Fire TV with Alexa Voice Remote and 4K Support. Photo Courtesy of

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If Dad hasn't started streaming TV shows and movies from the internet, here is a great gift idea: The Amazon Fire TV media streamer, which comes in three versions: The standard version, gaming version, and stick version.

The Fire TV houses a MediaTek Quad-core processor (dual core on the stick version), 2GB of RAM (1GB on the stick version) , 8 GB temporary storage (all versions), both 10890p and 4K video resolution output (content and TV compatibility dependent - also, the stick version only provides up to 1080p output), and Alexa Voice Assistance.

Fire TV includes HDMI and both WiFi and Ethernet connection options (the stick version does not provide the Ethernet connection option) for accessing the internet.

Although Amazon Instant Video is the primary content provider, the Fire TV also enables access to many other streaming services, including Crackle, HBOGo (must already be an HBO cable/satellite subscriber for access), HuluPlus, iHeart Radio, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and more.

In addition to streaming content, the Amazon's Fire TV also provides access over 200 online games, but you need to purchase a game controller separately or purchase the Gaming version.

For ease of use, the Fire TV also includes Alexa Voice Search via the provided remote control. More »

Octane Seating - Turbo XL700 Power Recliner
Octane Seating - Turbo XL700 Power Recliner. Via Best Buy/Magnolia

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, a home theater seating option from Octane Seating, the Turbo XL700 Power Recliner.

This comfortable chair is great for home theater viewing with powered reclining, two armrests, a padded footrest, and storage compartments to keep those remotes about of view when not being used, and a swivel tray and cup holder for all your snacks and beverages. More »