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.

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, DLP and LCD Video Projectors, Blu-ray Disc Players, Sound Bars, Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems, Media Streamers, Speaker Systems, and Home Theater Receivers.

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Samsung KS8000 Series SUHD LED/LCD TVs

Samsung KS8000 Series SUHD TV
Samsung KS8000 Series SUHD TV. Image provided by Samsung

If you are looking for a really special TV for Dad, and the money to splurge, then check out the Samsung KS8000 SUHD Series 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs.

This series features a very slim, bezeless, flat screen design and LED Edge Lighting, and includes new technical innovations that will will keep Dad (and the whole family) happy for years. The new features include Quantum Dots, HDR , Peak Illuminator, and Ultra Black, which enhances both contrast and color performance.

The KS8000 series also provides the latest connectivity options, including 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 (2016) 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 KS8000 Series 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs come in the 49, 55, 60, and 65-inch screen sizes -

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Vizio P-Series LED/LCD 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Display

Vizio P50-C1 4K Ultra HD TV with Dolby Vision and SmartCast
Vizio P50-C1 4K Ultra HD TV with Dolby Vision and SmartCast. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

TVs always make great Father's Day gifts, but what about a TV that isn't really a TV, but is actually more than a TV? Confused? Here is the scoop.

Outwardly, the Vizio P-Series seems like just any other TV, but there is something missing - none of these sets have built-in tuners. However, unless you receive TV programs over the air via antenna - that is not an issue as Cable/Satellite boxes can be connected to the "Home Theater Displays" as Vizio refers to thm via HDMI inputs.

Of course, despite missing a built-in tuner- The Vizio P-Series still has a lot to consider, starting with 4K display resolution, and Full Array LED backlighting, which is additionally supported by 126 or 128 ( Active Local Dimming LED Zones (depending on model). What this means is more precise balance of object brightness/darkness in specific areas of the screen, as well as consistent black and white levels across the entire screen surface.

Vizio also provides enhanced color processing (Ultra-Color Spectrum) for more color shade range, in combination with High Dynamic Range display capability via Dolby Vision (with compatible content).

Of course, just about every new TV these days provides internet streaming capability, and many provide other Smart TV features, and for 2016, Vizio has decided to partner with Google by adapting the GoogleCast platform - thus, the name SmartCast.

SmartCast is a new App that can not only be downloaded to any compatible iOS or Android phone or tablet, but Vizio does one better - All the P-Series displays actually come packaged with a 6-inch Android Tablet with the SmartCast App built-in.

This means that instead of the smart TV features actually being built-in into the set, which requires constant updates for provide new apps and features, the GoogleCast/SmartCast platform provides access to it all through the provided tablet (or your own iOS/Android device) which is more easily update-able.

Tip: You can use the Vizio provided tablet as just like any other tablet!

For more details on Vizio's innovative P-Series "Home Theater Displays", and how affordable they are read my Full Report -

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3100 Video Projector

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 hour 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 imag

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.

 


 

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

OPPO Digital BDP-103D Blu-ray Disc Player - Front and Rear View Photo
Photo of front and rear views of the OPPO Digital BDP-103D Darbee Edition Blu-ray Disc Player. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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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).

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Enclave Audio CineHome HD Home Theater-in-a-Box System

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

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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 in 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 power supply, which must plugged 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.

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Sony STR-DN1070 Network Home Theater Receiver

Sony STR-DN1070 Home Theater Receiver
Sony STR-DN1070 Network Home Theater Receiver. Images provided by Sony Electronics

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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 Sony STR-DN1070 might just the ticket at the right price (less than $600).

On the audio side the STR-DN1070 provides up to a 7.2 channel speaker configuration supported by Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding, and additional 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-DN1070 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, and analog to HDMI video conversion with both 1080p and 4K video upscaling. This receiver also provides two HDMI outputs.

The STR-DN1070 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 compatible portable devices, and well as Airplay, and NFC. If you looking an affordable home theater gift for Dad that packs in a lot of entertainment value, definitely consider the STR-DN1070.

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Orb Audio People's Choice Home Theater Speaker System

Orb Audio People's Choice 5.1 Channel Speaker System - Photo of Front View
Orb Audio People's Choice 5.1 Channel Speaker System - Photo of Front View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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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 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.

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Yamaha YHT-5920 5.1 Channel Network Home Theater System

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

A great gift idea that makes a great centerpiece for a home theater setup is a good home theater receiver, and the Sony STR-DN1070 might just the ticket at the right price (less than $600).

On the audio side the STR-DN1070 provides up to a 7.2 channel speaker configuration supported by Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding, and additional 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-DN1070 also incorporates Hi-Res two-channel audio listening (Read my supplementary report for more details).

For video, this receiver provides six 3D, 4K, and HDR compatible HDMI inputs, including compatibility with 4K streaming sources, such as Netflix, and analog to HDMI video conversion with both 1080p and 4K video upscaling. This receiver also provides two HDMI outputs.

The STR-DN1070 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 compatible portable devices, and well as Airplay, and NFC. If you looking an affordable home theater gift for Dad that packs in a lot of entertainment value, definitely consider the STR-DN1070.

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Sony HT-NT5 Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer System

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.

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Amazon Fire TV Media Streamers

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

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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.

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The Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Printer

The Epson LW600P LabelWorks Printer Package
Photo of the Epson LW600P LabelWorks Printer package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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If Dad spends a lot of time buried in his home theater setup - give him something that will not only save some time (which means for time for the rest of the family), but keeps all that home theater wire and component clutter clean and organized.

The LW-600P label printer from Epson allows Dad to create labels using a PC or an iOS or Android smartphone via the downloadable Epson LabelWorks Label Editor App - Then using Bluetooth, Dad can send newly created labels to the LW-600P for printing - in fact, with some smartphones you can create and print labels via voice recognition.

Labels can also be personalized with symbols, graphics, or handwritten messages, and the printer is also compatible with QR or Barcode labels.

The LW-600P can run on 6 AAA Batteries (not included)/or compatible AC Adapter (included).

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Octane Seating - Turbo XL700 Power Recliner

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.