Home Theater Gifts For Mom

Home Theater isn't just for the guys, check out some great home theater gift ideas for Mom!

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, Media Streamers, and Compact Audio Systems

NOTE: Product entries are subject to change throughout the year.

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Samsung KU7000 Series UHD TVs

Samsung KU7000 Series UHD TV
Samsung KU7000 Series UHD TV. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

Looking for a great gift for Mom that the whole family can enjoy? A affordable Samsung KU7000 Series UHD TV may just the ticket. This series comes in 5 screen sizes. Within its black bezel, the sets in this series incorporate a Flat LCD screen with energy efficient LED Edge Lighting (with UHD dimming for improved contrast), 4K display resolution, and Clear Motion Rate processing.

However, one added bonus is the incorporation of HDR. This feature provides enhance brightness and contrast from select specially-encoded content from streaming services, such as Netflix and Vudu, as well from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs (Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player required).

3 HDMI inputs are included, as well as 2 USB inputs for accessing content from flash drives and other compatible devices.

The sets in the KU7000 series connects directly to an internet router via Ethernet or WiFi, providing access to internet-based content, such as Netflix, YouTube, and more, including a full web browser. internet functions are easily navigated through the Tizen Smart TV Operating System.

Now, you normally think all of the above is definitely enough to make Mom smile, but there is more, including Screen Mirroring (Mom can wirelessly send content from a compatible smartphone or tablet to the TV for the whole family to enjoy), and, by the same token, the SmartView 2.0 feature allows Mom to pull content showing on the TV to her compatible smartphone and tablet to take somewhere else in the house.

However, all these features don't mean much without good picture quality, and with that in mind, the detail provided with 4K display resolution capability (as well as video upscaling for lower resolution content) as well as Samsung's Crystal Color processing, Contrast Enhancer, and HDR enables the KU7000 series to deliver a very satisfying TV viewing experience.

Available in the 40, 43, 49, 55, and 65-inch Screen Sizes -

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Vizio D55-D2 1080p LED/LCD Smart TV

Vizio D-Series 1080p LED/LCD TV Example
Vizio D-Series 1080p LED/LCD TV Example. Image provided by Vizio

If you are looking for an impressive gift for Mom that doesn't cost as much as you think? If so, check out the Vizio D-Series LED/LCD TVs.

Some of the great features included in this group, such as the 55-inch model listed here, include a stylish thin bezel, 1080p native screen display resolution supported by Full Array Backlighting and Local Dimming. What this means is that there is lots of great detail and even blacks and whites across the screen, as well as consistent color.

These sets are also fully equipped smart TVs with both Ethernet and built-in Wifi that provide easy access to a lot of great streaming TV programs, movies, and music from services, such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, and more...

For Audio, all of Vizio's D-Series TVs have built-in speakers, but can easily be connected to an, can also be connected to an external audio system, such as a sound bar or home theater receiver via either analog, digital optical, HDMI Audio Return Channel audio output options (or all three - depending on model).

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BenQ i500 Smart Video Projector

BenQ i500 Smart Video Projector With Remote
BenQ i500 Smart Video Projector With Remote. Images provided by BenQ

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Give Mom the gift of really big screen movie entertainment with a video projector. One that would be great choice is the BenQ i500.

What makes this projector special is that while it is very compact, 8.5(W) x 3.7(H) x 8(D) inches, it packs in a lot of great features.

First, it doesn't use a traditional lamp, but combines DLP Pico chip and LED light source technology (that means no periodic lamp replacement hassle or cost).

Second, the BenQ i500 provides 720p native display resolution.

Third, it also has built-in speakers that are louder than you would expect (However, with for a full surround sound experience, I always recommend using an external audio system).

However, an added audio bonus is that the when video projector is not on, you can activate the projector's Bluetooth feature and stream music directly from your smartphone to the i500 and hear it through its speakers.

Fourth, what really makes the BenQ i500 stand out, is that it features a Smart TV platform (Android OS) that provides access to several internet streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon, Crackle, Hulu, and more...

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Sony BDP-S6700 Blu-ray Disc Player

Sony BDP-S6700 Blu-ray Disc Player
Sony BDP-S6700 Blu-ray Disc Player. Image provided by Sony Electronics

Give Mom the gift of Blu-ray!

The Sony BDP-S6700 plays both 3D and 2D Blu-ray Discs (including BD-R/RE), DVDs (including most recordable DVD formats), and CDs (including CD-R/RW/MP3). Also, if Mom has a 4K Ultra HD TV, the BDP-S6700 also provides 4K upscaling, as well as enhanced color processing for the best possible image quality from her DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

The BDP-S6700 can also access content from connected USB flash drives, as well as the internet (over 200 channels) via Ethernet connection or Wifi to an internet router.

Also, Mom will also be able to stream video content directly to the player (which then sends it to your TV or home theater system) from compatible wireless portable devices via its built-in Miracast feature.

The BDP-S6700 also allows content stored on compatible network-connected devices (such as the family PC) to be sent to the player.

The BDP-S6700 can also be controlled using Sony's Twin View/Media Remote App for iOS and Android, and if you install the Sony SongPal App (ver 3.0) for iOS or Android devices, you can use the BDP-S6700 to stream music from the player to other compatible network-connected devices. In addition, Bluetooth is also included which allows direct music-only streaming from compatible devices to the player.

Note: Your TV must have an HDMI connection, the BDP-S6700 does not provide video connections for older TVs.

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Roku Media Streamers

Roku Express (top) - Roku Ultra (bottom) Media Streamers (not to scale)
Roku Express (top) - Roku Ultra (bottom) Media Streamers (not to scale). Images provided by Roku

When you think media streaming, you think Roku. Roku boxes are small, compact, media streamers that can access over 3,500 channels of internet streaming content including from services, such as, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, MLB TV, Hulu Plus, and more.

Roku also provides a comprehensive search, discovery, and bookmark feature for the top 100 channels that shows what programs and movies are available, as well as a "coming soon" feature that will remind you when they will be available.

You can take also  travel with your Roku box and use it in a hotel, someone else's house, or even a dorm room. Also you need is a smartphone, laptop, or PC to log into your account.

All Roku media streamers provide an HDMI output for connection to an HD or 4K Ultra HD TV. Wifi is provided for internet access.

Roku also provides a mobile app for iOs and Android devices that provides provides Voice Search, as well as duplicating several menu categories that are a part of the Roku TV onscreen menu system.

Finally, Roku's Play On feature allows you to send videos and photos from your smartphone to your Roku box and see them on your TV screen.

There are several models to choose from, including some that are 4K-enabled -

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Best Buy/Insignia 4K Ultra HD Roku TVs

Insignia 4K Roku TV Example - NS-43DR710NA17
Insignia 4K Roku TV Example - NS-43DR710NA17. Image provided by Roku

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If you are looking for a great Mother's Day gift, consider a 4K Ultra HD TV that also has all of the features of a Roku Box built-in. Roku has teamed up with Best Buy for a trio of Insignia-branded 4K Ultra HD TVs that have just that feature.

This means in that addition to all increased detail that these TVs can display, right out of box, they also provide access to up 3,000 streaming channels, which definitely includes any compatible 4K streaming content sources. Granted not all of them are free - but they certainly include favorites, such as such as YouTube, Netflix, HuluPlus and Vudu..

Some additional features on these TVs include:

  • The ability to access compatible audio, video, and still image files from your home network connected devices, such as a PC.
  • The ability stream videos, photos, and music from compatible smartphones directly to the TV via compatible smartphone or tablet (Miracast) .
  • Ethernet and Wifi built-in.
  • 1 USB port for access to compatible audio, video, and still image content stored on flash drives.

Of course, HDMI connections are provided, for Blu-ray/DVD players, cable/satellite boxes. Also for those that receiver TV programs over the air, all set have built-in tuners with an antenna connection.

Remote Control via remote control app available for iOS and Android devices (in addition to the provided remote).

The Insignia/Roku TVs come in three sizes: 43-inches (NS-43DR710NA17), 50-inches (NS-50DR710NA17), and 55-inches (NS-55DR710NA17) -

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Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System

Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System Package
Photo of Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar System Package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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TVs don't sound all that good these days - after all, how much in the way of speakers can you fit inside their thin frames? However, you can still get great sound for your TV without necessarily resorting to all the clutter of a multi-channel home theater speaker system.

The Pioneer SP-SB23W Speaker Bar is a good sounding, easy-to-setup-and-use system that comes packaged with a Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer. The sound bar section is about 36-inches wide and can be wall or shelf mounted, providing a good physical complement to a TVs with 32 to 46-inch screen sizes (although you can match it with both smaller and larger TVs). The wireless subwoofer is extremely compact, making easy-to-place without sticking out from room decor, but still delivers surprisingly good bass.

The SP-SB23W is attractive and features sturdy wood cabinet construction, six independently amplified speakers (four mid-range/two tweeters), Dolby Digital Audio decoding, and three sound listening modes (Music, Movies, Dialog). In addition, standard analog and digital optical audio inputs, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, are provided to access sound from your TV, Blu-ray/DVD player, cable/satellite box, and compatible wireless portable devices.

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ZVOX SoundBase 670 Single-Cabinet Under-TV Audio System

ZVOX SoundBase 670 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System - Front and Rear View
ZVOX SoundBase 670 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System - Photo of Front and Rear View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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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 SoundBase 670 fills your room with great sound for both movies and music, without the clutter of a lot of speakers. Also, the ZVOX 670 provides a wide sound image using virtual surround processing. The Sound Base 670 provides both analog and both digital optical (Toslink) and coaxial digital audio inputs which makes connecting CD player, Blu-ray/DVD player, and even a VCR easy. You can also stream music content directly from compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphones and tablets.

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TV EARS Voice Clarifying TV Speaker

TV Ears - Voice Clarifying Speaker
TV Ears - Voice Clarifying Speaker. Image Courtesy of Amazon.com

The Voice Clarifying Speaker is a great gift idea for Mom. This product provides a convenient way to amplify dialog and vocal frequencies to make them more understandable, which is sometimes a problem when watching action TV shows and movies.

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.
 

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Onkyo CS-265 Colibrino Bluetooth Mini-System

Onkyo CS-265 Colibrino Bluetooth Mini-System
Onkyo CS-265 Colibrino Bluetooth Mini-System. Image provided by Onkyo USA

If Mom likes to listen to music, then here is a great gift idea.

The Onkyo CS-265 is an affordable compact music system with a stylish finish (you have a choice of red, white or black). The main unit incorporates a high current 20 WPC amplifier, 2-Way bass reflex loudspeakers featuring 3 15/16-inch midrange/woofer drivers and 3/4-inch tweeters, slot loading CD player, and AM/FM Radio Tuner. The Onkyo CS-265 alos has a convenient front panel USB port for connection iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) or flash drives.

The CS-265 also includes a Super Bass feature, which increases bass output (also helps retain bass response at lower volume, line input for connection of analog audio sources, a headphone output that is great for late night or private listening, and a wireless remote control.

An added bonus is that the CS-265 also includes wireless Bluetooth, which allows you to stream music wirelessly from a compatible smartphone or portable audio player to the system.

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RCA LED32G30RQD 32-inch LCD/TV Combo

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RCA LED32G30RQD LED/LCD TV/DVD Combo. Image provided by RCA

The RCA LED32G30RQD is a 32-inch LED-backlit flat panel 720p LCD TV combined with a DVD Player that not only offers DVD playback, but can also play CDs, SVCDs, VCDs, and JPEG CDs. This unit is also equipped with additional AV inputs, including two HDMI, one shared composite/component, a USB slot for accessing compatible content from flash drives or digital cameras, and a digital optical audio output for connection to a home theater audio system.

The LED32G30RQD also comes equipped with a built-in ATSC/QAM tuner, which allows direct reception of the digital over-the-air and digital unscrambled cable channels. An added bonus is the inclusion of an analog audio output that also doubles as a headphone jack. With its modest size and basic features, this unit may be a good option for your home theater setup.
 

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Blumoo Universal Remote Control System

Blumoo Universal Remote Control System - Packaging - Front View
A Front View Photo of the Packaging for the Blumoo Universal Remote Control System. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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Does Mom get angry when she sees a coffee table full of remote controls? Then Blumoo may be just the solution.

Blumoo is a remote control system combines a powerful mobile app (compatible with most iOS and Android phones, the Apple Watch, and Amazon Echo) with a home base unit that blasts IR control signals to compatible home theater devices.

The app portion provides access to a database of remote codes for over 250,000 devices, as well as providing a channel guide. In addition, via your smartphone or tablet, you can not only beam remote control commands to the home base unit (and, in turn, to your home theater components), but you can also stream music from your phone/tablet to the home base, which in turn, via RCA cable connection, play that music on your home theater receiver or stereo - no matter the brand or age.