Best Home Theater Gifts For Lovers

Home Theater Products That Set That Romantic Mood

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.

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Vizio M-Series 4K Ultra HD SmartCast Displays

Vizio 2016 M-Series Home Theater Display Example
Vizio 2016 M-Series Home Theater Display Example. Image provided by Vizio

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What better gift idea for that special someone than a great TV - especially one that doesn't break the bank. With that in mind, one choice are the Vizio M-Series Home Theater displays. Technically these sets are not classified as TVs, as they do not have built-in tuners. So, in order to receive over-the-air TV broadcasts, an external tuner set-top box is required.

However, unless you receive TV programming via Antenna, the M-Series offers a lot of great features that more than makes up the lack of a tuner To start, There are 4 HDMI inputs provided on the 50/55-inch sets and 5 HDMI inputs on the rest in the series, so there is plenty of inputs for cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray Disc player, and more...

Other features include:

  • Full 4K Display resolution, as well as built-in upscaling for non-4K sources.
  • Full Array LED Backlight. The 50-inch set provides 32-Active dimming zones, while the rest of the sets provide 64 active dimming zones. What this means is that not only is both contrast and brightness are evenly spread across the screen, but individual objects - such as bright objects against a dark background or dark objects against a white back background will look right.
  • Dolby Vision and HDR-10 capability is provided,when compatible content is present - this enhances brightness and color even further.
  • 120Hz (50 and 55-inch sets) or 240Hz (60 to 80-inch sets) screen refresh rate for fast motion response.
  • Both standard and Tablet Remote controls provided. The Tablet Remote incorporates Vizio's SmartCast platform with includes GoogleCast functionality. What this means is that the tablet remotes provides access to all TV functions, as well as an abundance of video and audio streaming apps which are transmitted from the tablet to the TV for viewing.
  • For audio, each set incorporates a two-channel 10-watt audio system with DTS StudioSound and TruVolume. However, for the best audio listening experience, I suggest using the provided analog and digital optical audio outputs for connection to an external audio system.

NOTE: The M-Series Sets are not 3D-Compatible.

The 2016 Vizio M-Series is available in 5 screen sizes: 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70-inches

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LG PF1500 Minibeam Pro Smart Video Projector

LG PF1500 Minibeam Pro Smart Video Projector - Front View
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You know what would be a great, and romantic, gift for that special someone, a video projector. The reason is that you get that really big-screen movie viewing experience at home. Just cuddle up on the couch with that large bowl of popcorn and spend a night in your own private cinema.

One unique projector that would be a great choice is the LG PF1500 Minibeam Pro Smart Video Projector.

Despite its compact size, the PF1500 provides good light output, (1920x1080) 1080p native display resolution, and built-in speakers, that you can easily move around.

In addition, the PF1500 also incorporates ​an LED light source instead of a traditional lamp, and a DLP pico chip. This means there is no color wheel or unwanted rainbow effects.

However, the big bonus offered by the PF1500 is that includes a built-in TV tuner and RF input, which allows connection of an antenna or cable directly to the projector for watching TV programs. The PF1500 also incorporates a Smart TV platform that provides access to several internet streaming services, such as Netflix (internet connection required).

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Panasonic DMP-BDT270 Blu-ray Disc Player

Panasonic DMP-BDT270 Blu-ray Disc Player
Panasonic DMP-BDT270 Blu-ray Disc Player. Image courtesy of Amazon.com

A Blu-ray Disc player makes a great gift for that special someone - It provides access to a variety of entertainment content options that both of you will enjoy.

One player that his a great value is the Panasonic DMP-BDT270. This player is compatible with Blu-ray Discs (both 2D and 3D), and audio CDs. In addition, for the BFT270 provides both 1080p and 4K upscaling (depending on the TV used).

The DMP-BDT270 provides built-in Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, which allows can access both BF-live content available on some Blu-ray Disc releases, as well as the content streamed from Netflix, CinemaNow, Vudu, and media files stored on network connected PCs.

Miracast is also included, which allows direct wireless streaming or sharing of audio/video content from compatible smartphones and tablets.

For added convenience, a front-mounted USB port is provided for access to content stored on flash drives or external hard drives

IMPORTANT NOTE: The DMP-BDT270 only provides the HDMI output option for both audio and video. There are no other video or audio connection options provided. Your TV and Home Theater Receiver must have HDMI connections in order to access both audio and video.

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ZVOX SoundBase 670 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System

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

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If your lover has a nice TV, but needs a little boost in the sound quality category, one option that might make a great gift is the ZVOX SoundBase 670 that only provides great sound for your TV, but can also serve as a sturdy TV platform for LCD, Plasma, or OLED TVs weighing up to 120 pounds.

The ZVOX SoundBase 670 is an "under-TV audio system" and incorporates a 3.1 channel powered speaker system, additionally supported by Dolby Digital decoding and Phase Cue II virtual surround sound audio processing.

In addition to providing connections for your TV Connection, additional analog and digital audio connections are provided for other devices, such as CD player, Blu-ray Disc/DVD player, or set-top box. Also, wireless Bluetooth is built-in for wireless direct streaming from smartphones and tablets.

To top it off, there are three downfiring subwoofers. This system is definitely loud enough to fill a small to medium size room with great sound for boosting your TV viewing experience.

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Polk Audio MagniFi One Sound Bar/Wireless Sub System

Polk Audio MagniFi One Sound Bar/Subwoofer System
Polk Audio MagniFi One Sound Bar/Subwoofer System. Image provided by Polk Audio

If you are looking for new sound system to set a romantic mood that is stylish and saves space, you might want to check out the great sounding Polk Audio MagniFi One.

This system incorporates a slim 2-inch high, 35-inch wide, sound bar in combination with a separate compact wireless subwoofer. Audio decoding support includes Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1, with additional Preset Listening Modes (Movies, Sports, and Music). Additional adjustment options are provided to fine tune your listening experience further: Voice Adjust (makes dialog and music vocals more prominent), Night Effect OBoosts bass response when listening at low volumes), and Bass Drive Technology (Provides smooth blending of the crossover frequency point between the sound bar and subwoofer).

The MagnifFi One also includes built-in Bluetooth which allows direct music streaming from compatible devices, such as many smartphones and tablets.

1 digital optical input, and a set of analog stereo (3.5mm) inputs are also included for connection of addition physical devices.

The Polk Audio MagniFi One Sound Bar/Wireless Subwoofer Combo Profiled -

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Onkyo HT-S7700 Dolby Atmos-Enabled Home Theater-in-a-Box System

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Onkyo HT-S7700 Dolby Atmos-Enabled Home Theater-in-a-Box System. Images provided by Onkyo USA

What is more romantic that curling up on the couch, watching a great movie, and being immersed in a bubble of surround sound?

The HT-S7700 is an all-in-one home theater system that is Dolby Atmos-enabled. This means, when playing properly encoded content from a Blu-ray disc or compatible streaming source, this system can envelop the entire room in an immersive surround sound field.

The HT-S7700 accomplishes this by including a set of speakers that only projects sound towards you, but above you, via vertically firing speaker drivers included in the left and right front speakers that reflect sound off of the ceiling.

The system package includes a home theater receiver (HTR-693), compact 2-way bass reflex designed center and main speakers (the main speakers incorporate forward firing drivers for the front left and right channels, plus vertically angled drivers for the Dolby Atmos-required height channels), acoustic suspension designed surround speakers, combined with an 10-inch bass reflex down-firing subwoofer.

7 HDMI inputs that are 3D pass-through, Audio Return Channel, and 4K (with both pass-through and upscaling capability) compatible are included. Also, one HDMI input (located on the front of the receiver) is also MHL-enabled allowing direct connection of compatible smartphones and tablets.

Also for accessing music files from iPods, iPhones, or USB flash drives a USB port is also provided.

Ethernet, Wifi, and Bluetooth functionality is also included.

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TCL FP110 Series 1080p Roku TVs

TCL FP110 Series 1080p Roku TV
TCL FP110 Series 1080p Roku TV. Image provided by Amazon.com

If you are looking for great TV gift idea, here is one that may spark your interest. On the outside, the TCL FP110 series TVs may seem ordinary, but on the inside these sets incorporate the Roku operating system.

The 3800 series provides complete access to all of Roku's internet streaming channel offerings (3,500 channels including Sling TV).

In other words, right out the of box, via connection to a internet router using either Ethernet or WiFi, that special someone can access an abundance of online TV, movie, and music streaming content without having to connect an external media streaming box, plug-in media streaming Stick, antenna, cable, or satellite service (although connections are provided for those content access options as well). Of course, not all of the channels are free, some may require a pay-per-view fee or a pre-paid monthly subscription.

In addition to the built-in Roku feature, the FP110 series also have HDMI and other inputs and you need to connect your Blu-ray Disc, DVD player, or other video source device, a well as audio output options for connection to your home theater audio system.

The TCL FP110 series Roku TVs come in two screen sizes: (43 and  49-inches).

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Amazon Fire TV Media Streamer

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Amazon Fire TV Media Streamer - 2015. Image Courtesy of Amazon

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If you a special someone that has an HDTV or 4K Ultra HD TV that doesn't already include built-in internet streaming capability, the Amazon Fire TV may be just the right gift.

The Amazon Fire TV Fire TV is plug-in box that includes HDMI, and both WiFi and Ethernet connection options for accessing the internet.

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

Amazon's Fire TV also provides access over 200 online games, but you need to purchase a game controller separately.

Fire TV also features Alexa Voice Search on the included remote control.

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The BENQ TreVolo Compact Bluetooth Speaker System

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BENQ TreVolo Front View Speakers Open. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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Bluetooth speakers are very popular these days, but there isn't a lot of difference between most of them. However, the BENQ TreVolo is definitely different. Just as with any Bluetooth-enabled system TreVolo can stream audio content directly from compatible portable devices such as many smartphones and tablets. Also, it provides both analog audio and USB inputs for physical connection of other source devices, such as a CD player or ​flash drive.

However, what makes the TreVolo different that your typical Bluetooth speaker is the inclusion of fold-out flat panel Electrostatic speakers (read How Electrostatic Speakers Work). The Electrostatic speakers provide the sound output required for the mid-range and high frequencies, so for better low-frequency reproduction, the are also two compact woofers and two passive radiators included in the central portion of the unit.

The TreVolo is easily movable from room-to-room, and can run off AC or its built-in up-to-12-hour rechargeable battery capacity (rechargeable battery included).

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Octane Seating - Turbo XL700 2-Seat Home Theater Recliner

Octane Seating - Turbo XL700 2-Seat Home Theater Recliner
Octane Seating - Turbo XL700 2-Seat Home Theater Recliner. Image pprovided by Best Buy

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 new home theater chair - and for couples, a great idea is a 2-seat recliner.

Each seat reclines independently and as storage for remote controls, and other items. There are illuminated cup holders and movable built-in trays for those snacks.

For optimal comfort, the seats incorporate leather upholstery.

This is a great gift idea.