Last-Minute Gifts for the Home-Entertainment Enthusiast

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It seems like just yesterday we were stuffing our faces with turkey and potatoes, sitting around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends, and planning for the year-end holiday season, trying to gauge what everyone had on their wish list without overtly asking; now, the gifts are wrapped, but you’ve just remembered you never figured out what to get the home-theater enthusiast on your list, and time is woefully short. Here are a few ideas that nearly any home theater fan will enjoy.

Sonos Move Portable Smart Speaker

The Sonos Move is the brand’s first portable speaker and has Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant built in, so when it’s connected to a Wi-Fi network, it can be voice-controlled and used to operate other compatible devices within your gift recipient’s smart home. Another first for Sonos, it has a built-in 10-hour rechargeable battery, an IP56 rating for use outdoors and in the rain, and integrated Bluetooth connectivity for convenient streaming when Wi-Fi isn’t available. If its intended owner is concerned about their privacy, the microphone can be disabled with the push of a button.

Sonos Move
Sonos Move

Sony UBP-X800M2 HDR 4K UHD Blu-ray Player

Many home theater enthusiasts already have a Blu-ray player, but how up to date is it? If they got the best Blu-ray player just a few years ago, a middle-of-the-road player now will offer quite a few more features. This Sony, for example, will play native 4K UHD discs, upscale non-4K content to near-4K quality, and supports the HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision HDR formats to provide vibrant, lifelike color on a compatible TV; and if their TV isn’t HDR-compatible, the Blu-ray player uses HDR to SDR conversion technology to scale the HDR brightness levels to those of their SDR TV, helping your loved one get the best out of their HDR content.

Sony UBP-X800M2 HDR UHD Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player
Sony UBP-X800M2 HDR UHD Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player

In addition to physical media, built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity enable your gift recipient to stream from services like Netflix and YouTube, as well as their own computer or NAS. It also supports the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio formats for a truly immersive movie experience when paired with compatible content and equipment.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro Streaming Media Player

Simply referring to the SHIELD TV Pro as a streaming media player is akin to calling Full Metal Jacket a war movie; it doesn’t fully describe everything this Android-based, 256-core GPU-powered device is capable of. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, 4K UHD video at 60 fps, and a multitude of audio and video file types, including DivX, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4, AAC, MP3, FLAC, PCM, WMA Lossless, and more. Multichannel audio support includes DTS:X, DTS-HD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, and more, and if that’s not enough, you can add a controller to download and play AAA Android games and stream them via Twitch. On top of all that, the Google Assistant is built in for voice control, and you can stream games through it to your TV from your NVIDIA GeForce RTX- or GTX-powered computer. With all this, the SHIELD TV Pro could more accurately be called a complete multimedia center.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro HDR 4K UHD Streaming Media Player (2019)
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro HDR 4K UHD Streaming Media Player (2019)

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

Ambiance is so important in the home theater world that at one point, TV manufacturers tried incorporating rear-facing (bias) lighting to mimic the lighting of the on-screen scene to create a more immersive viewing experience. That fell by the wayside, but we now have smart lighting systems like Philips Hue that can give our theater room the lighting of a Borg Cube, the frozen city of Arendelle, or the landscape of Fortnite. This 6.6' lightstrip can be extended to up to 33' with optional extension kits, allowing your recipient to wrap the lighting around the room, under their A/V stand, or wherever they want. It can even be controlled with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, or HomeKit.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

Facebook Portal TV

As a home theater enthusiast myself, I know how important it is to use the system I’ve spent so much time and money building for as many different functions as possible, so it makes sense to use it for video calling, as well. The Facebook Portal TV will hook up to your recipient’s display and sound system, turning their system into a video-calling powerhouse that would make Mr. Spacely jealous. It has Amazon Alexa built in, enabling them to make and accept video calls with just their voice. The Story Time feature uses augmented reality (AR) effects to put the user into the story, creating a more immersive experience for the person on the other end, making this a good gift idea for anyone with a young child in the family.

Facebook Portal TV
Facebook Portal TV

Roku Ultra HDR 4K UHD Streaming Media Player

The Roku Ultra plugs into the HDMI port on any TV, projector, or display, adding streaming and smart functionality to it, making it a good choice for someone with displays in multiple rooms. It outputs at up to 4K UHD and can upscale from 720p or 1080p to 4K, and also supports HDR10 when used with a compatible display and source media. The built-in search engine shows results based on price, letting the user view their chosen content for free or at the lowest cost. The Roku Ultra includes a remote control and a pair of earphones; the earphones plug directly into the remote control, enabling the recipient to keep the display on mute, enhancing the coveted “spouse-approval” factor.

Roku Ultra HDR 4K UHD Streaming Media Player
Roku Ultra HDR 4K UHD Streaming Media Player

If you’re looking for more gift ideas for the home theater aficionado in your life, come into the SuperStore to check out what we have, or speak to our friendly, knowledgeable salespeople over the phone at 800-606-6969, or via chat or email.

If have any gift suggestions of your own, let us know in the Comments section, below!

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