A/V gear, gadgets, Blu-ray movies, video games, and more for your holiday shopping.
November 04, 2010 by EH Staff
Can’t believe the Holiday Season is here? Neither can we, but it’s time to get that shopping done to avoid the mall crowds.We’re here to make your shopping - for electronics geeks, anyway - much easier with our Ultimate Gift Guide 2010 - a comprehensive list of electronics goodies.Have a gadget fanatic on your list? We have you covered. Blu-ray fan? We’ve rounded up some of the all-time best Blu-ray box sets that are sure to score with anyone on your list.There also are a lot of popular video games out or hitting the shelves in the next few weeks, so make sure to check out our must-have games.
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This Blu-ray player has just about everything you need to future-proof your entertainment system for a while. You get Blu-ray playback, 3D Blu-ray playback, support for loads of over formats and optical discs (including MPEG2, H.264, VC-1, AVCHD, DIVX HD, MKV, MP4, WMV9, 3GPP, HD JPEG formats). Then there are Samsung Apps, so you can access Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter and more (and we’re guessing the Apps list will continue to grow over the next years). About the only thing it’s missing is built-in wireless, but if you need that, it supports the LinkStick wireless adapter as well. All this in a package that weighs only 3.8 pounds.
Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray Player
No more reason not to upgrade to Blu-ray. A player like Sony’s BDP-S770 offers enough for everyone. Along with regular Blu-ray discs, there’s 3D support for you to enjoy the latest hits. There’s DVD playback, so you don’t have to chuck your movie disc library. There’s Netflix and Amazon streaming, so you can pick an on-demand flick. There’s even DLNA certification, meaning it can tap into your network-stored media and watch home movies. The BDP-S770 has built-in WiFi, and a BD remote app lets you use your iPhone or iPod touch as a controller.
Bose SoundDock Series II
The iPod has become a necessary accessory for any workout. Dealing with sweaty earbuds, though? No fun. Let your loved-one lose those little plugs once and for all during home routines. Bose offers a handy iPod docking station, the SoundDock Series II that blasts tunes through its integrated speakers. A handheld remote is included so you can control your music from the treadmill.
Chief Automated Swing Arm Mount
If your home gym already has a TV, treat your family to a motorized arm that can reposition the set for optimal viewing. You’ll be able to see the set from the stationary bike, then press a remote control button to swivel it toward the treadmill. Chief Manufacturing’s Automated Swing Arm Mount (PXR) can support up to a 65-inch flat panel TV, and extend the display 27 inches from the wall, swivel it 90 degrees and tilt it 12 degrees.
Optoma PT100 Projector
The PT100 video projector from Optoma shoots a 60-inch widescreen image onto a wall or ceiling from less than 10 feet away, creating an instant big-screen viewing environment. The portable unit can be moved from room to room, and a variety of video components, including game consoles, computers, video player and even handheld devices, can be connected to it. A built-in 1.5-watt speaker precludes the need for an external audio system.
Lutron Maestro Wireless System
Some get-togethers are wild and crazy; others are relaxing. A lighting system like the Maestro Wireless from Lutron Electronics can set the mood for any gathering by adjusting the intensity of the lights to preset levels—all from a handy little remote. Setup is easy. Wireless dimmers install in place of a room’s standard light switches. Lighting levels are then set manually and programmed into a button on the handheld controller. The system comes with one dimmer (available in seven gloss and 20 satin finishes) and one controller.
Panasonic iPod Frame
Give that iPod user on your list a frame digital photo frame that can display video that’s stored on their mobile device. Music can be played while the 9-inch screen shows the pics. Other features include an Adjustable Angle Display, memory card slot and power-saving function.
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