As more and more large flatscreens and smart TVs take over the family television room, the list of products that improve the watching or listening experience just keeps expanding. Brighten the holidays for your loved ones with these fun gift ideas that cost less than $100.
Large flatscreens are not known for having great speakers. A new generation of speakers and surround sound systems is now available to raise the quality of the sound to match the quality of the picture. One of the best value-priced items is the Vizeo 40-inch Home Theater Sound Bar, which retails for $99.
Not only is it a great value, but when it is connected it to a digital TV, it fills the room with up to 95 decibels of clear and exciting sound. It's available at Best Buy and other electronics stores, as well as online.
For those who want to cut the cable or satellite TV cord and save up to $1,200 per year, the powerful Winegard FlatWave Amped antenna pulls in the clearest VHF and UHF broadcast channels from up to 50 miles away. It's razor-thin and is the most advanced dual band antenna on the market today. It weighs just over two ounces and because broadcast signals are not compressed like those from cable, satellite and telephone companies, the picture quality is closer to true HDTV. It retails for $89.99 and is available from Winegard, Costco or Amazon and requires no monthly fees.
For those with a collection of remote controls to operate their home entertainment system, a universal remote is the perfect gift.
Consider the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub, a Bluetooth device that turns users' iPhone and Android smartphones or tablets into the ultimate universal remote control. The Hub also allows the control of applications in popular game consoles such as PS3, Wii, or Xbox 360. Anyone can download the free Harmony App to their smartphone to use with the Hub, which is a separate device that interfaces with more than 225,000 home theater and entertainment devices.
The free app can be downloaded from the relevant app stores online, and the Hub is available at electronics stores or directly from Logitech.com. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub is available for $99.99.
There are many fun products on the market today for those who want to get the most from their home entertainment systems. Keep these gift ideas in mind for your friends and family and you're sure to be one of the best presents under the tree.