These 20 home theater must-haves might make you forget the cineplex
Even if the world takes preliminary steps to reopen against the ebb and flow of COVID-19, the cinemas remain in an underworld limbo. High profile film releases continue to mingle as theater chains, studios, and moviegoers grapple with the fact that a closed theater may not be a safe place for some time.
By now, you are probably also well aware of the shortcomings in your own home theater setup. From bad signals to crisp sound to imperfect picture quality, there is always room for an upgrade. To help you, we’ve rounded up 20 standout items from televisions and antennas to projectors and accessories. All of these can add a pizza touch to your home viewing. And it doesn’t hurt that everything is up to 68 percent cheaper.
PIQO Powerful 1080p Mini Projector – $ 279.99; originally $ 799
This mini projector has a powerful right in its name – and with the ability to project an image up to 20 feet in diameter, the claim is borne out. The PIQO offers full HD resolution of 1080p, built-in speakers and full WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility so you can instantly stream movies, TV shows and other videos from any device.
AAXA S1 Mini Projector for Nintendo Switch – $ 289.99; originally $ 312
While the Nintendo Switch is a truly portable mobile gaming system, this projector really opens up your game to everyone. The lightweight S1 turns your 6 ”switch screen into a play area up to 120” in diameter so everyone can see and participate in the action. With a full charge you get up to three hours of gaming fun and full stereo sound in this small package.
4K HD DLP Pocket Projector – $ 299.99; originally $ 499
More versatile than this Kinkoo projector with built-in video support for easy playback of nearly a dozen different file formats, up to 10 feet in diameter. It can even handle almost as many audio formats, which makes it a perfect streaming music player too. With HDMI and WiFi connections, 3D content is also triggered like a champion.
Cinemood 360 Bundle: First Interactive Projector – $ 328.99; originally $ 499
This pocket-sized projector may become your child’s new best friend. The Cinemood is the best-selling mini projector on Amazon. It’s completely wireless, supports 360-degree video, and even offers built-in access to Disney educational content, popular instant video services, and nearly 70 digital books and videos to keep teens entertained. It’s also completely child-safe, but you get a free OmNom Smart Cover to make sure the projector is safe from your child.
Mustang Frame Projection Screen 54 “x70” 84 “diagonal – $ 99.99; originally $ 134
For projecting your video onto anything other than a dingy white wall, this portable snap frame provides a screen surface with a diagonal of 84 inches in seconds. The screen is acoustically transparent to position the speakers behind the fabric, which is also detached from the frame and is completely machine washable. No matter where you go, this will be like bringing your own big screen.
Accuscreen 800020 Optional Attractive Leg / Base Kit – $ 109.99; originally $ 198
It’s less than five pounds – and when those eight pieces are put together they make a mobile but attractive black velvet-covered aluminum frame and screen that slides together in seconds. Anywhere you need to set up a screen, this kit has the quality and stability to showcase your video in style.
Reinforced Flat HDTV Antenna – $ 19.99; originally $ 47
Cut the cable once and for all with this ultra-thin, ultra-slim digital HDTV indoor receiver that feeds all local TV signals in your area for up to 50 miles. Supporting up to 1080p resolution on any digitally-ready television, this unit also incorporates crystal clear filter technology for a clearer picture, less noise and access to a wider range of broadcast frequencies.
Monster Edge 70 Plus Full HD Indoor Antenna – $ 24.99; originally $ 39
Monster Aegis 80 Indoor / Outdoor Full HD TV Antenna – $ 49.99; originally $ 79
These monster antennas are designed for easy installation and greater range, making them perfect for long-range, medium-range areas and even in cities where reception is medium to high. The Monster Edge 70 uses Monster Clean Signal technology to amplify signals, reduce grain, and generally clean up your image, even during storms and other severe weather.
Meanwhile, the Aegis 80 extends Edge’s 70-mile range of up to 80 miles, expanding signal reception to a full 360 degrees. So it doesn’t matter which way your antenna is pointing to pick up all of your local transmissions.
Monster 6-in-1 Universal Remote Control – $ 14.99; originally $ 19
Monster is also a big name for remote controls – and this 6-in-1 universal controller works with just about any TV, cable box, DVD or Blu-Ray player, stereo system, or live streaming device. With this remote control you can save your favorite channels and settings. There is also a quick learn feature that allows a number of commands to be launched at the same time. Just press the button and the remote will go through everything in seconds.
Monster SMART® Universal 2 Device Remote Control – $ 19.99; originally $ 29
This remote control is the first smart controller that works not only on your TV, but also with a Windows 10 home theater PC or other media device. With the six-axis gyroscope technology, you get precise cursor angles and an accurate representation of movement. And when you’re in PC mode, not only can you use all of your favorite Windows keyboard shortcuts, but there’s a full QWERTY right on the back of the remote to make maneuvering even easier.
Televisions and monitors
LG LT340C Series 32 “FHD LED TV – $ 189.99; originally $ 306
This 32 inch LED TV handles all of your old school broadcast signals, but it also has tons of inputs and other plug-ins to make it a true multimedia technology. In addition to real-time remote maintenance, USB data cloning and a scheduler, there are two HDMI ports, a USB port, a VGA plug-in, and much more to access almost any content when you need to to wish.
Philips Momentum 43 “LED 4K UHD Monitor (Certified Refurbished) – $ 649.99; originally $ 999
These classic 20- and 27-inch monitors just don’t do that anymore. That’s why this Philips monster gives us a full 43-inch display for all of your browsing, work, play and viewing options. In addition to DisplayHDR 1000 and Quantum Dot technology for richer, more vivid colors, there is also the Ambiglow effect, which effectively enlarges the screen using a bright halo, and Adaptive Sync technology to smooth out all actions.
Christie Access Series 75 “4K Ultra HD TV – $ 3,999.99; originally $ 5,490
When you need a giant screen for your home, conference room, or front lobby, this 75 inch LCD panel will check all the right boxes for the amazing first impression you are looking for. Plug and play with up to four inputs and an OPS slot. This TV has 4K Ultra HD resolution for an absolute picture quality and motion experience.
Brackets and cables
Monster Flat TV Mount – $ 19.99; originally $ 34
The large screen mounted on the wall won’t go anywhere with a monster mount. Unlike brackets that can be tilted or adjusted, this bracket allows you to mount the narrowest profile of your TV on the wall while remaining extremely well attached. And it’s a lot easier for home improvement to get it right too.
ONE Cable 9 ‘Premium 8K Ultra HDMI Cable – $ 19.99; originally $ 24
ONE Cable 12 ‘Premium 4K Ultra HDMI Connectors – $ 26.99; originally $ 34
8K is probably the clearest digital image the human eye can ever see. Therefore, this ONE cable is truly capable of delivering unmatched picture quality. With HDR imaging, high-speed transfer rates, and up to 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, this cable virtually eliminates video delays or audio dropouts, while the 24-carat gold-plated V-handle connectors snap the cable firmly into place to secure your top – of-the-line pictures and sound.
Of course, 4K is still more than enough for most of us, so you can use a pair of 12-foot 4K-compatible cables instead. In either case, make sure that no other port will match the video quality.
Sony Over-Ear Stereo TV Headphone System (Open Box) – $ 34.95; originally $ 110
A pair of Sony headphones for under $ 35 is a rare find – and these open-box models offer the quality you’ve come to expect from the Sony name. Plug in these noise canceling headphones that use 40mm drivers to create dynamic, detailed sound while enjoying your audio up to 150 feet away without ever disturbing others. With the voice mode tweaked to focus on the dialogue, the 13 hour battery life should be more than enough juice to get you through a monologue.
Tunai Wall Bluetooth Transmitter for TV – $ 49.99; originally $ 59
Whether you are a sports fan, a movie lover or a console gamer, the TUNAI wall turns your TV into a bluetooth enabled device for connection to wireless headphones or speakers. The wall mounts magnetically to the back of your TV and uses double aptX latency to keep the voices in sync and work for up to two headphones at over 150 feet.
EVE Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver – $ 59.99; originally $ 69
With the push of a button, the EVE brings your Nintendo Switch, Playstation, car audio system, and other non-Bluetooth enabled devices straight to your wireless headphones or earphones. The EVE is rechargeable with up to eight hours of wireless gaming and has one-touch connectivity. You can easily switch between send and receive mode.
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