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Making a Home Theater Coffee Table

Making a Home Theater Coffee Table

While flat screen TVs are all the rage these days, sometimes a projector is still a better solution – especially if you want a huge image. Builder Laura Kampf shows off a neat design for a coffee table that has a cubby for concealing a projector neatly beneath its lid.

Movie Reel Side Table

Movie Reel Side Table

The perfect side table for any home theater is made using vintage Goldberg Brothers 35mm film reels. Its center pedestal is made from poly plastic, painted to match the reels in silver, gold, or bronze, and the 20″ glass top provides a smooth surface. Stands 24″ tall, and requires some basic assembly.

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LG SL10YG Soundbar

LG SL10YG Soundbar

LG’s premium sound system cranks out audio that will have you convinced you’re in the movie theater. Its front sound bar has upward-firing speakers for Dolby Atmos and DTS:x height effects, and its subwoofer delivers an earth-shattering rumble. It supports 24bit/192kHz Hi-Res audio and has Chromecast built in.

Samsung Sero TV

Samsung Sero TV

Samsung’s Sero is a 43″ QLED HDTV that comes with a stand. The TV is mounted on the stand such that you can rotate it to a vertical position. Pair this with its NFC support and it becomes a great way to mirror your smartphone’s content. It’s headed to Korea first for about $1600.

Sony Master Series Z9G 8K TV

Sony Master Series Z9G 8K TV

Sony’s Master Grade Series Z9G is an Android Smart TV with 8K resolution. It features detail upscaling and full-array local dimming for optimal contrast. It also has four speakers and can be used as a center speaker in a surround sound setup. Comes in 85″ and 98″ models.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar

Sennheiser aims for the top with its first-ever speaker. The Ambeo soundbar has 13 drivers, including six 4″ woofers. It mimics a 5.1.4 surround sound system with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. We went ears-on with the soundbar at the IFA Global Press Conference, and it sounded spectacular.

Logitech Harmony Express Remote

Logitech Harmony Express Remote

Logitech’s Harmony Express bucks the trend of large and complicated universal remote controls, thanks to Amazon’s Alexa voice control technology. It works with over 250,000 devices, including other smart home appliances. It sets up easily using a companion mobile app.

MoGo Pro Portable Projector

MoGo Pro Portable Projector

XGIMI’s MoGo Pro is a compact 1080p portable projector and speaker with Android TV built-in. It plays content from Chromecast streaming, Bluetooth, USB and HDMI. It has fast auto-focus and keystone correction, and supports Google Assistant for voice control.

Naim Uniti Atom Music Player

Naim Uniti Atom Music Player

Naim’s audiophile streaming box is a compact all-in-one music player. It can play audio from USB, Ethernet, optical, RCA, HDMI, Bluetooth, Spotify, Tidal, Chromecast and AirPlay. It comes with a remote but it works best with its remote control mobile app.

Corsair K83 TV Keyboard

Corsair K83 TV Keyboard

Corsair’s new K83 is meant for use with smart TVs and home theater PCs. It has a built-in trackpad, left- and right-click buttons and even a joystick. It connects via Bluetooth or via a USB dongle. You can use its app to remap its keys and trackpad gestures.

Sonos Architectural Speakers

Sonos Architectural Speakers

Sonos partnered with Sonance to create three passive speakers that will blend in your home. The wall, ceiling, and outdoor speakers are meant to be powered by the Sonos Amp, providing sound tuned to the size, construction and furnishings of your space.

Q Acoustics Concept 300 Speakers

Q Acoustics Concept 300 Speakers

Q Acoustics’ Concept 300 speakers marry form with function. Its beautiful cabinet and tripod stand are designed to eliminate vibration, with technologies such as a gel separating each speaker cabinet’s layers and springs on the stand mount. Drops 3/2019 for $4,499.

Cinera Video Headset

Cinera Video Headset

The Cinera is a video headset with dual 2.5K displays and a 66º field of view to replicate the movie theater experience in the comfort of your home. It works with Android apps such as VLC and Netflix and can play 3D movies. It comes with a swing-arm mount for added comfort.

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JBL Link Bar

JBL Link Bar

JBL’s Link Bar is a soundbar that has Android TV and Google Assistant built-in, which means it pairs well with all HDTVs, even ones without built-in smart features. It lets you use your voice to search for shows, switch inputs, ask questions, control your smart devices and more.

A/V Connectors Explained

A/V Connectors Explained

Modern audio and video devices connect to your TV or receiver’s HDMI port. If you were wondering why there are often still other connectors and slots at the back of your TV, check out Techquickie’s video explaining each connector’s purpose.

LG CineBeam HU85L 4K Projector

LG CineBeam HU85L 4K Projector

The second generation of LG’s CineBeam short-throw 4K laser projector has a horizontal orientation, making it easy to mount on any flat surface. It can create a 90″ image at 2″ away, and a 120″ at 7″ away. It can be operated via voice commands. Drops 2019.

Nebula Prizm II Home Projector

Nebula Prizm II Home Projector

The second version of Anker’s Nebula Prizm II is twice the price of its predecessor, but it’s resolution has been significantly increased, from just 480p to 1080p. It can create up to a 120″ display has up to 40º keystone correction, and has USB and HDMI inputs.

V-Jet 4K Wireless HDMI Adapter

V-Jet 4K Wireless HDMI Adapter

Wisejet’s two-part gadget lets you wirelessly mirror the screen of a USB-C device to an HDMI display up to 10 yards away. It doesn’t need an internet connection or even local Wi-Fi to work. Just plug in the transmitter to your USB-C device and the receiver to your HDMI display.

Devialet Phantom Reactor

Devialet Phantom Reactor

Devialet’s one-of-a-kind Phantom speakers are as huge as they are pricey. But the entry-level Phantom Reactor is at least within a mortal’s reach. The speaker packs the same room-filling, distortion-free sound as its bigger brothers, but in a smaller and less costly package.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon upgrades its casting and streaming device with support for up to 4K 60fps streaming and Alexa integration. The Fire TV Stick 4K is compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos. It also lets you control other smart devices via Alexa.

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Caavo Control Center

Caavo Control Center

Caavo’s Control Center is perfect for folks who have lots of streaming hardware, streaming subscriptions, or both. Plug them all in to the Control Center and you’ll be able to search through them as if they were one device. It also supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Fujifilm Rotating Lens Projector

Fujifilm Rotating Lens Projector

Fujifilm has developed an ultra short throw projector that has a lens that rotates on two axes. This allows for more options when mounting the device, as well as the option to aim at various surfaces – floor, wall, ceiling – without moving the device itself.

Roku Premiere+ (2018 Model)

Roku Premiere+ (2018 Model)

Roku’s updated Premiere+ streaming stick is a pocket-sized device that supports 4K HDR streaming. It comes with a remote control that has dedicated buttons for your TV’s power and volume, as well as a microphone for voice control. Drops 10/7/18.

JBL L100 Classic Speakers

JBL L100 Classic Speakers

JBL revisits one of its most famous and bestselling speakers, updating its cabinet and drivers. The L100 Classic looks strikingly like the L100 bookshelf speakers from the ’70s, but it has an improved tweeter and dome. Available with an orange, black or blue grille.

Amazon Fire TV Recast

Amazon Fire TV Recast

Amazon’s Fire TV Recast is a DVR for over-the-air TV channels. You can record up to 4 shows at once, and stream both recorded or live videos over Fire TV, the new Echo Show and through your mobile devices using the Fire TV app.

Mofo Pole TV Mount

Mofo Pole TV Mount

The Mofo Pole is a VESA-compatible TV mount that lets you place your TV anywhere in your home, as long as there’s a ceiling. Setup takes under 2 minutes and there are no tools needed. You can easily move and reinstall it as well. It supports TVs between 32″ to 65″.

2018 Vizio Home Theater Sound System

2018 Vizio Home Theater Sound System

Vizio’s 8-channel home theater sound system supports Dolby Atmos at a competitive price. Its 36″ sound bar has upward-firing drivers for immersive sound. It also has Chromecast built-in and works with Google Assistant. A 46″, 10-channel version is coming soon for $999.

Nebula Prizm Home Projector

Nebula Prizm Home Projector

Anker’s latest Nebula is an incredibly affordable entry-level projector. The Prizm projects an 800 x 480 display up to a 100″. It has a 100 lumen lamp and built-in keystone correction. You can connect devices to it via USB or HDMI.

Logitech K600 TV Keyboard

Logitech K600 TV Keyboard

Logitech’s new K600 TV is a Bluetooth keyboard designed for use with Smart TVs. It has a built-in directional pad and multitouch trackpad, as well as multimedia playback and left- and right-click mouse buttons. It can also be paired with computers and mobile devices.

Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller

Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller

The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller is a great way to navigate and control your home theater computer, or any Windows or Mac computer for that matter. The keyboard doubles as a multitouch trackpad. It lasts up to 8 mo. on 2 AAA batteries and works up to 65 ft. away.

Klipsch Heritage Theater Bar

Klipsch Heritage Theater Bar

The Klipsch extravagant three-channel speaker is made for deep-pocketed folks who want a soundbar that matches their home theater setup. You can customize your unit’s length – between 54″ to 80″ – as well as its wood veneer and cloth.

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