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Klipsch R-15PM Stereo Monitors

Klipsch R-15PM Stereo Monitors

An extremely versatile pair of powered monitors. The R-15PM has RCA, optical, USB, 3.5mm and Bluetooth inputs. Its 1″ tweeter and 5.25″ woofer are powered by a 50W amp, while the 13″x 7″x 8″ cases each have a rear-firing port for added bass.

Channels for Apple TV

Channels for Apple TV

Channels is a $15 app that lets you watch live TV on the new Apple TV with the help of an HDHomeRun device and an HD antenna or a cable connection. The latest update added buffering so you can pause, rewind and fast forward live shows.

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Blipcast

Blipcast

Blipcast is a small device that sends sound from your TV, home theater receiver, or anything with an audio output to one or more Android or iOS devices so you can listen without disturbing others.

Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Time to put your 4K TV to work. Samsung’s UBD-K8500 is the world’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, offering dramatically better image quality than streamed content. Over 100 movies will be available in the new format. The player can also upscale DVD and Blu-ray movies.

GoldenEar SuperSub XXL

GoldenEar SuperSub XXL

GoldenEar’s $2000 freestanding subwoofer will shake your world with a pair of 12″ bass drivers and two 12″ passive radiators. All four are diametrically arranged resulting in a balanced output and a stable cabinet. It’s powered by a 1600W amp and a 56-bit DSP.

Genii CAST

Genii CAST

CAST is a supercharged version of Chromecast. It lets you share videos from streaming services (Netflix, NBA, YouTube etc.) with up to six other people so you can watch together even if they don’t have subscriptions to those services. They claim it’s legal, but caveat emptor.

TiVo Bolt

TiVo Bolt

The new TiVo Bolt is a 4K-ready DVR and streaming media player with two big time-saving features. Its SkipMode can skip entire commercial breaks on some shows, while QuickMode speeds up videos by 30% but without the high-pitched voice side effect.

Sony HUIS Remote Control

Sony HUIS Remote Control

A highly customizable universal remote control. Thanks to its E-ink touchscreen and customizing app, you can choose to include only the controls you want per device, or even place buttons for different devices on one page. Sadly it’s exclusive to Japan for now.

Yamaha YSP-5600 Sound Bar

Yamaha YSP-5600 Sound Bar

The YSP-5600 not only has a whopping 46 speakers, it also uses Dolby Atmos technology to bounce sound around the room. The result is a convincing emulation of a 7.1.2 setup that left folks at the IFA trade show dumbfounded. Drops 12/15 for $1700.

2015 Apple TV

2015 Apple TV

The new Apple TV has a remote with a built-in touchpad and can also be used as a controller for games like Disney InfinityGuitar Hero Live as well as other apps coming to the media player’s new App Store. Drops 10/15 for $149-$199.

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Cloud Media’s latest all-in-one media player is the first of its kind to have XLR outputs. It also supports 4K video, has a built-in hard drive tray and can boot into either its Linux-based interface or into Android.

NVIDIA Shield for TV

NVIDIA Shield for TV

Not to be confused with the portable gaming device, the new NVIDIA Shield is a media streaming device for HDTVs. It runs Android TV and is capable of 4K streaming. It can also stream games from a PC with a compatible NVIDIA GPU.

Sideclick

Sideclick

A small universal remote control that snaps on to streaming device remote controls. Its buttons can mimic the function of any button on your other remotes, e.g. you can turn on your TV and control your soundbar’s volume with one Sideclick.

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Symbol Audio Stereo Console

Symbol Audio Stereo Console

A table with a 2.1 stereo system built in. It has two 4″ speakers, an 8″ woofer, an amplifier, 2 RCA inputs, separate controls for volume, woofer level and subsonic filter, hidden storage and power strip, and optional storage bins.

Razor Forge TV

Razor Forge TV

The Forge TV is an Android TV device. It will let you play Android games with up to four controllers and view media via Android apps. But the real news here is Razer’s Cortex, software that can stream PC games to Android TV devices.

PS Audio Sprout Amp

PS Audio Sprout Amp

An all-in-one amplifier designed to be compact, simple and affordable. It provides up to 50W per channel and has a 192 kHz/24-bit DAC. It has analog and digital coaxial inputs, a USB input and a Bluetooth aptX receiver.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Fire TV Stick aims to combine the benefits of Chromecast and dedicated media streaming devices. You can use it on its own, but it can also mirror the screens of Miracast-enabled devices and stream from a few iOS and Android apps.

Matchstick

Matchstick

Another alternative to Chromecast. Matchstick will be cheaper and have better hardware than Google’s device. It’s also completely open source and should have more apps and devices that support its streaming function.

Slice Media Player

Slice Media Player

A compact, open source media player based on Raspberry Pi and XBMC. Slice can be equipped with a 2.5″ internal hard drive and stream files over USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi. It’s also Airplay compatible. More here and here.

AnyMote Home

AnyMote Home

A Bluetooth device that works with an iOS/Android app to turn your mobile device into a universal remote. AnyMote works with over 800,000 devices and supports macros, time-based activation and voice commands.

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Odin Android Projector

Odin Android Projector

Odin is a battery-powered portable projector that runs Android KitKat, which means it can run Google Play apps. It has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI and USB ports. It can create up to a 250″ screen and can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker.

Tuckaway TV Stand

Tuckaway TV Stand

A TV stand with a shelf and power strip at the back. It lets you hide your set top boxes and other video devices as well as their cables and cords. The wooden model in the video is just a prototype; the actual product is made of metal.

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Sony MDR-HW700DS

Made for home theater and video gaming, the Sony MDR-HW700DS headphones system can stream over the 5GHz band for less interference and better sound quality. It can also emulate an immersive 9.1 surround sound system.

Sony 4K UST Projector

Sony 4K UST Projector

The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector uses laser technology to beam video at up to 4096×2160 just a few inches from your wall or screen. Its modular construction lets you separate its speakers and cabinets from the actual projector.

Home Theater Tool Chest

Home Theater Tool Chest

Craftsman and Alloy Welding turned a 52″ tool chest into a home theater cabinet. They hollowed out all but two of the drawers in front and made swing-out speaker compartments as well as a remote-controlled retractable TV mount.

Tremor FX Rumble Seats

Tremor FX Rumble Seats

Formerly exclusive to theaters, Tremor FX is now selling its sound-activated butt-shaking recliners to home users. It works with any video player or game console that has an HDMI output, and doesn’t require content to be specially encoded.

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