Tag Archives: Home Theater

These Are Your Four Favorite Sound Bars

A bunch of you sounded off in the comments for this week’s sound bar Co-Op, but four models stood out from the pack. Check out what everyone had to say below, then vote for your pick at the bottom of the post.

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Buy Three Months of Online Cable For $105, Get a $179 Apple TV 4K For Free

DirecTV Now is one of the better over-the-top cable replacements out there, and with this deal, there’s very little reason not to give it a try.

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Upgrade Your Audio With One-Day Deals on VIZIO Sound Bars and Wireless Surround Systems

Upgrade Your Audio With One-Day Deals on VIZIO Sound Bars and Wireless Surround Systems
VIZIO Gold Box

VIZIO makes some of our readers’ favorite sound bars, so if you have any TVs in your home that could use an audio upgrade, today’s Amazon Gold Box is a can’t miss opportunity.

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Inside, you’ll find four refurbished VIZIO sound bars appropriate for different situations. For example, this $60, 29" model would be perfect for a bedroom TV, while a 38" alternative with a wireless subwoofer is a great value for $100.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…

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The really exciting deals here though are the 5.1 surround sound models. Unlike traditional surround sound systems, these fully integrated sound bars don’t need a receiver, and are incredibly easy to set up. The sound bar sits in front of the TV, delivering three front channels of sound, while the two rear satellite speakers plug into the included wireless subwoofer, which you can set up in the back of the room. The upshot is that you won’t have to run any wires from your TV at the front of the room to the speakers in the back. I own an older model of this setup, and absolutely love it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…

Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, or until sold out.


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Upgrade To Booming Surround Sound For $300 With No Receiver, and Few Wires

Upgrade To Booming Surround Sound For $300 With No Receiver, and Few Wires
VIZIO S5451w-C2 5.1 Channel Sound Bar with Subwoofer and Surrounds, $300

The supermassive version of our favorite surround sound system is down to its lowest price today on Amazon.

If you aren’t familiar, this VIZIO system offers true 5.1 surround sound by way of a wireless subwoofer and a pair of satellite speakers (which plug into the subwoofer), all without the aid of of a receiver, and without the need to run any cables from your TV to the back of the room. I own a smaller version of the same setup, and absolutely love it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GSJROBA/…


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Experience Booming Surround Sound for $300 with No Receiver, and Few Wires

Experience Booming Surround Sound for $300 with No Receiver, and Few Wires
VIZIO S5451w-C2 5.1 Channel Sound Bar with Subwoofer and Surrounds, $300

The supermassive version of our favorite surround sound system is down to its lowest price today on Amazon.

If you aren’t familiar, this VIZIO system offers true 5.1 surround sound by way of a wireless subwoofer and a pair of satellite speakers, all without the aid of of a receiver, and without the need to run any cables from your TV to the back of the room. I own a smaller version of the same setup, and absolutely love it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GSJROBA/…

Don’t care about the rear channels? This 2.1 system is down to $148 for Prime members only. You’ll see the $10 discount at checkout.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SMBG8QY/…


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Kodi Gets a Brand New Default Skin That You Can Try Out Now

Kodi Gets a Brand New Default Skin That You Can Try Out Now

Kodi, one of our favorite home theater apps, has used the same Confluence skin as its default since 2009. Now, there’s a new skin in town and it looks pretty sweet.

Technically the new Kodi interface is two skins. The first, Estuary, will eventually replace the default interface for all new installs of Kodi 17 and up from here forward. If you want to try it out on an existing Kodi installation, you’ll need to make sure you’re using Kodi 17 (codename Krypton). The current stable release of Kodi is still in version 16, but you can find the early access developer builds here.

The second skin is called Estouchy. While the look and feel are largely the same, Estouchy is designed for a mobile interface with touch input (naturally), which is something Kodi has severely lacked. The previous Re-Touched skin has been okay in the meantime, but this brings two separate skins into a single design language that you can use across devices. It’s a nice step in the right direction, and the new skins look pretty great, too.

A brand new look for future Kodi versions | Kodi


It’s Back! Get Antec’s HDTV Bias Light For $20 on Amazon, While Supplies Last.

It's Back! Get Antec's HDTV Bias Light For $20 on Amazon, While Supplies Last.

We’ve all heard that watching TV in the dark can be pretty tough on the eyes, but an ambient bias lighting setup can make the experience much more palatable, and improve your TV’s perceived contrast levels to boot. So it makes sense that this basic USB-powered kit from Antec is one of the most popular items we’ve ever listed, and you can get your own for $20 right now, if you hurry.

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All you have to do is plug the LED strip into the USB port on the back of your TV (or any other USB charger, as you just need it for power), stick it to the back of your set with the built-in adhesive, and then bask in its glow. The power cord includes a small switch, but a lot of TVs will cut power to their USB port automatically when turned off, which saves you from having to flick it off manually.

This is one of the most elusive deals we post. It dips to $20 or below every once in awhile, but sells out within minutes basically every time we post it. Even if you already got one for yourself, this would make a great gift. [Antec Bias Lighting Kit, $20]

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Buy a $900 Samsung 55″ 4K TV, Get a $400 Gift Card Back

Buy a $900 Samsung 55" 4K TV, Get a $400 Gift Card Back

If you still haven’t upgraded to 4K, this is one of the best deals we’ve seen to date. $900 gets you a Samsung 55" 4K smart TV, which is nearly $200 less than Amazon’s current price, and Dell will toss in a $400 promo gift card to sweeten the pot.

That gift card is only valid for 90 days, but you can use it on anything Dell sells, including video game consoles, computers, speaker systems, and a lot more. [Samsung 55" 4K Smart TV + $400 Dell Gift Card, $900]

Note: Sometimes, Dell pulls these deals without warning, so make sure you see the gift card in your cart before checking out.


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This Samsung 4K TV Comes With a Big Discount and $150 in Extras

This Samsung 4K TV Comes With a Big Discount and $150 in Extras

Here’s a pretty nifty Cyber Monday TV deal, if you didn’t buy one on Black Friday. $600 gets you a 48” Samsung 4K set (its Black Friday price), plus a sound bar, an amplified HDTV antenna, a Belkin surge protector, and a pair of HDMI cables for free.

Those bonuses alone sell for over $150 on Amazon, so if the size is right, this is easily one of the best TV deals we’ve seen this week. [Samsung 48” 4K TV + Extras, $600]

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018LSW1WM?…

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Want a Big TV This Cyber Monday? Our Favorite Deal is Back In Stock.

Want a Big TV This Cyber Monday? Our Favorite Deal is Back In Stock.

Our favorite Black Friday TV deal was out of stock for several days, but now it’s back on stock at Amazon. $1650 (for Prime members) gets you a 70” VIZIO M-series 4K set complete with local dimming, smart apps, and a well-reviewed upscaling engine for 1080p content.

Update: This has been out of stock for a few days, but it just came back, presumably for Cyber Monday.

Wirecutter gave the Vizio M Series a preliminary recommendation, and Amazon reviewers have great things to say as well (and they all paid $150-$550 more). Just be sure to pick one up before it sells out again. [VIZIO M70-C3 70-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, $1650 for Prime members. Discount shown at checkout.]

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