Whether you or a family member/friend are upgrading a current home theater setup or completely new to the HDTV game, we've got the ultimate companion guide to trick out your system. From networked enable Blu-ray players and programmable remotes to media players and more, check out our holiday guide to what makes a perfect holiday gift to complement a shiny new HDTV.
Logitech Harmony Touch
We recently gave the Harmony Touch a strong recommend in our Tech Test Lab Review, raving about it's intuitive touchscreen and easy setup. It's an expensive peripheral but definitely worth the $225.
Nintendo Wii U
Remember as children when we'd get all giddy about a new video game system and come Christmas time we'd be begging our parents for it? Be that parent and get yourself your kids the newest system from Nintendo, the Wii U. It's starting to trickle into stores now and a basic system starts at $299.99.
Keep it sleek and simple, tried and true with the Apple TV. Watch thousands of on demand movies and TV shows in 1080p from iTunes or even more content via Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more. With AirPlay you can even wireless play content from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch on to your HDTV. $99.00
If you want to stay away from the big Apple, try Roku, available in four variations. Stream TV and movies in up to 1080p (Roku 2 XS and Roku 2 XD) and a plethora of other features. $49.99 to $99.99.
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray Player
Give the gift of Blu-ray to the videophile who wants only the best. In exchange for physical disc dependency you get the best picture and sound quality available and oftentimes plenty of extra features and content. We recommend buying a player that also has access to streaming online content such as Netflix and Hulu. This
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is loaded with features like Wi-Fi, 3D, Smartphone remote control, and more at a reasonable $99.99.
Disney's WOW Calibration Disc
A calibration disc is a useful stocking stuffer for the new HDTV owner. Disney's disc lets you optimize your television's settings to match your room and viewing preferences for $34.99.
Yamaha YAS-101 Sound Bar
If you want an upgrade from your television's basic speakers but space (and budget) is at a premium, try a sound bar for a compromise that looks good and sounds good too. We're big fans of Yamaha sound quality at a not unreasonable $249.95.
KEF T Series Slim Profile Speakers
We absolutely loved these slim speakers from audio specialists KEF. This particular model reviewed in our Tech Test Lab is a 3.1 setup but for small spaces sometimes that's all you'll need. If you've got the means then by all means spring for these speakers to complement your thin profile television. Starting at $399.99 for center channel, $699.99 for subwoofer, and $749.00 for speakers.
A membership to Netflix just might be the ultimate non-physical gift stocking stuffer. You get to watch unlimited movies and television shows on your TV, computer, or Netflix enabled device (see Roku above) for only $7.99 per month.
Monoprice Reccessed Wall Mount
If your studs line up, we highly recommend this wall mount that we've installed in our own home. It allows your TV to sit flush with the wall and still have a huge amount of maneuverability if you want it. This Monoprice model can extend out to over 2 feet from the wall with 60 degrees of swivel in each direction for only $81.78.