Home Theater Gifts for Mom

1) Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42-inch Plasma EDTV
Panasonic is a definite leader in Plasma televisions. The 42-inch TH-42PX60U plasma television delivers great image quality bolstered by its 1024×768 native pixel resolution and a 10,000:1. In addition, this unit has plenty of input options, including HD-Component and HDMI, built-in NTSC and ATSC HDTV tuners, and an SD card slot for digital photo playback. With a 6-inch depth – the Panasonic TH-42PX60U Plasma Television takes up a lot less space than a 50-inch rear projection television.

2) Pansasonic DMR-EH75VS DVD/VCR/Hard Drive Recorder Combo
Video recording fans can have it all as Panasonic announces their new 3-in-1 DVD/VHS/HDD video recorder. The DMR-EH75VS features a DVD-R-RW/DVD+R/+RW/RAM DVD recorder, VHS HiFi VCR, and a Hard Disk video recorder with an 80GB hard drive. The unit also features an standard cable-ready tuner, analog and Firewire AV inputs, progressive scan output, and video upscaling via HDMI output. If you are looking for recording and playback flexibility, check out the DMR-EH75VS DVD/VCR/HDD combo recorder.

3) Pioneer HTS-260 Compact Home Theater System
The Pioneer HTS-260 is a compact 5.1 channel home theater-in-a-box system that delivers more than you would expect. Despite its dimminutive speakers and modest amplifier, the HTS-260 delivers a pleasing sound for music and movies. The 260 does not have the sonic subtleties, sustained high power output, or flexibility – such as a built-in DVD player, as mid- and high-end systems might. However, this is a great system to consider for a small apartment, bedroom, apartment, or office.
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4) OPPO Digital LT-2007 20-inch LCD-TV DVD Player Combination
The OPPO LT-2007 LCD TV/DVD Combo is a 20-Inch LCD TV/DVD Player combination. Ideal for small spaces, the LCD TV section is tiltable, and also features a DVD player and audio system housed in its base. In addition to the DVD player, the LT2007 has additional audio/video inputs, as well as a detachable Digital Camera Card Reader. A VGA input is included for use as a game or computer monitor. This unit can easily be incorporated in an office, bedroom, den, kitchen, dorm room, or kid’s room.
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5) Pioneer DV-490V-S DVD Player with HDMI Output and 720p/1080i Upscaling
The Pioneer DV-490V-S is a good performer, despite it modest price. Features include: HDMI 720p/2080i upscaling, DVD-Video/-R/-RW, CD/-R/-RW, VCD, WMA, MP3-CD, JPEG-CD, and Divx playback. In addition, the 490 features progressive scan output. Both analog and digital audio outputs are provided for easy connection to home theater systems. If you are looking for a good DVD player, especially with HDMI 720p/1080i upscaling, for under $100, check out the Pioneer DV-490V-S as possible choice.
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6) Denon S-101 2.1 Channel Home Theater System
The Denon S-101, is a compact system that combines a 50wpc receiver and 100 watt subwoofer, and a progressive scan DVD player with DVD, DVD-R/RW, CD/R/RW, Kodak Picture CD, MP3, WMA, and HDCD playback compatibility. The S-101 includes Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, allowing listeners to experience 5.1 channel surround sound with just the two provided loudspeakers and subwoofer. Also included: Dolby Headphone Surround, iPod inputs, as well as an analog input for other digital audio players.

7) Sharp LC26D40U 26-Inch 16×9 LCD HDTV
Get in on the flat panel craze with this unit from Sharp. The LC26D40U features a 26-inch 16×9 screen, NTSC tuner, 1366×768 pixel resolution, HD-compatiblity via 2 HDMI and 2 HD-component inputs, 1200:1 contrast ratio, progressive scan, internal stereo amplifier with front mounted speakers, and both NTSC and ATSC (HDTV) Tuners, and a fast 6ms response time. You owe it to yourself to check out the space saving, stylish, and high performance that this LCD TV can deliver.

8) Pioneer PD-M426 CD Changer
Pioneer is very well known for their “magazine” style car CD changers and has incorporated this design into the PD-M426 home 6-disc home CD changer. In fact, you can purchase additional CD “magazine” cartridges to organize your CD library to play both in a Pioneer Car CD changer or the M426 without taking the discs out of the magazine. This convenience alone may be worth consideration.

9) JVC EX-D1 DVD Micro Audio System with Wood Cone Speakers
After twenty years of research and a bottle of Japanese Rice Wine, JVC has announced a revolutionary loudspeaker with a cone made of sheets of birchwood. This innovative speaker technology is featured in the JVC EX-D1 compact DVD micro audio system. This first-of-its-kind wood cone speaker is said to produce a more natural and even response over all audio frequencies. This is a compact micro-system, which features DVD/CD player, USB input, and an AM/FM tuner that is definitely worth a listen.

10) ZVOX 325 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System
The ZVOX 325 surround sound system is one of the latest in a growing trend towards one-box surround sound solutions that are targeted to those consumers that want more than just listening to sound from cheap built-in Television speakers, but don’t want the hassle, of setting up and using a multi-speaker home theater system. For look at the ZVOX 325 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System, also check out my review. Makes a great gift for Mom or any member of the family.

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