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Many would same no home is complete without a cooktop in the kitchen or a sink in the bathroom. And while I can’t disagree, I’d say no home is finished until there is a prize winning home theater system. So scroll down already and learn how you can be the envy of the neighborhood with one of the coolest home theater setups on the block.
1. Samsung 55″ Smart LED TV
The center of every great man cave is a top notch television. And one doesn’t need to look any further than the Samsung UN55F6300 55-inch LED TV. It measures less than 2-inches thick, which makes it ideal for wall mounting, and for those who are big into live sporting events the refresh rate can be bumped to 120hz to reduce image blur. There are also 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB ports, and built-in Wifi allowing you to stream music, tv shows and movies through a variety of sources.
You can grab it for $1,199.99.
Yes, the Sonos Playbar is a soundbar with a whopping 9 speakers embedded and hidden from sight. Pair this with the 9 class D amplifiers and it’s no wonder the picture frames will be rattling off the walls. But not only does the Playbar offer astonishingly crisp sound, but it can connect to the Internet and stream music from almost any source imaginable, including your computer or Spotify. And guess what? You can control it all from your smartphone by downloading the accompanying app. Just make sure to pick up a Sonos Bridge to get it wireless.
The Playbar is $699.98.
By itself the Playbar is one solid piece of kit. But for added oomph (to put it mildly) you want to toss in the SUB. The SUB is built like no other subwoofer and is enough bass to keep your neighbors neighbors knocking on your door. Moreover, it’s wireless, so you can place it anywhere in the room there is a power outlet.
Best Buy has it for $699.98.
4. Sonos Play:1
If you really want the complete home theater setup, then you’ll need to grab two Play:1 speakers for 5.1-channel surround sound. I just reviewed these and for the money they’re worth every penny as they produce an solid amount of bass. And when they’re not being used as rear speakers, you can just plug them in your bathroom or kitchen as they’re humidity safe. Much like the Playbar, the Play:1s can be controlled using a smartphone, playing back music from Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG and more.
You can get one for $199.99.
For the true gamer one needs the PS4. It’s the ultimate gaming rig boasting the fastest memory of any next gen console, eye popping graphics and variety of online features that will keep any couch potato busy for the holiday and beyond. And if you’ve got a PS Vita, you can play your PS4 games anywhere you’ve got an Internet connection.
It sells for $399.99.
6. Nexus 7
The iPad has long reigned supreme. And while Apple’s tablet is a great option, the Nexus 7 from Google is just as good and about half the cost. With a 7-inch screen the form factor is small enough to slip it into a pocket or bag without that encumbering feeling that often comes with a tablet. Screen wise it’s one of the best in the business, providing an excellent viewing angle and colors for days. Oh, and it’s speedy to, allowing you to surf the web, control your home theater’s connected products, such as the Sonos Playbar, in addition to sporting a camera for the occasional Instagram update.
You can get it for $229.99 for 16GB or $269.99 for the 32GB.
7. NewAir 126 Can Bev Cooler
While the bathroom can’t be avoided, the kitchen can. What I mean to say is that every man cave needs it’s own dedicated Beverage Cooler. This one can house and chill up to 126 cans thanks to 7 thermostat settings, 5 metal racks and an auto defrost function. And for extra wow factor there are built-in LED lights to make things even “cooler”.
You can pick it up for $259.99 for a limited time.
8. Nostalgia Electrics Popcorn Machine
No movie showing is complete without popcorn. And you know what sells it even more? That authentic cooking popcorn aroma which can only be replicated by using the real thing. The Nostalgia Electrics Popcorn Machine makes up to 1 gallon of popcorn and includes its own stirring system.
Best Buy has it for a mere $79.99.
9. Madden NFL, AC4, Killzone: Shadow Fall
There is no time better than the Holidays to plant yourself in front of the TV and play your fair share of video games. For the die hard football fan, there is Madden NFL 25, which celebrates the games 25th anniversary of the game isn’t available on the PS3 or Xbox 360.
Assassin’s Creed 4 is all the stealth action you’ll ever need. Taking place in the early 1700s, AC 4 Black Flag factors in real life historical events, and creates a compelling story unlike any other 3rd person game.
Killzone Shadow Fall is a heart pumping, adrenaline inducing first person shooter. The graphics are enough to stop you in your tracks, but it’s the action that will keep on charging you forward.
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