Top In-Home Entertainment Gift Guide


With the ubiquity of Netflix, video game consoles, and theater-quality movies and music available at your fingertips, there’s more reason than even before to build up your run-of-the-mill living room setup into a state-of-the-art home theater. A good home entertainment system should be versatile, able to transition with ease from movie night to dance party to a classy atmosphere fitting for wine and cheese. Here’s everything you need to get started.

LG OLED TV

$11k
OLED TVs are the gold standard today, and LG's Signature, E7, C7 and B7 models—with their infinite contrast, cinematic color, wide viewing angle, HDR and beautiful webOS—are the crème de la crème. No entertainment center is complete with one.

Nintendo Switch

$299
Nintendo's latest console raises the bar yet again in friendly gaming. From Mario Kart to Splatoon, there's no better array of games for a group of friends to play together. With almost 15 million systems sold, the proof is in the numbers.

AmpliFi HD Wifi Router

$340
Typical routers beam WiFi from one point, and are prone to interference. Mesh routers, like this by AmpliFi, spread the network out, giving more complete coverage and enhanced connectivity. A touch screen and app make blazing fast WiFi easy.

Beak Remote

$190
Beak is a necessary hub for any smart home, allowing you to control thousands of IoT devices from a single app or remote. With emphasis on entertainment, it's easy to dim the lights for movie mode or even fire up your connected popcorn machine.

Philips Hue and Smart Bulb

$48
Smart lights can be dimmed, set to timers, or changed in hue via an app, making them ideal for a multi-purpose room. With one tap, the bright living room becomes a moody theater. Philips makes the most color accurate smart bulbs on the market.

LG SJ9 Sound Bar

$847
The SJ9 sound bar is outfitted with Dolby Atmos, which brings surround sound home without the invasive 5-speaker setup. Not only can the SJ9 handle high-resolution audio, it can upsample low-quality audio so all sounds are heard at their finest.

Oculus Rift VR System

$399
If the goal of theater is to immerse you in a narrative, there's no more suitable technology than virtual reality. Oculus Rift made virtual reality consumer-friendly, and there's still nothing that competes in terms of quality of experience.

NYC Train Sign

$299
Like an updated version of a train station clock or movie theater marquee, the Personal Data Display allows you to show various tickers, counters and players in a chic retro package.

Sobro Smart Side Table

$349
This table is embedded with a refrigerator, speakers, charging ports and a touch screen because the last thing you need in the middle of a movie or intense gaming session is to be interrupted by a low battery or a grumbling stomach.

Levitating Moon Light

$290
Home theaters need soft light, like from the yellow glow of the moon. This lamp comes in two sizes, but its real appeal is in how the moon-shaped bulb levitates over its stand. This rotating orb may just inspire the next Georges Méliès.

Drinkmate Beverage Maker

$103
No movie is complete without snacks and soda, but sugary soft drinks are best consumed in moderation. Drinkmate allows you to carbonate many beverages—from water to juice, tea and wine—so you can imbue your drink of choice with refreshing fizz.

GrubHub

$0
Nothing spoils movie night like a poorly planned dinner or a sink full of dishes. GrubHub connects you with hundreds or even thousands of local restaurants, allowing you to order in the perfect meal to complement tonight's flick.