Holiday 2011 Technology Gift Guide
Eastside AV's Holiday 2011 Technology Gift Guide
Happy Holidays! Last month I talked about some hot new products that have just become available; including RTI's iPad/iPhone/iTouch (and upcoming Android) control system app, Lutron's new battery powered wireless cellular shading solutions and high value home theater products from Epson and Paradigm; this month you'll find my list of hot technology gifts.
Cameras/Camcorders: Look at giving someone Nikon's D5100 Digital SLR (in a kit with 18mm-55mm and 55mm-300mm lenses) or for the adventure enthusiast look at GoPro's newest HD Helmet Hero 1080p camera so you can share memories of your greatest moments on the slopes...and your friends' worst wipeouts.
Headphones: Headphones come in many shapes and sizes and below are my recommendations for a variety of applications. K2's line of helmets with built in speakers are great for the slopes; "Power Beats" by Beats by Dr. Dre wrap securely around your ear for easy of listening. For wireless listening go with Sennheiser's RS120's as they can't be beat for wireless reliability and performance. If you're looking for maximum fidelity playback, I suggest picking up a pair of Sennheiser's HD558 or the Limited Edition "Detox" Headphones by Beats by Dr. Dre.
Mini/Micro Systems: For great sound in an elegant and compact form factor I would suggest giving Yamaha's MCR332 mini system, stepping up to their MCS1330 High Performance Reference level mini system, or checking out Denon's RCD-N7 mini system (with matching SC-N7 Speakers) as a great way to fill an office, bedroom.
Streaming Media Players: Give the gift of content from the likes Netflix, Pandora, Skype and Hulu with Roku's XD and XS media players, Apple's AppleTV2, or the new TiVo Premier Elite Cable box DVR (which will allow the recipient to record up to 4 Comcast programs at once and watch a fifth previously recorded show). If an all in one device for playing back music stored on a computer or someone's Pandora account then Sonos' Play 3 and Play 5 could be a just what to get.
TV's/Projectors: For the best picture, I recommend SONY's XBR HX929 series LED TV's; Sharp's 80" and 70" (240 Hz) LED TV's; and Panasonic's GT and VT series plasma TV's. For a truly cinematic experience; this year's hot item is Epson's new Pro Cinema 6010 front projector and for those with a high end dedicated theater, Sim2's Lumis 3D-S 3chip 3D DLP projector may be a dream come true.
Speaker Packages: For the ultimate in surround sound I recommend JBL's Synthesis Project Array System; for those on a more moderate budget, Paradigm's Cinema100 CT is a great 5.1 speaker package at just under $1000. If space and wiring are an issue, take a look at Yamaha's sleek new YSP4100 or YSP5100 sound-bar solutions. For someone wanting to get better sound from their computer then Paradigm's (wireless) amplified Atom Monitor Bookshelf would be the perfect gift (not yet available, but coming soon).
Universal Remotes: For a top notch do it yourselfer wanting easy control of their electronics we recommend getting them Universal Remote's (URC) manual programmable MX450 or computer programmable MX980 color LCD remote controls which can control through walls or cabinet doors with an optional RF receiver kit. For the home theater aficionado I recommend Remote Technology's T3V+ hand held color touch screen remote or their iPad control application (Professional programming is recommended for URC control systems and is required for RTI control systems, also for iPad control applications additonal device licenses are required).
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Thanks and Happy Holidays!