Before you watch the Oscars, you may want to prepare by watching the nominees you didn’t get a chance to see in theaters. We’ve compiled some of the best gadgets to help you fully appreciate these award-winning films with an outstanding home theater.
- 3D Televisions: With scenic 3D movies like Gravity and Frozen, having a good quality 3D television is essential. We recommend the Samsung PN60F8500. The Samsung series is the most highly rated by PC Magazine, providing solid 2D and 3D imagery, as well as very dark blacks. For a more moderately priced option, the Panasonic TC-L55ET60 is also highly recommended, at nearly half the cost. It offers a high contrast ratio, inky blacks and outstanding image detail, along with passive 3D and two pairs of glasses.
- Blu-Ray DVD Players: An excellent Blue-Ray DVD player is integral to getting the most out of your television. The Samsung BD-F5900 is highly rated by CNET, providing an excellent Blu-ray player with perfect mix of usability, performance and speed. For a more budget friendly option, the Sony BDP-S5100 is great, offering a wealth of services and very good image quality.
- Sound Systems: While having a high-quality picture is important, you’ll want to complete your movie watching experience with a top of the line sound system. The Yamaha YHT399UBL 100W 5 Channel Home Theater is one of the best options on the market, and IGN’s top choice. The Yamaha home theater system comes equipped with 4 HDMI inputs and a USB port for playing content from your iPhone or iPod Touch and also includes 4K pass-through capabilities for the next generation of high definition video. For a slightly more affordable price the Sony BRAVIA DAV-DZ170 Home Theater System is another viable option. With 1,000 watt, 5.1 audio and the capability to upscale your standard DVDs to near HD quality, the home theater system has plenty of great features. The setup also includes a USB port for playing files form a thumb drive or mobile device.