Home Theater Stories Yesterday

Alongside all-new TVs with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, VIZIO announced earlier today new offerings being added to its sound bar lineup. From sound bars to premium Dolby Atmos home theater systems, the company is striving to have an option for each segment of the market.

Unsurprisingly, each one of VIZIO’s new and upcoming products is sold at a compelling price point, with cost-conscious solutions ranging from $70 to $700. Unlike its TVs, none of the announced audio systems are compatible with AirPlay 2, but it does appear that everything works with Chromecast. expand full story

Sonos is currently marking down a selection of its products in refurbished condition. All items ship with a 1-year warranty and a 45-day return period. Our top pick would be the Sonos One (1st Generation) for $139 shipped. Originally $199, this smart speaker now goes for $179 in new condition and is on sale for $170 right now. I have two of these speakers on my desk and absolutely love them. Sporting AirPlay 2, you’ll enjoy near a near lag-free audio experience when using them with your Mac, iPhone, or Apple TV. This past week I used two Sonos Play:1’s (also on sale) matched with the Sonos Beam for a surround-sound experience and it was fantastic. Keep reading for more deals or head to Sonos to view it all. Rated 3.8/5 stars.

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Just $330 gets you VIZIO’s 55-inch 4K HDR Smart UHDTV, now down to a new low (Reg. $500)

Walmart offers the VIZIO 55-inch 4K HDR Smart UHDTV (D55x-G1) for $329.99 shipped. Usually selling for $500, it’s currently marked down to $480 directly at VIZIO and is $18 under the previous discounts. Today’s price drop is a new all-time low. This HDTV’s 55-inch 4K HDR panel is its standout feature, though additions like smart TV app integration, voice control and full-array LED backlighting are sure to be appreciated in your home theater. Three HDMI inputs as well as a USB port round out the inclusions. Over 1,400 customers have left a 4.2/5 star rating. More details below.

Ditch your TV’s built-in speakers for the VIZIO 36-inch Bluetooth Sound Bar: $150 (New low, $30 off)

Amazon offers the VIZIO SB3621n-F8M 36-inch 2.1-Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar for $149.99 shipped. That’s good for a $30 discount, is only the second notable price drop we’ve tracked and a new Amazon all-time low. This Amazon-exclusive Bluetooth sound bar features Dolby Digital and DTS Virtual: X overhead sound, alongside the ability to pump out up to 100 decibel audio. A wireless subwoofer enters the mix to bring additional bass to your HDTV, and is said to balance out the system’s sound mix. It carries a 4.2/5 star rating from over 400 customers.

Home Theater Stories May 20

Take LG’s Portable 1080p CineBeam Projector with you for movies on-the-go, now at $547 (Reg. $650)

Amazon is currently offering the LG PF50KA Portable 1080p CineBeam Projector for $546.99 shipped. You’ll also find it available at B&H for the same price, as well as $3 more at Best Buy and LG direct. LG’s CineBeam projector can dish out up to 600 lumens and features an up to 100-inch screen. With two and a half hours of battery life, you’ll be able to watch full length movies on-the-go. Alongside two HDMI inputs, you’ll also find a USB-C port. Wi-Fi connectivity makes the cut and is accompanied by an Ethernet port for the CineBeam’s Smart TV integration. Rated 4.6/5 stars. More details below.

Home Theater Stories May 17

Samsung’s Bluetooth Sound Bar gets over $50 discount down to its lowest price yet at $228

Amazon is currently offering the Samsung HW-R550 Bluetooth Sound Bar (2019 Edition) for $227.99 shipped. Also available for the same price at B&H as well as $2 more at Best Buy. Normally selling for $280, that’s good for at least a $50 discount, is one of the first price drops we’ve tracked and a new all-time low. Samsung’s sound bar is headlined by a Smart Sound Mode that automatically analyzes content and optimizes the settings to give you the best audio. It pairs with a wireless subwoofer for added base and includes a HDMI input alongside Bluetooth connectivity. Rated 4.8/5 stars so far and Samsung’s line of home theater gear is well-reviewed overall.

expiredBuild an affordable home theater starting w/ this $399 BenQ 1080p Projector (Save $90)

Amazon is offering the BenQ 1080p Projector (MH530FHD) for $399 shipped. That’s $90 off the going rate found at retailers like Adorama and is within $4 of the lowest price we have tracked. This affordable projector displays Full HD at an impressive brightness level of 3300 lumens. Lamp life is rated to last 10,000 hours, meaning you’ll be able to watch a 2-hour movie each day for 13 years. Placing this projector about 10 feet away from the wall will yield an 8-foot screen and if you have enough space you can achieve up to 300 inches. Inputs include 2x HDMI, USB, VGA, and more. Rated 4.4/5 stars. If you’re looking for a portable projector, be sure to check out Anker’s discounted offerings in today’s Amazon Gold Box.

Enjoy 4K HDR content with Samsung’s 50-inch Smart UHDTV at $328 (Reg. $450), more

Update: Now down to $327.99 shipped.

Walmart offers the Samsung 50-inch 4K Smart UHDTV (UN50NU6900) for $347.99 shipped. Normally selling for $450, that’s good for an over $100 discount and brings the price down to the best we’ve seen in 2019. For comparison, it’s currently on sale for $380 at Target. Samsung’s 50-inch UHDTV is headlined by a 4K HDR-ready panel as well as two HDMI inputs and a dual-port USB hub. Smart functionality rounds out this model’s features, allowing you to enjoy Netflix, Hulu and more without needing an extra streaming media player. It carries a 4.2/5 star rating from 330 customers.

expiredAnker’s Amazon Gold Box includes its popular portable projectors from $230

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Anker Direct via Amazon is taking up to $155 off its Nebula portable projectors. Free shipping is available for all. Our top pick is the Anker Nebula Capsule Mini Projector for $229.99. That’s down from the usual $300 price tag and $4 less than our previous mention earlier this month. Anker’s Nebula Capsule delivers an ultra-portable projector with a built-in 360-degree speaker, four hours of playback and integrated streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Rated 4.3/5 stars. More below.

Home Theater Stories May 16

expiredSamsung’s stylish The Frame 43-inch HDR Smart UHDTV gets $300 price cut to $699 shipped

Today only, B&H offers the Samsung The Frame LS03 43-inch HDR Smart UHDTV (UN43LS03NAFXZA) for $699 shipped. Normally selling for $999 at Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung direct, that saves you just over 30%, is $$229.50 under the Amazon all-time low and the best price that we’ve seen. The Frame’s standout feature is the striking design that blends into your home. Gone is the typical thick plastic casing and instead, you’ll find a wood finish and thin form-factor. Of course, the TV also touts notable features like smart functionality, a 4K UHD screen equipped with HDR10+ and more. Four HDMI ports alongside three USB inputs are included as well. Rated 4/5 stars and you can swing by our announcement coverage for some extra information.

Home Theater Stories May 15

Add RGB bias lighting to your home theater w/ this budget-friendly USB-powered strip at just $6.50

Wetekcity Direct (98% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers the AMIR USB-powered TV RGB LED Strip Light for $6.49 Prime shipped when the code 48Z8ZMBR is used at checkout. This is 35% off the going rate and is the lowest available. Powered by your TV’s built-in USB port, cable management for this bias lighting strip will be a breeze since there are no extra power pucks to plug into the wall. Plus, with RGB coloring, you’ll be able to set the ambiance exactly how you want it. Rated 4+ stars from over 60% of shoppers.

Improve your HDTV’s sound with the Polk Audio Signa S2 Bluetooth Sound Bar at $149 (25% off)

Amazon offers the Polk Audio Signa S2 Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer for $149 shipped. Also available at Best Buy for $1 more. Normally selling for $200, that saves you 25% and drops the price to a new Amazon all-time low. This Bluetooth soundbar touts five full-range drivers, which when paired with the subwoofer are said to offer balanced, room-filling sound. Other I/O includes HDMI, optical and a standard 3.5mm jack. Rated 4.6/5 stars from over 600 customers.

expiredSave 36% on this ClearStream Eclipse 50-mile HDTV Antenna at $38.50 (New low), more from $13

Amazon is currently offering the AntennasDirect ClearStream Eclipse Amplified TV Antenna for $38.35 shipped. Normally selling for $60, that’s good for a 36% discount, is $1.50 under our previous mention and a new Amazon all-time low. For comparison, Best Buy has it discounted to $57 right now. This antenna can pull in content from up to 50 miles away and allows you to add local news, sports and more to your cord-cutting setup. The unique thing about this antenna is that it features Sure Grip technology, which allows it to stick to your wall without tape or extra hardware. Rated 3.9/5 stars from over 1,390 customers. Find more below.

expiredBring ViewSonic’s 1080p Projector to your home theater for $145 (Refurb, Orig. $300), more

Today only, Woot is discounting a selection of certified refurbished ViewSonic Protectors. Shipping is free across the board for Prime members; otherwise, you’ll pay $6 for delivery. One standout for us is on the ViewSonic PA503S 3600 Lumen Projector for $144.99. Having originally retailed for $300, we’ve more recently seen it selling for $280. For comparison, today’s offer is $126 under the Amazon low, $65 below our previous refurbished mention and the best we’ve seen. This projector brings a 1080p image to your home theater, with an up to 300-inch picture. This makes it a solid budget-conscious option for ditching a conventional display in your setup. It includes HDMI, VGA and other inputs. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 935 customers. Shop the rest of the sale here for some additional discounts. All of the options include a 90-day ViewSonic Warranty.

Home Theater Stories May 14

expiredApple TV HD is perfect for any smart home w/ streaming, HomeKit, more: $90 (Refurb, Orig. $199)

GameStop is offering the Apple TV HD 64GB (4th Generation) for $89.99 shipped in refurbished condition. Originally $199, the 64GB model is no longer available, though the 32GB version still goes for $149 at Apple or Amazon. This is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. Apple’s HD streaming box is great for more budget-friendly smart TV setups, allowing you to watch iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more. Plus, it can act as your HomeKit hub, giving you access to your smart home while you’re away. You’ll receive a 30-day return window from GameStop should you need it.

expiredHarman Kardon’s Omni Bar+ Soundbar sees $670 discount down to $230 shipped, more

Newegg offers the Harman Kardon Omni Bar+ 120W Soundbar System for $229.99 shipped. That takes $670 off the usual price tag at retailers like B&H as well as Harman Kardon direct, is good for a nearly 75% discount, beats our previous mention by $35 and is a new all-time low. Harman Kardon’s soundbar manages to pump out room-filling sound that emulates a 5.1-channel system. It also touts Chromecast capabilities, as well as Spotify integration and more. Alongside Bluetooth connectivity, you’ll also find HDMI and AUX inputs making their way into the Ombi Bar+. Reviews are light on this particular soundbar model, but not to worry, Harman Kardon is one of more-trusted names in the audio industry. More below.

Home Theater Stories May 13

expiredAmazon discounts Fire TV lineup starting at $25: 4K Stick $35, Cube $70, Recast from $180, more

Amazon is currently offering its Prime members the Fire TV Stick 4K for $34.99 shipped. Normally selling for $50, that’s good for a 30% discount, matches the Amazon all-time low and is the best price we’ve seen in 2019 so far. Amazon has brought 4K HDR support to its latest Fire TV Stick, alongside a bundled Alexa Voice Remote that makes searching for content a breeze. Plus, all of your favorite shows from streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and more are available here. Those who don’t need 4K support can pick up the entry-level Fire TV Stick for $25, down from $40. Both carry 4.5+ star ratings from over 25,000 combined shoppers. Head below for more.

expiredRCA’s 55-inch 4K UHDTV touts Roku functionally, HDR and three HDMI ports at $300 (25% off)

Walmart is currently offering the RCA 55-inch 4K Roku Smart UHDTV (RTRU5527-W) for $299.99 shipped. That’s good for a 25% discount from the going rate, is $29 under the previous price drop and is the best price we’ve seen. This HDTV comes equipped with three HDMI inputs as well as a 55-inch 4K HDR panel. Roku capabilities round out its notable specs, giving you the ability to watch everything from Netflix and Hulu to HBO and more. This is a notable option for bringing home the theater experience without emptying your wallet. It carries a 4/5 star rating form 165 customers.

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