So, you have a 4K home theatre afficianado on your holiday gift-giving list this year, but you’ve been positively wracking your brain trying to come up with the perfect present to give and coming up empty. Relax. I’ve totally got you covered this season with some recommendations for gifts for the 4K home theatre.
What’s a 4K Home Theatre?
Your friend loves their new home entertainment setup. That’s why you want to get them something you know they will enjoy, because they’ve been bragging about their 4K home theatre, and its ultra-realistic picture for a while now. They have reason to brag, too. You know all about High Definition (HD) TV, right? Well, HD is 1080p, measured by the number of vertical pixels. 4k measures the horizontal pixels instead, and any TV described as 4K will have a resolution of at least 3840 x 2160. The result is a picture with about 8.3 million pixels, or about four times as many as a standard HDTV. So, what kind of gifts would a 4K home theatre owner love?
The Perfect Streaming Device for a 4K Theatre
What good is a 4K home theatre without good content? If the person on your list is just using basic cable, they are not getting the most out of their 4K system, and will love you for getting them into streaming content. I personally like the Apple TV 4K, as it is pretty easy to use (especially if you are familiar with Apple products) and offers content from apps such as Netflix, iTunes and YouTube, and features Siri voice controls via a little remote. You can even stream stuff from your iPhone to the big screen with the device. Alternately, you can opt for a 4K Roku Ultra, which gives access to over 100,000 movies and TV episodes across more than 2,500 paid or free channels, as well as Netflix, NHL, Google Play, YouTube, Crackle, Sky News, and Cineplex apps.
Every 4K Home Theatre needs a Universal Remote
I currently have about four different remotes I need to use to get all the content I watch. I have a TV remote, another for my Apple TV, one for another streaming box, and yet one more for a gaming console. We’re constantly ripping the couch apart trying to find that one lost remote, or having to figure who touched what wrong button, causing us to only get snow on the TV. A 4K home theatre user is going to have a similar problem, so a good universal remote control is a must-have, and the perfect gift idea. For example, the Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control is simple to set up, but can replace up to eight commonly used remotes, saving space on the coffee table, and making watching content a “one click” activity.
Get Them Better WiFi for their 4K Home Theatre
If they already have a streaming device, you may want to consider buying your friend an upgraded home WiFi network. If they have a bigger house and lots of internet devices, I’d suggest a Whole Home “Mesh” network. Whole home Wi-Fi uses multiple devices where one connects to your internet source, then it communicates with satellite units, or nodes, in a full circle that goes every which way to establish a wide net throughout your home. In addition to giving you a strong, steady connection, a mesh network like Google Mesh System eliminates “dead zones” around the home; and enables flexible, simple parental controls and device management.
Protect Their 4K Home Theatre with a Good Power Bar/Surge Protector
Since your friend adores their 4k home theatre system so much, they’ll obviously want to ensure it is safe and protected. So, a great little useful gift could be a surge protector/power bar. These are designed to offer all your electronic devices safe during power outages or voltage spikes. Something like the Monster 6-Outlet Surge Protector is a great inexpensive stocking stuffer, with a wall-mounted design, two USB ports for safely charging your mobile devices, and a $100,000 connected equipment warranty. That should put any 4K home theatre owner’s mind at ease.
Did I miss anything? What would you suggest for a 4K home theatre owner? Take a look at the Best Buy Home Theatre section and let me know what you want to see under the tree this year.