Best Speaker Gifts

‘Tis the season to cuddle up indoors and catch a great film. Whether it’s your favourite holiday classic or simply the latest release, most of us will be getting our cinematic fix from the comfort of our homes this December. So why not spread some audible joy? Check out these 5 best speaker gifts for home audio that’s just like the movie theater experience.

Best Speaker GiftsSound bars

One of the best speaker gifts for bringing home movie theater sound is a sound bar. A very handy feature of sound bars is that they provide big audio in a small package. Whether you are using a standalone unit or pairing it with an additional subwoofer or rear speakers, sound bars deliver great audio without the large footprint of a cumbersome home theatre setup.

An all-in-one system like the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System can really improve your home listening experience. It delivers excellent sound well beyond what your TV speakers likely produce. Yet at the same time it’s extremely compact—so it won’t take up a lot of space in your entertainment setup.

Another great feature of this particular model is “Dialogue Mode”. This helps ensure speaking voices come through clearly, so you don’t have to crank the volume in certain scenarios where it might be difficult to make out dialogue. We all know how frustrating it can be when you just can’t make out what a character is saying at a dramatic moment.

Best Speaker GiftsAudio receivers

Then again, some home theatre enthusiasts make no compromises. When it comes to getting the most authentic movie going experience, there are a few ways to achieve truly immersive sound. A powerful audio receiver is a good way to set the foundation of incredible cinematic sound.

It may finally be time to get around to replacing that audio receiver you’ve been sporting for a while as it is. If your current receiver is a bit long in the tooth, it may not support important new features such as 4K passthrough or wireless connectivity. It’s just one reason a new audio receiver upgrade makes such a perfect gift.

Take for example this Sony STR-DH590 AV receiver. It features full support for 4K resolution and high dynamic range. This means that the incredible resolution that the other components in your home theatre setup are capable of will not be lost due to an incompatible receiver sitting in between!

On top of studio quality sound, it also offers a number of other modern features. This includes Bluetooth connectivity, as well as Dolby TrueHD and dts HD Enhanced Audio Codecs. Finally, a full arsenal of ports including 4 HDMI inputs means support for all your components and devices.

Best Speaker GiftsHome speakers

Of course a great audio receiver is only part of the equation. A robust home theatre setup like this also requires excellent home speakers. Whether you’re simply looking to for a nice pair of front tower speakers, or you want to fill out a room with additional channels such as rear speakers for incredible surround sound, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Immersive surround sound used to be one of the best reasons to buy a ticket at your local movie spot. Nowadays however it’s more common than ever to bring this experience home. In conjunction with a multi-channel receiver, home theatre enthusiasts can fill out a room with audio from all directions. As such, a new pair of rear bookshelf speakers might just be among the best speaker gifts for the audiophile on your list.

This Klipsch R41M bookshelf speaker delivers outstanding audio quality in a compact design. It’s an extremely versatile speaker that can hold its own as a space-saving front speaker option, or a powerful rear speaker for amazing surround sound in your own living room.

Best Speaker GiftsSmart speakers and voice assistant speaker gifts

Sometimes the best speaker gifts are those that can do more than just bring the cinema home. Smart speakers and displays are incredibly useful for multi-room audio, streaming, news and information, and much more. However, did you know they can make a suitable home theatre audio solution as well?

The Google Nest Audio smart speaker is a prime example of this sort of versatility. When pairing with a product like Google Chromecast, your Google Nest Audio can become the hub for amazing sound when it’s movie or TV time this holiday season. Why wouldn’t you want to expand its capacity for powerful audio that fills the room with crisp vocals and powerful bass to your home theatre setup?

Not to mention that on top of everything you’ll still get all the other great benefits of the Google Nest Audio. This includes all the amenities of Google Assistant, such as access to news, weather, and sports, as well as voice control over other smart home devices.

Best Speaker GiftsRoku Streambar 4K media streamer

Last, but certainly not least, when it comes to the best speaker gifts for overall versatility and functionality, there is one all-in-one solution to rule them all. Consider the hybrid streaming, smart assistant, and audio speaker that is the Roku Streambar 4K Media Streamer.

The Roku Streambar takes your home theatre audio solution to the next level. It combines outstanding audio with 4K streaming, Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatibility, and much more. It’s everything you need for a holiday move marathon all wrapped up in one tidy, attractive package.

Not to mention that when movie time is done, you can easily shift gears. With Bluetooth connectivity and Spotify Connect, you can stream your favourite music from a compatible device or via the Spotify app. It truly has every aspect of seasonal joy covered!

If you want to learn more about the Rohu Streambar, check out Erin Lawrence’s in-depth review right here.

5 best speaker gifts to bring the movie theater experience home

That just about wraps things up. These gift ideas are sure to but a smile on everyone’s face when it’s movie time in your household. For many, making a trek to the theater this time of year is a seasonal tradition. However, with these great home audio solutions, you can have a similar experience at home in the comfort of your holiday pajamas!

Dave Neufeld
Dave is an avid gamer, a musician/songwriter/recording artist, and an ardent reader with a degree in the Classics but a love for comics too. When he's not gigging with the band or pulling books at his local comic shop, he can usually be found gaming on any platform, from consoles to PC to his self-built personal arcade cabinet.