Alongside the Chromecast, the $35 Chromecast Audio is one of the best value gifts in home theater. It offers easy operation and setup, and it sounds good for the money too. Add a Google Home Mini and you're ready for the future.
Why would anyone buy the terrible-sounding Google Home or Amazon Echo when they can get a Sonos One for $200? Voice control, excellent sound quality and the best multi-room app out there. Get one for yourself while you're at it.
With the ability to stream 4K and HDR, a remote that can control you TV and Roku's best-in-class app selection, this is the stick to beat. That extender you ask? It's designed to boost the Wi-Fi signal.
Why pay for an expensive 4K player when the Sony can do most of the same things for a fraction of the price of an enthusiast model? The $300 Sony UBP-X800 offers quick loading times and even has apps, something Oppo no longer does.
Looking for a good sound bar? The first name that should come to mind is the Sonos Playbase. At $699 it costs more than most competitors, but it offers sound quality and elegance that few are capable of.
Good old dependable Yamaha. The RX-V483 is everything you like about the company and even throws in multi-room and Alexa control while it's at it. If you don't want to pay for Dolby Atmos, this is the one to get.