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Best home audio and video gear for the holidays

From speakers to streamers to dongles to receivers, here are our top picks for AV geeks.

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Only the best sights and sounds

Unless you're planning to give someone a TV this year, the stuff your home theater geek wants most are video streamers, speakers, soundbars and AV receivers. Here are our favorites to keep everyone entertained indoors.

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Elac B6

The ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speakers offer stellar, best-in-class sound quality that no other speakers can match at this low price.

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Roku 2

Today, home video means streaming video, and our favorite all-around streamer is the Roku 2. If your gift recipient spends countless hours streaming from Netflix, Amazon and the rest, they deserve the best.

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Roku Streaming Stick

If you're looking to save a bit over the Roku 2, the slick, small Stick is a great alternative.

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Apple TV (2015)

The ultimate gift for the Apple fan who has everything, the new Apple TV lets them get many of their games and other apps onto the big screen, and includes an awesome touchpad remote with Siri voice search.

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Google Chromecast

The cheapest recommendable streamer around, the Chromecast makes a great gift for people who keep their phones in-hand while watching TV.

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Chromecast Audio

The ultra-affordable Google Chromecast Audio is one of the best music-streaming devices you can buy -- especially if you're an Android user.

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Logitech Harmony Home Control

So maybe the person on your list has plenty of gear, but also a coffee table cluttered with remotes. A universal remote is the perfect antidote, and Harmony's Home Control is our favorite universal clicker for the money.

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LG Music Flow LAS751M

The LG Music Flow LAS751M is a dynamite package as it not only includes cutting-edge features for a great price, but its sophisticated performance also elevates it above run-of-the-mill competitors.

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Marantz NR1506

It's compact and relatively affordable for a full-featured receiver. While you can definitely pay much more, the NR1506 should have all the home-theater and musical oomph most people need.

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