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Top home theater picks

CNET's top holiday picks for home theater, including the best streaming video products, best AirPlay products, and best affordable sound bars.

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Denon AVR-1912

Denon's AV receiver has built-in AirPlay, outstanding sound quality, and six HDMI inputs--what more could you want? It's an excellent gift for the home theater enthusiast looking to upgrade the centerpiece of their home audio system.
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Roku LT

Here's how you know the Roku LT is a great product: it's both the cheapest and one of the best streaming-video boxes we've tested. Roku has managed to shave the price all the way down to $50, jettisoning unnecessary features, while keeping all of the streaming content we love--Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus and Pandora, to name a few. It's hard to find a better value than the Roku LT, making it our Editors' Choice in the category and one of the best gift options this holiday season.
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Energy Take Classic 5.1

Cheap, small, sounds great: pick two. That's how home audio almost always works, but Energy's Take Classic 5.1 system breaks the mold by offering awesome sound quality in a tiny package for $400. It's one of the best home audio values you're going to find.
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Logitech Harmony 650

A quality universal remote is one of the best gifts to give. A lot of people can't get past the idea of spending more than $50 on a remote, but once they use one they'll never let it go. Logitech's Harmony 650 is the best universal remote to buy for less than $100.
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Sony PlayStation 3 Slim

Sony's marketing campaign for the PS3 is "It Only Does Everything" and, well, it's pretty much true. There's no other gift you can give that packs in Blu-ray, media streaming, and HD gaming all into one box and its new $250 price makes it a bargain.
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Panasonic DMP-BDT210

Whether you're looking to upgrade from an aging DVD player or you want the latest streaming-media service, Panasonic's DMP-BDT210 is the Blu-ray player to get. It's the fastest player we've tested, it has built-in Wi-Fi, and it supports Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Pandora.
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Pioneer SP-PK21BS

Sometimes bigger is better, especially when it comes to home audio. Pioneer's SP-PK21BS is a solid gift choice for a budding audiophile with plenty of space, as it offers incredible sound quality for the price, but the speakers are huge.
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LG BD670

The Panasonic DMP-BDT210 may be our favorite Blu-ray player overall, but the LG BD670 is a better pick if you mostly care about streaming media. Its suite of streaming-media services includes Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, Vudu, MOG, and vTuner, plus its user interface is the best we've seen this year.
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Apple TV

If you already have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, the Apple TV is a great companion. The really killer feature here is AirPlay, which lets you stream audio or video straight from your iOS device right to your TV.

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