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2011 Father's Day Electronics Gift Guide

2011 Father's Day Electronics Gift Guide

Every Father's Day we attempt to structure an electronics gift guide with items that will bring him into the 21st century. I mean, that's our job, right? So here it is... 2011, and this year we've got a whole host of products, ranging from the small to the large. We've attempted to hit all price points and, to keep things fair, we didn't sort this list in any particular order. If your Dad is lost in the 80s or, worse, thinks high tech is perfectly represented by that new Dell you bought him last year, well... these products should help to broaden his horizons. So without any further ado, here are our electronics picks for 2011. Here's to hoping that your Dad encounters some upgraded products that will make his life easier, bring him happiness, and tickle his fancy this Father's Day.

Every Father's Day we attempt to structure an electronics gift guide with items that will bring him into the 21st century. So here it is... 2011, and this year we've got a whole host of products.

— June 02, 2011 22:40 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Mothers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2011

Mothers Day Electronics Gift Guide 2011

OK, it's Mom. We get it... she may not be all that technical - at least I know that MY Mom certainly isn't. But isn't that the point? I mean, isn't that why YOU'RE around? If you're going to lift you Mom about of the retro state she's in, then you have to know what's out there and what are the key products for this year's Mothers day. Well we're here to help bring your Mom into 2011 with style. I mean, seriously, we can help. Whether it's a new TV, or a stereo system she can actually use, Audioholics has - for years - prided itself on keeping an eye to what's hot, and what's relevant in the entire realm of consumer electronics. Hey, we may be all cables, speakers, receivers and TVs by day - but we can also tell what the good cameras, mp3 players, headphones and gadgets are as well. And while my favorite fruit may be the Apple, I can hold myself over with a Blackberry from time to time. Read on and enjoy.

It's Mothers Day - or at least it's coming. And here are our annual picks for best electronics gadgets for 2011. These are what's hot, and what we think are the go-to items for this year's gifts.

— April 22, 2011 13:05 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Valentines Day Electronics Gift Guide 2011

Valentines Day Electronics Gift Guide 2011

This Valentine's Day why not dazzle your loved one with a gift that will make her life easier? Or perhaps just give her a new convenience he or she never had before? or beautify the home theater room with a new accessory or connectivity device? There are numerous ways to send an electronics gift that will say "I love you" - and most of them cost far less than a diamond tennis bracelet or anniversary ring! (though we doubt this will have exactly the same level of impact on the female of the species...) Following are a few of our favorite recommendations that will impress, update, or even (heaven forbid) help your loved one feel the love - audioholics-style...

This Valentine's Day why not dazzle your loved one with a gift that will make her life easier? Or perhaps just give her a new convenience he or she never had before? or beautify the home theater room?

— February 04, 2011 08:28 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2010 Audioholics Product of the Year (POY) Awards

2010 Audioholics Product of the Year (POY) Awards

Although 2010 was kind of a grim year economically for most of us, the A/V world belted out high value products improving on last year predecessors at little to no cost added. Instead, we saw some companies refocus their entire line of product with a more audio centric emphasis rather than cramming more zones or useless DSP enhancement features that most users won't care to use. Yamaha really paved the way as a shining example of this with their Aventage line of A/V receivers. Loudspeaker companies have also raised the bar by creating a more audiophile focus on their products. Aperion Audio's new Verus line is a shining example of this. The display world was not exempt from the better successor models being released from various manufacturers such as Vizio, Toshiba, Samsung and LG.

Although 2010 was kind of a grim year economically for most of us, the A/V world belted out high value products improving on last year predecessors at little to no cost added. Welcome to the awards.

— December 15, 2010 13:25 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2010 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide

2010 Consumer Electronics Christmas Gifts Guide

Each year we put out a consumer electronics Christmas Gift Guide for our readers. This is simply a guide that takes a wide swath of products from all over the industry and compiles them here to let you know what we think is cool and new. You may see products here that we'll likely never review - that;'s because we're not just limiting the guide to home theater products. Since little Suzie may not need a new Blu-ray player (or you may not be able to afford it) we like to throw in a mix of gadgets, products and equipment that's simply interesting to us. Read on, and let us know what you think of our picks and be sure to add your own suggestions in the forum thread.

Each year we put out a consumer electronics Christmas Gift Guide for our readers. This is simply a guide that takes a wide swath of 2010 products from all over the industry and compiles them here.

— November 02, 2010 01:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2010 A/V Receiver Hot Picks

2010 A/V Receiver Hot Picks

2010 is proving to be a hot year for A/V receivers. We are seeing virtually all the new models armed with full HDMI 1.4a support (including 3D and audio return channel) all sprinkled with plenty of HDMI I/O's and legacy connections. Gone are some of yesterdays wimpy models to be replaced with beefed up successors offering more features and better performance without an increase in price. The higher end models are now incorporating networking features for audio streaming, top of the line video processing and 9.2 channel support to expand your surround field. The sky is the limit, or more importantly, your wallet in determining just how far you want to go. So explore our picks from the likes of Marantz, Yamaha and Denon while we get ready to conduct formal reviews of these superstars.

2010 is proving to be a hot year for A/V receivers packed with more features and performance than previous models. We explore the latest superstar receivers from Denon, Marantz and Yamaha.

— September 01, 2010 22:10 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Fathers Day 2010 Gift Guide

Fathers Day 2010 Gift Guide

This Father's Day it's time to tech your Dad. That's right, you know your dad is still living in the dark ages. He probably asked you within the last year how to transfer his VHS tapes to DVD, or maybe this is the first year he discovered Facebook or how to text on his cell phone. In either case you owe it to your father to give him a gadget that will stretch his horizons and bring him just a little bit closer to 2010. It doesn't have to be a robot with laser beams or a voice activated 3-D holographic digital video recorder, but at least put something into his life that will keep him from embarrassing himself (or you!) at the next family picnic. Better yet, use him as a catalyst to upgrade your whole family!

This Father's Day it's time to tech your Dad. You know your dad is still living in the dark ages. It's time to give him something that will keep him from embarrassing himself at the next family picnic

— June 15, 2010 19:20 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Mothers Day 2010 Gift Guide

Mothers Day 2010 Gift Guide

This Mother's Day, why not bring your beloved parent up to speed through the carefully-planned insertion of choice tech gear into their daily arsenal? We're not talking James Bond tech here, just your standard circa-2010 fare that will make your Mom the coolest one on the block and give her the ability to dazzle her friends with the brilliance of her son or daughter's choice in gifts... But now Mother's Day is coming. And this is your chance to plant a gadget into your mother's hand that is sure to level the playing field and restore dignity to the family name.

Mother's Day is coming. This is your chance to plant an audio, video or other gadget into your mom's hand that is sure to level the playing field and restore electronics dignity to the family name.

— May 05, 2010 13:23 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2009 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

2009 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

Despite the sluggish economy of 2009, manufacturers still managed to innovate and release new and improved products. The prestigious Audioholics Consumer Excellence (CE) Awards program recognizes the most advanced and forward-thinking products in crucial CE categories submitted for consideration by the industry's leading manufacturers. Awards are given to products which serve consumers directly and also those products which serve to improve the business and success of the custom installer. Check out this years winners here.

The Audioholics CE Awards are given to products which serve consumers directly and also improve the business and success of the custom installer. Check out our picks for 2009.

Bertica Molinares-DellaSala — February 24, 2010 00:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Audioholics 2009 Product Of Year Awards

Audioholics 2009 Product Of Year Awards

2009 was much like 2008 for consumer A/V in regards to the lack of advancement in technology as much as bringing existing technologies into more affordable platforms for greater mass appeal. It seems like every week flat panel display prices are dropping and the latest technologies of these displays trickle down to the more affordable models. LED backlit technology is finally starting to creep its way into the mainstream and traditional front projector bulbs are lasting longer and longer. A/V receivers are getting more packed with critical features such as the latest in HD Audio decoding (Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, etc) as well as network streaming and more HDMI inputs.

2009 was much like 2008 for consumer A/V in regards to the lack of advancement in technology as much as bringing existing technologies into more affordable platforms for greater mass appeal.

— December 22, 2009 08:35 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Best Electronics Gifts for Christmas 2009

Best Electronics Gifts for Christmas 2009

It's time again for Christmas shopping and finding that perfect gift for the special someone in your life who has everything... Well, our list this year includes many items that they are likely to not have... at least not yet. This year we invite you to peruse our list of the top 10 "Best-of" Christmas gift items that will satisfy even the most well-researched A/V enthusiast. Without further ado, here are the top 10 exciting and original Christmas gifts you can give this holiday season.

What do you buy for that loved one who has everything? If your spouse or significant other is a consumer electronics, gadget, or home theater buff then hunker down and check out our top 10 list.

— December 02, 2009 21:15 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

2008 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

2008 Consumer Excellence Award Winners

The consumer electronics industry is awash with an influx of new products. Each year it seems that every manufacturer is on a quest to outdo all others in a race to integrate more features and advanced technologies into their products. The prestigious Consumer Excellence (CE) Awards program recognizes the most advanced and forward-thinking products in crucial CE categories. Awards are given to products which serve consumers directly and also those products which serve to improve the business and success of the custom installer. The CE Awards is a clear benchmark award for the products which will make an impact in the coming year.

The consumer electronics industry is awash with an influx of new products. Each year it seems that every manufacturer is on a quest to outdo all others in a race to integrate more features and

— March 11, 2009 02:45 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Audioholics 2008 Product of the Year Awards

Audioholics 2008 Product of the Year Awards

2008 proved to be a nice incremental year for electronics, with some products managing to carve out distinction among their peers. HDMI continued to advance and televisions began to introduce 120Hz technology en masse, though we think that particular area still needs some work. Overall it was a good year for price drops and added value features. With that in mind, we selected gear in each category that really stood out via our personal experiences, reviews or demo's as well as the market trends set based on performance, features, and value.

2008 proved to be a nice incremental year for electronics, with some products managing to carve out distinction among their peers. HDMI continued to advance and televisions began to introduce 120Hz

— December 29, 2008 22:00 in Product Awards and Gift Guides

Top Electronics Gifts for Christmas 2008

Top Electronics Gifts for Christmas 2008

What do you buy for that loved one who has everything? If your spouse or significant other is a consumer electronics, gadget, or home theater buff then hunker down and check out our list of the top 10 items that will satisfy any enthusiast at any price range. This list spans the entire price range from pauper to golden-pockets, so everyone is bound to find something that is the absolute best item of the season. Now, you may think that this is a subjective list (and you'd be right.) In our minds, however, you simply can't go wrong and you can trust us to know what's best for your loved one this Christmas season (yeah, that won't come back to haunt us later!) Without further ado, here are the top 10 Christmas gifts you can give this holiday season.

What do you buy for that loved one who has everything? If your spouse or significant other is a consumer electronics, gadget, or home theater buff then hunker down and check out our list of the top

— November 29, 2008 13:10 in Product Awards and Gift Guides