Let's face it: It's no longer enough to just have a TV in your living room to access broadcast programming. Streaming services are the norm; DVRs allow delayed commercial-free viewing; and most displays lack the power to fill a room with sound. To remedy those situations, we've compiled a handful of tempting deals for your end-of-the-week consideration. Jump down past the break to ogle the goods. If there are other home entertainment gadgets you're after that we haven't included here -- join us and add them to your "Want" list. Every time there's a price cut in the future, you'll get an email alert!
Regular Price: $180
Engadget Global Score: 84
If you didn't snag a Slingbox 350 when we mentioned it a few months back, the price continues to tumble. Right now, the unit is labeled at a cool $125 -- a $55 total discount. For the investment, you'll gain mobile and remote desktop access to live programming and DVR content when you're out of the living room.
Apple TV (third-gen)
Regular Price: $99
Engadget Global Score: 86
Buy: No Better Deal
As we've mentioned before, any discount on current-gen (albeit from 2012) Apple tech is certainly welcome. Cupertino's compact set-top box is currently seeing a modest discount that could be enough to lure the curious. Of course, rumors are pretty much constant these days about a new model, though we've yet to discover any concrete details. The current rate is also on par with the lowest it has been in the past 90 days, too.
Philips Fidelio HTL7180/F7
Regular Price: $800
While we don't like to revisit options inside this roundup on the regular, the increased discount on the Philips Fidelio HTL7180/F7 made us take another look. The soundbar and its detachable speakers are now seeing a $300 total price drop, hitting a three-month low.
ZVOX SoundBase 555
Regular Price: $399
Engadget Global Score: 76
If you're after a gadget that will boost your TV's sound without cluttering up a shelf, have a look here. The ZVOX SoundBase 555, as its moniker suggestions, rests underneath the base of that display and most reviewers have reported respectable sound quality. Inputs are limited though, so that may weigh heavily into your final decision. Current pricing is just $2 above the lowest we've seen since early February.
- Key specs
- Reviews • 110
- Type Audio / video player
- Video services iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, Other
- Audio services iTunes
- Video codec support h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime
- Audio codec support AAC, MP3, WAV
- Video outputs HDMI (1 outputs)
- Audio outputs via HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)
- Released 2012-03-16
Philips Fidelio Premium HTL7180
Sling Media Slingbox 350
ZVOX Z-Base 555