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Consumer Reports: Holiday home theater

Posted at 4:00 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 08:34:42-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tech gifts and gadgets are always popular holiday presents, and here’s some good news for the gift-giver: Experts at CR expect many of these items to be on sale during this holiday season.

The 65-inch TCL smart TV is a Consumer Reports Best Buy at $800. CR says it delivers a lot of bang for the buck, including top-notch picture quality and a compelling HDR experience. There’s also the latest generation of Amazon’s Fire TV Cube for $120. It’s a combination streaming media player and Echo Dot smart speaker. The Fire TV Cube lets you control other devices-so it’s like having a universal remote. And this updated model supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10, for images with greater contrast and colors that really pop.

JBL’s Link Bar, a Consumer Reports’ Best Buy at $400 is more than just a sound bar. It has built-in Android TV streaming capability, so you can access streaming music, like Pandora, and streaming video, like Netflix and Hulu, right from the bar. The Link Bar also has Google’s Chromecast built-in, so you can cast content from your device to display on the TV it’s connected to. And if that wasn’t enough, it also has Google Assistant built in.

You can spread a little holiday cheer and a good WIFI signal with the TP Link Deco Whole Home mesh router. It’s a CR Best Buy at $160 for three units. Experts at CR say it's easy to set up and has good security and versatility. It's also backed by a 24-month warranty and 24/7 tech support.

Consumer Reports reminds shoppers to do some research before making big purchases. Try using a price comparison tool to make sure you’re getting the best deal in store and online.