Father’s Day Gift Guide: Great gear to upgrade his home entertainment setup

Does your dad’s home entertainment kit need an upgrade? We shortlist our favourite sound systems, speakers and Blu-ray players to make buying for dad a breeze this Father’s Day
  • (Good Gear Guide)
  • — 20 August, 2009 13:30

Another essential component of a home theatre setup is a Blu-ray player. After all, what’s the point of a high-definition television if you’re still watching regular old DVDs? Thankfully, prices have come down substantially in recent years, with entry-level Blu-ray models costing as little as $250. Here are our top Father’s Day choices:

1. Kogan Blu-ray Player Full HD 1080P (RRP: $499)

The Kogan Blu-ray Player Full HD 1080P is an entry-level unit that doesn’t skimp on the extras. While it lacks BD-Live support, the Kogan Blu-ray Player Full HD 1080P comes with plenty of connectivity options, including the ubiquitous HDMI. Picture quality is also excellent — easily the best we’ve seen from a Blu-ray player in this price range.

2. Sony BDP-S350 (RRP: $479)

The Sony BDP-S350 is another good option for Father’s Day. If you’d prefer not to spend a fortune on a Blu-ray player — but still want the quality-assurance that comes from the Sony brand — then the BDP-S350 is pretty hard to beat. We were particularly impressed by the Sony BDP-S350’s DVD upscaling; if you dad owns a stack of DVDs, this may be the player to get.

3. Panasonic DMR-BW850 (RRP: $2199)

If money isn’t an obstacle, go for Panasonic’s flagship DMR-BW850 Blu-ray recorder. The DMR-BW850 comes with a 500GB internal hard drive for recording TV, along with Internet connectivity and 7.1 HD audio support. It also has a built-in SD card reader, which is handy for viewing holiday snaps. If your dad has been pining for an HD media storage device, he could do a lot worse than this high-end offering.

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Chris Jager

Good Gear Guide
Topics: sony australia, blu-ray, Kogan Technologies, Panasonic, logitech, home entertainment
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