Like any self-respecting couch potato, your dad probably owns an HDTV. However, this is only one part of the audio-visual puzzle (the visual part, to be precise). To truly immerse himself in the next Ashes series or latest blockbuster movie, your dad will need some speakers to go along with that oversized boob tube. Here are a few of our favourite picks:
1. Sony MU.TE.KI (HT-DDW7500) sound system (RRP: $1499)
If your dad is lacking in the audio department — if his chief music source is a little transistor radio in the garage — we've got an easy one-size-fits-all fix. Sure it weighs 50kg, but that just makes it a more impressive present! Sony's MU.TE.KI 7.2-channel surround sound system is the perfect complement to a high-definition TV and Blu-ray player, and with almost 1700W of power it's enough for him to strategically annoy that pesky neighbour with the leaf-blower.
2. Panasonic SC-HC3 micro hi-fi system (RRP: $389)
Maybe you don't have the money or the space for a massive hi-fi system. No problem: Panasonic's slimline SC-HC3 micro hi-fi packs great sound quality into a small body. It plays radio and CDs, and it has an integrated iPod dock and a connector for other MP3 players — everything even the most gadget-heavy dad could want.
3. Logitech LS-21 speaker (RRP: $59.95)
Your dad might have an MP3 player or old CD Walkman lying around that doesn't get enough love. Why not put it to good use? Get some cheap speakers like the Logitech LS-21 and bring some music to the garage for when he's out mowing the lawn or raking leaves.