Best After Christmas Gadgets: A Well-Reviewed Mic for $40 & AirPlay Speakers


Didn't get the gadget gift you were hoping for? Fear not because today's after Christmas sales feature plenty of Editors' Choice-level electronics deals. Whether you want to upgrade your podcast with a better-sounding mic or you want an AirPlay-supporting speaker to go with your new iPhone, we've got 5 Editors' Choice deals starting at $40.

  1. Samson Meteor MicSamson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $39.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: "The Samson Meteor Mic is a solid portable USB studio microphone from a company with an established history," says TUAW. Quality-wise, it even tops the more popular Yeti mic. PC Mag echoes those sentiments saying "voices are extremely clear, and any podcast not already using a high-end microphone will see an immediate bump in quality" with the Meteor mic. In addition to its attractive design, this Editors' Choice mic features a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, Cardioid pickup pattern, fold-back leg design, and a 25mm diaphragm condenser.

  2. Onkyo TX-NR525Onkyo TX-NR525 400-watt 5.2-Channel 3D-Ready Network Home Theater Receiver bundled with two Klipsch Reference Series RF-52 II Floor Speakers
    Store: Fry's Electronics
    Price: $749.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $339
    Expires: December 29

    Is It Worth It?: When it comes to features, the Editors' Choice Onkyo TX-NR525 delivers. The 5.2-channel receiver offers six HDMI ports, which CNET says is two ports more than what you'd get from other receivers in its price range. You also get onboard streaming-audio support for Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, and Internet radio via an Ethernet port. There's no built-in WiFi or AirPlay support (for music players you get a front-facing USB port), but the former can be added via adapters, which CNET also says are priced lower than WiFi adapters for other receivers. Delivering 80 watts per channel into five channels, this receiver comes bundled with two Klipsch Reference Series RF-52 II Floor Speakers.

  3. Onkyo HT-R2295Onkyo 910-watt 7.1-Channel 3D-Ready A/V Home Theater Receiver bundled with a $15 credit
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $199.99 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $65
    Expires: December 28

    Is It Worth It?: If you don't mind losing two HDMI ports for 7.1-channel and 3D support, the Onkyo HT-R2295 is your machine. The $200 Editors' Choice receiver features 130 watts per channel into seven channels, four HDMI ports, and even comes with a $15 Best Buy credit if you opt for in-store pickup. Internet radio fans keep in mind there's no Ethernet connection, although you do get a front-facing USB port for plugging in your music player of choice.

  4. Panasonic SC-NE1 BluetoothPanasonic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker System
    Store: Tech Woot
    Price: $79.99 with $5 s&h
    Lowest By: $15
    Expires: December 26

    Is It Worth It?: While most merchants typically price this Bluetooth speaker at $100 or more, today only Woot Tech offers it for $85 shipped. It supports most methods of wireless play including Bluetooth, DLNA, and AirPlay. There's also a Lightning connector for newer iPhones and iPod touches. This Editors' Choice speaker offers 2-channel sound and 40 watts of power.

  5. Logitech Harmony 915-000201Logitech Harmony Ultimate Universal Remote
    Store: Fry's Electronics
    Price: $199 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $76
    Expires: December 29

    Is It Worth It?: If you're lucky enough to live near a Fry's, you can simplify your gadget life with the Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote. This Editors' Choice remote can control up to 15 devices and features a 2.4" touchscreen. It's currently at an all-time low and the best price we could find by $76.

DealNews Contributing Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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