For some, mastering the art of home entertainment setup isn't as easy as it looks. While there's a certain thrill to getting your HDTV out of the box, getting all the proper components in order is another story. That's why we're here to lend a hand with five Editors' Choice component deals including products from Sharp, General Electric, LG, and more. And don't forget to check out our daily video component deals for more.
2 Refurbished Western Digital WD TV Live 1080p HD Media Players
Vendor: Western Digital
Price: $104.98 in-cart via coupon code "WDCARES" with free shipping
Lowest By: $75
Is It Worth It?: With this Editors' Choice deal, you're getting a pair of media players at the lowest per-unit price we've seen since June; just add two to your cart and apply the coupon to see this price. The chief advantage of a media player like this is that you can access audio and video content from the Internet through a compact package that runs via remote. These components are network-ready, which allows for content streaming from sites such as YouTube, Spotify, or Facebook via Ethernet. You can also plug in a USB drive and stream its content in 1080p via an HDMI output. A 1-year Western Digital warranty applies.
LG AN-WL100 Wireless Video Extender / Console
Vendor: All4Cellular via eBay
Price: $24.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $5
Is It Worth It?: You might be asking, "What's a video extender, anyway?" With this device, you can send uncompressed 1080p video to your TV from up to 50 feet away, as it's a digital media streamer that works solely on a wireless connection. It features four HDMI inputs and two component inputs for connecting to your set-top-box, Blu-ray player, and game consoles. It's also compatible all 2010 or later HDTV models with NetCast.
Refurbished Sharp AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Player
Price: $29.99 via mail-in rebate with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Expires: September 27
Is It Worth It?: This electronics deal shows just how affordable Blu-Ray players are getting. The $30 mail-in rebate cuts the price of this Sharp Blu-ray player from $59.99 to $29.99. It features BD Live, DVD upconversion to 1080p, Ethernet connectivity with Netflix instant streaming, one HDMI output, and more. A 90-day Sharp warranty applies.
General Electric TruVision Digital Video Recorder
Vendor: B&H Photo Video
Price: $349.95 with about $25 s&h
Lowest By: $85
Is It Worth It?: This sophisticated recording device can store up to 1TB of video, and lets you burn it onto a DVD later. It's also a tremendous bargain, as these units retail for $1099.95. This General Electric DVR features H.264 compression, USB port, DVD burner, dual streaming, motion detection, bi-directional audio, and more. The files can be viewed by any PC with a TVR 30 player, making it ideal for retail, education, police interrogation rooms, and small commercial applications.
$6 VUDU Credit
Price: Free with registration
Lowest By: $6
Is It Worth It?: You'll want to test your fancy home entertainment system with something new to watch. Luckily, Roku now offers subscription-free video streaming via VUDU, which is Walmart's media streaming service. To celebrate, the manufacturer is offering a $5.99 VUDU video credit for free when you link your Roku. That's tied with an April mention (of this service on PlayStation 3) as the biggest VUDU video credit we've seen. For more information about VUDU, read our feature about how the service stacks up.
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