June 12, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
Not sure what to get Dad for Father’s Day next week? Does he have an HDTV? Has he upgraded to Blu-ray yet?
If not, Walmart could be your avenue for entry, as in entry-level player on the cheap. It’s one of the top deals we’ve found for this week.
Here are a handful for you to get that media room into shape, starting with Walmart’s budget Blu-ray unit.
Magnavox NB500MGX Blu-ray Disc Player—Reportedly this is an in-store deal only, with Walmart selling this no-frills (read: no BD-Live) player for $128 beginning June 14 and running through June 20 (so you’ll see $168 listed online). It has BonusView, delivers 1080p resolution, including 24 fps, and is Energy Star rated.
Epson PowerLite LCD Home Cinema 6100 Projector—You’ll want 1080p projection to really take advantage of Blu-ray, of course, and while this deal isn’t as low as last week’s InFocus model, it’s still 1080p at sub-$2K cost. The deal is from Dell Home, which knocks 15 percent off the regular $2,099 listing, which combined with a $100 manufacturer’s rebate brings the cost down to $1,684, and shipping is free. eDealinfo says apply coupon code “65G7RQ11J?M2LH” at checkout, and you’re good to go—then grab this $100 rebate as well (PDF link). Coupon code and rebate are good till July 31, 2009.
Polk Audio R50 Cherry Two-way Floorstanding Speakers—These good-looking performers can blare your front-channel surround sound or two-channel audio at a mere $69.99 apiece from Frys.com (online only deal). That’s down from $199.99 each, and gets you dual 6.5-inch drivers, front-firing bass port, arched grille design, and 5-way binding posts for flexible hook-up options.
Pioneer PDP-6020FD 60-inch Kuro Plasma HDTV—Well, we know Pioneer’s getting out of the plasma game, but while it was in it the company produced what was considered one of the best available in its Kuro line. Best Buy’s outlet center has some Kuro’s left, including this 60-inch whopper for $3,799. We know, you’re saying why spend that much on a plasma these days? If you’ve ever seen a Kuro in action, you know exactly why, and 60 inches is a whole lotta high-def goodness (and down from the $5,499 it was once priced). Best Buy includes the delivery, installation, hook-up and recycling.
LaCie Neil Poulton 301304U 1TB USB 7200 RPM External Hard Drive—Is storage getting cheap or what? Here’s an external terabyte for you to stuff with digital media, with a quality name brand, that can be had for $95 from ZipZoomfly. It goes for $130 usually, but there’s a $20 instant savings, plus a $15 rebate good through June 30. Drive features cool blue LED and fanless smart cooling, plus there’s a two-year warranty from the manufacturer.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.