Create a Dream Home Theater With Amazon Prime Day Deals
Prime Day is right around the corner but it's especially exciting when Amazon announces early deals that are available right now!
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We thought Amazon Prime Day might not happen this year, but were delighted when the company announced Oct. 13-14 as the new days.
The uncertainty of the pandemic, coupled with cooler weather approaching, means most people will be spending plenty of time indoors for the foreseeable future. Why not use the time and Prime Day deals to trick out your home theater? Let us help.
A Pair of Echo Dots (3rd Gen)
Amazon’s most popular and most compact smart speaker is being offered in a set of two. They’re marked down 20 percent during Prime Days. Choose from four colors and get two Echo Dots for around $40.
The 3rd Gen version comes with improved speaker quality over previous iterations and offers richer, louder sound. Seamlessly stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and Sirius XM, and pair both Echo Dots in the same room to create stereo sound.
Fire TV Recast
Amazon’s Fire TV Recast is a DVR that lets you watch and record over-the-air TV at home with Fire TV or Echo Show, or on-the-go with a compatible mobile device—with no monthly fees.
Perfect for cord-cutters everywhere, the Fire TV Reacast can record up to four shows at once. Plus, you can store up to 150 hours of HD programming (with the 1TB model) and even use your voice to search for shows and manage recordings with an Alexa-enabled device.
Fire TV Edition Smart TVs
Toshiba and Insignia are offering deep discounts on some of their most popular “Fire TV Edition” smart TVs. Both brands support live TV as well as streaming movies and shows from Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu and wherever else you find entertainment.
The biggest differences between these smart TV offerings is definition. Toshiba’s TVs are both HD, which usually include around two million pixels for high clarity and definition. The one from Insignia, however, is a 4K ultra high definition TV, which boasts around eight million pixels.
Echo Show 5
At first glance, it would be easy to assume the Echo Show is just about video calling and messaging with friends and family. Don’t make that mistake. Video communication is a huge part of what Echo Show does, but there’s so much more.
Cook along to step-by-step recipes. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Glance at weather and traffic on your way out the door. The 5-1/2-in. smart display is probably too small to watch full-length shows and movies. But movie trailers, news updates, podcasts and audiobooks are perfectly sized.
Comfort and safety also become easier with the Echo Show. Just ask Alexa to show your security cameras, control lights and adjust thermostats throughout your house.
The Echo Auto isn’t exactly designed for your home theater, but it allows you to bring along technological comforts on every road trip. Echo Auto connects to the Alexa app on your phone and plays through your car’s speakers via auxiliary input or your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection.
Use it to play music, check the news, make calls, add to your to do-list or manage your calendar — all using fully hands-free voice commands. Eight microphones lets the Echo Auto hear you over music, A/C or heat, and road noise.
Bonus: The promotional price comes with a free six-month subscription to Amazon Prime Music Unlimited!
Blink Mini Indoor Cameras
This smart home security system offers motion detection and 1080P high-definition clarity with two-way audio, so you can monitor the inside of your home day and night. The cameras also send alerts to your smartphone whenever motion is detected within customized motion detection zones.
Early promotional pricing includes one Blink for $24.99, two for $49.98, or the Echo Show 5 (shown above) and Blink Mini for $54.99. The latter price lets you add voice control to your Blink camera.