November 19, 2010, 12:03 PM — Home-theater enthusiasts have a lot to play with this year, as top-quality HDTVs, media streamers, headphones, and music players from Apple, Samsung, Sonos, and Western Digital, among others, make our list.
LCD HDTV; $2900 Slim and sexy, this LED-backlit TV has it all--slick design, lots of features, and excellent image quality. Did we mention that this 55-inch TV is less than an inch thick? (#11 in the PCWorld 100)
LCD HDTV; $1100 The LN46C650, an inexpensive HDTV set that lacks the LED backlighting and 240Hz refresh rates of rivals, nonetheless clobbers them in image quality. It's a better TV, yet it costs about $2000 less than its nearest competitors. (#20)
Media streamer; $99 Want to stream your iTunes library--including your home movies and iPhoto pics--to your TV? The Apple TV does all that and streams Netflix,too, with typical Apple flair. (#21)
Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
Media streamer; $150 The WD TV Live Plus network media player edges out the better-known Roku with its mix of online streaming services and its ability to stream your content via a network or a USB drive. (#22)
Sonos ZonePlayer S5