Eyeing the Chromecast but haven’t yet picked one up? Amazon may sway you with their Fire TV Stick, a drop dead simple way to watch Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, stream media from your computer, or rent TV shows or movies amongst the hundreds of thousands on Amazon. This compact stick plugs straight to an HDMI port to take over your TV and doesn’t disappoint in quality thanks to support for 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital 7.1 sound. It also outclasses its competitors performance-wise, boasts 8GB of on-board storage, and doubles as a casual gaming rig with support for the Fire Game Controller and over 200 games.
Preorder at Amazon – $39 (or $19 for Prime members over the next 2 days)
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a box. Okay, so an interactive box for your TV is not necessarily breaking news. But the Nexus player might just breathe some fresh air into a category seemingly bereft of new ideas. This all-in-one entertainment package is powered by a hefty 1.8GHZ Quad Core Intel Atom processor and boasts 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space, and runs a multitude of apps, games and more in one sleek, streamlined console. A voice activated remote offers hands-free search for your favorite shows at the push of a button and doubles as input for casual or multiplayer games. If you happen to take your gaming seriously, the Nexus Player also supports a gamepad that’s engineered for finer control of all your favorite Android games. Remember TiVo? Well this is the great-great-grandbaby, allowing you to choose from personalized recommendations on your home screen. Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Chromebook devices can all stream media to your TV via the Player, though Android devices also support content syncing so that your movie can follow you from bathroom to kitchen to your tablet in bed.
Read more at Google – $109
By no means must you spend a grand to bolster your television’s meager sound. But should you choose to, Libratone’s Diva is sure to please both your eyes and ears. With a face that’s entirely concealed by Pepper Black wool and a curved shape that diverges from the angular norm, the Diva boasts — importantly — 225 Watts worth of speakers, including dual 1-inch tweeters, two 3-inch midranges, and a 5-inch 75W subwoofer. It’s also primed to be your primary sound system even when the TV’s off thanks to AirPlay and DLNA compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, quick NFC pairing, and built-in clamshell-shaped reflectors that fill even larger rooms with sound. And if the dark wool face doesn’t suit your pad, just unzip it and swap it out with another one from Libratone’s wide range of color options.
Read the press release at Libratone – $TBA but probably roughly $1,000
Americans love beer. Actually, so do virtually all humans. The Beer Book helps thirsty individuals locate some of the world’s best breweries and whistle-stop beer trails, all while learning about their favorite alcoholic beverage. This recently updated visual catalog covers over 800 breweries across all prolific beer-making countries, tasting notes on 1,700 beers, and insight on the key beer regions every travelling aficionado needs to visit. Notably, it’s also packed with pictures, making for an easy read that’s sure to rev up your hankering for a cold one.
Pick up a copy at Amazon – $20 [via]
Marvel turns 75 this year, and in celebration of their continued diligence, risk-taking, and ultimately, success, comes a massive tome that looks back through the publisher’s long line of work, from their first comic book depicting the Human Torch to their latest big screen developments. Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel is a 700-plus page magnum opus packed with over 2,000 images of vintage comic books, original art, film stills, and collectibles, a four-foot accordion-fold timeline, as well as biographies of over 300 of the minds behind your favorite characters and strips. Plus it’ll arrive just in time for the holidays and is sure to captivate both hardcore junkies and casual readers alike.
Preorder at Amazon – $126 [via]
Happen to watch a lot of TV? Like really, a lot? Then perhaps the upcoming TiVo Mega is for you. This machined server-sized device packs a ridiculous 24 terabyte storage capacity, recording up to 3 years straight worth of programming without breaking a sweat. To help best make use of this are 6 tuners and search capabilities that allow it to scour cable TV and streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus to hunt down your next fix and archive it forever. Plus, if the built-in drives weren’t enough, they’re also hot-swappable for additional space.
Learn more at TiVo – $5,000
Sometimes you don’t want Ultra High Definition. No one needs to see their mother-in-law’s nose pores or an Englishman’s teeth in larger than life detail. But sometimes, UHD compliments its surroundings like moonshine to Bluegrass music. Samsung’s new 3D, UHD 4K, 5,120 x 2,160 pixel, ultimate immersive experience inducing, extended panoramic view curved 105” screen delivers 4 times the resolution of HD. The proprietary technology that makes the curved screen possible creates a picture experience and panoramic effect unlike any other television on the market. UHD upscaling takes your favorite flicks, enhances their details and processes their signal to create near UHD picture quality so you can forget the halo effect and image distortion. And, to assist you in deciding what to watch – because TV guide are a thing of the past – the integrate Smart Hub helps you discover new content effortlessly.
Learn more at Samsung – $120,000
Are you tired of the same boring sex night after night, orgasm after orgasm? If you’re married the answer is an unequivocal no. But if you’re ready for more than the standard big 3 positions, Sexual Fitness is your guide to mind blowing, earth shattering copulation. This guide is not your run-of-the-mill soft core picture book replete with the same stuff you already know. Sexual Fitness is a funny and concise “sexercise” guide that strives to give you a hard core workout. Conventional sex may burn 100 to 150 calories, but Sexual Fitness’ workouts like The Mermaid and the Sailor and Ballerina Bunnies are designed to burn up to 400 calories. Just make sure you tell your partner what you’re doing before you start, since you should never have to do Crotching Tiger, Horny Dragon alone.
Pick up a copy at Amazon – $10
Obsessiveness makes for a good collector. And that might be an understatement when it comes to some record collectors featured in Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting – the book. This 416-page coffee table book highlights over 130 vinyl collectors from around the world and their records, captured by way of full page photos tagged with captions and quotes. Then, the second part of the book delves deeper into the stories of twelve collectors, with full-length interviews and a closer look at their spectacular vinyl troves.
Preorder at Dust & Grooves – $66
In 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine sought out to conquer the world of mac and cheese recipes, attempting to sample every recipe available at that time. The expedition ended in tragedy and it was 75 years before Irvine’s body was finally discovered. That may have been an attempt on Everest, but it certainly applies to mac and cheese aficionados (work with us here). Arevalo and Wade penned The Mac + Cheese Cookbook, a 128 page tome to explore the heights of this dish and provide a myriad of options – fifty, to be exact – for serving this favorite of children and grown men everywhere. These recipes originate from HOME, a restaurant devoted to the mac and cheese experience. There you’ll find gourmet versions of the classic along with versions never before attempted, such as dessert mac and cheese. This book even offers advice on wine and beer pairings for different recipes. What you won’t find is the elementary school version of a clumpy, gooey, rubbery mess. For that, you’ll have to buy Kraft.
Pick up a copy on Amazon – $12