The Gift of Giving Accessorizer

The Accessorizer

1209gift.hearbeat150.jpgMonster Heartbeats by Lady Gaga Headphones ($120 to $180)
I’ve fallen under the Lady’s spell. I admit I’m fascinated by this fashion-plated performance artist. Speaking of the headphones, the Lady says: “Heartbeats embody the trinity of my human being, with one additional vow: that sound matters. Wear heartbeats, love each other, and celebrate the art and lifestyle of music.” And how.—SCB

Omnimount Elements Series 403FP Flat Panel Stand ($330)
For anyone who’s struggled with a home theater décor dilemma, Omnimount’s Elements Series furniture solves the problem. The 403FP lets you place your flat panel in three different configurations and comes with four interchangeable color panels (in black, walnut, cherry, and brushed steel) that you can change with your mood, or your new wall color.—DS


1209gift.nyko150.jpgNyko BluWave Remote for PS3 ($20)
The PS3 only accepts Bluetooth signals, not IR or RF. That makes it difficult to use with many universal remotes (like the Harmony 900). The Nyko BluWave adapter can solve that problem. Simply plug it into one of the console’s USB ports. Then you can program the commands from the included IR remote into your universal model. Voilà! Harmony restored.—JZ

1209gift.splmeteriphone150.jpgSPL for iPhone ($20)
The SoundMeter app turns your iPhone 3G or 3Gs into a handheld sound level meter using the built-in microphone. It can measure peak sound levels up to 105 decibels. Employ Flat, A, or C frequency weighting, and make time-weighted measurements with Fast, Slow, and Impulse weightings. Even save a high-res image of the display in your iPhone’s photo album.—KW

1209gift.rhino150.jpgDymo Rhino 5200 Label Printer ($170)
You might say it’s overkill, but anyone who thinks things (especially cables) need labels will say, “Awesome” when they unwrap a Rhino 5200 labeling tool. It’s a real tool, not a toy, with built-in wizards and 100 custom label user presets. Plus it prints labels that withstand heat/moisture/etc., prints bar codes, and automatically underlines 6 and 9. What’s not to love?—DW

1209gift.nostalfiapopcorn150.jpgNostalgia Electrics Popcorn Popper ($100)
Nothing encapsulates the theater-going experience for me better than freshly made popcorn. The Retro Series Kettle Popcorn Maker from Nostalgia Electrics—available in both red and black—comes with a measuring spoon for oil and a measuring cup for kernels. Add paper popcorn buckets and you’re good to go.—JH

1209gift.spearsmunsil150.jpgDigital Video Essentials: HD Basics and Spears & Munsil High Definition Benchmark Blu-ray Edition ($25 to $30)
Both of these Blu-ray Discs offer a full complement of demonstration material and easy-to-use test patterns to help you get the best out of your home theater setup. Digital Video Essentials has the best tutorials, but Benchmark adds a pile of unique test patterns of its own that we’d hate to be without.

1209gift.logitch150.jpgLogitech Harmony 900 Remote ($400)
This RF remote can send marching orders to A/V components up to 100 feet away. It’s got a color touchscreen. But the coolest thing is that you can set up all your devices on the web, then download the control codes into the remote’s USB input. You can program multiple commands with one-touch ease. Oh, and it’s rechargeable. —MF

Stewart AcoustiShade Window Treatment (Price varies by size)
These new dual-shade, light- and sound-blocking motorized roller shades make it more practical to set up a home theater in your living room. They’re available in custom fabrics and sizes to fit any window and décor. The only dogs barking behind you will be on the soundtrack! Said to be economical, easy to install, and the check’s in the mail.—MFr


1209gift.bellomount150.jpgBell’O 7848 Tilt/Pan Articulating Wall Mount ($500)
Limit your HDTV watching to one angle? Pshaw! Get an articulating wall mount, and make your TV do the craning. The 7848 supports an HDTV up to 200 pounds and 70 inches in size and lets you extend and rotate the TV up to 2 feet from the wall. Made of heavy- duty steel with a high- gloss finish.—CL