Golden Shirt Awards: High-end home theatre gear

Whether it’s bungee jumping, swimming with whales, or visiting ancient wonders of the world in alphabetical order, the Bucket List is a very personal thing.

When yours is to own a room full of posh home entertainment equipment, the following Golden Shirt Award winners constitute a very nice start to your collection.

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 17, 18, 19

Wireless speakers need only have less wires than their conventional cousins to meet the criteria of their category, but Danish AV specialist Bang & Olufsen always goes a step beyond with its products, and its latest BeoLab range marries cable-free personality with great looks.

The new speakers start at $3990, and present with unique designs that will command centre stage in your home.

Check out B&O’s speakers…

Samsung OLED TV

It’s the product we’ve been waiting to arrive for around ten years, since the fledging OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology first appeared in select car entertainment head-units, smartphones and cameras. Now, large-screen OLED televisions are finally a reality, and they are simply breathtaking.

You’ll need around $12,000 to buy into the technology before it becomes mainstream, and the price of entry earns you images that pop, with colours that are amazing and contrast that goes way beyond the conventional measures applied to LED technology.

Check out our review…

Bowers & Wilkins CM10

If you thought the Bang & Olufsen speakers were special, Bowers & Wilkins has a pair that raises the bar for performance and exclusivity yet another notch.

This year’s CM10 loudspeakers start at $5499 and – along with being tall, pretty, and highly detailed – will complement perfectly that Monet you were thinking of acquiring.

Check out B&W’s new speakers…

IMAX at home

Put this in the “I wish” department, because it’s one of those ideas for which you need not only loadsa money, but also a room dedicated to movies.

Essentially, it’s a dedicated IMAX system for the home, and it comes with a steep price because it required two 4K projectors, a special design for the seating, and 7.1 surround. Oh, and some of those amazing IMAX movies.

Check out how IMAX can come home…

LG HECTO Laser Projector

If the ‘money no object’ IMAX-at-home concept is too rich for your blood, LG’s laser-based projector system is an alternative that brings a short-throw projection system to your entertainment room for just $9,000.

Comprising a special 100 inch screen and a projector that uses a laser as light source, the system is unique for being able to display stills and video in broad daylight, with the lights full-on. Resolution is Full HD rather than the 4K Ultra High Def standard we’re beginning to see in projectors, but we expect this to change in 2014.

Check out our review of the LG HECTO…