TOP HOME CINEMA

BLU-RAY PLAYERS

Sony BDP-S790

A quite remarkable device, this Sony sounds great, has a wonderful picture in 2D or 3D and is crammed with on-demand content including Sony’s own Movies Unlimited. Its trump card is 4K video upscaling: you may not need it yet. but you soon will.

£185

★★★★★

Best for ON-DEMAND FILMS

Panasonic DMP-BDT220

It’s not the most extravagantly specified Blu-ray player around (though Panasonic’s remote-control app is a joy), but the BDT-220 has the sort of picture- and sound quality to make its price look like a misprint. And that’s our favourite kind of mistake.

£130

★★★★★

Best for BLU-RAY ON A BUDGET

SPEAKER SYSTEMS

Sony BDV-N590

The biggest bargain in home cinema, the Blu-ray -packing N590 has a massive spec but a micro price. Picture and sound are excellent, Sony’s smart services are immense and its stylish curves and touch-sensitive controls add a dash of premium quality.

£300

★★★★★

Best for AWESOME ALL- IN-ONE VALUE

Sonos Playbar

A characteristically Sonos take on the soundbar, the Playbar hooks up to your TV via its single optical input and fills your room with a big, detailed sound. And as with all Sonos kit, it can stream your own music files. Spotify and more wirelessly around the house.

£600

★★★★★

Best for ALL-YOU-CAN STREAM MUSIC

Yamaha YSP-3300

If you’ve got more money than space, send your butler out now for the 3300. This compact bar delivers a fantastically convincing virtual surround sound by bouncing audio off the walls, and it’ll pass through 4K or 3D video to your TV via HDMI,

£1000

★★★★★

Best for SMALL-ROOM SURROUND

PVRS. ETC

Sky+HD

With more than 65 channels of HD including the awesome Sky Atlantic, there’s no more enjoyable way to get square eyes. Hook up your box to the web and you’ll get iPlayer, ITV 4oD and Sky Player too, while the Sky Go app is supremely slick.

from £free + £32/month

★★★★★

Best for DELIVERING EVERYTHING

Virgin TiVo

Hardware-wise, the taste-learning TiVo is a Sky+HD-beater, but it loses out on content. Its TV Anywhere app is a neat touch, as is the addition of multi-room streaming, which allows you to share recorded content between multiple boxes.

from £free + £13/month

★★★★★

Best for SMART TELLY- WATCHING

VIDEO STREAMERS

Sony SMP-N200

Sony’s near clean-sweep of this page owes much to its fantastic smart TV roster, and this 1080p-capable box has ’em all. So you get iPlayer, Lovefilm and Sony’s own Video Unlimited, plus the ability to stream your own files, and all for less than a (big) night out.

£71

★★★★★

Best for SMARTING UP A DUMB TV

Microsoft Xbox 360

What was once a games console is now an impressive all-in-one entertainment device. Oh, and you can still play games on it too.

from £130

★★★★★

Best for MULTIMEDIA FUN

Apple TV

We’re still waiting on Apple’s TV set, but this box is a good start. It can stream in 1080p. access Netflix and Youtube and opens up the riches of the iTunes store. It even makes a neat, dual-screen games machine when teamed with an iOS device.

£100

★★★★★

Best for BIG-SCREEN IPAD GAMING

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