Surround sound systems, TVs, projectors and Blu-ray players – all of these provide the basis of a perfect home cinema set-up. That's why we've rounded up some of the best kit money can buy to give you inspiration this Christmas.

If you're someone who knows their Hitchcock from their Kubrick, or your Christmas 2014 recipient is a particular fan of Tarantino or Scorsese, then we'd hazard a bet that you'll be able to find the perfect gift from this list. 

We've rounded-up some tech Christmas gift ideas for under £100 and under £200 but, for now, let's dream that money's no object and splash the cash on some serious home cinema kit. From Blu-ray players to projectors, home cinema amps to speakers, here's a list of gift ideas... 

See them all: Christmas Gift Guide 2014 - The best tech gift ideas



Blu-ray player

Panasonic DMR-BWT740

Five stars

Tested at £455 - Compare Prices

Choosing just one Blu-ray player from our best buy list was no easy task. But if you have no budget constraints, we had to go with this Panasonic. Labelled as a Blu-ray recorder but better described as a multimedia beast, this player can do it all. It features a 1TB hard-drive, twin Freeview HD tuners, 4K upscaling, multiroom and DLNA streaming, as well as the ability to play and record Blu-rays and DVDs.

We're pretty confident it'll do everything you need, and do it well. 

MORE: Panasonic DMR-BWT740 review

Also consider: Sony BDP-S7200 and Panasonic DMP-BDT700




Epson EH-TW7200

Five stars

Tested at £1900 - Compare Prices

Epson is no stranger when it comes to producing top-performing projectors, and the EH-TW7200 is a testament to that. The full HD picture is natural, with depth and richness to colours. There's little to complain about really; all we can say is give this an audition. 

MORE: Epson EH-TW7200 review

Also consider: Sony VPL-HW55ES and BenQ W1400



Yamaha YSP-2500

Five stars

Tested at £800 - Compare Prices

If surround sound is what you crave this Christmas, but you don't have the budget or space for a fully-fledged 5.1 set-up, then this Yamaha could be right up your street. It's able to place objects at different points round the room to successfully emulate a surround sound experience.

MORE: Yamaha YSP-2500 review

Also consider: Q Acoustics Media 4 and Philips HTL5140


Speaker package

Kef R100 5.1

Five stars

Tested at £2850 - Compare Prices

Oh, you have got room for a full-size surround package? Well, try this Kef package for size. It sounds as formidable as it looks and, while it may seem expensive, it's worth every penny of its asking price.

This Kef package has come under fire from rivals recently, but time and time again it's proved to be the best at this price point. It has incredible scale and fully immerses the viewer in whatever they're watching. You shouldn't just buy this because of its performance, but also for the smile it'll put on your face. 

MORE: Kef R100 5.1 review




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Samsung UE65HU7500

Five stars

Tested at £3600 - Compare Prices

Let's be honest, we all want as big a screen as possible deep down. And if you've got the room for it, it's only going to make your movies that much more enjoyable. 4K TV has gained a lot of traction in the past year and we expect the technology to make its presence felt on an even greater scale in 2015.

This 65in Samsung is one of the first five star 4K TVs to pass through our testing rooms, and what a spectacular set it is. 4K content (if you can access it) is reproduced with stunning detail and full HD upscaling is crisp and detailed. If you want big and you want the best, look no further.

MORE: Samsung UE65HU7500 review

Also consider: Samsung UE55HU7500 and Sony KD-65S9006B


Home cinema amplifier

Pioneer SC-LX58

Five stars

Tested at £1400 - Compare Prices

Behind every brilliant home cinema system, there's a powerhouse of AV electronics - such as the Pioneer SC-LX58. Pioneer is the champion of high-end home cinema amplification, consistently winning awards over the past few years. In 2014, the LX58 takes everything that's great about its predecessors and makes it better. It is agile, precise and detailed, as well as capable of delivering immense power. It also supports Dolby Atmos configurations, and that means you can create a fully enveloping sound experience in your home. 

MORE: Pioneer SC-LX58 review



Blu-ray disc

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Four stars

Picking one of this year's blockbuster movies with which to test your system was a hard ask, but we plumped for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The reason? Well, it's up there with the very best as a test disc. 'Mastered in 4K', colours look fantastic and details abound. Blacks are deep too. Hans Zimmer's score and dialogue both sound great too (Electro's theme is particularly bass heavy). This is a proper workout for your system.

MORE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review

MORE: 10 best 2014 Blu-ray discs to test your system

Video on-demand service

Google Play

Five stars

Tested at £0

Google has a finger in almost every conceivable technological pie, so it's no surprise that it also does films and TV shows. This is pretty much everything we could ask from an on-demand video service. The catalogue is well stocked and easy to use. There’s a good support for different platforms. And we love how easy it is to download purchases for offline viewing.

MORE: Google Play review


See them all: Christmas Gift Ideas 2014