Sony KDL-40Z4500
There are bargains galore if you know where to look in the run-up to Christmas. Check out our Top 5 hi-fi and home cinema hot buys

Forget the credit crunch. 'Tis the season to be cheerful, at least given the amazing discounts to be had in the shops and online at the moment.

So if you're planning to buy some new hi-fi or home cinema kit for Christmas, either for yourself or a loved one, here are today's Top 5 hot deals:

1) The five-star Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray player from Amazon at £174.89 with three free Blu-ray discs. (Or you can pick it up in Asda for £175 with five Blu-ray films.) Amazon is also selling the Award-winning Panasonic DMP-BD35 for £194.99 with a free Blu-ray disc.

2) A complete Marantz CD6002/Marantz PM6002/ Dali Lektor 1 hi-fi system for £649 (normal price £800) from Sevenoaks. The Sevenoaks sale starts this Saturday, December 13th.

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3) Sony KDL-40Z4500 200Hz Full HD LCD TV £1344 on Amazon and £1467.10 at Dixons. Or you can buy it for £1850 from John Lewis with a free Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray player and five-year guarantee.

4) How about a Samsung LE32A336 HD-ready LCD TV for £299.95 from Richer Sounds? Richer is also selling the Tannoy F4 Custom floorstanding hi-fi speakers, normally £380, for just £149.95 and the Yamaha YSP-1100 soundbar (normally £700) for £299.95.

5) The Richer Sounds sale starts on Boxing Day at 10am. It's offering the Sony KDL-32V4000 LCD TV for just £299.