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 2015 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 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... 




Blu-ray player

Cambridge Audio CXU

Five stars

Tested at £900

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 Cambridge Audio. It's part of Cambridge's new CX series which has served up some scintillating products this year and is more than just your average Blu-ray player.

It will play CDs and can even act as a DAC and network streamer. We're extremely confident it will do everything you need, and do it well. 

Cambridge Audio CXU review / compare latest prices

Also consider: Oppo BDP-105D




Epson EH-TW7200

Five stars

Tested at £1900 

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. 

Epson EH-TW7200 review / compare latest prices

Also consider: Sony VPL-HW55ES and BenQ W1400



Dali Kubik One

Five stars

Tested at £800 

It was always going to take something special to replace the Yamaha YSP-2500 as the soundbar you should buy, but Dali has managed it. It delivers a big, powerful sound but one that manages to have oodles of detail. It will do the same for music too, meaning it's one of only a handful of soundbars that can handle both mediums effectively.

Safe to say, if you don't have space for a full 5.1 surround sound system, the Kubik One will hold you in good stead.

Dali Kubik One review / compare latest prices

Also consider: Q Acoustics Media 4 and Geneva Model Cinema


Speaker package

Tannoy HTS-101XP

Five stars

Tested at £600

Oh, you have got room for a full surround package? Well, try this Tannoy set-up for size. The speakers may be small, but don't let that fool you, this is a seriously impressive package - and will also be much easier to put under the tree thanks to everything being sold in one box.

It's more than up to the task of tackling the most complex movie soundtracks, with dialogue being handled particularly well.

Tannoy HTS-101XP review / compare latest prices




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Samsung UE55JS8500

Five stars

Tested at £2100

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 55in Samsung is one of the finest 4K TVs we've seen this year. 4K content 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.

Samsung UE55JS8500 review / compare latest prices

Also consider: LG 55EG960V and Samsung UE65JS8500


Home cinema amplifier

Denon AVR-X2200W

Five stars

Tested at £500

Behind every brilliant home cinema system there should be a talented AV receiver - such as the Denon AVR-X2200W. It's been a while since we've seen a Denon amp, but this one has arrived with a bang.

It features an exciting, well-balanced sound and is future-proof for some time to come thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound processing technologies.

Denon AVR-X2200W review / compare latest prices



Blu-ray disc

Mad Max: Fury Road

Five stars

Picking one of this year's blockbuster movies with which to test your system was a hard ask, but we settled for Mad Max: Fury Road. The reason? Well, it's up there with the very best as a test disc. It features fast-paced action and gorgeous colours in the wasteland. Junkie XL's soundtrack is powerful too and will give your system a thorough workout.




Video streaming service

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Five stars

Tested at £79 for 1 year Prime subscription

Amazon's Prime Instant Video service has a large selection of 4K content available to stream. Its own original shows can be streamed for free, while the extensive range of films need to be paid for. 

Amazon Prime Instant Video review




Alantiggger's picture


Do folks actually buy others a pressie for a couple of grand at Christmas ?

If so they need to Get A Life !