Looking to spend a little more? Our gift guide will help you make your all-important decisions, whether you're after headphones, a radio, wireless speakers, a turntable or something a little different.

If you're spending nearly £200 on a gift, you want to make sure it's the best of its kind. That's where we come in.

We've scoured the shops to find only the best speakers, headphones, radios and more, and all for under £200. The only problem you'll have is choosing which to give as gifts, and which to buy for yourself.

Mission LX-2

Tested at £160 / Best price £159 at Richer Sounds

These speakers were good enough to beat the still brilliant Q Acoustics 3020 speakers, which is really saying something. They deliver sound packed with verve and insight, strong dynamics and spot-on timing. We're also big fans of the walnut casing. We're sure the recipient will be too.

Mission LX-2 review


Monitor Audio Airstream S150

Tested at £150 / Best price £149 at Superfi

It might look exactly like its bigger brother, the Airstream S200, but for our money that's no bad thing. Bluetooth comes as standard for streaming from a phone or tablet, but if you want AirPlay and DLNA, you'll need to buy its pricier sibling. Still, at this price, we're not complaining.

Monitor Audio Airstream S150 review



Tested at £150 / Best price £99 at Richer Sounds

Bluetooth headphones don't come much better at this price. They have the build quality of a much pricier pair of cans, and sound quality is on a par with many wired models. They're also comfortable enough for even the most discerning of listeners. 

AKG Y50BT review

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Sony BDP-S6700

Tested at £140 / Best price £95 at Amazon

Sure, you could spend a lot more on a Blu-ray player, but when this one is this good, it might be hard to convince yourself. The S6700 has excellent picture quality and comes with a healthy selection of streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Spotify. It also does its best to upscale DVDs to near Blu-ray quality. After a couple of Christmas sherries, you might not be able to see the difference.

Sony BDP-S6700 review


AudioQuest DragonFly Red

Tested at £170 / Best price £169 at Future Shop

It might look like a USB stick, but this is actually a DAC and headphone amp that will add some polish to your tunes. It gives songs a more natural, subtle and expressive sound, plus it works with smartphones. Good job it's small enough to fit in your pocket, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

AudioQuest DragonFly Red review

Amazon Echo

Tested at £150 / Best price £149.99 at Amazon

The Echo is more than just a speaker. Its headline feature is Alexa, Amazon's artificial intelligence-enabled personal assistant that aims to answer any questions you have. It can also turn on the lights, adjust the heating, and so on, providing you have the requisite smart home devices, of course. The sound quality when streaming music might not blow you away, but once you've had a digital butler attending to your every beck and call, there's no going back.

Amazon Echo review

Panasonic DMR-HWT150EB

Best price £179 at John Lewis

With 4K capability, Freeview Play and TV Anywhere on board, this HDD recorder gives you a wealth of options for enjoying your content. Missed something? Just scroll back in time on the EPG thanks to Freeview Play. Heading to your gran's for Boxing Day? You can stream TV to your smartphone or tablet using TV Anywhere. And the 500GB hard drive will hold hundreds of hours of festive telly.


Ruark Audio R1 Mk3

Tested at £200 / Best price £199 at Sevenoaks

How's this for a stylish radio for the kitchen? The R1 oozes class, with either a walnut, black or white finish – personally, we'd go for the walnut – and clean and sharp OLED display. You control it using the RotoDial on top, and it has both FM and DAB tuners, plus it's futureproofed for DAB+. And the sound? It's as rich and full-bodied as a pound of Christmas pud.

Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 review

Lenco L-85

Tested at £120 / Best price £119.95 at Amazon

Purists might sneer at a deck that costs a little over £100, but we love this Lenco for its decent sound and affordable price. It offers great value for money: it's a belt-driven turntable with a built-in photo stage and USB recording. The best plug and play machine you'll get for this price. And look at those colour options.

Lenco L-85 review


Sony NWZ-A15

Tested at £170 / Best price £129.99 at Currys

Hi-res audio doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. This dinky player from Sony offers detailed sound and expandable memory, though admittedly you have to forego such luxuries as wi-fi and apps. Still, with the savings you've made, you can gorge on hi-res tracks over the festive period.

Sony NWZ-A15 review


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