Winner Home Cinema Gadget of the year
Guide price: £50 plus £15.50/month
Allow us to present Stuff’s First Theorem, a formula tells us that as TV gets ever more overrun by idiots making fools of themselves to amuse cretins, you need a really good PVR to cut through the rubbish. Virgin’s TiVo is that PVR: it learns from your viewing habits, suggesting and recording shows it thinks you’ll like. And most of the time it gets it right. With super-smart search features, three tuners and 1TB of space for recordings, the only barrier between you and a perfect night’s viewing will be your own good taste.
A powerhouse of a home cinema amp that’s equally comfortable streaming Spotify, internet radio or your own music over DLNA.
Echostar HDS 600RS
Connect this brainy Freesat PVR into your home network and you’ll be able to browse, watch and record live TV from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
A supremely talented Blu-ray deck – twin-HDMI outputs, built-in Wi-Fi, Skype , 3D playback, an app to allow you to control it via your iPhone – at a decent price.
With a wall-mountable amp and wireless rear speakers, this one-box home cinema system is both easy to live with and easy to love.Read review
D-Link Boxee Box
The Boxee has the streaming smarts to back up its striking looks, searching for video content on the web and your own network, then building a classy library with its spoils.Read review
Yamaha’s latest soundbar is the sleekest and most effective way to get true home cinema sound from just one speaker.