Panasonic's 3D Blu-ray player was highly commended in the Stuff Gadget Awards 2011 Home Cinema Gadget of the Year category, and with good reason. It comes with a raft of features including Skype, built-in Wi-Fi, 2D-to-3D conversion and a Touch-Free Sensor to open the loading tray in the dark. Twin HDMI sockets enable you to feed 3D video into your TV and surround sound audio into your amp.
Sony's budget Blu-ray player is no bargain basement offering. This entry level player is an ideal second unit for the den or the kids' room, with decent network capabilities backing up excellent visual and sound quality.
At the other end of the scale from Sony's budget player, this formidable player is one for hardcore home cinema buffs. Paired with a big TV or a projector, it'll deliver a better picture than anything else out there. We should hope so too, given the price.
Sony PlayStation 3
£260 (250GB version), sony.co.uk
The PlayStation 3 may have been overtaken by dedicated players offering better quality images, but as an all-rounder it's still a good bet.
Even without the formidable selection of top-quality games, it has solid media streaming features alongside the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and LOVEFiLM apps. Add a Blu-ray remote control for £15 and you're sorted.
Another £40 or so and you can turn it into a reasonable (standard-def) Freeview PVR with Sony's
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Looking for a one-stop solution for your HD viewing needs? Samsung's combination deck includes a twin-tuner 500GB Freeview HD PVR and a 3D Blu-ray player. Samsung's Smart Hub portal yields up a massive amount of online entertainment, too.