1st Place: Onkyo TX-NR807 AV ReceiverLast year Onkyo walked away with the Best Home Cinema Product award, and this year it has done it again, grabbing top spot in the Best Surround Sound Product category. Once again Onkyo has produced a surround sound receiver with so many features stuffed into it, that its sub £800 price point looks slightly unbelievable.
Obviously you've got all the latest high definition surround sound formats supported, with Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding duties taken care of, while THX Select2 certification is the icing on the cake. It's not short on power either with seven channels of 180W on tap. You can also hook the TX-NR807 up to your home network, allowing you to stream music from a DLNA source, or any number of radio stations over the Internet.
But it's not just the feature set that impresses with this receiver, it's also a fine performer. Whether you're blasting out the latest blockbuster on Blu-ray or switching to stereo mode and listening to your favourite CD, this Onkyo never ceases to impress. Finally, despite it's extensive capabilities, the TX-NR807 is incredibly easy to set up and use.
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2nd Place: Teufel Columa 900 Home Cinema SpeakersTeufel has been steadily building up a good reputation here in the UK and deservedly so. Not only does Teufel produce great sounding speakers, but it also manages to make them look good. The Columa 900 5.1-channel set is a fine example of great sound quality and beautiful design, and consequently grabs second place in this category.
The tall, slim Columa speakers will complement even the most stylish of living rooms, while the undoubtedly large subwoofer and centre speaker share the same sleek and modern design. In fact, if you hook the Columa 900s up to the Onkyo TX-NR807 above, you'd have a truly great home cinema system.
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3rd Place: LG HB954PB 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema SystemNot everyone wants to invest in a separate receiver and speaker set, and that's where the LG HB954PB comes in. Not only does this system include a full 5.1-channel speaker set, but it also has an integrated amplifier to drive those speakers, and on top of that, there's a Blu-ray player built-in too!
This system also looks fabulous - the speakers are slim and stylish and the gradated blue to black finish adds to the aesthetics. As well as the built-in Blu-ray, you can connect two more source devices via HDMI. The HB954PB is a great performer too in both video and audio departments. LG has created a feature packed home cinema system in a box, all you need to add is a TV.
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