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Top gift ideas for the home theatre enthusiast

Maybe you're a generous soul with plenty of money to burn. Maybe you're buying a present that the whole household could use. Maybe you're just kitting out the best bachelor pad ever and using Christmas as the excuse to spend big.

Whatever the reason, here's a list of AV products that'll make you forget the cinema even exists.

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Google Chromecast

It may have taken a while to arrive in Australia, but at AU$49 there's no reason not to have one.

The Chromecast ensures TV and mobile devices will play nice with a clean and simple interface. All your entertainment apps just got upgraded to the big screen!

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Typical Price: $49.00

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Samsung M7

Samsung's first foray into the world of multi-room audio streaming has been a hit straight out of the gate.

Simple to set up and easy to use, the M7 (and its smaller family members) sound great, support Bluetooth and high-res audio and can even connect to your Samsung TV for even more functionality.

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LG 55EC930T

OLED TV is finally here and it's surprisingly affordable.

For AU$3,999 LG's 55-inch EC930T boasts the best picture quality we've seen to date.

It may not have 4K resolution, but until Australia starts getting 4K content, you'll be stunned at what a difference an OLED screen makes to your viewing experience.

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Typical Price: $3,999.00

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Marantz NR1403

For AU$799 the Marantz NR1403 is a great mid-range receiver that'll improve any home theatre set up.

A slim build and an impressive 6 HDMI slots are just some of the features you'll find in the NR1403.

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Samsung 65-inch HU9000

Recent price changes mean you can get this 65-inch curved Ultra HD TV for just AU$5,749 now.

While the curve might not appeal to everyone, this is a great TV with impressive upgrade-ability and one of the best remotes in the business.

A true combination of great picture quality, design and features.

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Apple TV

It may not have access to all the streaming apps that the US can get, but the Apple TV remains a quality streaming device that's perfect for anyone who has a big iTunes library of music and video.

For AU$109 it's a low cost addition to any lounge room.

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Sony KD65X9000B

If you want a 4K that can produce big sound, look no further than Sony's 9000B range.

Forget skinny -- this TV is unashamedly proud of its size, packing in some big speakers into a wedge shaped design.

Is it any good? Our reviewer said it was the best 4K picture quality he'd seen and the best sound of any TV he'd ever heard. So, yes.

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Onkyo TX-NR636

A big-feature receiver, Onkyo's TX-NR636 has the kind of size that shows it means business.

The list of features includes Dolby Atmos support and High-Resolution Audio streaming. HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 means the receiver is potentially more future-proof than its competitors.

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Sony BDP-S3200

Yes, the S3200 might be getting a little long in the tooth, but at AU$139 (less if you shop around online) this is still a well-featured player that's able to produce good quality video.

Think of this as perfect for a second Blu-ray for the house.

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