A home cinema amplifier is the powerhouse of any home cinema system, ensuring your movies get the surround sound they deserve.

What's more, most AV amplifiers now also include music streaming services such as Spotify, wireless connectivity including AirPlay, Bluetooth and DLNA, and the very latest surround sound processing formats, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Sure, a dedicated stereo amplifier will usually give you the best music performance, but if you want an all-in-one amplifier solution for your music and movies, these are the best home cinema amps on our radar.

Whether you're after a budget home cinema amp for under £500 or a money-no-object £2000+ monster with bags of features, these are our favourites.

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Tested at £500 / Best price £289 at Superfi

Named Product of the Year at the 2015 What Hi-Fi? Awards, the AVR-X2200W is an articulate and detailed amp, with stacks of functionality and future-proofing.

And, following the launch of its successor (see below), there are some superb discounts to be had.

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Tested at £500 / Best price £499 at Sevenoaks

Denon hasn't reinvented the wheel with the AVR-X2300W, but it has built on the success of last year's model, which makes this the best £500 AV amp you can currently buy.

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Tested at £600 / Best price £294 at Sevenoaks

There’s no Dolby Atmos on offer here, which isn't the end of the world, but this Yamaha does offer a big, spacious sound with decent detail and balance.

The RX-V679 might be a 2015 model, but the opportunity pick one up for half its original price shouldn't be ignored.

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Tested at £900 / Best price £875 at Sevenoaks

In the sweet spot of balancing price, features and performance, this What Hi-Fi? Award-winner from Yamaha has a combination of power and precision that makes for a hugely entertaining performance.

If your budget grinds to a halt at £1000, then you need look no further.

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Tested at £1400 / Best price £999 at Superfi

The SC-LX59 made it six £1000+ What Hi-Fi? Awards in a row for Pioneer in 2015.

This latest offering is better connected, better equipped for 4K and sounds better than ever, making it a class-leading receiver for anyone who's serious about home cinema. It's also available with a significant discount.

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Tested at £2500 / Best price £2199 at Exceptional AV

If you’re looking for high-end, high-quality surround sound, this Onkyo amp delivers in spades. Its spacious, subtle sound, plethora of features and Dolby Atmos capability have had us cooing since May.

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