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. Click through to read the full review or to compare the latest prices and find a bargain.
Tested at £289
The best budget home cinema amplifier in our Awards 2015, the Yamaha delivers superb surround sound for the money - not least as it's now widely available for around £250.
A great way to delve into home cinema, the RX-V379 offers a scale of sound that belies its price tag.
MORE: Yamaha RX-V379 review
Tested at £500
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.
Packed with features, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, Denon is back at the top of its game with this stunning home cinema amp.
MORE: Denon AVR-X2200W review
Tested at £600
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.
Some competitors are more nuanced and delicate, but there is certainly a place for the RX-V679 in the right home, especially now that you can pick it up for around £450.
MORE: Yamaha RX-V679 review
Tested at £900
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.
MORE: Yamaha RX-A850 review
Tested at £1400
This year, the SC-LX59 made it six £1000+ What Hi-Fi? Awards in a row for Pioneer.
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.
MORE: Pioneer SC-LX59 review
Tested at £2500
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 has had us cooing since May.
MORE: Onkyo TX-NR3030 review
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