A stereo amplifier is the powerhouse of your hi-fi system, and whether you want a stripped-out minimalist design or one with all the bells and whistles, here's our current list of the best on the market.

Hi-fi amplifiers were unchanged for decades, their analogue connections favouring music played on CD players and turntables.

But with laptops, smartphones and streaming services gaining ground as music sources, the stereo amp has had to evolve, with built-in DACs (digital-to-analogue converters), USB connections and wireless streaming now becoming increasingly important.

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Under £250
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Under £1000
Our Rating 
88%

Rega Elex-R

Reviewed on 20th September 2016 at
£900

Arguably Rega's best-value amp, with insight and a precise handling of rhythms that would be hard to better even at double the price.

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Under £2000
Our Rating 
100%

Rega Elicit-R

Reviewed on 18th February 2015 at
£1,600

Rega’s top integrated builds on the qualities of its smaller brother, the Elex-R. We haven’t heard a more precise amplifier for the money.

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Under £3000

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Money-no-object

Dan D’Agostino Momentum Integrated Amplifier

Reviewed on 28th September 2015 at
£44,000

Get past the cost of the Dan D’Agostino Momentum Integrated and you’ll find a startlingly capable product – one of the finest amplifiers on the planet.

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