A home cinema amplifier is the powerhouse of any home cinema system, and will ensure your movies get the sound they deserve. Some AV amps now also include music streaming services such as Spotify, AirPlay, DLNA or Bluetooth compatibility, wireless connectivity and even the ability to play hi-res music files. 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, our four Best Buys are the ones to beat.
Up to £350
Yamaha RX-V377
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Delivers superb surround sound on a budget, making it a fine contender for a first home cinema system. Powerful and punchy, with clear placement of surround effects.

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£350-£700
Sony STR-DN1050
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A worthy successor to the Award-winning STR-DN1040. A seriously good amp that balances muscle and subtlety with stacks of features at a great price.

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£700-£1500
Pioneer SC-LX57
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Best home cinema amplifier £700-£1500, Awards 2013. Stunning levels of subtlety make this a truly impressive AV receiver. We can’t get enough of it.

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£1500+
Yamaha RX-A3030
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Best home cinema amplifier £1500+, Awards 2013. If you want big and powerful dynamics, then this high-end AV receiver will fill up your home cinema.

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