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. We've rounded up the best options to get you on the road to surround sound nirvana.

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Denon AVR-X3300W

Reviewed on 29th July 2016 at
£799

We already knew Denon had a great £500 receiver on its hands with the AVR-X2300W, so we weren’t quite sure if the AVR-X3300W would be able to justify its position and price premium over its junior sibling.

But we were wrong to be concernedIf you want to take your budget home cinema set-up to the next level, then be in no doubt that Denon AVR-X3300W will do just that.

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Yamaha RX-A3060

Reviewed on 24th August 2016 at
£2,000

If you’re looking to go up a level or three, then Yamaha's RX-A3060 is a sensational performer, bursting with dynamics and detail.

The control it has over dynamics and detail is more than enough to satisfy the most demanding movie soundtrack.

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