1. Monitor Audio Airstream A100

    Monitor Audio Airstream A100

    A brave design that performs to a high standard – a worthy rival to NAD’s D3020

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  2. NAD D 3020

    NAD D 3020

    Best stereo amplifier up to £500, Awards 2013. A potential game changer. We hope other manufacturers take a brave-pill and produce amplifiers as in

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  3. AVA Maestro-50

    AVA Maestro-50

    Worth considering if you really need a very small stereo amplifier. It’s not a brilliant sonic all-rounder, though

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  4. Edwards Audio IA1

    Edwards Audio IA1

    A bold effort but lacking the performance and finesse to truly impress

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  5. Sansui SAP201V

    Sansui SAP201V

    Feature-packed budget contender, but faces tough competition

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    Available from £119.95
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  7. Marantz PM6004

    Marantz PM6004

    Stereo amplifier Product of the Year 2011. A big step-up from the older 6003 version, and hard to fault at this price

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  8. Yamaha A-S300

    Yamaha A-S300

    The Yamaha A-S300 stereo amplifier is a budget star, but you can buy better

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    Available from £179
  9. Yamaha A-S500

    Yamaha A-S500

    Best stereo amplifier up to £500, Awards 2010. Yamaha has produced a new class leader, with a stunningly capable product

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    Available from £199
  10. TEAC A-R650

    TEAC A-R650

    This retro-styled amp from TEAC might look the business, but we found it wanting against its competition in this class

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    Available from £184.99
  11. Cambridge Audio Azur 550A

    Cambridge Audio Azur 550A

    The Azur 550A is another fine budget amplifier from Cambridge Audio, although in this market the competition's more than fierce

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