1. Yamaha A-S700

    Yamaha A-S700

    The Yamaha A-S700 stereo amp has the familial looks – and sound – of the A-S1000, but costs considerably less

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  2. Carat A57

    Carat A57

    The £1000 amplifier sector is fearsomely contested, and the Carat gets eaten alive

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  3. Audio Research VS115

    Audio Research VS115

    The VS115 is far from hi-fi jewellery, but it's a highly effective workhorse, delivering all the acoustic thunder you'd expect for more than five gran

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  4. Naim Nait XS

    Naim Nait XS

    The Nait XS is as musically engrossing an amplifier as we've heard at this price point. It'll worry the class leaders

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  5. Audio Research LS17

    Audio Research LS17

    This is another top-class preamplifier from Audio Research. It’s a product that should serve you for decades, too

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  7. Icon Audio Stereo 25

    Icon Audio Stereo 25

    The Icon is an impressively built, top-value and fluid and natural sounding valve amp, although it will need careful partnering

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  8. Rega Elicit

    Rega Elicit

    The Elicit is a decent, enjoyable amplifier and well worth a listen, though we reckon more ability is available for the same money

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  9. Tangent AMP-30

    Tangent AMP-30

    A fine concept and not without charm, the AMP-30 is a desktop amplifier and might be just the thing to power an iPod, but its sound is a let-down

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  10. GRAAF GM50

    GRAAF GM50

    A fantastic product good enough to put most similarly priced alternatives to shame

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  11. Denon PMA-SA1

    Denon PMA-SA1

    Can perform miracles with less frenetic genres, but isn't built for anger

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